What do you pay per month at the grocery store?
This months grocery bill was out of control: $700.
Normally, we spend between $400-500 with the aim of $100 a week.
The reason that our normal grocery bill was higher this month was because I went shopping in a grocery store and my husband picked up even more items a couple of days later.
In addition, I didn’t watch our expenses as closely as I should have done and felt the need to stock up on some items, like juices and fish to freeze.
So, how do I get back on track with $100 a week grocery budget spending?
1) Check sales flyers & offers
I want to know what is on sale so that I can find the best prices for items possible. I circle what I want! However, I sometimes keep for getting that
2) Make a meal plan
Based on the sales flyer information and items we still have in the fridge, freezer and pantry I will make a meal plan.
It is key to communicate the plan to my husband so that he knows what possibilities there are if he happens to make dinner.
3) Write down a list
Don’t you feel like a headless chicken without a list? Once the meals are planned and the sales flyer is combed through, I am happy to write down the items I need inclusive the price I expect to pay. Sum it up for an estimate at checkout!
4) Order online via Peapod, Instacart ect if possible
I am now a Stop &Shop shopper via Peapod. There are a few cons of buying via Peapod, such as their stock doesn’t mirror Stop & Stop’s and the sales between Peapod and Stop & Shop differ. However, I love that I see immediately how much I am spending and the driver delivers the items straight to my kitchen. What a time saver!
I haven’t tried Instacart yet, as they started their business in Boston around the time we moved. Have you any experience with it?
5) Track down coupons and rebates
I love coupons. If I order online, it’s easy to go through the list of items I bought and match coupons and give it to the driver upon delivery!
If I go to the store I pre-organize my coupons as well.
No idea about couponing, check out my post here.
6) Use a loyalty program if available
Through Stop & Shop’s loyalty program I earn gas rewards automatically even if ordering via Peapod.
In some shops you won’t get the sales price if you don’t participate in the loyalty program.
7) Check offers on SavingStar and Upromise
Once in a while I buy something which is offered through SavingStar and Upromise. (Don’t forget to link your store loyalty cart ). Once a year, before Christmas, I empty those accounts. It’s not much, but one or two Christmast gifts will be covered by that.
8) Submit receipts to Checkout51, Ibotta ect if applicable
There are many of those data collecting companies out there at the moment. I used to be more active with two of these, but my interest has dropped considerably. I still get e-mail updates and submit receipts if I think it is worth it.
9) Freezer meals
No, not the store bought ones. Prepare on Sunday and eat the whole week your home cooked meals! Freezing meals is one of the new endeavors in changing up our habits and routines. In combination with meal planning, this will be a great way in reducing stress during the week and providing nutritious food for our kiddos and us.
10) Drink more water, less juice
I love flavored water, from juices to lemonades; only sodas are off limit. We unfortunately don’t drink so much water on it’s on. However, those juices and lemonades are really expensive, ranging anything from $2.50-$4.99.
I want to try making infused waters. Less sugar, more value I hope. I have a couple of swing top bottles, which are perfect for that purpose.
11) Make bread
One of my pre-children hobbies was making bread, sough dough bread to be precise. Unfortunately, they never came out as good as I hoped for. As I am missing that and good bread is hard to find, I am going to start doing that. A good bread around here costs $5.
(I wonder though if there would be an actually saving if I would make the bread. Between buying good flour, price of energy and my time… there might be just a few cents different!)
12) Make yogurt
My children literarily dive into yogurt. I love that they love it. But what bothers me is that there is a lot of sugar in yoghurt.
As part of my quests in reducing sugar, this will be a must to try and maintain if the children like my yoghurt, too.
In addition, making yoghurt sounds very simple if you use plain yoghurt as a starter.
13) Make fruits, veggies and herbs last longer
The questions is: How $$$ are you throwing away? I hate to find spoiled food. There are so many ways to conserve and preserve that only you need to decide which to pick. My preferred one is freezing if possible.
How do you cut your grocery bill?