On Buying Groceries…
Groceries. We all need ’em. We all buy ’em.
I thought I’d share a little bit about our “system,” in case it could be a blessing to some brother or sister out there! (*Note….I know this is not the only or best way, but it’s what is working for us right now!)
Every other Friday, when Mr. Wonderful gets paid, he gives me $100 cash.
I guard that $100 very carefully.
Let me share with you how I guard my $100…..
- I stay out of Walmart. Walmart is a very dangerous place. For example: coffee creamer. It is very hard to buy plain old generic coffee creamer when they have sugar free hazelnut coffee creamer staring me in the face. I repeat…..stay out of Walmart.
- I ONLY go to Save-A-Lot and/or Aldi. They have everything you need to live a meaningful, fulfilling life. Don’t worry if you’re the only one there who still has all their teeth. Your $100 will go soooooooooooooo much farther shopping here. Trust me.
- Make a list. I know we’ve heard it a million times, but it’s the only way to really save money. Before I go, I check my pantry/freezer to see what meals I can almost make, and pencil in my meals on the calendar each day for the next two weeks. Now I just have to purchase the ingredients I am lacking. (BIG money saver right there!)
- Stop buying pre-made “stuff”. Before you leave the store, check your cart. Do your best to put back items that are already made, i.e; pizza, snack cakes, cookies, frozen meals such as lasagna, even bread. We are basically PAYING someone else to do our cooking when we buy these items. BUY INGREDIENTS, not PREPARED FOOD.
- If something goes on sale big time……STOCK UP big time!! This is just something I have started in the last year, and it has helped with grocery bills, tremendously! So, when green beans went on sale for $.39 a can, I went crazy and bought a years supply (48 cans). How do I figure up a years supply? I figure we will eat green beans once a week (52 weeks per year) and just rounded. If you will stock up one sale item every month or so, soon you will be shopping from your STOCKPILE, and not so much the grocery store. AND you will be eating SALE priced food, which just tastes better to me. 🙂 (Some of the items in my basement stockpile right now include: green beans, corn, cream corn, cream of mushroom & cream of chicken soups, spaghetti sauce, noodles, tuna, and stuffing .)
- Be willing to buy generic. Do the name brand chocolate chips taste a little bit better? Maybe, yes. Is it worth your family going into debt over? No. Absolutely not. A long time ago a friend came over to my house with her 10 month old twin boys. I offered to give them some “Cheerios” (except they were “Rollin’ Oats”). She then said, “No thanks, neither of my boys will eat off brand Cheerios.”
America, we have a problem.
I would like to note that every week, I usually end up “going over” my $100 and end up putting $20-$30 on the debit card for things like, milk, eggs, etc. This doesn’t bother me, however. It’s better in my eyes to at least have a $100 goal, than to go crazy and just buy whatever!
Also, I would like to note that this is just what is working for me right now….by no means do I think it’s the only way, or on par with SCRIPTURAL advice. In fact, you may have an even better system……please share any helpful hints with us!! As sisters we are here to encourage each other in the Lord! I love you, my sisters!
Saving on groceries for the Glory of God,