A lot has happened since I first started attempting to lower our grocery bill! We opened a new shop (for my husband), traveled 2 weekends in a row, & celebrated our oldest daughter’s 9th birthday. Here are some of the fun things we’ve done in just a few weeks:
Since we’ve had such a crazy month, I can’t quite give an accurate amount of what we spent on groceries. However, there are a few things I’ve discovered that I thought would be helpful.
I Like Aldi’s
I said in my last post that Aldi’s was odd, but I would keep trying it. Now, I’ve gone every week & I really enjoy the store. For one, their cashiers are always friendly! The store isn’t very crowded (I’ve only been during the week), and I’m less overwhelmed with the unfamiliarity. We’ve found several items that I will keep getting there: organic fruit strips, honey, muffin mix, yogurt tubes, & sandwich bread. Their organic brand seems great & I can tell that we do save a lot by shopping there.
This has been a huge component to whether I will succeed in lowering our grocery bill. If I spend just a little time on Sunday afternoon looking over the local ads and planning out our dinners, we spend less money and have a smoother, more organized week. We are less likely to eat out and I don’t stress about what in the world we will have for dinner. Even if we are eating out, I plan for it & maybe we eat slightly less extravagant meals other nights. This meal planning chart is still a favorite!
Though I don’t have a total spent in the last month, I know that we spent approximately $100 per week at 2-3 grocery stores. Additionally, I went to Costco and spent ~ $200, which included detergent, toilet paper, etc. If I continue with this, the monthly total would be about $600. I think that’s a great budget for our family! One thing I wonder about: the “extra” items that we have to purchase at various times during the year- hair & body products, charcoal, paper products, etc. Will that affect this budget a lot? It’s like we need a monthly amount in our budget set aside for random things- gifts, birthdays, dinner guests, school supplies, etc. Do you guys have these things separate?
I planned out our groceries this week & went to 3 stores with my little helper buddy. We went to Aldi’s, Sprouts, & Walmart Neighborhood Market, and spent a total of $115. Here is what I got:
This is $15 over my goal of $100/week. However, I did buy a dustpan, eggs for preschool, and stocked up on canned tomatoes. Those will all last a while, but if I were really trying to stay right at $100, I wouldn’t have bought the tomatoes. I need to think about that next time… Also, I bought that blueberry pie at Sprouts- for $3.99. It is SO worth it!
How are you doing with grocery budgeting? Let us know if you have any tips!