(Closed) Grocery Shopping!

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: How much do you spend a month on groceries?
    Less than $100 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    $100-$200 : (12 votes)
    13 %
    $200-$300 : (27 votes)
    29 %
    $300-$400 : (28 votes)
    30 %
    $400+ : (25 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 3
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    First you need to look at what you actually have and try to build a menu.  Then you will know what things you have and what you need to make the menu.  $30 a week is a bit low for 2 people I think, that’s only $120 a month and fresh vegetables and fruits aren’t cheap sadly.

    Post # 4
    2849 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would get all the staples, like milk, eggs, bread, lunch meat, pasta and meats. It’s important to buy things that you can use in more than one meal. 

    Post # 6
    1319 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Buy frozen veggies. Those will keep. And maybe two cuts of meat for different dinners.

    Post # 7
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I write a menu out for the whole week before I go grocery shopping, then I write down everything I need for each day.  That’s the easiest way, IMO, and cuts down on little trips, which can get expensive.

    And yeah, I think $30 a week is wayyyy low.  We spend $350-$400/month for two people. 

    Post # 8
    2822 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    $30 for the week? I’d grab some chicken breast, veggies, rice and make a couple crock pot meals for the week! =]

    Post # 9
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would look at your grocery stores circulars to see if you can get deals, I don’t know what stores you have up there but we have Publix down here and they have a bunch of B1G1 free deals down here every week which cuts the cost in half and here you only have to buy one to get the deal price!

    Post # 11
    5496 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2010

    Defintely look at the weekly circulars as MissAsB mentioned. My local stores generally have buy 1 get 1 free on beef and chicken at least once a month. That is the time to stock up and freeze some meats! I find meats and produce the most expensive, so I take advantage of sales when I can. Also, consider coupons!

    All that said, I spend over $400 a month on groceries. Meats and produce alone cost me $40-50 per week if not more.

    Post # 13
    14560 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    $30 a week sounds really low.  I bargin shop and only do sales (though I havent started getting good at coupons yet), and I’ve never had a monthly grocery bill less than $200 for the two of us.  A good month is $250, typical is about $300-$350.  I like to shop on Friday cause for some reason that seems to be the day the meat is marked down on top of the sale since it was supposed to see by that day.  I got 2 lbs of chicken thighs for like $3.  Cook half, froze half.  I buy lots of chicken breast, onsale for 1.99/lb a lot.  Or do a lot of pot roast, usually 2.39/lb for top or bottom round.   Then I pick up whatever veggie are on sale.  Usually tomatos or asparagus when its 1.99/lb, or brocolli/beans/peppers when those are 99c/lb.  I go to Asian markets to get napa or bak choy, its only like 69 or 89c/lb there.  Pasta’s a good easy cheap eat to have on hand for lazy cooking days – stock up on those when 75c/box and 99c a jar of sauce.

    Post # 14
    21 posts
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I go to costco about once every 6-8 weeks and stock up on proteins (chicken, ground beef, flank steak, sausage). I also get some sides like tortellini, perogies (which come in a big bag there) and boxes of pasta. This trip usually costs about $140.

    I then build a menu each week around those proteins and I can usually keep my grocery bill around $40 per week. I go to the grocery store every Sunday.

    Post # 15
    18641 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    @MissBoPeep:  Couponing is great, it takes a while to get the hang of it and spend less on groceries, I haven’t focused on food as much as I should have so I still spend too much a month!

    Post # 16
    2025 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We spend $400-500/month on groceries. We also eat mostly fresh fruits and veggies + organic meats and cage free/organic eggs and dairy. I don’t feel guilty about it. I once heard a doctor say that you can spend the money on healthy foods now or spend it on medical bills later. It’s a mantra I keep in my head when I’m making my list. 

    That said, we can afford to eat this way, so we do. It’s a totally different scenario if you can’t, but the important thing, especially when you’re just starting out, is to make a meal plan for the week and make a list working towards that. Don’t go to the store without your list…you’ll just spend more.

    Check your grocery’s circular to see what’s on sale and try to buy only in season fruits and veggies. Also, meats are expensive; try to make at least a few whole grain/veggie centered meals during the week. You can cut costs dramatically this way. Eggs are cheap and can be used in lots of ways.

    As @MrsWilson2012 mentioned, crock pot meals can go far, as well as soups! 

    Also, I have no idea how to coupon hard-core, but I check Coupons.com each week to see there is anything available that I can use, and am on a few brands e-mail lists and get coupons that way. I’m sure there are far better members available here that could lead you towards better coupon usage than me!

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