Wow, guys! I was pretty darn overwhelmed with messages from people when I posted my Grocery Budget over on Facebook a while ago. It got pretty darn intense in a short period of time. It turns out that, a lot of people think that my ability to eat healthily and eat plenty on a budget of $110.00 a week for a family of four.
I swear it is possible, I swear it is not that difficult, and I am here to share with your how I manage it!
In case you missed it, this is the image I shared on Facebook. *Make sure you are following along with me over there!*
Grocery Budget: Basics.
Realize that you are not starting from zero every week. I bet if you go to your pantry, refrigerator, freezer at this very moment, you have food. There fillers, condiments, add-ons, and a lot more. So remember that you do not have to “stock” your house every week! Does this not cut it for you? Check out this post for more detailed information on how I make it work: Grocery Budget 101 – How much should your grocery budget be?
MEAL PLAN! Seriously. If you are not meal planning you are throwing money away. If you need help getting started meal planning check out this post: Meal Planning Made Easy! to grab your free meal planning printable.
Plan your meals around the deals! You cannot just write what you want to buy for the week, and hope to stay in budget. Look at the flyers, and make meals around what is currently on sale!
Limit the amount you buy. A wake-up call for me was limiting the amount of fruit I bought. I was tossing out so much rotten fruit, each week. We simply could not eat it all before it went bad. Remember you only have to buy for 7 days, before you get to buy more. So now I limit to 4 fruits a week. (Apples, Bananas, Grapes, and the fourth is whatever is a great deal, and looks good).
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Grocery Budget: How Do You Pay For It?
CASH! Even though I do no use the cash envelope system. I do, go to the ATM right before I head to the grocery store for the week. I do not take my debit card into the store, so I do not have the option to overspend. I have $110.00 on me, that that is it.
Shop at the best store to snag the best deals. I am an Aldi’s girl. Through and Through. The amount of money I am able to save there is insane. In fact, I thought I would share the specifics of what I was able to buy last week, for only $89.35. *I am not joking!*
Bottom Round Roast 2.5 pounds
Chicken Tenderloins (2.68 pounds)
Butter (3 packs)
Yogurt Raisins (3 packs)
Gold Fish (3 Packs)
2% Milk (2 Gallons)
Pure Olive Oil
Honey Nut Cheerios
Large Eggs (Dozen)
Total – $89.35
Grocery Budget: Stop Wasting Your Money!!
If you notice there were little to no items that were not food. That is because I get those for free, or pennies. I use coupons to snag those for next to nothing. I stock up on things like: toilet paper, paper towels, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, etc. When I can get them for free or less than a dollar. Then when I need them, I go down into my basement and grab what we need. Learn how you can do it too: Couponing – You’re doing it wrong
It really is simple – and it really is doable! Make sure you check back soon – as I will be going in depth with how I meal plan, how long it takes, and what I actually cook for our family!
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