I made the quickest run this morning to Kroger after working out (I’m telling you what, going to the grocery at 6 AM is the best way to shop – it makes life so much easier!) Because I’d shopped Costco last week as well as the Kroger Mega Sale, we didn’t have all that much that we needed, so I just picked up the items on my list from this week’s menu plan.
Goodness, it is amazing how much you can save simply by shopping with a list and menu plan, especially if you can find a few of the items on sale. All I had to do was run in and grab a few things that I didn’t have in our pantry (I love having a stockpile with many of these foods!), so my grocery bill this week was a whopping $22.17 for the week. (Yay!)
- Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99 (normally $2.99)
- Kroger Chicken Breast $7.99 (normally $13.99)
- Organic Chicken Broth $2 (regularly $2.49)
- 2 Green Peppers $1
- Kroger Half & Half $1.39 (regularly $1.59)
- Kroger Green Beans $.69
- Bag of Granny Smith Apples $3.99
- Red Onions $1
- Organic Tomato $.60
- Bananas $1.52
- Total = $22.17
I’ve really been working to stick to our grocery budget, this helped so much. I’m thrilled to be well under budget this week, and excited to see where we end up at the end of our two week grocery budget! I can’t express enough how very important it it grocery shop with a plan in mind, and to strategically shop the sales ad so that even without coupons you always get a deal. You can even try “coupon” shopping every other week (especially when the coupon deals are good), and then on opposite weeks stock up only on produce, bread, milk, and any items you absolutely need for your menus. It can’t definitely have an impact on your grocery budget, and you’ll see savings almost immediately!
If you’ve been struggling to start this month out on track, I encourage you to consider living on a budget, and you may want to try out a menu plan too. I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re working to save big this month too!
I’d love for you to join me on Pinterest for more penny pinching ideas, and keep up with my Fall Menu Planning Board to see what we’re cooking up each week!