We spend roughly $800 per month on groceries. We don’t go on extravagant shopping sprees every week. This surprises most people, even other large families who spend twice as much with half as many children. The question they ask is, “What on earth are you eating?”
A better question may be, “What on earth aren’t you eating?” We rarely eat out or buy processed food. Boxed meals or frozen dinners are not in our stock. We fill our kitchen with with meals we love, largely made from scratch with natural ingredients. For specifics of meals, check out my cookbooks here.
Are you struggling with keeping your food budget manageable? In my second cookbook Love in the Kitchen Volume 2 you will find a whole section on keeping your grocery bill light. I have several principles for saving money. Here are five:
- Before you shop take a survey of what you already have in the freezer and refrigerator and make a list of possible meals you could make from those items. Your shopping list will be much smaller than if you just went shopping.
- Buy meat in bulk or family packs. I often find meat marked down considerably, hardly ever buying at full retail price. I freeze the packs in our freezers.
- Buy fresh vegetables and fruits in season. They are less expensive and better tasting. These are usually the fruits and vegetables that are on sale at the time. Buy them up and enjoy them with the family.
- Keep track of prices of things. Know your prices in different stores. Know whether canned goods or dry foods really are a bargain.
- Don’t be fooled into buying foods just because they claim to be “healthy.” There are obvious junky foods like chips and sugar-coated snacks, but things like veggie sausage and organic rice (both more expensive than regular) are not worth it.
These are just a few starting points to shopping wisely, principles on how we keep our grocery bills low. What are some of your best shopping tips? Use the comment section below to share.
For example, we make homemade popcorn by the case. Pictured above is microwave popcorn. Though the cost difference is huge (like 10:1), most people eat microwave popcorn. I would love to hear your shopping tips on saving money, as I’m sure others would, too. Write them below!