In the final week, we wound up doing three grocery trips, to Costco, Trader Joe's, and Giant, for a total of $173.75 for the week, and $460.78 for the month. Some of the high spending this week is because we stocked up on stuff that will last until the next month, but we also bought more packaged goods -- a big thing of nutrigrain bars for D to take as snacks at camp, string cheese, ice cream -- and D even convinced T to buy "orange chicken" at Costco. So, it's easy to see that it would be easy to blow past the $501 thrifty food plan budget if you weren't really watching. The bars are a lot cheaper at Costco than at the regular grocery store, but they're still far more expensive than baking.
As it happens, this week we're going to get our first delivery from South Mountain Creamery. Since I read The Way We Eat, I've been wanting to move away from industrially produced meat and dairy, and this looks like a way to do so without adding yet another set of shopping trips to our lives. It's not cheap, but it's a better price than the comparable foods from Whole Paycheck. I'm interested in seeing whether we can taste the difference.