Monday, November 22, 2010

My Typical Grocery List

The thought of shopping for whole, organic foods can be very overwhelming! It is a whole new world of grocery shopping to say the least.

I wanted to share my own grocery list to give you an idea of what we typically buy in a month and where I buy them. I thought this might help you if you are struggling with ideas, budget or where to shop for certain items!

I have found that by going to these 4 stores I can get everything I need for the best prices. I will break out my list by store, and what I buy at each store. These would be things that I typically buy every month. There are of course some added random items each month, but these are the staples that get me through.

Trader Joes: Typically around $70-$90 every two weeks. Trader Joes is my first stop for almost all my food buying needs. I have found that they consistently have the best prices on organic and natural food.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Dijon Mustard
Brown Rice Pasta – 2 Packs
1 Whole Fryer Chicken
1 Pack Frozen Chicken Breasts
1 Pack Frozen Chicken Slices
Organic Peppers (either fresh or frozen, depending on the time of year)
Spaghetti Sauce
Chicken Sausage
Nitrate Free Bacon
Organic Red Wine
Produce I cannot find at our local Co-Op: Zucchini, Carrots, sweet potatoes, ect. depending on the time of year

COSTCO: Typically $ 30-$ 50 every two weeks. Who doesn’t love COSCTO? COSTCO has a lot of great Organic Bulk Items that we buy which will last us 1-3 months! I stock up on these whenever I am out!

Organic Brown Rice (every 6 months or so)
Organic Quinoa (every 3 months or so)
Organic Canned Diced Tomatoes (every 2 months)
Organic Canned Tomato Sauce (every 2 months)
Organic Spinach (2 x a month)
Organic Mixed Greens (2x a month)
Organic Peanut Butter
Almond Butter
Organic Eggs (2x a month)
Organic Corn Chips or Kettle Potato Chips

Local Co-Op: Typically $20-$30 every two weeks. I am loving the local Co-Op (Everett, for those who are close) for their bulk foods section, produce, and goat cheese selections!

Produce (whatever is needed for the month)
Sucanata (about every 6 months I will buy two lbs)
Coconut Aminos
Beans – Black, White Pinto (as needed)
Cashews  – (2x month I buy 1 lb)
Other nuts – (whenever needed)
Goat Cheese (2x month)
Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, ect) (about every 2 months)

Fred Meyer: Typically $15-$30 Fred Meyer has a great natural food section and great bulk food section as well! I tend to buy odds and ends here every month, but a few staples as well

Organic Celery
Lemon Juice
Lime Juice
Bob’s Red Mill Flours (as needed)

I buy things like Coconut Oil, Stevia, Chai and Flax seeds, honey, ect online on a “as needed” basis. I usually shop for these things on either or This is usally around $ 40.00 a month

I have a $ 300.00 a month grocery budget. I find that I can easily stay in budget every month provided I am planning our meals ahead and shopping smart!

1 comment:

  1. Angela, I have not verified this myself, but just read recently somewhere that Costco has a great price on Extra Virgin Olive Oil (might have been organic as well, can't remember). Hope this tip helps!