Does anyone enjoy grocery shopping?
I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who consider grocery shopping to be a chore, but I’ve turned it into my solo escape. It’s become my “me” time that I absolutely love and look forward to weekly. I can roam the isles aimlessly, take my time and buy whatever I want without feeling any guilt (because the food I buy is for the fam of course). I’m getting that alone time that all moms need and crave while also accomplishing something off of my to do list. For me… grocery shopping is relaxing! But perhaps I’m a bit too relaxed…
Lately, my grocery bill has been a wee bit scary. Actually, it’s been very scary. My last grocery bill was…. get ready for this….
A whopping $260.
Some of you may be looking at this in complete shock while others may think that this is average… or perhaps below average.
Well what if I told you that I’ve been spending that weekly to feed myself, my husband and my 7 month old daughter. NOW what do you think about that $260 grocery bill?
If I continue at this rate, I’ll be spending approximately $12,000 a year on food. That’s half my total income! Let’s be real – I’m not made of money, in fact far from it. Staying on budget is crucial, especially since we’ve upgraded to a new and bigger home and have serious bills to pay. Clearly I need to make some changes when it comes to my grocery shopping problem. While I do believe that it’s important to make healthy choices for our family, I need to plan things out better!
Here are some of my strategies that I will be applying to help reduce cost, time, waste… and reduce the chances of my husband leaving me over these grocery bills.
1.Price Matching and Sales
There are some great free grocery apps out there! ‘Flipp’ is one of my favourites that will allow you to clip items from flyers so that you can find the best deal! Buy whatever is in on sale (and in season) that week and base your meals around them. If broccoli is on sale and asparagus is not, choose the broccoli! Use this app to your full advantage and price match at participating grocery stores! You can save a lot of money and time by doing this so that you don’t have to visit multiple grocery stores to get the best price! ‘Check Out 51’ is another great app that offers you cash back for purchasing any of their weekly offers! All you have to do is download the app, browse your offers, go shopping and upload your receipt showing those select items! Once your balance reaches $20 on your account, you’re able to redeem your total! They’re essentially pay you for buying groceries that you need! It’s fantastic and an app that I definitely need to start using again because I have earned $11.50 cents on my account!
2.Meal Planning and Prepping
This is something I once did but got out of the habit of doing. I’ll admit that planning meals is a bit of a chore, but when it’s all said and done, it’s totally worth it! If you’re anything like me, you may struggle with deciding on what to make for lunch and dinner on any particular day. By scheduling my meals, I won’t have to worry about what’s for dinner! This is also great for busy families who are always on the go and who’s schedules are jam packed. Meal plan around any activities that your family may have going on that day. Meal planning is also great for anyone who is trying to make healthier meal choices and looking to stay on track! It’s a win-win for everyone!
3. Shopping Lists
Once I’ve clipped the flyers for deals and planned out my meals, I can write my shopping list! The “Flipp” app has an option to do this for you, but I’m a pen and paper kind of girl when it comes to making lists. By writing down the things I need to buy, I’ll be able to reduce cost and waste! It will allow me to stay on track which can help with time management too!
My plan is to start applying these new strategies immediately! I’m hopeful that this will help me stay on budget while still feeding the family home cooked meals! I’ll also continue to get that much deserved alone time! And who knows… with the time that I save at the grocery store I may perhaps find myself getting a manicure. That’s kind of defeating the whole purpose of saving money, isn’t it? Ah well… I deserve it.
What do you do to stay on budget at the grocery stores? Share the wealth… literally.