Saving Money Grocery Shopping…and a Giveaway!!!

 

Saving Money Grocery ShoppingDo you like living? You do? Great! Then chances are that you like eating. Why? Because you have to eat to live, of course! And honestly, what is more fun than eating a spectacularly cooked meal at a 5-star restaurant in an exotic locale? Well, not much in my book. Still, I would put saving money right at the top of that list as well. Unfortunately, one great way to save money is to start cooking at home – which means having to endure that dreaded trip to the grocery store.

I know, I know. Cooking at home can be so time-consuming. It can be so stressful. For people like me who love to eat but not cook, the act of cooking can be soooo…freaking…boring. Unfortunately, the fact is that eating at home can save you money. I know from experience. For years, we spent our money recklessly on eating out. Eventually, we began wondering where all of our money was going. When we finally sat down to do a written budget, we learned that our dollars were flying straight out of our bank accounts and into our stomachs, courtesy of our local restauranteurs.

 

Saving Money on Your Grocery Budget

While saving money on food starts with eating at home, the fact is that you could still be spending much more than you need to if you aren’t careful about your grocery shopping. Eating steamed crab legs at home every night would sure feel like I’d entered the Elysian Fields. However, my pocket-book wouldn’t like it so much. Here are a few tips on how to set a grocery budget that won’t break the bank.

 

1) Eat Less Meat

Yep, I said it. Call me un-American. Call me a treehugger. Call me a freak. I don’t care. The fact is that most of us eat way too much meat. A little meat is fine. 8 portions a day is a little much. Not only is eating too much meat a detriment to our health, it can also put our finances on life support. In addition, the whole “meat” industry isn’t particularly good for the environment. It consumes a ton of resources just to get that tasty burger to your plate. Plus, all that animal poop is one of the biggest contributors to methane gas emissions – which is a greenhouse gas. So, next time you are thinking about chowing down on that 3 lb. steak, add some veggies to your meal and choose the 8 oz. steak instead.

 

2) Plan Meals Around Sale Items

Do need to eat steak or hamburger at every meal? Is asparagus something you just can’t live without on a daily basis? Well, be prepared to take a hit to your grocery budget. However, if you are flexible in your meal planning, you are much more likely to save money. How? Buy, cook, and eat what is on sale. This can save you thousands of dollars over the course of the year.

 

3) Shop While You are Full

Hey, hungry pants! Don’t go grocery shopping while your tummy is growling at you. Most of us have probably heard this before, but it bears repeating. If you are hungry when you go shopping, even the brussel sprouts start to look good. When everything looks yummy, you buy things that you normally wouldn’t…and things that you don’t even need. So, eat before you go shopping. It will keep you from starving the rest of your budget.

 

4) Don’t Buy More Than You Need

I know a lot of people who love places like Sam’s Club. They love the ability to buy in bulk. Often times, even at the regular grocery stores, you can find better deals on products that come in larger quantities. (Be careful, though. This is not always the case.) However, it is only a great deal if you are going to be able to eat all that you buy. If you are paying more for product that you won’t use, you’ve probably wasted money – even if it is priced less per pound. Should you find that you have more food than you can inhale at one sitting, make sure you eat the left-overs. Better yet, there are some items that you can use in another meal. Take that pot roast, and make vegetable beef soup. Somethings taste even better the second time around.

 

5) Eat Cheap Meals at Least Once a Week

Here is one for you: eat cheaply. Use coupons to buy cheap brand name products and eat those at least once a week. Don’t have coupons? Then buy generic. Store brands taste waaaay better than they did when I was a kid. I’m not sure if the quality has increased or if they just taste better because now I’m spending my own money. Regardless, try them out if you haven’t for a while. You may be surprised at how good they taste.

Better yet, make breakfast for dinner. Traditional breakfast food is pretty darn cheap. In our house, we love eating eggs at least once a week Furthermore, you can get bacon (or turkey bacon) and pancake mix very cheaply at the grocery store. Eat breakfast for dinner once a week, and watch your grocery bill experience some George Costanza like shrinkage. (Was that too much???)

 

Let’s face it: there are tons of ways to save money on grocery shopping. Pick the methods that work best for you, and you’ll be saving money in no time.

 

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About Greg

Greg Johnson is a proud husband, father, and debt crusader who believes in living life now while saving for the future. He is the co-founder of the personal finance website Club Thrifty, where he brings the awesome sauce each and every day.

Comments

  1. What makes cooking boring for you besides being a guy? I’m just curious :)

  2. I just had breakfast for dinner. A sugar fix and a cheap meal! Going vegetarian twice a week is not that hard and saves a lot on meat.

