Not breaking the bank with a growing family can be hard, especially when it comes to grocery shopping. But, I’m here to tell you it can be done.
Below are my budgeting tips that I use for my family. We spend about $600 a month doing it this way.
1. Only bring cash with you when shopping. I bring $150 with me the first week and use that to only buy all my meat for the month. Freeze all meat and fish. I buy most fish and some meat from Whole Foods. Sometimes you’ll see a “price reduced for quick sale” on meats that have an expiration date coming up. Buy those and freeze them. If I don’t spend that much on meats, I’ll set that cash aside.
2. Know what’s in season and take advantage of it! If bell peppers are in season grab a bunch and slice them up and freeze it for when you want them later. Lots of fruits and veggies can be frozen!
3. Take advantage of your farmers markets and local farmers. Farmers markets are usually cheaper. If you go towards the end of the day they sometimes give their stuff away!
Above is a picture of my favorite orchard stand where I live. We go so often that he actually gives us even better deals than what’s priced.
4. Know when stores have sales. Become “friends” with your local Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Sprout’s, whatever, on Facebook or Instagram, that way you can stay in touch when things go on sale for them! When a great sale comes up don’t be afraid to grab a bunch. (ex. Whole Foods was having a killer sale on organic grass-fed ground beef…I bought enough to last a couple of months, then I portion it out at home and freeze it) You may spend a little extra cash dollars at the time, but then you know that you won’t be using your “meat money” next month and you can either save it or use it on something else.
5. BULK BULK BULK. The bulk section at Whole Foods is seriously my BFF. Grab nuts, spices, whatever for CHEAP! You aren’t paying for packaging, so you cut your cost down a lot! Anytime I can avoid packaging, I will!
6. Check out online stores. One of my favorite places to shop is Barefoot Provisions. They have great snack options, all paleo and some Whole30 approved. Great, delicious, and healthy deals!
8. We don’t buy everything organic because it can get really expensive. Look at the dirty dozen list for fruits and veggies that you should buy organic. Of course I always try to buy meat that is the best, but when I’m looking at organic chicken that is $6.99 a lb or non organic for $1.99 a lb I probably will buy the non organic kind. If the price difference is HUGE I have to go the non organic route, but if it’s only a dollar or so I don’t sweat it!
Have kids? Make grocery shopping fun for them too. I always have one using the calculator, one with the list, and the others are the food grabbers!