Posts Tagged ‘grocery shopping’

Saving that Grocery Money

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 by by

Over the past couple of years, I have got quite good at feeding my family on a low grocery budget. However, dealing with rising food costs means that low budget just got even lower. We are working hard to pay off the last chunk of our student loans so we can live like no one else.  It’s important to me to try and keep costs down in the kitchen while still providing healthy, hearty and satisfying meals for our growing family.
Angela Coffman, the Grocery Shrink, has been fundamental in helping me do this. I bought her ebook last summer and have since completely changed the way I shop and cook. She teaches a certain method to grocery shopping and planning that enables one to stay within her recommended budget guidelines. For us, that is around $250 a month for our family of 4 (nursing infant, toddler, 2 adults).

Last week, she came out with a brand new feature, Grocery Shrink Plus – a menu planning service that not only plans your dinners, but your breakfasts, lunches and snacks too – all for just $5 a month! Her plans are remarkably thorough and detailed to help make it as easy as possible for you to implement the meals. She gives step by step instructions to help plan the different meal tasks out ahead of time so that you don’t forget. She also focuses on healthy from-scratch meals rather than relying on boxed or processed food items.

This service is so helpful for me, since I have been struggling to do all the planning and prep work that is necessary to keep a low budget. I had been coming close to the guidelines, but still had plenty of room for improvement, so that’s one of the reasons I bought her service. I also needed help in planning more balanced and nutritious meals that include lots of vegetables. So far, I am completely impressed with how much it has helped! Our family loves the meals too – they are simple yet delicious!


Thrifty Thursday – How to Shop For Groceries Part 2

Thursday, December 8th, 2011 by by

When last I left you, you were learning how to save money at the grocery store with the first part in this series.  Were you able to incorporate any of my tips into your shopping this week?  I hope so!  Here are some more money saving tips for how to budget at the grocery store.

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1. Store Brands
When I was younger, there was a stigma to buying store brands.  The economy is different now, and store brands have, for good reason, experienced a surge in popularity.  Still on the fence?  I have found that 8 out of 10 times the store brand I’ve purchased, it is just as good, if not better, than the same name brand product.  In an article published in October 2010, Consumer Reports found that store brands were often as good as name brands.  Try some out and see for yourself.  This is a painless way to save money while shopping. (more…)

Worst Invention Ever

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 by by

Car carts are the worst invention ever. Seriously.

Yes, I know they do a pretty good job of occupying kids during a long and boring trip to the grocery store. I know that kids love them. In fact, that is part of my problem. My kid loves them a little too much. In fact, he refuses to even get IN the regular cart if we go to our usual grocery store, Publix.

Since Dan and I carpool, we also usually do the food shopping together. It definitely tends to get done faster. One of us can concentrate on keeping Haeden occupied, and the other can grab what we need. A few months ago, Dan thought it would be fun to introduce Haeden to the car cart. Of course, he loved it and has not forgotten about it since. I think I may have mentioned the last time I tried to take him shopping by myself.

I tried to be nice and put him in that horrid, germy cart that weighs about 5,000 lbs. I strapped him in and, grocery list in hand, made a beeline for the sliding doors. I figured that, between the car cart and the free cookie, I was in for a pretty easy solo shopping experience. I was wrong. So, so wrong. (more…)

CVS Trip 5/9 *For Mom*

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 by by

I usually don’t post much about what I buy at CVS or WAG but this is what I planned and bought. The make-up was for my mom, mother’s day gift! lol I’m also planning my WAG stop for Wednesday, I’m hoping they still have some of the things I wanna buy. Ohhh and I took the rest of the popcorn & pudding they had! lol

Ohhh, and the last stop was at Wal-Mart, which you may know I really do not like shopping there. And it happened again, the “Customer Service” Department did not provide me with customer service, they just said, to go find a partner in the Grocery Department, which I did not find. I had to go on a hunt for an A&W 20 oz (my moms favorite!)

4 Hunts Pudding $1 ea – $1 COUPON = $3

2 Chef Boyardee $1 ea = $2

4 Act II Popcorn (3pk) 4/$5 (more…)



Friday, July 2nd, 2010 by by

This is the metaphorical picture of my summertime life.  Except the pig actually gets to lie down.

Whoever wrote that song that goes, “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy,” obviously didn’t have five children.  I have never felt so busy in my life.  I got so behind on grocery shopping that breakfast today was chocolate chip cookies and juice boxes.  No joke.  Oh wait!  One lucky child did get to toast a random loose waffle that had tumbled to the bottom of the freezer.  Score!

Today I sucked it up and got all of my groceries at once which is awesome -  mostly because nothing gives me a better high than spending $300 on 20 plastic shopping bags of food that I know will disappear in approximately 72 hours.  (more…)

Clean up on Aisle 11

Monday, March 30th, 2009 by by

I have had a terrific weekend if you couldn’t tell by the title of my post.  My sister and her kids came over for a visit this weekend.  Since her hubby is working twelve hour shifts and we live about two hours from her now, she and the kids just stayed the night.  I had my concerns about them coming over, not because I don’t love them but because they just got over a nasty stomach bug.  I intentionally avoided seeing her the last time I was in her area, even though I really wanted to stop by, because I didn’t want to get sick.  Since the kids homeschool, we don’t get exposed to as many bugs as other people.  It had been a week since anyone had been sick so I figured they were no longer contagious….. I was wrong.

We went out for Mexican food for lunch – not a good combination to have with a stomach bug.  After that we all went grocery shopping.  Kelly and I tend do tag team grocery shopping.  He takes a couple kids and I take a couple.  Then we work off our list and check in with each other. Kelly was getting tired of shopping and headed with the boys to the electronics department.  Meanwhile, I am pushing Lyndsey Lou Lou (more…)