grocery shopping

Michelle - posted on 11/08/2010 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My household has 3/4 ppl to feed....Me(20) my husband(23) our son(20 months) and my step son(23 months) which we have 3 or 4 days a week..We spend 100 dollars a week on groceries..We're on a strict budget because im a stay at home mom..so we're a one income family...to me 100 dollars is alot for a week..any ideas how to get it down..i tried cutting coupons and planning out meal in advance but neither seemed to work...also if anyone has idea for meals that will last more then one day..i make beef stew in a crock pot 1 or 2 times a month and it last 3 days..so that kinda saves money.

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Jane - posted on 11/12/2010

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Michelle, read all posts and pick out the ones you can use, I keep telling my daughter and others struggling to try and buy 8 days food on a good shopping week and they soon add up to a week when you are only buying milk and other fridge stuff that only last a few days.

Amy - posted on 11/08/2010

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I usually make something one day that can be turned into leftovers over the next few days. If I have leftover mashed potatoes, I make a potato soup and add them to it to thicken it. Or if we do a chicken and have a lot left we do enchiladas or soup. Leftover potroast usually ends up pot pies. Eggs don't cost much around here. We've used eggs for egg salad, breakfast casserole, macaroni salads [pretty cheap with just noodles, mayo, relish and eggs]. I like to make something that I can turn into another dish just because my kids don't like eating the same thing over and over. Also try to buy the foods that are very filling. Some fish is cheap, but you eat it and are starving half an hour later. Never underestimate oats, rice and pastas! :) Also, a lot of people toss parts of veggies, fruits, etc because they just don't know what to do with it. google frugal cooking and you'll get a slew! :)

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Carrie - posted on 11/26/2010

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Don't give up on coupons. I am an big coupon shopper. I buy several papers a week and trade coupons with people. I look for sales and places that double coupons. I save between 5-8,000 a year. I have six people living in my house and my daughter in having a baby next month. I can't even afford 100 a week. My food that stretches like spaghetti, sloppy joes, soups, chicken and dunplings. I hope this helps.

Jane - posted on 11/21/2010

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Unless he really deserved that beer, don't tell him, save it for things you need later in the week, specials that come up. Or tuck it away for emergencies - Dr's

Michelle - posted on 11/21/2010

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oh ya my husband decided since i was below budget for the week that he would take the money and buy him beer..so we're acually not under budget this week :(

Michelle - posted on 11/21/2010

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oh wow heather..200 in a month i wish...we spend 200 in 2 weeks...my husband eats for like 3..but never gains a pound(i hate that) so usually he'll let me and the kids eat and then he usually eats everything that is left..so leftovers usually dont happen, even when i fill the crock pot..i have made beef stew i made chili last week..spegetti is like a weekly thing...because we just love it..my husband favorite dish is frito salad.( like a taco salad but with fritos..thats a weekly thing...my goal is like 300 a month. right now im at 400.

Heather - posted on 11/20/2010

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Oh man!!! This is my expertise!! Since you have a crock pot..... Like you said beef stew, chili, enchiladas, roasts, even spaghetti!!! They are all fairly cheap to make and can leave you with enough left overs for at least 2 more meals. (my hubby eats a lot, so probably more for you) Chili is easy,2 cans kidney beans, 1lb hamburger, 1 stewed tomatoes( and juice) ,1 box chix broth, and 1 tomatoe paste to thicken it up a bit... I am always clipping coupons and checking sales. I can do a whole months worth of grocery shopping on about $200. That includes me, hubby, and son. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/20/2010

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this week i only spent like 89 dollars and i think i got enough for the week..it helps that i dont have to cook for thanksgiving..i used a couple coupons that i got out of the paper..thanks everyone for the advice

Amanda - posted on 11/17/2010

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Read flyers and buy when things are on sale. I always buy meat and cheese when they are on half price or better and stock up a that time!

Karyna - posted on 11/17/2010

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Legumes are very inexpensive and healthy. You can always find different recipes online.

