Monday, March 12, 2012

Happy Monday

I am not sure about you but I suck at not spending a ton of money each time I go to the grocery store. I have really tried to cut back recently but have only managed to save a little bit of money here and there. So I made a new in bulk or on sale when possible.

As you know, I love to cook, so I am certainly not going to throw my love of cooking out the window and serve pb&j's for dinner all week to save money, but I have found that I can see what is on sale each week and plan my menu around that, rather than planning it ahead of time and ignoring the sale items (which was my standard oblivious go-to).

I am still having trouble trying to keep our weekly shopping trip around $100. I guess I am just one of those people the grocery store LOVES because I see a new product and of course I throw not one, but two of it in my cart. I mean to be honest, A has more snacks piled up on her shelf than a food kitchen, yet, I still buy her more each week when I am at the store. Well, sorry sugar, but no more, Mommy is on a mission!

Produces are still the worst, because we like to eat really fresh, which means more than 75% of my cart is filled with produces, meats, cheese, and yogurt. Some things I have found helpful is that I have started to buy blocks of cheese instead of slices, which not only taste fresher but are cheaper! I also am mainly a store brand kinda girl now. But alas, like most things in my life, there are some area I will not settle. I will only buy the meats that we like which of course are the pricy ones, which means I won't buy the cheaper meat to save money, I also need to have variety in my diet, so a collection of fruits, including berries are always in our fridge.

I know this is a start and my girlfriends are helping me find ways to tailor my grocery store blowouts, but any advice or tips would be more than appreciated!


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1 comment:

  1. I have the same problem! I barely pay attention to sales in the grocery store. I have been better about buying store brand (sometimes - like you, there are some things I just refuse to skimp on) but I still need to do more to cut the budget! Keep sharing your ideas!


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