After I last blogged about only purchasing enough food for six weeks during a sale, I went to the grocery store yesterday and hit the motherlode of meat markdowns. Apparently, this particular grocery store had a lot of meat expiring at the beginning of the month and marked down at least 30% of their stock.
I purchased two packs of chicken thighs for 0.53/lb, steak for $2/lb, organic grass-fed ground beef for $2.19/lb and I also picked up two gallons of milk for $2.00/each. My one caveat to purchasing a large quantity of food is if it's under your price book minimums, and these prices were definitely below that line. So needless to say, my end-of-month spending is not going to look great, but the savings will add up long-term.
This has also inspired me to do my first no-buy month. Since we are stocked on meat, and I normally keep a small stockpile of basic groceries, I think we should be able to go through October without purchasing many groceries. I will use fresh produce as my one exception since I go to my local farmer's market every Friday. For that, I will budget $15/week, so I am going to try and keep our grocery budget to $60.00 this month. Anyone care to join?