Recently took I over grocery shopping from my husband and I’ve developed a totally new grocery shopping philosophy to save money! I no longer believe in stocking up on every grocery sale available.
I’m saving $100 in a month by NOT stocking up on groceries.
When I came home from my first grocery trip, I proudly showed my husband all the yummy food I had brought home. “How much did you spend?” “$132!” He looked pale. I frowned. He said nothing. The next week, I lugged home our groceries and again proudly displayed all the yummy food. “How much did you spend?” “$215.” He looked pale. I frowned. “What?” “I only spend $100 a week.” The number echoed in my head. When he did the grocery shopping he only spent $100 a week on groceries? In the words of Barney from How I Met Your Mother, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Here’s how I’ve limited my weekly grocery bill to $100 for a family of four.
- I keep a running tally of my bill in my head, adding the numbers with each new item I place in my cart.
- I limit our meat purchases. I’ve been cooking more rice and beans, which is cheap and incredibly healthy!
- I’m only buying what we’re realistically going to eat in the coming week.
- I skip extras like deli meat, unless we are having special lunch visitors (like my in-laws).
- I only buy one pound of butter a week. If we run out, we run out! I suspect we were eating WAY too much butter before because we could always pull another pound from our stock up pile in the freezer.
- I try to save at least $30 for the dairy aisle. Milk for our toddler and ourselves, yogurt, cottage cheese, string cheese, block cheese, juice, and bread all come in the final aisle. Budget buster!
There are a lot of benefits to my no stockup system.
- I’m saving at least $20 per trip – sometimes a whole lot more!
- My cart is not so full every week so checking out is quicker.
- I don’t have to lug as many bags into the car, then into the house.
- It’s quicker to put everything away.
- We’re eating less meat, which I generally consider healthy. Instead, I’m cooking rice and beans about once a week, one of my cheap dinner recipes.
- I’m more aware of throwing food away because I’m so careful with each dollar I spend.
Do you set a dollar limit on your grocery trip?