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7 Useful Tips to Stick to Your Grocery Budget

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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.

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Salmon Caesar Salad is one of my family’s favorite quick and easy homemade meals for dinner.


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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

12 Replies to “7 Useful Tips to Stick to Your Grocery Budget”

  1. I check the sale prices every week and I only buy whats on sale. I don’t use coupons anymore but I still normally stick to my budget…as long as I don’t go down the cookie isle

    1. I only use coupons when they’re digital. And even then I go in once a month and load up a ton of them. If I use in the course of my shopping, great. But you can still stick to you budget on the cookie aisle. Just get the quick mix for $1 per bag.

  2. Yes, great tips! Thank you for sharing. I also always struggle with lunch and either cook second breakfast or do a protein shake. I’ll have to find some of those Fajita Bowls!

  3. Don’t forget lunch. YES! I can usually figure out dinners okay, but lunch always throws me for a loop. Making the lunches for school is okay but I forget about those of us eating at home. LOL I love these tips!! Thanks!

    1. Dinner always takes priority. And then you’re eating leftovers everyday for lunch. No bueno. You can mix these bowls up and thrown then in a wrap and cheese or guac or sour cream and have a full fledged Mexican lunch at home.

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