  3. Great tips. Meat can be the biggest chunk of a budget so going meatless even one or two days a week will help see a significant decrease over the long term with the budget. Building your shops around flyer sales is also another great tip you pointed out and one that we always use. Mr.CBB

  4. I used to think cooking was a pain too and oh so boring until I started watching youtube videos on how to cook. To kick start this – check out Italian Grandmas cooking on home videoes posted on youtube. They’re hysterical and can really get you motivated. Crank up the Luciano Pavorotti music, watch youtube and start really enjoying cooking.

    • I love cooking shows. Honestly, I’d probably like cooking more if I had more time. I’m just not very creative when it comes to cooking meals. I eat peanut butter toast for lunch most days :D

  5. We LOVE breakfast for dinner. (And that’s exactly what we call it, too!)

  6. Breakfast for dinner is also one of my favorite go-to cheap dinners. Also can’t beat Matzo ball soup or spaghetti in a pinch.

  7. yes , cooking food at home is the best option to save the money . and if you eat meat daily from outside it consume lot of money for single time . so if you cook same meat at home it saves money . i know this is very time consuming but at starting you think so but after some time it convert into your habit . because if some affords saves our money so why don’t you try this ? and one main thing if you take meal like vegetables twice in a weak then it is better . so try these tips once a time .

  8. So glad that you are part of this giveaway! As you know, couponing is the main way that we save money on groceries.

    • We used to do a lot of couponing. We don’t do quite as much these days, but we still use them if we have them. People don’t realize it, but it is a great way to save!

  9. We have breakfast for dinner about once a week. Everyone loves it. We’ve also found that we eat way less meat if we make enchiladas or tacos or similar. We can feel three of us on one chicken breast. We also love George Costanza. Shrinkage is a good one, but my favorite, of course, is when he buys Gloria Vanderbilt glasses because he can’t see when he’s trying them on. Classic!

  10. I love breakfast for dinner and it’s funny because when my wife is creating her meal list for the week and has some openings that she’ll ask for suggestions, I’ll often suggest that and it works. Usually we have everything except maybe sometimes we’ll buy some sausage links or something to give a little extra, but it still works out cheap, and we all love it!

  11. Cheap meals are my go to. I try to incorporate one in every week and the wife is on board. Breakfast for dinner is a classic that is so cheap, it is not even funny. Nice job Greg.

  12. It’s CRAZY how terrible growing livestock is for our environment. I’d have to go back and look at the reports, but raising cattle is almost as bad (or maybe more…can’t remember) than driving cars!

  13. Shopping on an empty stomach is the worst thing you could do, definitely! Everything looks good to eat, and pretty soon, you forget about your shopping list and your budget!

  14. I love cooking — I love grocery shopping, I love prepping veggies, I love stirring things — the whole process relaxes me. I don’t find it boring at all! But I know I’m in the minority, and a lot more people enjoy eating, but not cooking. :)

    • Greg loves eating, but he definitely hates cooking. He does do a lot of other domestic stuff though. He is pretty helpful most of the time!

  15. We have atl least on vegetarian meal a week. I really like salads and vegetables anyway so it is a pleasure. Soups work well too. My wife plans weekly menus and uses a list to shop.

  16. Debra Gaswint says:

    Buy sale items with coupons, when I can and buy generic or store brands.

  17. I buy corn tortillas (an use flour) and melt cheddar cheese between two in the microwave, serve it with a side of black beans, some green beans, sour cream, and salsa. My kids request this meal often and it is dirt cheap to make!

  18. Pancakes for Dinner – I’m happy as a lark. When we are low on grocery money, we generally eat spaghetti. Probably the cheapest option for dinner unless we are talking pancakes!

    • We had pancackes for dinner tonight! And we had spaghetti a couple of nights ago! Our other weekly cheap dinner is scrambled eggs and toast.

  19. I see these hoarders who stock up on tons of stuff because it was “on sale” and think immediately of the time value of money. Imagine all the other ways that money could have been spent instead of in a basement somewhere.

    • I totally agree. Stockpiling within reason is a great idea. However, the people on extreme couponing are insane. Nobody needs that much stuff, period.

  20. I have a bad habit of buying more then we need, and then we have to start priority eating so we do not have to throw anything away.

  21. Sharon K Williams says:

    My husband and I shop once a week for groceries and with the prices of groceries tody it’s hard to keep our grocert bill down below $80.00. This giveaway would really help us out.

  22. Hey Sharon! Unfortunately, this giveaway is over. However, we do have one going on right now on the homepage and we are doing another one starting tomorrow!

  23. lol, I love the rule about not shopping when you’re hungry. I’ve known that rule for many years. Recently my boyfriend and I went shopping for a camping trip that weekend before I’d had dinner and besides getting all of the things we needed, we also came back with a thorough supply of donuts, cookies and hot cheetos. lol

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