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Each week I stick to a $100 per week grocery budget for our family of four. I shared my three tips for feeding a family of four with $100, but I still get lots of questions on how to make it work. So, I am sharing seven in-store strategies to help you stick to your grocery budget.
Grocery Budget: Have An Idea
The best way to blow your budget is to walk into the store without an idea of what you are going to buy. Have at least one full meal idea in mind before you enter the store.
Grocery Budget: Know What’s On Sale
Each week your local grocery puts out a circular, a list of featured items in the store that week. New sales usually start on Sunday or Wednesday. Find out which day the sale begins at your local store and shop as soon after the sales changes as possible.
You can find almost all store circulars online to save yourself time and money.
Grocery Budget: Keep It Simple
Keep your meal ideas simple and to the point. Plan for one splurge meal per week in your budget. My family loves salmon, and I prefer fresh fish. At $8.00/lb we can’t buy fresh salmon every week and keep our budget. And I’m allergic to peanut butter, so PBJ night will never happen in our house.
Check out these 10 quick and easy dinner time meals for some inspiration on keeping it simple and budget friendly.
Grocery Budget: Start with Meat and Protein
I don’t like to waste time when I am shopping. My goal is to make one trip around the store and head out. But the best way to plan your budget is to conquer the high dollar items first. Those are going to be meats and proteins. Build your meals around those items.
Knowing a few meals ahead of time helps save time also. If you know what fruit and vegetables you need to complete your meal, you won’t have to circle back to the produce section once you’ve picked up your meat and protein.
Grocery Budget: Don’t Forget Lunch
As a work at home mom, lunch is something I often overlook. I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of my day and before I know it it’s time to pick up the kids and I haven’t eaten a bite. Then I am tempted to blow the food budget and my diet running to the drive-through.
But with easy to prepare lunches like Frontera® frozen meals, I am able to work in tasty food with authentic Mexican flavor in less than 5 minutes. Using the time-honored method of fire roasting and created by an award-winning chef these single-serving entrees are full of flavor and premium ingredients.
I got the Frontera Chicken Fajita Bowl and the Barbacoa Taco Bowl. Check out all the fearlessly flavorful options they have to offer on the Frontera website.
Grocery Budget: Use Coupons
I used to spend hours searching, clipping…yes, with scissors, and organizing my coupons to get the most savings. The excitement I felt when something was on sale AND had a coupon was ridiculous. Double score.
I don’t have time for that now. But thank goodness stores like Kroger have digital coupons you can click and load to your store loyalty card. Easy peasy. Click here to save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Frontera meal. Download this awesome deal before it’s gone!
Grocery Budget: End With Breakfast
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I agree. But when you’re planning your grocery budget, breakfast is going to be the last item you fit in. Why, you ask? So that you don’t splurge on high cost, low quality, no cooking required items like breakfast pastries and sugary cereals. Here’s a list of grab and go breakfast items you can add to your list that won’t break the bank.
What do you find the hardest in sticking to your grocery budget? Let us know in the comments below.