Shannon - posted on 11/15/2010

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I have found that most of the time I really do not save when I cut coupons. I just end up wasting my time. Buying store brands does not bother me and most of the time the product is a little less than the name brand even with the coupon. I have also noticed that a lot of coupons require you by 2 or more of the product. It is only my son and me so my grocery bill isn't bad to begin with but I do alot of shopping at Sam's Club, Save A lot for my meats, and try to watch the sales.

Maria - posted on 11/13/2010

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Rice and/ beans can really stretch a meal. Added to soups, stews or chili and you can get alot more meals with less meat which tends to be the most costly. Also both items are available in bulk and will last a long time in good airtight containers.

Tracy - posted on 11/13/2010

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p.s. YOu can find some great coupons for milk if you like Smart Balance or Hood! Using these have saved us a TON on milk!
www.havingfunsaving.blogspot.com

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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i went 1.29 dollars over my budget...But i got alot more then usual...Thank u everyone for the advice and recipes.

Tracy - posted on 11/12/2010

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You can save alot with coupons! This past week I saved $55, in coupons (I only spent $48 this week)...that didn't include stuff that was on sale. And I just bought things that may family uses...I know you can print them at a local library and of course they are in the newspaper. Once you get started with them and see the savings, you may never turn back ;) It is hard without a printer, I totally understand! Thanks for checking out my site...under the Fun and Free Perks tab, there are other discounts and ways to earn cool things that don't have to do with grocery shopping.

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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i never really got into coupons..and the website was nice but dont have a printer...i shop sales when its something we use often...or something i can incorperant into a meal

Michelle - posted on 11/12/2010

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gina im actually making somthing very close to that this week except beef instead of turkey...hubby only likes turkey on thanksgiving( and even then he barely eats it).. today when we finish our shopping were gonna look at what store products we can use instead of name brands...

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Hi Michelle. I have to say, $100 is pretty impressive. If you're not already, you might want to try some less expensive sources of proteins: beans, nuts, low-fat dairy & eggs instead of meat.

This is my family's favorite slow cooker meal; hearty turkey chili. You could double the beans + liquid or cut out the meat to really stretch it and save more. Good luck!

http://www.feedourfamiliesblog.com/2010/...

Michelle - posted on 11/11/2010

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thanks everyone for the advice..and lindsay thanks i found a few my family should like..this week we shopped at 3 different stores..for sales...winn-dixie(they had a couple good deals) sams( meats bread juice pay a little more but get alot more) and tomorrow we're going to publix..this week we should be under budget and we have enough frozen meat for next week...so hopefully we'll be under again next week. And me and my husband have decided to put any extra money to our other bills( which unfortantly we have alot)

Lindsay - posted on 11/10/2010

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Campbell Soup recipes! They taste great dont require alot of ingredients and they last for at least 2 days. I have cut our grocery bill in half by cooking mostly these recipes. I have a household of 4 one of which is an infant. Also I buy alot of store brand products which really helps.

Tracy - posted on 11/10/2010

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I always mix our juice as well...it's way too expensive and we go thru too much of it to pay full price!

Lisa - posted on 11/10/2010

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I water down juice by 50/50 for ourselves as well as the kids. Buy when things are on sale and stock up. For example, a chicken can be roasted for one meal, and the leftovers used for chicken pot pie and soup. Add beans to supplement or replace meat in a couple meals a week (works really well for soups and when you're sick of leftovers, thicken up the soup and make a pot pie or put into a casserole and top with mashed potatoes.
Spagetti, lasagna, most casseroles can work for a couple of meals. If your family is like mine and does not like the same thing two days in a row, freeze the leftovers or skip a day and serve it again.

