Sunday, February 1, 2009

My New Food Shopping Challenge

I religiously use and review my family's finances with a fine-tooth comb. One area that we tend to spend an enormous amount of money on each month is groceries. I realize that food is imperative, but $500-$600 a month is just ridiculous!! Our goal? Spend less than $400 a month, or $100 each week, on groceries. For a family of four, I think that's a pretty reasonable goal.

For January, we spent $397.54. Not too shabby. So, how did we do it?
  • Plan the week's dinner menu.

  • Make a list based upon the week's menu and stick to it.

  • Use coupons and, most importantly, use them on items that are on sale. This takes a little bit of homework, comparing the circular to your coupons. But in the end it's worth it.

  • Personally, I hate food shopping, so I am a faithful Peapod shopper. Yes, there's a delivery charge, but you can use more than enough coupons to make up for it. Check and see if Peapod is available in your area. Here's a coupon to get you started. Get $10 off your first order at Peapod. Click Here!

  • Stockpile non-persishable items that are on sale.

  • Don't take your spouse or kids shopping with you. They're budget busters!
I know there are larger families out there spending less. Any other tips that I may have missed?


  1. I never go to the supermarket without coupons and I shop where I have a "membership card" like A&P. I save anywhere from 10-20% just by doing that!

  2. Yes, you've gotta have those membership cards. It makes a HUGE difference. Great point!!