A lot of factors go into this grocery budget. Here are a couple of tricks I use when planning my grocery list:
- First, and this may seem totally obvious to some of you, but plan, plan, plan! Check all of the flyers to see what’s on sale. I always have an ongoing list of recipes and ideas I want to try on Pinterest so when salmon goes on sale, I have a recipe ready to try and know what other ingredients to buy. Then I figure out how much of the other ingredients will be left over and work then into another recipe. We never have wasted food in this house!
- Make a meal plan every week! I always know what is on the menu. This helps to remind me to take meat out of the freezer, pick veggies out of the garden before work or precook if I can. Nothing like coming home after a long, tough day at work and staring in the fridge for something to eat. That almost always leads to ordering pizza 🍕and that isn’t healthy or cheap!
- We do not eat a lot (if any) of processed or sugary foods. Although processed food can be cheap, you are spending the same money for one meal then you would for fresh ingredients to make a meal for two or more with leftovers if you plan it right.
- Farmers Markets can be your best friend! Not only are you directly helping to feed other families by buying local, but you are saving money on fruits and veggies that will last longer in your fridge eliminating waste. We eat a lot of fruits and veggies here, and the produce at the grocery store isn’t all great, and it can be really expensive. We try to buy all of our produce at the market on Fridays and because it is so fresh, it never goes bad by the end of the week.
- This one took me a while to get into, but shop off the discount rack. I have picked up a lot of apples, potatoes and other great veggies that have a long shelf life off the discount rack for a dollar. Same with meat, although to be honest I never buy discounted chicken, that just scares me. But I call tell you that almost every time we have steak, if it isn’t from the butchers it is off the discount rack 😁
- Grow whatever you can yourself! If it were up to me, I would have chickens for eggs and cows for milk in the backyard. We are trying to live a more sustainable life lately and I think this really is the key to healthy affordable living!
I hope that some of you can use some of these tips when planning your grocery list!