Earlier this week I posted this list of monthly grocery budget based off family size on my Facebook page and asked what you thought of the prices. I recently moved in with my boyfriend and we strive to keep our monthly grocery budget to around $300. Weekly we try to spend about $70.
Here’s how I stick to my grocery budget (or at least how I try to stick to it)
Plan your meals for the week
The first thing I do is plan my meals for the week before I go shopping. This helps me stick to my list when shopping because i know exactly what I need to make each meal. I also try to make meals with similar ingredients, so that nothing goes to waste.
Buy produce at a fruit/farm stand
The fruit and salads from the grocery store are so expensive and you get very little for the price. I am lucky enough to work near a produce junction. I am able to get my weekly fruits and veggies for around $15 and I often have extra at the end.
When it comes to buying in bulk we stick to pantry staples with products like paper towels, trash bags, etc. This is something new that we’ve tried and I believe it will really help in the long run. It is more money upfront but we won’t have to stock up on these things as often which will save us money. On the months that we need repurchase items our expenses will be higher on groceries.
I am new avid Aldi shopper. They’re products aren’t name-brand but they’re good quality and cheap. I get so much from here for the week for so cheap. I buy almost everything here except my produce. They have great snacks and I don’t mind their meat selection either.
I get the weekly circulars from grocery stores in my area telling me what deals are going on. If I see a sale on my favorite things I will go for it. If you are shopping sales be sure to base what you’re cooking for the week around the sale. Be weary of buying things just because they are on sale doing this is a slippery slope. I can often get sucked into sales but if you don’t need it don’t buy it!
What do you think of these money-saving tips? How do you stick to your grocery budget?
Thanks for reading!
XO- Samantha Leigh