September 17, 2008

Saving Money on Groceries

Going to the grocery store seems to cost more and more every week. I have read blogs where moms say they only spend $50 per week at the store for a family of 5. I have no idea how they do this. I think they must be shopping at Alde (don't have one of those in Gunnison) and they also must not be buying any fresh produce (I am sure I spend at LEAST $50 per week on produce alone). I have noticed that a lot of those moms make everything from scratch and I know that saves a ton of money but I have a full time job and I don't have time to make everything from scratch.

Here is what I do to save money at the grocery store.

1. Stock up on the good sales.

2. For coffee instead of buying the expensive flavored coffee I buy a HUGE can of the super cheap stuff and then a smaller can of flavored coffee and I mix the two.

3. Buy Generic in almost everything.

4. Make a weekly meal plan, write down what I need to buy after I have reviewed my pantry for what I already have and most important - shop alone - no kids, no husband and stick to the list.

What I don't do is clip coupons. All of the coupons out there are for name-brand items and it is normally cheaper to buy the generic instead.

What do you do to save money at the grocery store?


AmyBow said...

I buy frozen instead of fresh or canned veggies - it is less expensive, it doesn't matter if it is in season, and it is healthier than canned - I get corn,brussel sprouts, frozen berries, and the like.

Debbie Yost said...

If I could just get myself to do #4 it would save us so much money. Not only do I fail to plan, then it's 6:00 and nothing is planned so we end up eating out!

Kris LaBrake said...

Great post. I agree about the coupons...there are very few things that we have to have that are not generic (ie. it has to be Heinz ketchup). So we do save by getting generic versions of almost everything. I LOVE your idea about the coffee!

There are things that we buy on bulk when they are on sale and keep in the freezer, like chicken, hamburger, bread etc. I also like to buy 10 lbs of potatoes at a time and have them ready to go at each meal time instead of packaged side dishes. Much cheaper and healthier too. AND I always check out the clearance corner in the back of the grocery store - they usually have great stuff there!