READ HOW ONE OF HAPPY DEAL – HAPPY DAY READERS, KIM, FEEDS A HOUSEHOLD OF 7 FOR $75 A WEEK!!!!!!
If You are looking to drastically reduce your monthly grocery budget, then this post is for you! If you put into practice these 5 tips, you will absolutely decrease your grocery spending.
Since I have an average family of 4, I wanted to hear real life tips from a larger family of 7 on how they save on their grocery budget. I got some great tips from Kim – who feeds her 4 kids, husband, and dad for $75 a week!
Kim told me that she is continuously asked how she feeds everyone for just $75/week. She organized how she does it and shares her secrets with us today.
Here are her top 5 ways you can save money at the grocery store and live on a budget like $75 per week for a family of 7!!
1.) Meal Planning is Key
If you plan out your weekly meals (all of them, including snacks) you are more likely to stick to a list and have everything you need on hand for your meals.
If you aren’t sure where to begin, then start by printing out this Meal Planning Guide. This is a great way to get on paper everything you’d like to eat for the week and will help you organize your shopping list.
Want the meal planning done for you? Then be sure to check out this amazing meal planning tool – MyFreezEasy!
2.) Shop at More Than One Store and Don’t Be Brand Loyal
This is made very easy by the internet these days. Without even leaving your home, you can look at all of the ads for the stores in your area and decide which stores to shop at.
Pick only one or two stores (driving around can add up in the gas tank). Shop for the best quality and price. Don’t always stick to one brand either – you may not be getting the item for the best price (even if you do have a coupon!)
Favado is a great smart phone app that is an easy tool to look up the best coupon match-up deals in your area.
3.) Cook from scratch
This is easily done and saves a lot of time and money at the grocery store. You can make even the simplest meals from scratch, including baked items like cakes, brownies, and cookies.
Do some research and find a local co-op in your area where you can buy baking ingredients in bulk and split it up with other families.
Now that we are talking baking, you should check out this Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe! This will seriously be your new favorite Chocolate Chip cookie recipe! 🙂
4.) Buy Meat in Bulk or On Sale & Freeze Extra
If you purchase all of the meat that you need for the week, it is likely that more than half of your budget would be spent on meat alone! Instead, spread out the meat purchases for the month by purchasing one type of meat each week.
Purchase family packs of chicken, ground beef, and pork. This is determined by price so if you think that pork is too expensive, then buy chicken that week instead.
If there is a particularly good sale for example on beef, like steaks or roasts, then purchase those a few at a time. It will all balance out and your freezer is usually full of meat for the entire month.
5.) Use a Variety of Recipes
Large families can easily eat through four boxes of cereal a week (and drink more than four gallons of milk!) You can stop the “cereal bleed” by coming up with healthy alternatives.
Serve a variety of choices like oatmeal cake bars, baked oatmeal cups, yogurt and granola, pancakes, waffles, eggs, etc. Some of these alternatives you can make ahead and freeze, and then just reheat on a busy school morning.
Bonus Tip: Don’t get into credit card debt with buying your groceries!
Grocery shopping can be hard enough, especially when you’re meal planning for an entire family.
The Walmart MoneyCard® Reloadable Prepaid Visa® Card helps take the stress out of managing the monthly grocery budget.
Cards, like this one, that are part of the Visa Clear Prepaid program are required to clearly communicate their monthly fee plan. So, you’ll know when you pay a fee and when you won’t.
Go to visa.com/visaclearprepaid to find the prepaid card that works for you.This is great if you are not wanting to carry around cash, or not wanting to be tempted by using a credit card and spending more that you have.”
I know that these tips don’t give you a 100% breakdown on how to achieve this goal. So the best tool I can offer to you to help make this a reality is to take a look at this page of meal plans! Most of them show you how to make 20 meals for the cost of $150 (for a family of 4).
Find more frugal tips over here!
(Thanks mymamascheap for your tips!)