I have mentioned before, I can do most of our shopping for $300-$400 per month. Well, this month my goal is to get us at $200 or under (and still eat good). That is $50 per week for a family of five. Sounds crazy, because some of you spend $200 in one grocery shopping trip...I used to. However, I know there are families doing it and I am determined to see how close I can get without sacrificing quality. Besides, that will leave $300 extra each month for us...I can think of many things to do with that!
Now, in my grocery budget I include all household and toiletry items, my newspaper subscription and my subscription to CouponSense. However, I still think I can do it. A few of the things I am going to do are as follows:
- I am working on a monthly grocery list so I can buy things when they are the absolute lowest price and I can buy enough for a month.
- Coupon like never before. I will be on the site daily and heading out to get whatever I can for free. I already warned Mike he may find envelopes of coupons by his keys in the morning of things I need him to pick up on the way home. I did tell him that if I get to $200, he can have $100 of the savings to do what he wants.
- I am going to bake my own bread. I have a bread maker and I am going to dust it off and get to baking. I know I can make bread for about $.08 a loaf so that will save at least $3.80 per week. I will post the recipe and pictures later this week.
- I am going to buy dried beans and cook them myself. I believe I can do pinto beans for about $.48 a pound. We have lots of Mexican food nights in our house!
- I am going to buy a basil plant for $3 and put it in the big, yellow, empty pot in front of my door and make my own pesto. This will save about $2 per dinner. We like this better than marinara and eat pasta at least once a week.
I paid $4.46 for all these items and $2.89 tax for a total out of pocket (oop) of $7.35.
So you can see, saving just a couple of dollars, or a nickel on the strategies above will come in handy. Now, I was not going to put the condoms in the picture, but Mike thought someone else might need to see that even these can be gotten at a deal...I think he just wanted everyone to know that we need them. Regardless, a pretty good start to my $200 total, I have $192.65 left for the month. I am very excited for the grocery ads to come out tomorrow, I am almost done with my monthly grocery list and I will keep you updated on how it is going. To read about how I do this, look back to my post: http://survivingthisazeconomy.blogspot.com/2011/04/coupon-sense.html. If you have any ideas of more things I can make at home to save money or other grocery saving tips, please post them for all of us to read!