- Written by Steph
Wow, time flies – our fourth annual Grocery Tracking Challenge has finished. For anyone who’s not familiar with this project, every year we spend one month doing a very detailed analysis of our grocery spending, including everything we buy and cook. Our costs have stayed very consistent over the years, despite the constant barrage of “Food prices are skyrocketing!” hysteria we all hear about constantly. And this year’s results are in!
First of all a little housekeeping to explain some things. We’re both vegans, but I’m a lazy writer and don’t feel like writing “vegan” in front of everything. So when you see “chicken” or “beef” or “cheese”, mentally insert “vegan” in front of it.
Our spending for this month was $236.24. Unlike previous years, this time around we avoided cashing in any points for simplicity, but we did manage to accumulate $20 worth of free groceries during the month, which we’ll use in April. I also combined a few of the smaller categories from last year to simplify things.
So here’s the breakdown of what we bought, and the specifics:
Produce: 32%, $75.29
Broccoli, apple juice, blueberries, avocado, cabbage, zucchini, lettuce, apples brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, cilantro, celery, green onions, onions, peppers, carrots, pumpkin, applesauce, raspberries, peas, lemon, cucumber, parsley, cauliflower
Protein: 27%, $64.43
Chicken, ham, tofu, curry seitan, lamb, curry chicken, beef, burgers, tofu puffs, peanut butter, chickpeas, ground round
Grains: 14%, $33
Pita bread, oats, corn flakes, lo mein noodles, panini buns, rice
“Dairy”: 15%, $34.66
Soy milk, mozzarella
Other: 5%, $12.56
Veggie straws, kung pao sauce, yeast, shortening
Non-food: 7%, $16.30
Kitchen sponges, laundry soap, tissues
For any Vancouver locals wondering about the store-by-store breakdown, it was 47% No Frills, 22% Costco, 20% T&T, and 10% Nesters.
And of course, I have a nice list of everything I cooked and baked for the month.
Breakfast and Snacks
Cereal, toast with peanut butter, baked goods, raw fruit and vegetables, hummus and pita, granola bars
Blueberry muffins, chocolate chip muffins, raspberry muffins, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal pie (Happy Pi Day!), pumpkin pie, bread
Lunches and Dinners
Pitas, fried rice, pot pie, teriyaki chicken, skillet pasta, stir fry, empanadas, curry seitan, lamb pasta, cornish pasties, lo mein, kung pao, Thai curry, casserole, pizza, veggie burgers, beef curry, garlic and herb pasta, samosas, calzones, curried chickpeas
Our eating of non-homemade-food was minimal, as always. Cel had one free lunch at work, and we had a few free snacks at work here and there. We went to grab a donut at a local shop twice, but had no restaurant meals that we paid for.
It’s great to see another great month of results, and we look forward to Year Five come 2018!