We’ve been doing the grocery budget roundup for about three weeks now. How is it going for you? We’re doing pretty good over here I must say.
Last weekend wasn’t my best. We ended up spending a little more money than we wanted to because of my family being in town – but otherwise, it is going well.
There was one store here that tripled coupons this weekend! Boy oh boy was I excited. I stocked up on my coffee creamer (that I ended up getting for $0.54 each! – usually $2.19) and I stocked up on canned soup. Miss Lindsie buys canned soup?! Yessss I do, because when you need to make something quick or for late night snacking, canned soups rocks my dang socks.
Food On The Table has really helped me in my menu planning and sticking to the Grocery Budget Roundup for $40.00 a week. They show me everything that is on sale each week at my local stores, and even alert me on my phone when the new sales are available so that I can start planning. I think that my favorite feature is that it gives me sales and recommendations based on what I like, not just the average Joe.
You can find my weekly menu by clicking on the Weekly Meal Plan section of my website, and then clicking the appropriate week – or really any week you desire to see past menus, or just sign up for my newsletter (just scroll alllll the way down to the bottom of the page, enter your e-mail and click subscribe), and have the menu with a printable grocery list sent right to your inbox every Sunday.
Alright, so back to menu planning. Like I said in the initial Grocery Budget Roundup post, I like to use Food on The Table’s actual website first and see what is on sale, and then I visit each grocery stores website directly and see what else is on sale.
The main purpose of this is to $ave, $ave, $ave!
I get a piece of paper and a pen, and write each day of the week. Making sure to leave lots of space between days, because I change my mind a few times, and need to scribble stuff out.
So this week for example, I checked Harris Teeter, Kroger and Food Lion.
I look for meat first. Get the protein part of my recipe under my belt. I look at each flyer, and see what cut is on sale. Fridays are always left over nights here (or pizza!), so I automatically jot down “leftovers” under Friday.
This week, Food Lion has Boston Butt pork loin on sale for $1.49/lb! Great deal. This is when going a little bit over your budget is okay, because you can buy a big ol hunk of meat, and when you get home cut it in half (or ask your butcher to – most will) and have two meals. And then, when you decide to add your pork to your menu again, you’ll save some money at the grocery store because you don’t have to buy meat.
I then continue to look at the sales, ensuring that I have a night at least once a week for soup and salad or soup and sandwiches. We love soup.
Then, comes veggies. Buy what is in season. It’ll save you money, and you’ll be supporting your local farmers.
After I plan my veggies, I always check where there is butter on sale, because I always need some butter. Who doesn’t?
Lastly, I check my pantry and fridge and freezer. I make a mental list of what I have, what is running low, and what I am completely out of. I add the ingredients to my store list based on sale, and if it is not on sale, it is usually added to my Food Lion list.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing your staples at a store like Food Lion. They are generally about saving money, so they will always have the best prices on things like butter, flour, sugar, salt, rice etc.
Everything I bought at Kroger was on sale. Make sure to use your store cards to got me the best deals. And, I know you’ll get great deals too.
Harris Teeter tripled their coupons this weekend! Awesome. But, for some reason the receipt picture won’t load – damn technology. I will try and upload it later.
With utilizing coupons and sales you can really save some money, and stick to your budget of $40.00 a week.
How are you doing with the budget? Have you made any changes? Increased your budget? Decreased it? I’d love to know. Leave me a comment and tell me how you’re doing! I’d love to hear from you.
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