Bringing my Sky-High Grocery Bill Back to Earth!

my problem and how I’m solving it!

Problem:  I spend too much at the grocery store.  Well, maybe not too much but more than I want to.  While working on the budget for July, I realized the monthly money would go a lot further if I could cut back on groceries a bit.  In all honesty, I’ve tried before and have failed miserably.  But I’m going to do it this time and I’ve enlisted some help from Elizabeth who has written a series of articles on couponing and other ways to save money.  You can read those articles here.

I contacted Elizabeth a couple of weeks ago and explained my situation.  This is the gist of what I said:

  • I’m spending more at the grocery store than I want to.  Right now I’m spending about $200 to $225 per week.  My goal is to spend $150 per week.
  • That grocery budget feeds two of us plus a dog, a cat, and various family members who eat dinner with us regularly.
  • My grocery budget includes dog food, cat food, kitty litter, toiletries, cleaners and paper goods.
  • We eat the majority of our meals at home.
  • My husband, David, eats a LOT and he likes healthy stuff like rice milk, walnuts, Greek yogurt, natural peanut butter, unsweetened applesauce, V8 Fusion, whole wheat bread, etc.
  • I don’t like shopping or cutting coupons.
  • I currently grocery shop once per week at HyVee.
  • My budget also includes diapers and a few other kid-friendly items for the grandkids.
  • I’m constantly trying new recipes for this blog.

Elizabeth asked to see a few of my grocery receipts which I gladly provided.  She reviewed three weeks worth of receipts and made some suggestions.  As a result of our conversation, these are my assignments for this week (week one):

  1. Organize & prepare inventory of freezer and pantry.
  2. Find salad dressing recipes.
  3. Make cleaners including all-purpose cleaner, window cleaner, laundry soap & dishwasher soap.
  4. Try Aldi’s next week.
  5. Make a menu from what I have on hand so I can stock up on sale items (Elizabeth’s number one way to save money on groceries is stockpiling.)

So we’re off!  Follow along with me as I attempt to trim my weekly grocery budget.  Check back next Monday to see how I did and see what my next batch of assignments will be.  And please feel free to share your strategies for saving money at the grocery store.


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