Three Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

A while ago I was contemplating the meaning of life while washing my hair. As we all do. Unless, of course, you’re one of those people that like to sing in the shower… I would do that but then I would be embarrassed if anyone heard me singing…so I just…don’t. I contemplate life. Anyways! Then it hit me! Why don’t I write a post about a list of ways to stretch that grocery bill, as I try to do each week? Genius! I know. So, of course that is why I am here now. See how much I love you? I will risk getting soap in my eyes for a good idea!

 

 1. Plan ahead!

Now, I know this doesn’t come to a shock to any of you but until about a year ago I was horrible at this. Have something on your fridge where you can write down when you’re running low on something. I made myself just a simple printable on my notepad to print out, instead of buying those cutie pads to hang, much cheaper since I go through those like crazy. Also, write down a sample menu for the week as well whenever you get an idea of what you might want to eat during the next week. Doing this ahead of time will make writing a  final grocery list much easier, you won’t be scratching your head wondering what to make!

2. Coupon & make a final grocery list.

Every week Hubby will get up early on Sunday mornings and go out to purchase the Sunday paper for me. This has drastically cut our grocery bill. These little gems, the coupon books as well as the ads, are a God sent. Okay, yes I am exaggerating just a wee bit but, seriously! Clip out all the coupons that you think you will ever possibly use. Even if you know you don’t need them that week because, (duh) they have expiration dates so you can use them in weeks to come (duh, again.). I also go to Coupons.com, CouponNetwork.com, Target.com, SmartSource.com and RedPlum.com and print off any additional coupons I see on there as well. My real money saver is from Target, they have store coupons as well so it’s very easy to double coupon there, as well as Publix but, they are horribly over priced so I hardly ever purchase anything there. Next, check the ads and decide where to go on your trip. Normally, I double my target coupons up and make a separate list of what to buy only at target, also after a while you will know what is cheaper there as well and put that on that list too if anything additional is needed. Then everything else I need I buy at Wal-Mart. So, I almost always have a smaller trip to Target then I go to Wal-mart for everything else. Also, I take all my coupons organized with me wherever I go, just in case I see something on sale that I want to pick up. I keep the coupons I’m definitely using in a separate area for convenience while checking out.

3. Don’t waste anything.

Seriously… are you listening? Don’t. Waste. Anything. I buy whole chickens every week. 1. Because we love chicken. 2. Whole chickens are insanely cheaper than cut up parts. 3. Chicken is super versatile and fast! Cut your own chicken up, it’s not hard after the first couple times you do it, I betcha you can even find a YouTube video tutorial or two on it! When you do this will you will definitely have scraps left over. Save this. If you just have a little scrap put it in a freezer bag and the next week add those chickens scraps to the bag until you have a decent amount. I will take my scraps from two chickens, throw them in a pot, add my veggie scraps (YES! You save those too, the same way as the chicken) add about 1 tablespoon of whole pepper corns, 1 tablespoonkosher salt and a few bay leaves, cover with enough water to submerge the scraps and simmer that goodness for at least an hour with no top. Strain this. My friends you have yummy yummy (FREE) chicken stock! I make soup with this every week, take the chicken scraps and pick off any meat, you will be surprised how much meat is still there. Skim off all the fat from the top of stock (if you let this still in the fridge overnight the fat will rise to the top and solidify, making it very easy to remove, and save this too great for sauteing veggies in!) add the chicken, add some veggies, let this cook for a few hours and then serve over rice or noodles….super easy lunch from things you would normally throw out!

 

Well, this has gotten pretty long very fast so I think I will stop with these three steps. I have more ideas but will save that for another post! I hope I have given you a few good ideas! Thanks for reading.

 

–Dana

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21 Comments at Three Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

  1. I found your blog through Jenny’s Thankful for Our Community Blog Hop. I have to say, I’m terrible at planning meals (I usually ask “What’s for dinner?” around 6pm every night), but we do use all our scraps in our house – who needs to buy stock anyways, right?

    1. I’m so glad you found me! I tried checking out other blogs through the blog hop but my computer was having a brain fart… or a… hard drive fart? I unno… I’m glad to hear that you do use all the scraps! I get a few free lunches every week out of them!

  2. Great tips Dana! I need to start buying whole chickens… I typically buy chicken breasts and I know they are way more expensive… Thanks for sharing this on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes this week! We love having you join us! Have a great week!
    Mackenzie 🙂

  3. Love your tips. This is how I think and how I practice saving money. It’s so important and most people don’t take the time to do it. And the irony of it all is if you will follow these tips, you will save time as well as money. Thanks for sharing.

  4. These are awesome ideas. We try to waste nothing either! I am pretty creative with leftovers. We also only shop weekly because we use up everything before we shop again! 🙂 Great post!

  5. I finally just started getting good at meal planning, and I only buy enough groceries for that weeks meals. I spend a lot less and don’t end up with a fridge and pantry full of food that ends up spoiling. It’s amazing how much you save when you meal plan! I love the chicken stock idea!! I will add that to my next to do list, I love chicken and always buy my stock from the store.

    1. I used to buy 1 to 2 boxes of chicken stock every week… what a waste! Meal planning is definitely key to me, buy only what you need and rotate, so simple but it’s hard to get out of bad habits. So glad you stopped by, thank you!

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