$31 Local Farm Purchases + $80 Kroger Shopping (+ our menu plan)

If you’re new here, I practice the Buy Ahead Principle — which means that what we buy each week is often for future weeks. We stock up on the best deals and markdowns each week and that means that we then have a variety of items from previous shopping trips to use to plan a menu from.

With the increase in grocery prices, I’ve decided to raise our grocery budget to $100 a week because I’ve not been having enough wiggle room to stock up like I’d want to. This amount will still challenge me to be creative while also giving me enough breathing room to stock up and continue to practice the Buy Ahead Principle.

In addition to practicing the Buy Ahead PrincipleI Reverse Meal Plan. This means that I plan based upon what we have on hand plus what good sales/markdowns I found at the stores. (Read more about Reverse Meal-Planning here.)

{Follow me on Instagram stories for real-time videos on what I’m buying if you don’t want to have to wait for me to get the post written up for the blog!}

With rising costs, I’ve been re-thinking the way that I shop and have been exploring new options for where to buy things. One of those things has been exploring buying things locally — especially since the cost of eggs and milk keep going up .

I discovered a family in our church is selling eggs for $5/dozen (we bought two dozen). They live close to us and their young kids care for the chickens and then earn the profits from selling the eggs, so I was excited to find this source for high-quality eggs — and to support young entrepreneurs in the process!

Kierstyn got to go and see the chickens and get the eggs — and even feed the chickens. And then she and I made fried eggs for lunch with the eggs. She hasn’t stopped talking about it and I love for her to have a better understanding that food doesn’t just come from the grocery store!

I also found a local farm that sells fresh milk, fresh butter, meat, and more. A few friends…

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