What?! How is that possible? Cody’s napping right now so I thought I’d share with you how I’ve been saving my family money on groceries. First, I have to admit. I’m a Pinterest addict. I LOVE Pinterest. When I first became hooked, my husband used to tease me about being addicted. Of course I would deny it, but the truth is…I am. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing when it helps you and your family save money!
I’ve known for quite some time that planning ahead will almost always save you money in anything you do. For example, meal planning. I know it can be a little time consuming if you have run out of ideas or just don’t know where to start, but believe me, it’s totally worth it. And there’s always Pinterest for ideas! (wink, wink)
Last week I made out a meal plan for the week and with the help of my husband and our freezer, we only spent $40!!! I actually couldn’t believe it myself. We did this at our local grocery store without any coupons. I wish I still had that receipt to show you, but I think it has been accidentally thrown out. So this week I made sure to keep our receipt and our meal plan so I could share with you how we spent less than $50 on groceries for this week.
Like most moms, you run out of fresh ideas for dinner if you cook a lot, so I turn to my trusty Pinterest app for suggestions. When I start my meal planning, I make a list in my Evernote app and call it meal planning for the dates of that week. I only do a week at a time right now because we’re still adjusting to life off grid. We don’t have our freezer here at the cabin, so it’s a little trickier to plan meals when you can’t see what you have on hand.
Here is our meal plan for this week:
As you can see, I like to add the main ingredients I need for each recipe so I can add it to my grocery list. Once I have my meal plan completed, I make the grocery list. I use items that I may already have as well. This keeps the cost of your groceries down considerably. Check out your freezer and see what you can use. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how far you can get with what you already have on hand.
Here’s a copy of our receipt from our local grocery store. We live 20 miles to the nearest town and if we want to shop at Safeway, City Market or Wal-Mart, we’d have to drive at least 60 miles. The last couple weeks we decided to see how far we can stretch our money and save with groceries and the fuel expenses.
*While we’re at the store, my husband adds up each item so we know where we stand with our budget. You may have to improvise and put a couple of things back that you have on your list if you go over your budget. This week my husband put his cereal back on the shelf knowing it would save us $4 and he only eats cereal on the weekends. I put my milk back and saved $2.49. We also just bought one can of biscuits for breakfast sandwiches instead of two. If we need more, I’ll just make them from scratch.
I hope this post inspires you to look at your grocery budget and see where you can save. It is amazing how much money we spend on food not knowing exactly where the money goes!
Have a blessed and beautiful week!!!