Looking back at my receipt for my groceries last week, I still couldn’t find out why my bill was so high! This week, I was determined to lower my grocery budget to below $100. Here’s how it went!
How did you save?
I looked over my meal plan and what was still left over in the fridge. I noticed there was quite a bit of food that I felt I absolutely HAD TO HAVE last weekend for some reason (I guess this was why my tab was so high) but that food that I thought I needed- ended up going to waste! I still had chicken thighs in the bottom drawer that had expired. I always see if the food can be salvaged after the sell by date- in this case… the chicken was bad. No Salmonella for us! I usually freeze the extra meat before the sell by date but for some reason it just slipped my mind.
What did you have on hand?
I had tons of side dishes in the pantry. That’s really what I did- I went to the pantry and started finding different side options and matched it with what the world’s pickiest eaters will eat for different meals. Example: For pork chops, the side dishes are macaroni and cheese and some canned corn. The chicken thighs, we make into our “Chicken Dinner” which is a mini thanksgiving! There is stuffing, roasted chicken, corn, mashed potatoes, and Jiffy cornbread muffins.
After looking through the pantry, I realized that even though I had thrown out what was bad from the left overs in the refrigerator, and the meat that had spoiled, we still had plenty of food to last us another few meals, or we at least had 2/3 of the meal on hand. I think a lot of this allowed us to come in under budget.
What dinners are on your list for this week?
We will be making:
Breakfast for Dinner
We also used some coupons which saved us $6.38.
$1.00 off Macaroni and Cheese 5pk.
$0.75 off when you buy two Cool Whip
$0.75 off Pancake Syrup
$1.00 off when you buy two granola
$1.50 off when you buy two Jennie-o ground turkey
Buy one get one free candy from the candy aisle
The last one was an impulse buy, but at the same time, because I’m making the conscious effort- if I’m going to make a silly purchase like candy, at least let there be a coupon, or let it be on clearance! I’m trying here! The Sweet Tooth cannot be tamed…
How did the couponing go?
I actually found that this time around, had I not used the coupons, I would’ve spent significantly less, because I really didn’t need to buy granola this week, let alone buy two! That was an additional $7 on my grocery bill, but it’s something that doesn’t expire within the next month, and I know the kids will eat it. If I buy it now with the coupon, it will save me money in the long run. The same goes for the ground turkey- I didn’t need the ground turkey for my meals this week, but now I have two pounds of ground turkey in the freezer when we need to throw together a quick meal! And that macaroni and cheese 5 pack? We didn’t need that either. We already had a full one, but if I didn’t buy it now, I would pay more later.
What else helped you save on groceries this week?
My blog is really helping hold me accountable for my budget and sticking to it. Because I had gone over on my grocery bill last week, I felt like I HAD to get it down this week. When Michael and I were out shopping this afternoon, we were shopping at the busiest time of the day. It always frustrates me to be stuck down an aisle between someone with a cart and another person with a stroller. Michael holds onto the cart while I go up and down the aisles and pull the products from the shelf, then I meet him at the end of the aisle. If it’s really busy, it helps me save money because I really just want to get out of there! If the aisles are empty and quiet, and I can spend time grabbing groceries, I tend to overspend like crazy! Another blessing in disguise.
Do you think you’ll have the same results next week?
This week I spent a total of $75.70. Of course I want to have the same results next week, but I will be ok if I come in at under $100. I’m going to continue to search for coupons on things that are already on our grocery list, and hopefully save another $5-$6 on each purchase. My standard grocery budget was $120 per week before, and now I’m going to try being consistent with $100 per week. And remember, this will get us about 5-6 breakfasts and dinners, and will take care of my lunch at work all week, and include some lunches for the kids too!
Have you ever had a grocery budget experience like this? Leave a comment below