For the next post in my "How Much?" series, I'm breaking down my grocery bill directly from last night's shopping trip...
*Before you point out that I didn't buy eggs.. yes, this image is from another shopping trip :)Fruits & Veggies
1.99 Bag Grapefruit
1.14 Sweet Potatoes
Bread, Cereal, Etc
$2.59 Strawberry Jam
1.59 Pasta Sauce
1.50 (after $1 coupon) Frosted Mini-Wheats
2.00 Raisin Bran
2.89 Chocolate Cheerios (had coupon for milk)
.82 Can Refried Beans
1.14 Whole Grain Mac & Cheese
.60 Ramen (4)
2.38 Honey Wheat Bread
$.99 (after $1 coupon) Omega 3 Milk
2.98 Gallon Milk
Buying two things of milk is unusual for us, but one was on sale for $.99 and will last into next week.
Also, the eggs are missing from the list because we just colored some for Easter this past weekend.
$1.89 (after $1.75 coupon) Bird's Eye Shrimp Scampi
1.89 (after $1.75 coupon) Bird's Eye Shrimp Scampi
4.25 Red Baron Frozen Pizza
Grand Total: $39.45 (for two)
Believe it or not, this is a very average weekly grocery bill (we did also buy dog food, but I included that here). Sometimes we'll go as low as $20, but never over $55. How do we keep costs low?
*Buy protein in bulk or on sale. First, I have to say that not eating red meat, chicken, or pork very often cuts down on the costs big time! For the protein that we do eat (I do a lot of fish and veggie meat/ Nate does chicken)
*Skip the snack food. We do snack, but not on pre-packaged crackers or chips. Fruit, veggies, or a PB&J will usually fill us up between meals. We didn't need to buy dessert this week (thanks Easter), but usually a sweet cereal, $2 sherbet, or packages of sugar-free Jello fill that spot.
*Plan out the menu and buy only what you need. It's really not as time consuming as it might sound. Nate and I actually meal plan while we're driving to the store. We really only need to plan out four meals... Monday is pasta night, Thursday is frozen pizza night, and we go out to eat one weekend night.
*Shop sales the smart way. If you weren't going to eat it, don't buy it! That said, stock up if you eat it all the time! I went for the great deals on the Bird's Eye meals and Frosted Mini-Wheats so that we can skip buying those things next week.
What do your weekly grocery bills look like? How do you keep your costs low?
PS I might have omitted a box (or four) of clearance Peeps from the total... I promise that they aren't part of our normal grocery bill!