Candi - posted on 11/10/2010

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Try bean soups, lentil dishes, chicken soups or chicken pot pie (double or triple the recipe). Use your crock put a LOT more. Buy a chicken. Roast it on day one. use it in open-faced sandwiches on day two (using your leftover gravy). Then, using any gravy/chicken that's left and your carcass, make a chicken noodle soup on day three and the chicken noodle soup should last you several days depending on how many veggies and broth you add. I usually add a full bag of mini carrots, a full onion, an entire stalk of celery and potatoes or mushrooms if I have them hanging out. You can also try large casseroles. For example, I make a turkey noodle bake (It's in the Betty Crocker 1-dish meals cookbook) that has ground turkey, spinach, cream cheese, noodles and other stuff in it. It's makes a 13X9 inch pan and it can feed us for 3 or 4 days. I usally mix up the sides every dayy so that no one ( me in particular) gets bored with it. Make homemade pizza. (It's not hard! I promise.) You can choose healthy toppings, and one dough base makes two or three pizzas. I usually serve this at parties. I particularly look for things that I can use for several different kinds of meals. For example, for the beef stew, I would make a roast with veggies first. Then I would use the roast in sandwiches the next day. And THEN I would make it into stew the next day. It takes a slightly larger piece of meat, but if you're creative, you can make it stretch.

Linda - posted on 11/09/2010

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sliced grilled chicken-steamed broccoli-pasta-oil and garlic, salt, grated cheese... you may have leftovers for lunch. Also, a good one---chicken and brown gravy served with spagetti. Spagetti and meatballs, I make a big pot, freeze half. I think you are doing great already on $100 a week..kudos!!!!

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Turkey.... seriously. Especially this time of year when it's on sale. Get a huge one, make stock and keep the meat for other meals. With an 8 lb bird we eat at least 6 meals with it for the 3 of us. It was $12 well spent.

Michelle - posted on 11/09/2010

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i shop usually at publix so i check out publixs website when making my shopping list to see what deals they have..they always have a alot of buy one get one free deals...so i do save alot that way..but i still end up sending 100 a week...my parents have a sams club( buy in bulk store) so i've looked at the prices there and its more expensive but u get more so in the long run its cheaper..so we're gonna try shopping there for some thing...thanks everyone for the advice...still looking for some good recipes that i can cook that will last a couple days...anyone know any..

Tracy - posted on 11/09/2010

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I love coupons...I go to this web-site: www.havingfunsaving.blogspot.com to check out which stores are having sales and the coupons that match! You can usually print the coupons right from the site! There are a ton of other money saving tips on there as well. I check it out a couple times a day :) It really helps me with my budget and it allows me to donate more to our local food bank.

Trindy - posted on 11/09/2010

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Wow - you guys are amazing, we are averaging $200 - $250 a week on standard grocery shop, Hubby & I buy lunch most days and have takeaway about 3 times a week.
Keep up the wonderful work, you should be proud of yourself. I'm such a slacker when it comes to food, no wonder my kids have such a limited pallet.

Tracy - posted on 11/08/2010

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we feed a family of 5 (1 is a new born) & i spend about 250/300 a month. (i'm a stay home mom as well) we have 3 different grocery stores & i shop @ the cheapest which is market basket (if u have a shaw's they're the most expesive) i tend to spend more @ the beginning of the month cause that's when i buy in bulk. for most things i buy the store brand cause u can get 2/3 for the price of 1 name brand. i've tried coupons & even shopping @ walmart and that doesn't seem to work for me either. i find that @ walmart i do spend more. i've also learned to avoid taking the kids w/me cause i'll spend more then as well

Jonna - posted on 11/08/2010

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Making all your pancakes, bread, waffles, pizza dough, etc... from scratch will save a lot of money. Buy in bulk thing like rice that will keep well. My mother used powdered milk for us growing up (I don't like it so I don't do this, but if you need to pinch pennies, it will work). You can get canned fruit/veg instead of fresh or frozen for a fraction of the cost. Or if you live in an area where you can buy cheap fruits/veg in season then you might can your own to use throughout the year. Beans are great nutritionally and are very cheap canned. You can make a whole pot of chili for just a few dollars and it will last days. We have a family of 6 and spend about 800/mo on groceries, so i think you're doing pretty well with your budget. Good Luck, I hope you get some great ideas!

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