Evolution of a Grocery List

I’m not sure about everyone else, but when it’s time to make a grocery list, I have a hard time remembering what I need.  Usually what happens is that I make a list and then get to the store and realize I forgot to put a bunch of stuff on the list or I didn’t check to see if I needed certain items.  Or I get home and realize I forgot some items I really need. To make my grocery list more … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

I spend a lot of money at the grocery store.  That’s because: We eat nearly all of our meals at home. My husband always takes his lunch and several snacks to work every day. My husband likes to eat and eat well. I feed other people frequently. My grocery budget includes household items like cleaners, pet food (for one large dog and a cat), diapers for the grandkids, makeup, etc. I … [Read more...]

How To Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive

So you made your grocery list.  You added it up.  And it was $50 more than you budgeted.  Uh oh.  What now?!  When that happens to me, as it does frequently, here’s what I do to get it where it needs to be: 1.       Look for items you can put off until another week.  I had several items on my list this week that were getting low but weren’t out yet.  So I skipped them for a savings of … [Read more...]

10 Tips For a Successful Grocery Store Trip

Grocery shopping isn’t my favorite thing.  It’s expensive and time consuming.  But it has to be done and here are 10 ways to make it easier, or at least more successful. 1.       Don’t shop hungry.  I can’t believe how much more I buy, or at least want to buy, when I shop hungry.  I wouldn’t have believed this tip was really true if I hadn’t experienced it personally. 2.       Shop alone … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Grocery Gateway-Opening the Door to Savings Through Stockpiling and Coupons

by Elizabeth Scholes Coupons, stockpiling, looking at sale ads . . .  what images and feelings are conjured up when you hear those words? For some, it brings the thrill of a good deal and the exciting challenge to save money.  For others, it brings dread because of an already too-busy schedule.  And for others, it possibly brings a total blank slate of wondering what that even means and how on … [Read more...]