Okay mamas- What am I doing wrong?? Our grocery bill is OUT OF CONTROL! Last month and this month we had family here for at least one weekend (in May that meant 4 additional people for one weekend and in June it meant 2 additional people) but other than that having a single friend over for dinner once in a blue moon, its usually just DH and I. Still, the past 2 months our grocery bill has been over $250 each month.
Given, we have made a few large purchases (IE Country Save detergent on Amazon) which has made it go up but still. We had DS in March but for March and part of April people were bringing us meals and my MIL made us a TON of stuff right after DS was born. I know that I'm eating a lot more than I was before with breastfeeding and all but it's crazy! Our bill before we had the LO was NEVER this high!
We coupon and we have only been buying the things we need for the meals we're making and we have tried to buy on sale and lots of produce that is in season. Last but not least, I just checked out the "$5 Meal sticky" but the grocery store I go to is the cheapest in this area other than Walmart, is the closest to my house, and I know I still couldn't get the vast majority of the meals on there for less than $5.
Am I missing some great grocery savings mystery that the rest of the world knows about? Are there other things you mamas do to keep your grocery bill down?
07-02-2009, 07:54 PM
Hmm, I wish I could get my grocery bill down that much! :giggle2: Then again, we have a family of 4 and DS(13) eats like an adult.
We spend $300-350/mo though for all of us. It helps us that we don't buy paper products (other than T.P.) anymore. Also, I get all of our shampoo/soap/shaving/dental stuff for free or close to free from CVS/Walgreens/Target by combing coupons and sales and ECBs. That was a huge lift on our grocery bill. And I really haven't bought any of that stuff in months because I bought a ton when I got a really good price.
I switched from buying fresh chicken breasts to those bags of frozen chicken breasts. That helped, too.
07-02-2009, 08:34 PM
Umm, $250 a month is not bad :thumbsup:
07-02-2009, 08:42 PM
i dont think that is that bad either...
if you break it down, that is only $32 per person per week.
or even farther to $4.50 per person per DAY!
07-02-2009, 08:53 PM
I don't think that is bad - especially since you just had a lo! The only way to make it cheaper, in my opinion, is to go scratch cooking. Make your bread, chips, fries, burgers, everything yourself. That is how we got ours down. I don't usually buy anything I can make myself - detergents included. I don't buy most cleaning supplies. We did it because we had to, but I find I am enjoying it :) I'm not sure if I would have been able to do it with a 4mo, tho. But the options' there.
07-02-2009, 08:54 PM
Yeah that isn't bad at all! DH would love it if that was all I spent on groceries. Suprisingly my boys (both under 3) eat an enormous amount of food!
07-02-2009, 10:30 PM
Give yourself some credit! $250 is not bad at all!
07-03-2009, 11:18 PM
I agree...$250 is not bad at all! I would be jumping for joy if I could get mine down to that. Of course, I have a family of 6, so I have a lot of mouths to feed. My grocery bill runs around $500 or more a month. I'm trying very hard to get mine down by using coupons & doing the CVS/Walgreens/RiteAid stuff. Like this month so far I've done some of my grocery shopping at the commissary & some at Winn Dixie. I just try to look at the sale papers & see where I can get the best deal to go with the coupons I have. It's slowly starting to help, but I'd love to be one of those people who go from spending $400 a month to $150 a month. Someone I know at church did that...she has a family of 5 & went from spending around $400 a month on just groceries to spending around $180 a month on groceries/toiletries & some gifts. She's a pro though...I don't know if I'd ever get to that point!
07-04-2009, 01:38 AM
Do you buy in bulk? Sam's Club and Cost-co both have initial membership fee's, but it is worth it in the long run. Also, if you have a Sam's Club near you (I'm not sure about Cost-co), and you know someone that is already a member you may be able to get a card for yourself for free. My husband and my father spit the $40 a month membership fee between them, and each have cards.
Buying in bulk and making everything from scratch allows me to feed a family of 4 for only $100 a month. About once every 3 months our bill goes up to a max of $250 when we have to re-stock. We also get WIC which saves us over $100 in groceries (DD#2 is formula fed thanks to on-going thrush). Buying in bulk also saves gas. We were able to cut our shopping trips into town down to twice a month max from 6 times a month.
Making bread and things from scratch can be overwhelming with a really LO, but if you have DH take care of them for long blocks of time once a month or so, you can pre-make most of what you need and freeze it. Also, making extra large meals like enough soup for 4+ dinners, then freezing it in separate containers both cuts cost, as well as time. You can take it right out of the freezer, drop it in a pan and cook. Doesn't usually take more than half an hour.
Hopefully some of that may help.
07-05-2009, 04:43 PM
Thanks for the encouragement mamas and the ideas too! We are avid CVSers and that's worked well for us.
I have been thinking of making more things from scratch- it usually tastes better and I don't like buying processed stuff anyway.
07-05-2009, 06:29 PM
I think$250/month is GREAT!
I am trying very hard to do $400/month and struggle.