$75 a week?1:00 PM
$75 a week for groceries.
Is that even possible today in the world we live it!?
Our budget is pretty tight right now and we are trying to save for a house as well. My goal is to save as much as possible wherever we can.
Living frugally has always been a part of our marriage. I love thrift store shopping, finding the best deals etc...it is like a game-how much money can I save this time.
Now that Jason is gluten free things are a little more difficult (oh the days of buying 3 lbs. of pasta for a mere dollar).
We have also been going mostly dairy free and mostly sugar free.
On $75 a week.
Some weeks we make it and other weeks we go a little bit over but we are still in the beginning stages of it and learning new things every week which helps!
Did I mention I have so much fun with it?
I know I may seem really odd because of that BUT saving money really can be FUN!
So how do I do it?
I think the thing that has helped me the most is:
I make a list of meals that I am going to make for the week (a lot of people do monthly but right now for our family we are sticking with weekly shopping more on that later).
am addicted to love Pinterest. A lot of times when I am browsing I will pin meals I want to try later on my Healthy Eating Inspirations board. When it comes time to choose meals (I normally plan at least six meals) that is normally the first place I go for inspiration. Any meals that I don't make during a particular week I will roll over to the next week.
Once I have my meals I then go through the recipe ingredients. Anything I don't have on hand gets written down under that meal.
Meal #1: Cornflake Chicken
Starch: Mashed Potatoes
-3 Chk. breasts
-Box of Cornflakes (1)
I don't list anything else because I know I have a package of frozen broccoli in the freezer waiting to be used, potatoes in my pantry waiting to be used and extra butter in the freezer.
I repeat this process and then, once I am finished with all of my meals, I transfer it over to my big shopping list which I divide up by store.
I am planning on sharing my weekly shopping trips with you on here. I think it will be fun but also help keep me motivated!
So look for a post coming soon!
What about you?
How do you save money on your grocery bill especially if you have food allergies or special diet needs in your family? I would love to hear about them or any questions you all may have!