Please share some tips on how to cost efficiently budget food shopping.

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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As a stay at home mum, I just thought of finding more ways to save money on the grocery bill. Perhaps my hubby will appreciate it if I would be able to save some cash from food shoping. Calling all diligent and budget conscious moms, please share your ideas... Thank you!!!

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Candice - posted on 10/20/2009

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i have two different stores here that offer "points" that add up to money off a future purchase. It's a bit of a number crunch to figure out which store has what for a better price (to make it worth it going there) but every store has some items they do cheaper than any other store. if you do it right you not only hit the sales at the right stores, but end up with free money.

Emma - posted on 10/20/2009

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I buget out our meat, bread and veggies. Then I look at whats on sale at the grocery stores. I will go to 2 or 3 different shops to finish my monthly shop. If something is not on sale at one store its more than likely on sale at another. Always buy club packs of meats and freeze down the meal portions but we don't eat meat every night. There is nothing wrong in my opinion with having soup and sandwiches for dinner or bacon and eggs! Casseroles and pasta meals are also a great way to stretch the budget further cause after spaghetti one night you can freeze down any leftover meat and use that another night with a lasgna or a casserole.



For items like rice or soup or even mac and cheese I always buy the club packs or larger portions. You get alot more for a little more money. Even some lunch meat can be frozen down so you are able to buy the larger portions and with some wax paper and freezer bags you could seperate them.



The trick to my shopping is alternating the large bulk items each month so it doesn't cost too much all at once. But once you've done the "big" shop its easy riding from then.

Nicole - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hey there,

I agree that coupons and sales papers help. Almost every trip grocery shopping, I can get an item free, using coupons and doubling and going to sales. Usually it is mustard or box rice mixes, but free food that we use is great. Stay away from saving coupns for items you don't use, they may sound like a good deal, but if just sits in your cupboard for months it wasn't worth it. Also, when a sale is exceptionally good, buy and freeze. We are meatatarians here and love bacon on the wkends. Our favorite brand is Wright, but it is usually $11+ for 3 lb. pckg.So when it went on sale for 6.99 recently we bought extra and froze it. A little extra outlay on the front end will save us later. You just have to remember not use extra because you have it. Hope this helps.

Anna - posted on 10/20/2009

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We plan our dinners for a week at a time, then make a grocery list off of the menu and only buy what it is needed for those meals.

Carrie - posted on 10/20/2009

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Ok,here's what I do and you wouldn't believe the money I save, I feed 6 kids, plus 2-3 snacks a day, and weekend eating for lunches. I clip the coupons, I live in between Kansas City and St. Joe MO so I get 2 papers get double coupons. Then I get papers with their weekly ads around me. Say you buy dove shampoo once a week, and it's on sale at Target for 4 dollars, plus you have a coupon for 1.50 off. Go Walmart, they price compare and you can us your coupon. I've saved 50 dollars a week and I only spend 100/week for 6 ppl and have leftovers. Let me know if you need some extra assistance, I have to save a lot as well.

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Suzanne - posted on 10/20/2009

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Coupons, coupons, coupons! I check the Sunday paper and then check all of the online sites. There is a great site called The Grocery Game. If the store in your area participates, they can show you all of the best deals. If not, there are great links for printable coupons. Also, sign up for newsletters from all of the manufacturers you buy most. For example, I signed up for the Beech Nut newsletter because I am buying cereal and baby food for my son. They send me coupons every month. Share coupons with friends and family too. My mom clips her coupons and then gives the rest to me to go through. I also get my aunt's and my sister's. That way, I often get 4 or 5 coupons for one item and I can stock up when I find a sale. I never buy anything at full price. When I know I'm running low on something, I put it on the list and start watching for sales each week. You can also do online searches for coupons before you go shopping or out for dinner. Good luck!

Mollie - posted on 10/20/2009

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First, I would become a fan of Freebies4Mom on Facebook, you can also check her website www.Freebies4Mom.com . Heather posts money saving tips on her blog. You can print coupons from online. If you combine those with sales you can get alot of things for almost nothing.

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I use coupons and shop on days when grocery stores offer double coupons. I look at the sale ads on Sunday and plan my menus around the sale items. I buy meat when it is on sale and put it in the freezer for later. I have saved a lot of money buying my meat at Costco. I'll spend maybe $16.00 on a huge pork loin and then will go home and cut it down into chops and roasts (enough for 5 or more meals). I will wrap the meat individually and put it in the freezer. I do this for chicken too. Buy a huge family pack because it saves money, but break the pack down at home and freeze it for meals later on.

