When I used to go to the grocery store I used to spend about $250 each and every week. I was riding high with a nice salary. That was until I lost my job. I had to quickly learn how to survive off of less money. I want to share with you some tricks that I learned to get what my family of 4 needs each and every week for less than $100 per week. I started out by signing up with to get all the latest coupons and discounts at Savasarus.
Buy What is In Season
I learned this trick early on. One way to really save some money is to buy produce that is in season. So many people complain about produce being too high. This is not the case if you buy what is in season only. Right now it is the beginning of June and pineapples and mangoes are in season.
Last week, I was able to get 2 mangoes for $1. That is .50 cents each. Pineapples are on sale for $1 theses babies normally cost $3.99 USD. Don't believe the hype you can save money and eat healthy.
Buy what is in season. If you do not know what is in season visit this website. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/whats-in-season-summer There is a list of over 20 fruits and veggies for each and every season.
Plan out Your Meals
Fail to plan, plan to fail. This holds true with grocery shopping and saving money. Plan out your meals for the week. Write down all of the ingredients that each meal requires. Then, place a dollar amount by each item. Add up the total and you have your meals planned and your grocery shopping budget.
One thing that I have learned when it comes to saving money with groceries is to stockup when things are on sale. It is even better when you can do it with coupons. I have learned that sales are cyclical.
Sales happen every 6-8 weeks for the same items. My husband is vegetarian so I stock up on eggs when they go on sale at Kroger 4 dozen for $5. It is like magic every time they are about to run out the sale comes back around.
Minimize Buying Prepackaged Foods
Most of the prepackaged foods make you fat and they are costly. I am absolutely in love with Youtube because I have learned how to make just about everything I wanted from scratch at a fraction of the price, and often times I find that it tastes better!
I have learned how to make salad dressings, lasagna, cookie, ice cream, brownies, biscuits, sushi, and homemade bread (to name a few) just by watching Youtube. Buy making your own food you know what exactly goes in it and you save money. Another perk is that you will find that you have more servings to go around. Check out my favorite cook on Youtube Laura Vitale.
Eat Vegetarian a Few Nights a Week
One way to keep your waist and spending slim is to eat vegetarian a few dinners per week. I was a huge meat eater. I had to have it for each and every meal. I realized that the meat and prepackaged food was keeping my waist fat and my wallet slim. Try out a couple of vegetarian meals from scratch and you will be surprised at the results.