Today I felt like offering up my tips for making and sticking to a grocery budget. In my house, there are 5 mouths to feed (with the babysitting kids, its 7) and our grocery budget is $70 a week (not including baby formula/diapers). We would be sunk without sticking to the budget so I hope it helps you as much as it does us.
Step 1: Don’t be against off-brands. This is where Aldis comes in handy the most! They offer great products for an incredible price. They also now have a healthier line of food, called Simply Nature. Embrace the discount prices and stores, and you don’t have to sacrifice healthy options
Step 2: Plan out each meal for every day, yes even breakfast.
Step 3: Take inventory of your cabinets and fridge/freezer before making a list and see what you have to make any possible meals with then you only have to compliment what you have in stock.
Step 4: Only take enough cash for your grocery budget, leave the plastic at home! Keep tally of prices for each item on your list and stop and get a total for every 10 or 15 things to keep track of your costs. Be willing to change it up at the store, IE: You have shrimp on your list for a meal, at the store its $6.99, but you see fish for $4.99, make the switch!
Step 5: Make what you can at home, this includes things like pizza dough, bread, spaghetti, desserts. These are not difficult to make and you can always look up recipes and it’s great to get the kids involved!
Step 6: Go shopping! Make it a family event, let the kids help and learn with you.
My meal plan and receipt for this week:
B: Choc chip pancakes, bacon, eggs
L: Ham sandwiches, pretzels, fruit
D: Beanie Weenies
B: Scrambled eggs, fruit
L: Grilled cheese, veggie straws, applesauce
D: Chicken cheesy rice casserole
B: Cereal, fruit
L: PB&J sandwiches, pretzels
D: Lentil sloppy joes, mac&cheese, mixed veggies
B: Multigrain waffles, fruit
L: Mixed green salad with ham, fruit
D: Meatless Spaghetti with garlic bread
B: Cereal, fruit
L: Leftover spaghetti, fruit
D: Mexican rice, cornbread
B: Scrambled eggs, toast
L: Mixed green salad with turkey, fruit
D: Lemon pepper fish,broccoli and cheese
B: Multigrain pancakes, fruit
L: PB&J Sandwiches, blueberry crackers, fruit
D: Leftovers (eat whatever is in the fridge, this preps for the next shopping trip)
Total: 56.23, ALdis and Sams