About a year ago, I came across Amiyrah Martin’s $64 Grocery Budget on 4 Hats And Frugal. We were looking for ways to cut spending and I had already trimmed the budget to accommodate private school tuition for Alexandra. Excited about this new possibility, I gave it a go. I failed…miserably. Frustrated with my unsuccessful attempts I decided to try $75 per week. Nope. Nada. Not happening. Feeling a little dejected I decided to stop setting a goal and just pay close attention to what I bought each week. I found that I can feed my family of 4 on a $100 grocery budget each week using three simple to follow steps.

Excited about this new possibility, I gave it a go. I failed…miserably. Frustrated with my unsuccessful attempts I decided to try $75 per week. Nope. Nada. Not happening. Feeling a little dejected I decided to stop setting a goal and just pay close attention to what I bought each week. I found that I can feed my family of 4 on a $100 grocery budget each week using three simple to follow steps.



$100 Grocery Budget Tip #1 – Shop Small

I find it best to shop at smaller stores. “Discount” chains like Aldi, Sav-A-Lot, and Priceless provide the same food as your big name grocers, and usually for less. You can still buy fresh meat, fresh produce, and even some name brand items from these stores. Spending less money for food doesn’t mean buy you have to buy lower quality food.

$100 Grocery Budget Tip #2 – Only Buy What You Need

Growing up my great-grandmother cooked dinner for all four generations of our family.  EVERY. DAY. Grocery shopping with her was a chore. A chore for which I somehow got assigned her assistant. She shopped every week, always bought the sale items in multiples, had 1,000 coupons, and bought far more than we could ever use.I carried that mentality into how I shopped as an adult. One time our deep freezer powered out. It wasn’t until then that I realized how much food we’d collected and lost. In all honesty, we likely would never have used it all.

I carried that mentality into how I shopped as an adult. One time our deep freezer powered out. It wasn’t until then that I realized how much food we’d collected and lost. In all honesty, we likely would never have used it all.


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Prepare and plan to buy only what you need for the week. Use your store circular to find what’s available on sale. Add those items to your list first, then build meals around them.

Once in a while, buying more than you need is worth the spend. It’s hard to buy one pound of ground beef for a good deal. But overall, I buy what we need and no more. When we run out, we run out. I’ll go to the store again next week.

$100 Grocery Budget Tip #3 – Use What You Have

If you do buy 2-3 lbs of ground beef one week, be sure to keep that in mind when you shop the next week. Use what you’ve got in your pantries and freezers. You spend less and waste less food in the long run.

Check out this video I shared on The Mom On the Move Facebook Page to see how many meals I was able to purchase with less than $100 from Sav-A-Lot.

Do you think you can feed your family for $100 or less per week? Are you spending less than that already? Share your story in the comments below.