Hello sweet friends! A while back I reached out on Instagram asking what all of you guys do to stay on track with budgeting your groceries. I got a lot of feedback and have taken some time to experiment myself, but today I am finally sharing everything I’ve learned!
I think one of the hardest parts of being an adult is budgeting your finances. They differ from month to month and finding what works for you and your family can be challenging, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. I feel like it’s a toss between spending a fortune to eat healthy and spending little but sacrificing your health. Over the last month or so, I learned it doesn’t have to be that way- you just have to be patient and research!
I know these tips may not work for everyone as we all live in different parts of the world, but they are here to act as a guideline for you. I hope you enjoy them and find them useful!
Grocery Shopping Healthy on a Budget
- Shop the sales. Find which stores in your area have sales going on for the items you are looking to purchase. Search for coupons and even sign up for weekly newsletters to receive offers you may normally not see. Luckily my husband is in the military, so we are able to receive a military discount at some select stores. We also have a shopper’s card for almost every grocery store in town (saves you $$$ on gas too)!
- Choose your go-to store. I understand the hassle and annoyance of going to five different stores when you only need a few things. I found it easier to choose a store that fits in your budget and do most of your shopping there. For example, I only shop for groceries on Sunday’s because I know the local food store does military discounts every Sunday. Doing the bulk of my shopping there has saved me well over $50 already!
- Stick to your list. Learn what your weekly staples are and other random items you may need, write them down, and stick to your list. Don’t buy anything that isn’t on the list- that’s how the dollar signs add up! Instead, take what you save each month, and use it to “splurge” on a food item you may not normally purchase.
- Dedicate your time. This may sound a little contradictory to the tip I previously mentioned but take the time to shop around at different stores. Find the store that works for you but also don’t stray away from the better sale! If you can’t find your item at one store, check another. I know for me I give myself at least three hours every Sunday and go to three different stores.
- Set your budget. Choose a budget (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly) and only bring that amount with you when you shop! This will ensure you don’t go over your set amount because you won’t have enough to purchase it no matter what. This can be hard to figure out but once you see what you buy, what store has the best deals, and how quickly you go through food, it’ll be easy to know how much you are spending.
- Buy in bulk. It’s easy to buy in bulk, like going to Costco, because you can always freeze what you aren’t going to use right away. Usually purchasing items in bulk will save you a few bucks each month.
- Farmer’s markets and food delivery services. Unfortunately for me, I live in Montana where there aren’t many food delivery services available. However, I did use one back home in PA, so I do know how nice they can be. I also try my hardest to buy most of my produce at the local farmer’s market. It’s much cheaper when it’s local and in season!
- Plan your meals. I loosely plan out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each week. Doing this I know exactly what I need and how much of an item I should buy. This is also a great tip to use when you’re trying to figure out your budget and weekly staples.
- Ask yourself what you need vs. want. I could list a million things I would love to have in my pantry or fridge, but I really don’t need them. When I plan my meals and stick to my list it is much easier to decipher between a need and a want.
I know those are a lot of tips and it may seem a bit overwhelming at first. Once you get in the flow and habit of budgeting it’ll become second nature.
For me personally, I spend a lot on mine and my family’s groceries because I believe nutrition to be one of the most important things in our lives. We also only eat out maybe 1-2x a week, so we have the extra to spend a little more on our weekly staples.
Overall, it truly comes down to the individual/family. Everyone has their own preferences, likes and dislikes.
I hope you gained some insight and inspiration from this blog post. Please feel free to share how you budget your groceries and any additional tips you may have- I’m always looking to learn more!
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