How I spend $100 on groceries
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|Sat, 11-21-2009 - 1:07pm|
First off, I shop at Winco. Its a Northwest chain of stores that are employed owned. And REALLY cheap!
Second, I make out a meal plan for the month (this is the first time I've done it and it seems to have worked out great).
Third, I coupon like mad!
Fourth, I make my list based on what we need for the meal plans and check my coupons against my list. I will write next to my list *coupon* so I know to look in my book for that item and see if buying the name brand on the coupon is worth it, or if it will be cheaper to just buy the off brand.
We only buy meat every month and a half to two months. We purchase it at Costco and make the portions a bit smaller to last. This comes to about $40.
We buy bread at Winco at $0.48 a loaf. I usually buy two.
We don't make our own baby food. Jacob just eats what we are having. I just make sure its small enough and soft enough for him.
As far as fresh veggies, we hope to have a garden next year. But I spend maybe an extra $20 on those through out the month. We do more canned veggies.
It helps that I am on WIC, and his formula and juice are paid for. Although, next month he is on regular milk so I'm sure our bill is going to go up a bit.
Oh, I also go into the grocery store with the mind set that I am not spending more than $100 on groceries. I will put a tally mark on my list for every $1 that goes into my cart, I round up as much as possible and I don't include my coupon savings (unless its buy one get one free, then I just don't write down the second item). We don't buy junk food and I watch the sales. Generally we shop only at Winco, but sometimes there are a few stores here that will have 12 hour sales that are really good. If we have the extra cash and the room, I will go shopping on those days. But only for the items on my list.
We spent $86 on our last grocery trip, saved $15, used 25 coupons, and purchased 76 items. I figured it out and we purchased $10 of items that were not on our list (I had forgotten a few items).
It gets a little skimpy towards the end of the month, but we make it work and that is what matters the most.
Also, we are a family of three. Myself, my husband and our baby.
Over all, I would say for the entire month we spend closer to $175 or less. But I go based off the $100 because we do that shopping every month. Its not every month that we have to buy more meat.