Sharon - posted on 10/20/2009

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Here in the USA we get sales ads weekly from our local grocery stores.

I find what is on sale and plan meals around them.

Then I go online to find coupons. On a big shopping trip I can save $$$.

I buy in bulk. It costs more initially but saves in the long run. Like our favorite spaghetti sauce - normally costs $3 but occasionally goes on sale for 99cents. When that happens I'll buy $20 - $30 of it. We have pasta once a week almost. It does save money for us.

Same for meats. But I have 2 refridgerators and a large chest freezer, although I wish it were an upright... I hate digging through the chest freezer!

Fresh veggies don't keep well, but some things freeze well, like bell peppers and some melons. When those go on sale I buy lots, chop & freeze for stir frys, soups & treats.

Mostly its just hard work. Tedious but it is hard. The biggest thing is finding the coupons and matching them to the sales ads. Our grocery stores also have double & triple coupon days which help out LOTS!

Danica - posted on 10/20/2009

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Last but not least- cannot promote "The Big Cook" enough... www.thebigcook.com

It's a book full of recipes...but the difference is it encourages you to get toether with 3 or more other friends and plan a Big cook- 1st you all go shopping for the ingredients one day- the next day you meet in one gal's home and cook / prep enough main course meals for each of you to go home with a months worth- (meat isn't cooked just put in freezer bags with other ingr.) It's unreal! Not only do you save by buying in bulk you have a blast with your friends doing it ...and you have all these great meals ready to go in your freezer!!!! Loved doing the Big Cook with my 3 friends! Bought the Book at Cosco last year, but you could find it at any book store or order on line. ( oh and about the cooking- you save on the mess- you do all of it in one day with friends and then no mess at home...love that!)

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thanks a lot Danica!



Will definitely search thru all the offers and items on sale... not forgetting to get the list and clip the C's to save up the precious $$$!!! Preplanning meal will be in mind now. Thanks a lot! Really appreciate the help. All the best of love to you and your family!



 



Quoting Danica:

Also, plan your menu of the week by what's the meat on sale in this weeks flyers- that will save you tons of $$$$$. Keep track for fun and you'll see a differnece.





 

Danica - posted on 10/20/2009

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Also, plan your menu of the week by what's the meat on sale in this weeks flyers- that will save you tons of $$$$$. Keep track for fun and you'll see a differnece.

Danica - posted on 10/20/2009

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Well I can't say enough about Coupons- get a coupon sorter from the dollar store and clip away... on my grocery list I add a C next to the product to remind me of the coupon. go and find free printables on line- my fav. is save.ca

they send you the ones you choose in the mail- all postage paid.

Usually I used enough coupons per week to cover my gas to get to the store- I live 20 min. from nearest store. Hope it helps

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you moms! Kudos to great moms like you all!!! I love the advices and sincerely grateful for your willingness to help! Great job!!!

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you Helen! Great ideas from the wisdom of a great mom! Yes, I should be avoiding frequent shopping trips lol and make use of the slow cooker for a delectable meal at half the price! BTW, slow cooker doesn't use that much of electricity, does it? Oh yes, I shouldn't be worried so much about the right amount of meat I prepare for the family in each meal and should concentrate on adding up more veggies and search for some vegetarian alternative. Doing most things from scratch is a sure winner in order to control the kids' diet and a lot cheaper. Brilliant!! Thank you again and my love to you and your family!



Quoting Helen:

Hi, I hope this helps. Firstly, I plan the menu for the week. This writes my shopping list. Secondly, I try not to shop every day, so I will buy bread for two days rather than one, milk by the largest container we will get through. Using a slow cooker allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat. Also, check out the reduced section in the meat department of the supermarket. I picked up a turkey leg and it fed the four of us for two days - with plenty of veg. Use more veg than meat, even eating vegetarian if you husband will allow you. Buy the largest bags of pasta and rice rather than the smallest. This is also true for granulated sugar. I buy a 5kg bag of sugar and this lasts us 5 - 6 months. Always weigh out your rice, pasta etc and never guess. The food lasts longer and you don't waste. Put any spare food from your evening meal in the fridge and have it for lunch in the next 2 days. Be careful with special offers - do you need them or is it just an indulgence? Try to make as much as you can from scratch. This is cheaper (in England) than shop bought. It also gives you more control over the diet of your little ones and results in fewer trips to the dentist.





 

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Well done Mel. Thank you for your encouragement! Stocking up on items that are on sale is really a good bet! And freezing meats in bulks too!  Yes, I will never be embarrassed to shop things from the reduced section. So it really makes sense to look out for the special offers... doesn't it? Mmmm, will definitely take the advice! Thank you so much and my love and best wishes for you and your family! 



