So I know Walmart is not the most favorite place to go for everyone, but I’ve done my research people, and the only thing you really pay for at other stores is “the environment.” Quality is not that much better at others stores (trust me I’ve shopped at ALL the stores). Now there are one or two items that you can find better at other stores, but overall, Walmart is amping up their quality!!! The only down fall is there are so many people and most are under the age of 10 (and screaming).
I find grocery shopping very awesome! I love restocking our fridge and pantry. And oddly enough I think it’s fun to challenge myself to stay within a budget each week. I used to HATE it, but now it’s a little fun!
I have spent the last 4 years REALLY budgeting at the grocery store and found that Walmart is the best place. They have now implemented price matching, which is awesome because it allows you to shop at one store, but get all the deals!!! You don’t even have to bring in the ads because they have them all there. I like to bring them in though because I circle what I’m buying so it helps me know what I’m price matching.
I went to the store today to get a few items (cheese, cantaloupe, grapes, tuna, taco seasoning, eggs, and salsa). I tallied it up and the total should have been around $19 and I only spent $14 ($13.81 to be exact)…and I get organic free range eggs. It’s the one thing I have trouble getting non-organic and non-free range, especially if I’m going to eat them as egg whites. I could blog about eggs alone.
So I saved about $5. You may think that’s a small amount, but that was a mid-week run, which are the ones that usually kill us at the end of the month financially! Just fyi, when Ryan and I were paying off our house, our budget for groceries per week was $60 (to be honest though we usually spent $70). Even though we paid it off, we still try to stick to that budget, but buy much more freely. We usually average $70-90 a week and we could do SO MUCH better! I waste too much food. Depends on the month and if we go to Costco that month. When I stay home next year, I will be in charge of budgeting for groceries and will try and stick to $60 a week…and yes, that’s with a baby! I will be more diligent about planning meals, which should help!
Just wanted to share some info that will help you save money! This is inspired by my cousin-in-law’s wife who has been living on a budget of $50 a week with a 9 month old! She’s been making awesome meals and sticks to her budget! It can be done peeps!
Sorry there may be grammatical errors or sound jumbled, but my brains are all used up at work! 8-9 year olds wipe you clean!