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Over the past few weeks, I have been challenging myself to spend less money on groceries. For me, this means that instead of making one big grocery shopping trip, I go several times a week to shop the clearance at the grocery store.
Last week, I found ground beef at Walmart (96/4) for only $3.40 per 1 pound pack. I picked up four of those. I also found quite a few pork products on sale over the last couple of weeks that I split up and froze. I found a huge pork tenderloin for $6 and cut it into 4 pieces. Two I froze and the other two I cut into boneless pork chops. I cooked one set of chops (Pork Chops and Eggs) and froze the other set. I also have pork carnitas that I found on clearance for $4. So we are very well stocked on meat.
I have also been stocking up on fresh baked bread as well. I have several loaves on French Bread that I have bought anywhere from 58 cents to 99 cents. I pull these out and thaw them and butter/garlic butter them and use them with our meals like spaghetti.
Another way that I have been able to stock up on items is by paying close attention to the sales that are going on and checking for coupons. I don’t usually spend a bunch of time printing coupons unless it is a really good deal. But there are always great e-coupons on Krogers app/website. I also get quite a lot of their coupons in the mail. So before you go to the store, take a look at your apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51, Kroger, Target, etc. See if anything you need has an e-coupon you can download.
Let me break down some numbers for you.(and myself, because this is what motivates me) I spent $13.60 total on 4 lbs of ground beef. If I had paid full price it would have cost $21.92. That is a savings of $8.32, and if I were to continue saving $8.32 every 3 weeks for a year, that would total around $144 in savings for the entire year. When you think about the pork that I bought for $6 that will last for about 4-5 weeks that was a $4 savings. If I were to save $4 on pork every 4 weeks that is $52 for the year.
Now, lets think about your grocery total. If you would normally spend $180 in groceries per week, and could get that total to around $100 per week. Here is that math: 52 x 180 = $9360. 52 x 100= $5200 That is a savings of $4160 for the year. Think about what you could do at Christmas with that kind of money. Think about the vacation you could take with that. Now that is the kind of thing that makes me want to keep trying to do everything I can to keep that money in my bank and not in Kroger’s bank!
So what did we plan with all my sale stuff? Here is this weeks meal plan:
Brunswick Stew – Using Frozen BBQ from a few months ago, $1 bag of stew vegetables, Diced Tomatoes 50 cents, spices, beef buillion & water. Total Meal Cost = $2
Spaghetti & Salad – Noodles 49 cents (sale), Ground beef $3.40, Spaghetti Sauce – $2.00, Salad $1.99. Total Cost = $7.88
Small Group – Another family is providing this meal so this is free. Last week we made a double portion of baked spaghetti, salad and bread. Total cost =$16
Tacos – Ground Beef $3.40, Tortillas – .50, Taco Seasoning – Kroger Freebie Friday, Tomatoes – .98, Onion – .50, Cilantro – .68, Cheese – $1.50 (Sale), Leftover Frozen Refried Beans, Sour Cream – 1.50, Avocado – .69. Total Cost = $9.75
Pizza Night – $15.00 – Not included in our grocery budget – this goes under dining out.
I have been really excited and motivated to keep on working at keeping our grocery budget low and still eat good, healthy meals. Honestly, it is kind of exciting to see how much I can save. What are you eating this week? Did you find any awesome deals that you would like to share? What would you spend all that money you are saving on? Let me know in the comments below!