 



Quoting Mel:

dont be embarased about shoppin in the reduced section...
depending on the time and the shop depends on the percentage its reduced by
always check the label and if its freezable get what you normally would n freeze it
we have a very heptic work scedule so from one week to the next i dont know which nights he is goin to be in for tea so i always freeze all out meat anyway.
-always check the price labels match the product so u definatly know its the correct price and add up as you go along.
-i shop in tesco and on the labels it has on the price per kg/lb sheet roll ect... always buy the bulk amount for the cheapest... some times the largest bag isnt the best value for money
- if you buy fresh meat of the counters you can get a free tub of seasoning (even if the meat/fish is reduced) n you can get a small amount of fresh yeast free from the bakery as well
-always look out for bogof or save a £ when u buy 2 in the reduced section as unless they hav put on a label stating the offer no longer applies it does... so u get get 2 reduced things for the price of just 1
- stock up when things are on offer like toothpaste n toilet roll shampoo washing powder ect
-look out for funny bargins buy 1 for £x buy 2 for less than £x asda always do this on crisps n cans of pop pringles n luxazade





 

Helen - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi, I hope this helps. Firstly, I plan the menu for the week. This writes my shopping list. Secondly, I try not to shop every day, so I will buy bread for two days rather than one, milk by the largest container we will get through. Using a slow cooker allows you to use cheaper cuts of meat. Also, check out the reduced section in the meat department of the supermarket. I picked up a turkey leg and it fed the four of us for two days - with plenty of veg. Use more veg than meat, even eating vegetarian if you husband will allow you. Buy the largest bags of pasta and rice rather than the smallest. This is also true for granulated sugar. I buy a 5kg bag of sugar and this lasts us 5 - 6 months. Always weigh out your rice, pasta etc and never guess. The food lasts longer and you don't waste. Put any spare food from your evening meal in the fridge and have it for lunch in the next 2 days. Be careful with special offers - do you need them or is it just an indulgence? Try to make as much as you can from scratch. This is cheaper (in England) than shop bought. It also gives you more control over the diet of your little ones and results in fewer trips to the dentist.

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you Wendy! Buying things in bulk really makes a lot of sense. I will definitely take your advice on buying meat in bulk. It was one of my dilemmas, how to prepare & buy the meat and if I was providing enough protein for my family's meals. Excellent advice! Thank you for being there for a struggling mom like me. All the best for you and your family. Please send them my love.

 



Quoting wendy :

hello,first thing I do is look at the newspapers coupons,then the store flyers to see whats on sale,then what saves me is I go to costcos and i get the bulk meat packages like the hamburger i split that into 2 nights meals now theres 5 of us here in the house and 3 are teenagers lol so they eat good lol i will only spend 15 dollars per package ,same with the pork chops and chicken i split every package into 2 meals so for 45 or lets say 50 dollars you have 6 good meals then i fill in the side dishes with noodles rice or potatoes and a veggie and some bread corn bread or buscuits and everyone is full well thats how i do it and it works for me ,but if i buy the meats at the grocery store its more expensive and less meat .... hope this helped a little take care ,wendy





 

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you Wendy! Buying things in bulk really makes a lot of sense. I will definitely take your advice on buying meat in bulk. It was one of my dilemmas, how to prepare & buy the meat and if I was providing enough protein for my family's meals. Excellent advice! Thank you for being there for a struggling mom like me. All the best for you and your family. Please send them my love.

 



Quoting wendy :

hello,first thing I do is look at the newspapers coupons,then the store flyers to see whats on sale,then what saves me is I go to costcos and i get the bulk meat packages like the hamburger i split that into 2 nights meals now theres 5 of us here in the house and 3 are teenagers lol so they eat good lol i will only spend 15 dollars per package ,same with the pork chops and chicken i split every package into 2 meals so for 45 or lets say 50 dollars you have 6 good meals then i fill in the side dishes with noodles rice or potatoes and a veggie and some bread corn bread or buscuits and everyone is full well thats how i do it and it works for me ,but if i buy the meats at the grocery store its more expensive and less meat .... hope this helped a little take care ,wendy





 

Mel - posted on 10/20/2009

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dont be embarased about shoppin in the reduced section...

depending on the time and the shop depends on the percentage its reduced by

always check the label and if its freezable get what you normally would n freeze it

we have a very heptic work scedule so from one week to the next i dont know which nights he is goin to be in for tea so i always freeze all out meat anyway.

