Some of you have asked how I cut my grocery bill just about in half (yes, I really did) and so after my weekly menu I’ll let you know what I’ve done recently to save us money.
- Monday– Slow cooker chili, cornbread, salad
- Tuesday– Buffalo Chicken Soup (a new recipe), bread, cut veggies
- Wednesday– Chicken casserole and cheesy biscuits; pineapple cake for Zachary’s 1st birthday!
- Thursday– Raspberry grilled cheese sandwiches, salad
- Friday– Slow Cooker Oriental Chicken, rice, snow peas
- Saturday– Pasta and salad
- Sunday– Crockpot beef stew, egg noodles
Here are some tips that I used while cutting my grocery bill. These are not new tips, and most of you probably do a lot of this and more! It’s amazing what you can do when you have to, that’s all I have to say! I don’t even want to think about the waste we practiced before but I’m so glad that I have found great ideas that work to allow us to save more and spend less.
- Shop multiple stores– This is one we never did for reasons of time. But we have found that we can save a ton of money getting a few things here and there. We currently are shopping at 3 grocery stores and one warehouse store.
- www.thegrocerygame.com– I saw this link in three different places in the same week and I checked it out. I did their $1 trial and found that I can do most of the work myself. The website was very helpful and showed me what to look for and how to best maximize my coupons and circular sales.
- Buy meat at deep discount or buy cheaper meat- Now we are a family that likes good fresh(er) stuff. I don’t often buy frozen meats or veggies. But we have begun buying, for example, chicken legs and thighs for .99 per pound instead of chicken breasts and buying ground beef in bulk.
- Using the crockpot– I have become better at organizing my meals ahead of time. I cook meats when I get them and freeze them in 1-2 lb portions so I can defrost them quickly and toss them in the crockpot for soups or stews. Dark meat chicken is much better in the crockpot than white meat, too.
- Matching coupons with in-store sales– Again, this just takes time, but has a big payoff.
- Making my own bread in the breadmaker– this has easily saved us $30-40 per month. I no longer buy bread, but buy bulk sugar and flour to make my own.
- Reduce waste by planning ahead– This is self-explanatory. I also am not giving the kids portions that they won’t end up eating.
There might be more, but these are the basics. I feel freer and my budget is thanking me!
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