Feeling like our grocery budget is out of control, and am curious how much others with larger families are spending. We basically are feeding 6 adults- 2 adults, 2 teens, and two pre teens. After reading some of the older posts about eating paleo on a budget, I'm somewhat ashamed to say we are running right around $1,000 a month. (We ran $600-800 pre-paleo.)
That includes grassfed, pastured meats from a local meat coop (prices almost as inexpensive as buying straight from the farmer), local milk for the kids, veggies from a CSA, produce from Door to Door (now that the CSA has ended for the year- not the cheapest, but they bring the milk too), bulk items from the natural foods store (almond meal, sunflower seeds, spices), and stuff from Costco (frozen veggies/fruits, Kerrygold butter, coconut oil, frozen fish, canned fish, nuts,etc.). The meat is easily the most expensive chunk, and should be. I think I need to read Well Fed again... I like her formula for planning meat purchases.
If we are going to continue to eat this way, should I just expect it to cost this much? Do you mind sharing your grocery budget, especially if you have a larger family? How are you keeping costs down without adding in 12 different trips for food?(I'm trying to decrease the running around too- I have a hard enough time keeping up with their schedules without making food procurement into a part-time job!)
(I'm mostly trying to gauge if we are in the same ballpark as others, not necessarily looking for extreme shopping, cooking tips. I know how to buy a whole chicken and make multiple meals of out it... the problem is that it now takes two chickens to feed us when one used to suffice. And we only buy ground beef and stew meat with the occasional roast... we are not eating steak. Or baking paleo goodies all the time with costly ingredients. My biggest indulgence, besides the Mac nuts from Costco, is getting the produce delivered and not shopping for mega sales for that.)