Grocery Tracking, 2015 Edition!

– Written by Steph

So,we decided to do it again. Last year we tracked every item of groceries we bought for a month, categorized it all out, and put it up for the world to see. We did it again this month, and the results are in!

First off, we’re vegans, but refer to vegan products by their “meat” names – so when I say “chicken breasts” I’m referring to the vegan ones made out of soy and gluten, and so on. Hopefully this helps avoid confusion.

Our system of tracking was the same as last year – we tracked both what we actually spent (after redeeming points, etc), and the actual dollar value of our purchases, i.e. what it would have cost us if we hadn’t taken advantage of store loyalty programs and all that.

The total value of food we purchased was $221.92. However, we only paid $187.43 due to loyalty programs, returning bottles for deposits, and so on. Here’s the breakdown for this time around, as well as what we bought:


Produce: 25%, $56.34

Broccoli, cauliflower, avocados, potatoes, onions, green onions, peas, red cabbage, carrots, green pepper, celery, zucchini, parsley, lemon, blueberries, bananas, apples

“Meat”/Tofu: 23%, $50.87

Chicken breasts, ground beef, veggie burgers, hummus, firm tofu, tofu puffs

“Dairy”: 16%, $34.96

Soy milk, shredded mozzarella

Grains: 11%, $24.49

Corn flakes, dumpling wrappers, 9-grain mix, udon noddles, oats, rice noodles, pita bread, spaghettini, rotini

Baking: 9%, $29.04

Flour, cooking oil, yeast, shortening, margarine

Nuts: 5%, $10.76

Peanut butter, almond butter

Non-food: 5%, $11.51

Dish soap, dish sponges, foil

Condiments: 3%, 6.92

Soya sauce, kung pao sauce, turmeric

Canned: 2%, $5.03

Pumpkin, coconut milk, apple juice

For Vancouver people interested in the spending breakdown between stores, it was 56% No Frills, 20% Costco, 12% TnT, 12% Nesters.

As we did last year, we kept a detailed record of what we ate for the month. Here’s how that worked out:

Breakfast and Snacks

Oatmeal, toast with PB&J, corn flakes, bananas, hazelnuts, pot stickers, apples with peanut butter, hummus and pita, raisins, avocado slices, smoothies


Cake-in-a-mug, blondies, oatmeal cookies, 9-grain muffins, bran muffins, berry-oat muffins, peanut butter cookies, vanilla cookies

Lunches and Dinners

Fried rice, calzones, stir fry, pot pie, chicken teriyaki, skillet pasta, yakisoba, lentil casserole, lentil biryani, Mexican casserole, spicy fried noodles, veggie burgers, peanut butter chocolate banana pie (Pi Day!), sandwiches, yakiudon, chili, burritos, kung pao, Thai coconut curry, one-pot pasta, spicy tofu stir fry, Hungarian goulash, breakfast for dinner, deep dish pizza, pesto casserole

The above foods cover the vast majority of our eating. We basically don’t go to restaurants – in March we stopped to get a donut once at our favourite donuterie, and got takeout fries once. Steph also had one free catered lunch at work. Otherwise, we’re strictly about meal planning and leftovers for lunch.

We’re happy with the results of this year’s grocery tracking challenge, and look forward to doing it again next year!



  1. Hey there, thanks for writing your blog/book! It’s awesome and really helpful to see information specifically relevant to Vancouverites.
    Not sure how much you purchased, but dish soap, dish sponges and foil are all available at Dollar tree for $1.25 each. Lots of great deals there. 🙂

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