Choose at least two options to help create variety.
Center your meals around meat that is on sale for the week!
Vegetables:Choose a specific amount to stick with such as 3-4 options.
Again, choose veggies that are on sale.
Farmers markets are a great place to snag steals!
Fruit:Personally, we have one staple fruit that we always buy, then a secondary fruit.
The second fruit is based on what is cheap and I can freeze (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
Dairy:For cheese, I like to buy blocks since they typically last longer and are much cheaper.
Sliced Cheese is a must for us.
We buy two different kinds of milk and buy the lowest priced options.
Other:Once all of our main food has been purchase (all of the above) I use whatever money left in the budget to purchase things like Peanut Butter, Spices, Bread, Condiments, etc.
Here's a peak into a previous shopping trip: (note, we still had tons of veggies left over from last week...ha!)
Frozen Chicken (store brand): $6
Slice Lunch Meats: $4
Swiss Cheese Slices: $2
1% Milk 1/2 Gallon: $2
Almond Coconut Milk: $3
Whipped Cream Cheese: $2
Wheat Bread: $2
Low Sugar Oatmeal: $2
Grape Jelly: $2
Worcestershire Sauce: $2
Snack Baggies: $2
Lunch Baggies: $2
Grand Total: $38 + tax (I think my total was $40.48...I had an in store coupon + discounts that helped)
Since I'm now good to go with items like jelly and lunch baggies, I can use that money to stock up on more fruits or veggies. I like to freeze them for future use!
So this is my plan of attack. What do you use to keep your grocery budget down? Any tips you want to share?
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