I was shocked to see my grocery and food bill was $1000+ for a month! I mean, we are a family of four, but that definitely was a huge concern for me. A big problem that needed a better solution.
I understand the reality that we live in an expensive city, but it still seemed to be a bit much. Like everything else I created a plan to lower my grocery bill. I wanted to slash the bill to no more than $600 for the month and I was going to put those extra $400 saved a month toward my children’s college fund. I was going to find a better solution to our grocery/food problem and actually save money.
Step 1. Admit you have a problem.
Take ownership, you know that you splurge sometimes but what are you suppose to do? Not eat, stay hungry, go on the noodle and spam diet…No, not really. You can enjoy eating, cooking, going out to eat, and also junk food. I love junk food. I love alcohol. I love pasta. I love meat. I love going to restaurants. I don’t like counting pennies. But honestly, you don’t have to go to any extremes to get a hold of your food expenses. It’s not that hard.
Step 2. Coupons – No, you don’t have to sit there and cut coupons anymore from the Sunday paper. There is a much easier way.
I’m not one to use coupons, but I decided to give it a second chance. A friend who can be considered something of an extreme couponer recommended Grocery Coupon Network. I signed up and immediately saw a couple of coupons for things that I bought like cheerios for my kids. I was liking this already.
I have gone ahead and outlined the steps below so that you can do the same.
- First. Click here to sign up. (remember to confirm your email, otherwise you won’t get access)
- Choose the coupons you want to print.
- Print the coupons you selected
The next thing I did was that I stopped shopping at expensive supermarkets. I thought that all were more or less the same, but I was wrong!. I used to go to Publix since I’m in the southeast, their motto is “where shopping is a pleasure” and it sure is but you will definitely pay to shop in beautiful stores.
I decided to try out the new Aldi’s, it is a more bare bones operation where you have to take your own bags but honestly the price difference is too much to ignore. One example, is milk. At Publix, milk is $3.79 a gallon, in ALdi’s I have bought it as cheap as $1.99 a gallon. If you add in the coupons I mentioned above the saving are somewhere around 50% or more.
In the past, I have tried the “pay in cash only” system, the “buy at wholesale stores for two months” system, the “eat whatever is in the fridge” system, the “save a little each day so we can eat out one night out at the end of the month” system, the “let’s buy grains and produce at one store and meat at another store because it’s cheaper” system, the “let’s not eat junk food ever” system, the “I made a menu for four weeks, and my family cannot, will not deviate from it” system and finally, I have tried “the eat a snack before going to the store so you don’t over spend” system.
But I must admit that the first two mentioned methods are by far the two that have saved us the most money.
Results: From $1,000 + a month in grocery and food to $630ish a month for a family of four. That is almost 40% less. Please don’t be like me and wait. Signup now for coupons you can print from your home and stop going to expensive supermarkets!
Stay tuned for part two where we will go over saving money when you go out to eat!