Easy Ways To Save On Groceries

Posted 05-4-2010 at 10:12 AM by whitneywalters

When my husband and I made the decision to build our next home we knew that we needed to start getting our debt paid off so we would be able to do so. One area I knew we needed to start saving in was our grocery bill.  We are a family of five and right now I am spending about $150 a month of groceries.

Some of the ways we are saving are:

1. Meal planning:
I sit down and make a menu for two weeks at a time. Not only does it save me time when it comes to deciding what I want to make for dinner that evening but it also saves me money because I know what I need to buy for the meals I am making that week.

2. Bring a calculator and cash to the store with you:
Bringing a calculator will help you keep track of what you have spent.¬†Figuring out taxes and extra savings will be a lot easier and more accurate with this tool.¬† Also, if you only take the allotted amount of cash with you then you will not be able to spend more then you had planned. This is a great way to keep yourself from spending money that you really don’t have!

3. Clip coupons:
I live in an area where they hardly ever do double coupon days so I am not saving tons of money but every little bit helps. Between coupons and price matching I save around $15 every trip.

4. Stay away from boxed meals:
Not only does cooking from scratch taste better but generally speaking it saves you money.

5. Stop wasting food:
Freeze the portions you do not use and save them for when you need a quick and easy meal.

6. Buy extras when there is a sale:
If an item is on sale that is shelf stable or you can freeze buy extras. Recently we had a major sale on strawberries. I bought two extra packages, sliced them in half and froze them for later use.

7. Grow a garden if you can:
If you have the room, grow a garden. Even if you have to do container gardening it really is worth it. Not only will the vegetables and fruits be fresh but you can save tons of money doing this. We grow a very large garden every year with my parents. We freeze and can so our vegetables will last through out the year.

8. If you can not grow a garden try going to a local farmers market. You can always buy the veggies there and take them home to freeze or can for later use.

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10 Responses to “Easy Ways To Save On Groceries”

  1. barefootmom on May 4th, 2010 10:30 pm

    Hey! Sounds like me :) We have a chest freezer and get our meat by the half or quarter animal. We farm organically so we just have our own animal butchered, but you can often buy that way from local beef/pig farmers if you can get enough people to buy an entire animal – that way you get everything from ground beef to t-bone steaks, all for the same price! We garden and freeze and can our own vegetables too – saves a ton of money and lasts until the garden has fresh produce again next year, sometimes with extra left over that I have to give away!

  2. krispy79 on May 5th, 2010 12:18 am

    I am so lucky when it comes to #2, I have easy shop at my grocery store. It allows me to scan and bag all of my groceries as I shop the store so I can see my total as I move through the store. When I hit my budget/limit i know, and if there is something more important I need I can just un-scan it and be on my way. I highly suggest if you have an easy shop (Martins/Giant) or similar system to sign up for it and take advantage!

  3. momtoesther on May 5th, 2010 12:29 am

    We do most of the things you wrote about in your article. For example, tonight we had a pot roast (from our own beef), baked potatoes and green beans (canned) from our garden last year and applesauce I made last year from our freezer out of free apples. Total price = free (except for the cutting cost of the cow).

  4. momk2009 on May 5th, 2010 6:28 pm

    I do most of what you suggested (we NEVER have coupons or anything here) but there is no way $150 would do my family of 5 for a month. We spend about $400 a month on groceries. Of course, we are in Canada and I am sure the cost difference has something to do with it.

  5. whitneywalters on May 5th, 2010 8:27 pm

    Cost difference could have a lot to do with it, I have no idea what grocery costs are in Canada since I have never been there.

    Are you able to raise your own meat at all, we also do this at my parents house and it saves us a bundle.

  6. Mommyplunder on May 6th, 2010 3:24 am

    These are great tips, I do some myself. Another tip I would suggest if you have a garden or chickens is to trade with another local person for something you want like I trade extra fresh grown veggies from my garden with someone else for fresh chicken eggs.
    I also buy as much as possible in bulk or on sale and break it up in just right portion sizes and freeze when I get home like meat and bread.

  7. MyFrugalFunLife on May 6th, 2010 11:52 am

    Canadian prices are much higher so that definitely is something that needs to be taken into consideration :) We’re a Michigan family on a $200 a month grocery/hba/toiletries budget and for instance I can get a gallon of milk for under $2 (this week it was $1.75 at Aldi). I believe Canadian mamas pay close to $5 or $6 for the same gallon.

  8. yoga momma on May 10th, 2010 3:38 pm

    Our “gallon” of milk in Canada (about a 4 litre jug) is at least $4.50. I can’t believe how litte you are able to spend. We do all of the above and still can’t spend under $300 a month on grocery’s (5 person family). Any more tips would be great! Thanks for the article.

  9. FaithandAndrewsMom on May 10th, 2010 7:48 pm

    I do most of that, I just haven’t stuck with the meal plan long enough. I do it for a couple of weeks and then don’t take the time to do it again…my own fault, I know. I love doing our own meat though, it’s great. We just had 200lbs done and it worked out to like .99 per lb processing steaks are great at that price! My parents have a ranch and my Dad lets people buy his calves and then he keeps them till the person is ready for them to go to the freezer. He even takes it to the processor(he goes at through at least 2 steers a yr! big family;) Works great, so definitly check with a rancher (if you have 1 close and see if they would be willing) If you live in the east texas area you can give him a shout. ;)

  10. jessks on May 10th, 2010 11:20 pm

    love your ideas…they really do help!

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