Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How I Keep within my Grocery Budget

I go to the grocery store once a week and if we run out of something we just wait it out till the next week unless we really need it then we will go to our local store. I buy most of my groceries at Aldi and shop Kroger for meat & sale items. Sometimes I shop at Wal-Mart or my local Steve’s Market if I find a good sale item. I stockpile non-perishables and plan our meals using my food storage. I also check the clearance bins each week. We use our leftovers for lunches and if we have a lot of something leftover I will make something new with it or freeze it. I buy most of my fruit at Aldi’s and some at Kroger like the 2# bags of peaches or plums for $1.88. I also like to buy bags of frozen blueberries to use in my baking. I have a strawberry patch but it hasn’t done very well the last 2 years so I have replanted it for next year. I have a blackberry and blueberry bush I planted last year so we haven’t gotten much off of them. I usually purchase our veggies at Aldi but currently I am using what is in my garden which is supplying us with zucchini, broccoli, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans and supplementing from the grocery store. I also have an herb garden that we are enjoying. I buy meat for no more than $2 a pound stock up on it and freeze. If I buy a large piece of meat I will have the butcher half it or slice it. I have an additional chest freezer that comes in handy. I make a lot of our breads and snacks homemade but also get some by purchasing on sale, and matching coupons. I cook from scratch using staple items and I try to stay away from pre-packaged convenience foods but keep a small amount on hand for meal emergencies by purchasing sale items, and matching coupons. I buy 2 gallons of milk for $1.99 each I will buy extra at the end of the week to make sure I have milk at that price for the next week. We drink tea, water, and juice if I can get it for $1 for a half gallon otherwise we just eat fruit.