Mom of 5...needs some ideas on grocery shopping on a budget!

Charlene - posted on 02/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How does everyone shop for their family and how often?? I'm thinking of buying in bulk...not exactly sure how...

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Emily - posted on 02/19/2010

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Costco or Walmart for sure *.* We buy almost everything from the business costco in our area becouse we have had 9 in our home for allmost 8 years. We make sure we always have rice, flour, in the big bags and we have placed them in big containers that are 5 gal buckets bought brand new and labled on top what they are that way when you get the big bags from costco you can store them in there bucket. Then also at costco we buy the large 10 cans of vegitables and use tall tupperware containers for the fridge and open up one type of vegitable at a time that way it helps with storage in the fridge and also to make sure all is used. The other thing we buy are the 10 can cans of tomato paste, 10 or 15pounds of hamberger, olives, mushrooms excetera and mix all cans in a pot and warm as you are cooking hamberger than add hamberger like you would to make your huge pot of spagettie sause with spices excettera and then you can freeze in one gallon freezer bags once coolel on side in freezer and then you have a quick defrost in hot water before dinner and add noodles....quick fun meal even change to oven dish add cheese and heat to melt and kids love that too! Emily

Beth - posted on 02/18/2010

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does your local grocery have its circular online ? plan your shopping, avoid all conviennce foods, they aRE full of unneded junk , especially salt, look at a jar or can of pasta sauce...
buy ingredients..the closer the item is to what it was when it was alive the cheaper it is , we do use a bread machine, due to my dietary considerations , i have heart failure,and so no salt, i am constantly amazed howmuch salt is in food , i mean we know chips cracjers , etc , but what about bread, oh yes , even there, and homemade bread wo salt is just dellicious

salt in spaghetti sauce, oh my !!!!

i digress, we buy dried beans, pasta, frozen veggies,regular meat, block cheese,milk , some fresh veggies, but not wastefull, for example, i use green peppers in very few things, so if i buy fresh even at 2 for a buck , its still bad , cause it gets wasted , so a bag of diced frozen green peppers is better for us ...
a bag of poatoes is better than diced dried augratin boxed potatoes....

we have a family of 7 and spend about 100 week, doesnt include personal care products or soaps , toilet paper , etc.

Chris - posted on 02/16/2010

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I'm a mom of 9. Only 8 live in the house now but three are teenage boys. I found that the best way to buy is first MAKE A LIST. The bulk items we buy a month at a time. It took some work to get the system down. I charted how much I use in a month more I use the I bought in bulk. Next we raised or went in on raising our own meat. That will fill the freezer. I plant a garden and this is where you get the kids to help. This shows them how to garden and responsibility. It also help with getting everything done. I'm not a stay at home mom anymore so list are very important. Once you have an idea of what your family uses and needs the most you will be able to buy in bulk but ... check prices bulk is not always cheaper. You also learn to make everything because buying pre made is just to costly. Hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 02/14/2010

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We shop at Costco for our bulk items: Meat & Snack foods, you can sometimes get good deals on fruit too....But I go to a grocery store & buy the main things all at once, that way not to many trips to the grocery store each day, usually lasts us about three weeks if I made our menu for the month, if not it's hit & miss....

Claudia - posted on 02/13/2010

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If you can afford to buy in bulk, go to Sam's Club or an equivalent. I can't, so I compare the local sale flyers every week & use coupons. I'm at the store 4-5 x's a week. Don't assume that what's on sale is the best buy. Look at the small print on the tags under the items and go by how much it cost per item, per oz, per lb., etc. Happy Hunting!

Gene & Erin - posted on 02/13/2010

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Try to sit down and make a list of the meals you eat on a regular basis. Then make your shopping list. I try to shop for 3-4 weeks at a time. Of course I have to go back for milk and bread and fresh vegies.
I make a few things from scratch (still working on that one) it is a great idea (if you like to cook), it taste GREAT and saves money.
I do buy in bulk when I can, and when I feel like its really saving money. I had to shop around and REALLY compare prices. Some things I get at Sams Club, I get my meat from a local grocery (fresh and cheap) and try to stock up on some stuff when I find it on sale.
Another BIG money eater is stuff like toilet paper, paper towels, soap/detergent . . . If you have a brand you REALLY don't want to give up, write the manufacturer for coupons. You can also make your own soaps and detergents (I have been making my own laundry detergent but recently found a good less expensive alternative).
And like anything else in parenting (or just life) its all trial and error and takes a while to figure out.
God Bless!

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

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I am expecting #5 and live in a town. First I learned to make everything from scratch. Bread, yogurt, sauces, etc. So typically I buy in bulk : Flour, Yeast, sugar, baking soda, cocoa,etc. Also canned tomatoes, Peanut butter, oatmeal, etc. It doesn't pay to buy things in bulk like cereal, canned or boxed meals , etc. I learned to can and freeze. I have a small garden in the spring and summer and hit farmr's markets. (look for the seconds and stuff they need to get rid of quick. You can get stuff cheap) I freeze and can as much produce as I can during the warmer months. I threw some of my garden herbs on the dehydrator. (and they taste WAY better than store bought) . I looked for meats in bulk.. weather Sams club or butcher, etc. Shop around .. Sometimes you buy large chunks and cut them down to freeze. We have stopped doing things like cereal for breakfast. I make pancakes, eggs and bacon, etc.
Honestly.. once you cut out all "convenience " foods..you notice a huge difference. If you wonder if you can make it from scratch.. google it.. chances are .. you can. (yay for the yogurt made in a crock pot!) . Same goes for seeing if you can make things ahead of time and freeze. I might spend a day making biscuits and freezing them. Then they are just like the store bought bake and serve biscuits! Fraction of the cost!.
Hope some of these suggestions help!

Judy - posted on 02/13/2010

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Somethings are good to buy in bulk, others actually cost more. I have 7 kids. We do a variety of things. First we purchase our meat fresh in bulk . we either buy or raise our meat and have it butchered and cut. That fills our freezers for about a year. I like this because I know what is going into our meat as far as chemicals, bllod meal etc. and have you every seen a slaughter house.....YUK!!!! I also have a huge garden. The kids help grow and can all the produce. We also freeze our fruit in the season. I take the kids strawberry, blueberry and apple picking every summer. If we are lucky we might find a good blackberry patch to. I take advantage of local orchards who want their trees picked clean at the end of season.....cheap...but good for making cider and applesauce. I am lucky to live in an area where we can grow our own. I don't know how people do it that live in town or cities.

Tally - posted on 02/12/2010

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