Anyone else ready to tackle their grocery budget this month?
You’re not alone!
After Christmas I always feel like it’s a great time to reign our grocery budget in, so today is the perfect day to start.
Each Tuesday for the rest of the month (going right up until February 1st), I’ll be sharing the Ultimate Guide to a Better Grocery Budget, including tips to help busy families transform their grocery budget (even if you don’t have tons of time to clip coupons.) I’ll also include pics of what we actually buy, so you hold me accountable too. 🙂
My biggest tip?
(THIS is the one I’ve been use and I. love. it. Highly recommend if you’re looking for one!)
Let’s get started . . .
1. First things first ~ determine your grocery budget.
Before you start really tackling your grocery budget, look at what you’ve spent over the last few months on groceries and decide how much you’d like to cut your grocery budget. Expect to save about 20% on your grocery bill over the next month as you’re building your pantry with basic staples, and you should see significantly larger savings in the next six months.
2. Decide how much you want to spend each week on “stockpile” items.
Remember that just about every item in the grocery store will go on sale within six to twelve weeks, so purchase enough non-perishable items when they’re on sale so that you won’t have to purchase those items again at full price. When I see a great price on something I’ll purchase as much as my grocery budget can afford, so I’m not paying full price when it’s not on sale.
3. Know your prices.
Goodness, this is probably my biggest frustration ever when talking to folks who spend too much on groceries! So many people naively go blindly into the grocery store with a list in hand (or maybe worse, with no list at all), without even considering what’s on sale. This is the easiest way to spend way too much at the grocery store, and you can easily save big if you just put a little forethought into shopping!
Can I just tell you the easiest thing you can do EVER to reduce your grocery budget is to know what really is a good price? By determining a stock up price (at the very least just for produce, dairy and meat products?) and only buying items at their stock up price, I’m betting you can cut your grocery bill by at least 1/3 each week.
And above all else . . .
shop with a grocery list and menu plan.
When I’m completely on track, I use Tiffany from Eat at Home Cook’s Menu Plan and love. it. Before shopping I go through her list, shop my stockpile, and mark off what I can by shopping my pantry before heading to the store. It’s quick, easy, and I get my grocery shopping done in record time.
Head on over HERE and check out Tiffany’s Menu Plans ~ through next week they cost as little as 1.15 per week, and I really do just love mine. If you’ve tried them out in the past I’d love to know if they’ve worked for you!
Here’s what our grocery shopping looked like this week . . .
(My big splurge this week was on those pre-sliced apples for $4.98. I know it’s WAY too much to pay, but my kids gobble them down like candy and I love that they have an easy healthy snack ready whenever they need it!)
I followed Tiffany’s Menu Plan exactly, shopped my pantry before heading out, shopped at Walmart (gasp!) and spent $45.99 for all the groceries I’ll need to make 5 meals + 1 dessert.
(Note, I’m using the Whole Foods option this week ~ made the Chicken Florentine Quesadillas last night and they were fantastic, and her slow cooker beef tacos are cooking up in Mrs. Potts right now. Success!)
The prices on the menu plan goes up NEXT week (1/17/16), so definitely order soon if you’re interested.
So, start with your grocery budget, know your prices, and make a menu plan and grocery list ~ I know you can do this.
Decide today to really transform what you’re spending, and I promise you’ll see success. Leave a comment if you’re joining us, and (if you feel comfortable) let me know what you’re spending so we can all decide to stick together and transform our finances in 2017.
Happy penny pinching!
Looking for more ways to change your grocery budget?
- How To Really Change Your Grocery Budget
- Top 10 Grocery Budget Busters
- The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: 7 Strategies to Save
- The Ultimate Guide To A Better Grocery Budget: 7 (MORE!) Strategies to Save