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Thread: Grocery Budget
01-04-2006, 09:40 PM #1
How in the heck do you guys do your groceries so cheap? I would love, being
the new one here to get some advice. Our weekely bill is almost 160.00.
Now, I do a daycare at home, but only 2 of the children are old enough for
From: "MJ Rivest" <quilt4luv
Date: Thu May 29, 2003 12:29 pm
Subject: grocery budget
01-04-2006, 09:40 PM #2
One word. Aldi's. I don't know it your have one in your area, but Aldi's or
Sav-a-lot are a God send to the frugal family.
01-04-2006, 09:41 PM #3
I posted earlier about spending quite a bit on groceries. But, it is more
expensive when you have to follow special diets. We do use some fat free
products. And as a general rule, they are much more expensive than their
counterparts. Would love to able to use more cheese. But, what cheese we use
low fat or fat free. Have tried some of the soy or rice cheeses, but we
really don't care too much for them. We were also told that most of the pasta
use should be whole grain type. I have tried corn, and rice and whole wheat.
We have also tried some of the whole grain flours, other than wheat on the
market. But, they also are kind of expensive. But, I would rather spend the
money and have my hubby healthy. We just try to watch it more on other things.
One of the things we have started doing is using our library more. Letting
some of our magazines subscriptions expire, and then check them out from the
library if we want to read one of them. We also check out an occasional movie.
The movies are free. There is a charge if they are late. But, think is the
same as books, which is currently a dime a day. I also love to read and our
library has an on-line service. You want to check out a certain book you e-mail
their site and let them know what you want, and they notify you when it is
ready and you just go pick it up. They will also mail your books to you if you
are disabled. But, think there is quite a charge for that. I currently am
checking out about five or six books a week. I just got a couple of cookbooks
yesterday. One is a route 66 cookbook. And, the other is on comfort food.
Going to see if I can tweak a couple and make them low fat.
01-04-2006, 09:41 PM #4
I think I'm in need of help too..my hubby and I went shopping (it's always more
dangerous when we're together) and spent 389 for the week...although his
parents are here and we do have 5 kids, so it's for 9 of us. I know I can still
spend a lot less...and will work on it. No aldi's or anything of that sort near.
01-04-2006, 09:41 PM #5
> I think I'm in need of help too..my hubby and I went shopping (it's
> dangerous when we're together) and spent 389 for the
> parents are here and we do have 5 kids, so it's for 9 of us. I know
I can still
> spend a lot less...and will work on it. No aldi's or anything of
that sort near.
wow thats a lot of mouths to feed...i recently cut my budget down,
and found that it wasnt that hard. I started omac..(once a month
cooking). buying making and freezing meals ahead, that really helped
a lot. Also I put it in my head--no premade purchases such as frozen
pizza, hot pockets, perogies, french fries etc...I no longer buy
prepackaged premade foods that i can make myself at home ahead of
time and freeze for later. I purchase 50 lb. bags of potatoes, cut
into fries, boil 2 min...then flash freeze and bag them up for later,
I also used the potatoes for twice baked potatoes, perogies, etc... I
make my own pizza's and hot pockets ahead and freeze them, everything
is premade so the lazy members in the family...at least my family can
just grab it from the freezer and put it in the microwave...o yea
dont forget the cookies do you know how many cookies you can make for
the price of a store bought pack....well i hope this helped a little.
lots of luck, jodi
01-04-2006, 09:42 PM #6
What about a Sam's ware house.Tina
01-04-2006, 09:42 PM #7
I went grocery shopping today and spent $163.47 for the month for
myself, 1 15 yr. old boy and a 14 yr. old girl. The only stuff I'll
have to buy now is milk and fruit.
Pat S in Canada
01-04-2006, 09:43 PM #8
One thing that I find helps is to come up with a meal plan or menu so that I
know ahead of time what I plan to make for dinners. I don't really meal plan
lunches b/c they are usually just sandwiches and breakfast is usually cereal. I
may try planning those a little more since I'll be home all summer with my
I can't say I know exactly what I spend of groceries a month. I keep track of
it off and on and it's usually around $300. My sister who has only one small
child spends over $500 a month and can't understand how I manage on $300 so I
plan on keeping track really good of what I spend and what we eat so that I can
show her what I do. I'll share that with you all too. One thing though that
does affect her food budget is that they have more company than we do. Also,
they have a boat and when they take friends out on their boat, it seems as
though the friends expect dsis and her dh to supply all the food and drinks. My
sister says she's putting an end to that this yr and will let her friends know
this ahead of time.