One of my August goals was to lower my grocery bill to $110/week. Before this goal, I was spending at least $125-$145 (sometimes more) every week. Luckily, I have been able to lower my bill with a few thoughtful steps. These five things have helped me to lower the bill significantly. That being said, I still buy all organic produce and will not compromise on quality ingredients. Also, I often have to buy specialty items because I eat dairy free, gluten free, and mostly plant-based! I’ll be sharing my weekly totals for each week of August tomorrow, but today I’m sharing 5 ways I lowered the overall bill!
5 Ways I’ve Lowered My Grocery Bill
- Meal Plan with Sales: Before making up my grocery list and menu for the week, I checked out the weekly circular and planned my meals using produce on sale. This was also a fun way for me to try produce I’ve never worked with much!
- Shop exact Numbers: Once I saw the sale items and planned my meals, I decided on exact amounts I needed. For example, if three recipes I’m making require 1 bell pepper, I’ll buy 3. Having exact amounts will save you buying extra things you do not need. I do buy certain items like onions and potatoes by the bag, though!
- Shop Different Stores: I bought organic produce, beans, rice, cereal, and my main items from my local grocery store. For specialty items, paper goods, or other random items, I shopped at my local organic market or my drugstore for. I made sure I was getting the best deals for each item I needed and ended up saving quite a bit just by going to more than one store.
- Keep it Simple: I stuck to beans, lentils, tofu, and eggs for proteins, sale item produce, and bulked up dishes with rice and potatoes. Keeping your ingredients simple will also keep your grocery bill low. All of these simple items, make delicious recipes. Check out my recipes for more inspiration!
- Stock Up Specialty Item Sales: For my more expensive specialty items, I waited until they were on a sale and then I stocked up on multiple items. It saved me in the long-run and I always like to have some items stocked up in my pantry for a quick meal!
Would you like to see posts where I share a week’s meal plan, groceries, and total amount spent? What are your tricks?
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