I've trimmed my food budget by doing a few easy things:
A) I look through all the grocery ads in my area and I create menus based on what's on sale. I don't use a lot of coupons because I find that most generic items are cheaper than items with coupons.
B) I buy large packages of meat because they cost more upfront, but are cheaper in the long run.
C) I shop at Aldi for some of the basic items we always need. They are cheaper than any other grocery store on the basics.
I changed my diet completely about 6 months ago and have found that my food budget has gradually gotten higher because healthier food is far more expensive than cheap, not healthy food. I do the best I can by buying generics and such.
I don't buy very much convenience food at all - tv dinners, bagged dinners, etc.
I do some coupon shopping, some Aldi shopping, generics and sales.
Here are some couponing websites that I find helpful:
My favorite is:
Other ways to save money on groceries:
Welcome to the board! You've gotten some good advice already.
I don't use a lot of coupons for most groceries. I start by planning menus based on what I have on hand. My grocery budget is mostly used to stock up on loss leaders and to replenish my pantry/freezer w/what is on sale (if needed). Most of my grocery shopping is done at Aldi's.
I'm glad you've found other threads on the board that are helpful! Hoping to see you become an active board member! :smileyhappy:
I dont have much advise on cupons cuz i live in a foreign country and cupons are not really "done" here. like you can go with your cupon to the grocery store and they just refuse to take them.
anyway....my suggestion on lowering the grocery budget is to also re-think what you are willing to eat. i dont know how picky your children are so this might not work for you but there are lots of different ways to save money but still eat well by trying out new recipes. think "war time" lol. like lentil soup with bread (i make the greek kind since im in greece). i know, you think im nuts, but if you try it, it is really tasty, filling, and totally cheap.
The other ladies covered most of everything.
Thank you to all who have responded.
gruntsgal wrote:We compared our food bills and if she cut out 75% of the meat she would spend around $400 a month.
We compared our food bills and if she cut out 75% of the meat she would spend around $400 a month.