One of the most frequent things I get asked is how we only spend $400 on groceries a month. First let me say, I struggle to keep it around $400, but that’s what we budget. Second of all, this is going to vary for each of us depending on how many people are in a family, the foods we buy, where we live, how much we cook, etc. And third, if I could spend $800 on groceries a month, I so easily would.
Last month someone left a comment asking to share our groceries again. I did this a while back (you can find them under the Finance tab above) and thought I’d write a quick post showing you what we buy so you can get an idea of how we spend our money. I’ll try to leave some random tips and any other information along the way. In my head, I shoot for $100 a week. The first week is usually the most I spend.
A few facts:
-We shop at Walmart
-Use the Savings Catcher to snag any deals in our area (I don’t have time these days to coupon so this app is nice…gives me money back on items that are cheaper elsewhere)
-Family of 4 (2 young kiddos)
-Include everything you would buy at a grocery store with exception to diapers.
-We eat fairly healthy, but I’ve been getting a few more convenience foods during this time of year when I’m single mommin’ it!
-My husband takes a lunch to work everyday
Those groceries above were $64.97! I made another trip mid-week for $13.88 for 3lbs of ground turkey, bread, and deli turkey. TOTAL GROCERIES FOR WEEK 1: $78.85
That’s really good for us, but I had a lot of food already in our pantry and freezer that I’m trying to use this week. I do not like to cook on the weekends so that’s usually when we go out to eat.
Our MENU this week:
Breakfasts: We eat english muffins, breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, pancakes, Nutrigrain bars on rushed mornings
Lunch: We eat sandwiches (chips, fruit), leftovers, or fast food like Chick-fil-a or Subway
Monday – White Chicken Pasta and salad (I went to Chick-fil-a instead this night because we were running an errand at dinnertime and Ryan was gone, so this meal will be another night).
Tuesday – Tacos (Ryan got a last minute game and was gone again, so I had an egg salad sandwich instead because I didn’t want to to cook)
Wednesday – We had Tacos
Thursday – BBQ chicken, au gratin potatoes, Brussels sprouts
Friday – White Chicken pasta
Saturday – Dinner out
Sunday – Dinner out
Hope that was interesting/helpful and I’ll share more next week. If I buy anything between today and next week, I’ll add it to the next post.