-always check the price labels match the product so u definatly know its the correct price and add up as you go along.

-i shop in tesco and on the labels it has on the price per kg/lb sheet roll ect... always buy the bulk amount for the cheapest... some times the largest bag isnt the best value for money

- if you buy fresh meat of the counters you can get a free tub of seasoning (even if the meat/fish is reduced) n you can get a small amount of fresh yeast free from the bakery as well

-always look out for bogof or save a £ when u buy 2 in the reduced section as unless they hav put on a label stating the offer no longer applies it does... so u get get 2 reduced things for the price of just 1

- stock up when things are on offer like toothpaste n toilet roll shampoo washing powder ect

-look out for funny bargins buy 1 for £x buy 2 for less than £x asda always do this on crisps n cans of pop pringles n luxazade

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Wow Shannon! I wish I could be like you and could manage a spreadsheet for our income & expenses details. Well done! Yes, will definitely take your advise on freezing left over food that will really come in handy when you get busy days... very effective and will save the kids off the take aways! Thank you so much. I really appreciate the help and feels great to know that I'm not the only facing dilemmas as such ahihihhi! Take care and all the best for you and the family!



 



Quoting Shannon:

Hi Liz, first off people at work say that i'm "anal" with my fortnightly budget..... I have prepared a spreadsheet of all our income and outgoing bills I have a set budget of $350 a fortnight for food I then proceed to write a list before shopping day of 14 meals to take me to the next pay - a good tip to help save money is make things like spaghetti but use a kilo of mince and freeze the left overs in meal portions and use the following week do the same with casseroles I spend roughly $50 to $80 on meat and the rest on pantry and vegie items, another way I help our weekly income is with our gas and electricity bills, I'm on easypay where the company averages you yearly bill out and you pay fortnightly instead of getting really large bills quartaly i pay $30 for electricity and $28 for gas a fortnight :) anyway I hope this helps out a bit.





 

Liz - posted on 10/20/2009

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Thank you so much Serena. Preplanning meals could really mean a lot of $avings! I would definitely preplan our meals now... It feels great to know that there are so many caring moms out there willing to help a fellow struggling mom like me. Thank you again and I wish you all the best! Love to you and the girls!

 



Quoting Serena:

I preplan all of our dinners. That has saved us alot. We werent always going down the isles saying hmmm this might come in handy. then when you are ready to cook, realize you didnt have everything you need. Breafast and lunch are a little different. Only so many things for breakfast ( so i just try to have some type of viraity around ) Lunch is usually rice, sandwhiches, hotdogs lol. Also we rarely ever buy junk food. Our sides are mainly bread, veggies, fruit. ) hope this will help you. :D!!!





 

Wendy - posted on 10/20/2009

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hello,first thing I do is look at the newspapers coupons,then the store flyers to see whats on sale,then what saves me is I go to costcos and i get the bulk meat packages like the hamburger i split that into 2 nights meals now theres 5 of us here in the house and 3 are teenagers lol so they eat good lol i will only spend 15 dollars per package ,same with the pork chops and chicken i split every package into 2 meals so for 45 or lets say 50 dollars you have 6 good meals then i fill in the side dishes with noodles rice or potatoes and a veggie and some bread corn bread or buscuits and everyone is full well thats how i do it and it works for me ,but if i buy the meats at the grocery store its more expensive and less meat .... hope this helped a little take care ,wendy

Shannon - posted on 10/20/2009

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Hi Liz, first off people at work say that i'm "anal" with my fortnightly budget..... I have prepared a spreadsheet of all our income and outgoing bills I have a set budget of $350 a fortnight for food I then proceed to write a list before shopping day of 14 meals to take me to the next pay - a good tip to help save money is make things like spaghetti but use a kilo of mince and freeze the left overs in meal portions and use the following week do the same with casseroles I spend roughly $50 to $80 on meat and the rest on pantry and vegie items, another way I help our weekly income is with our gas and electricity bills, I'm on easypay where the company averages you yearly bill out and you pay fortnightly instead of getting really large bills quartaly i pay $30 for electricity and $28 for gas a fortnight :) anyway I hope this helps out a bit.

Serena - posted on 10/20/2009

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I preplan all of our dinners. That has saved us alot. We werent always going down the isles saying hmmm this might come in handy. then when you are ready to cook, realize you didnt have everything you need. Breafast and lunch are a little different. Only so many things for breakfast ( so i just try to have some type of viraity around ) Lunch is usually rice, sandwhiches, hotdogs lol. Also we rarely ever buy junk food. Our sides are mainly bread, veggies, fruit. ) hope this will help you. :D!!!

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