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The following is a contribution from the illustrious Mr. CBB from Canadian Budget Binder. If you’re interested in contributing to Frugal Rules, please consult our guidelines and contact us.

 

Stretching a grocery budget is very common in many households in today’s economy. As we continue to see people out of work or struggling to make ends meet we have to find ways to make the money go further. If you use a budget you know exactly how much money your grocery budget should be each month. Sticking to your grocery budget can be a tough task if you are not prepared or willing to learn.

In a perfect world we could easily walk into a grocery store and get what we want and get out. That’s not always the case as grocery stores are designed in such a way to almost entice you into spending more than you intended to. You know what I mean. For example, when walking into Wal-Martyou practically lick the fresh-baked donuts off your face and your head wobbles from side to side. You glance at the bakery and then at the produce section and wonder where to begin, whilst licking your lips and dreaming of cream-filled donuts and a coffee break before you even step foot in the store.

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Our grocery budget is $190 a month for 2 adults and at times we struggle when good deals come up but we aim to stick to the plan. This is far from an accomplishment as one person who plays our Grocery Game Challenge each week feeds a family of 7 on a $300 a month budget. It’s time to combat the myth that being frugal with your groceries means you can’t have quality meals. I’ve heard it all before that if you don’t have a big enough grocery budget you are doomed to eating Kraft dinner and hotdogs for the rest of your life. You must be unhealthy people bla, bla, bla. What is important is that we strike a balance when it comes to nutrition. Everybody’s needs are different when it comes to eating habits and health needs.

 

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Mrs.CBB and I splurge once a week on whatever we want and it works for us. The truth is you can stretch your grocery budget and eat quality, healthy meals and I proved just that when I participated in The Welfare Food Challenge back in October. Sure it wasn’t easy but I made it work. I ended up having to stretch the money in my grocery budget so that I was not eating convenience type foods. This is a trap that so many people fall into but don’t worry you don’t have to stay stranded for long. Not everyone with a low grocery budget is on welfare but what I am trying to dispel is the myth that people who have less money to spend have to forgo quality food.

With $26 and my Canadian coupons in hand I was off to the shops and I came back with a pretty impressive amount of food. It took planning but I came up with some recipes such as beet risotto, carrot and beet salad, tomato minestrone soup, chicken rice and vegetable soup, homemade mayonnaise, black bean basa fish burgers, lemon-garlic fried rice, egg salad sandwiches and so on. It’s obvious that I ate pretty good considering I was also able to have tea, milk and cereal.

The downfall was no fruit but building a pantry takes time. So what you don’t have one week you get the next. There are always downfalls with this as each situation is different for example where one may not have the ability to cook or have dietary restrictions push them into convenience meals. This amount of money is low for the average consumer but for some it’s a reality.  How much your grocery budget should be depends on your lifestyle and budget numbers.

 

10 Ways to Stretch Your Grocery Budget

 

  • Meal Plan- Meal planning for most people saves the hassle of trying to figure out what they will make for dinner all week. It also helps to sort out what to buy at the grocery store so they are not spending more than necessary. Some people only like to have food in the house for that week and to buy it fresh each week. This is what I used to do when I lived in the UK. Meal planning also helps bring families together as you can sit and plan your meals and talk about it as a family.
  • Know your Prices- It’s so important to know your prices when you look through the weekly flyers or when you are grocery shopping. Keep your eyes peeled on size and price so you are able to compare on the spot whether it is a good deal or another shop has it cheaper. Remember these are professional marketers so put on your thinking hat when you shop so you get the best bang for your buck.
  • Freezer Inventory- Having a freezer inventory list is a smart savings move for everyone. Take inventory of what you already have in your freezer or pantry. Each month we fill in our freezer inventory list so we know what we don’t have to spend money on. You can also add in expiry dates if you know them so you eat products up before they go off.  Most people keep buying items they already have and they end up going in the bin if it doesn’t get eaten on time. We keep ours in a folder right beside the freezer for easy access. No more guessing what’s inside.
  • Coupons-Coupons are what I like to think of as “free money.” Some may turn their nose up at them but if the company wants to save me more money, I’ll take it. We’ve saved thousands using coupons on everyday items that just about everyone uses such as mouthwash, toilet paper, paper towel, toothpaste, floss, etc. Coupons can be found in a myriad of places for most people. We typically find them online as a printable coupon or you can order them to be sent to your home. You can find them in weekly flyer inserts in the newspaper, or by calling the company and asking politely. One of the top spots is tear pads at the Grocery Store and if you are lucky you may run into a demonstrator who wants you to try a new product and offer you a coupon. If you do not like to use coupons then you can also use credit card rewards points to accomplish the same thing.
  • Homemade Cooking- We like to cook from scratch a lot especially this year as we are doing our best to stick to our grocery budget. We have learned that there are so many items we pay far too much for that are super easy to make at home. Take the time to research recipes and test one out per week. You will get used to this and before you know it you will have lots of recipes that you can whip up in a flash without the cost of convenience. Try my homemade Sloppy Joes and you will never buy those costly packets again. In fact I’m sure you will wonder why you weren’t making them from scratch ages ago.
  • Reduced Rack- We always like to check out the “reduced” rack at our local shops as we can load up on yesterday’s fresh for half price or less than half price. You can check the bakery, produce and the meat department for great sales.
  • Batch Cooking- This style of cooking is becoming important especially to families that are busy and struggle to put a healthy meal on the table each night. Most families during the week are on the go so this style of cooking is perfect. It’s also great for those lazy nights where you just don’t want to cook. The idea is to set up one day where you batch cook a few lasagnas, meatloaf, Shepherds pies, etc. Portion meals are great for work lunches or at home when you want a quick meal.
  • Eat Local/Buy in Season- Support your local farms, shops and neighbors who may give you a great discount when you buy in bulk or if you are a regular customer. You may even get lucky and get some great deals on organic produce. If you buy what’s in season chances are you will be spending less money and your meals will taste far better.
  • Grow Your Own- If you have the space or even a balcony you can grow your own herbs and vegetables. Each year we plant vegetables and herbs in our garden and in pots so we have them all year long. We freeze any extra peppers, tomatoes, raspberries and rhubarb we have and you can do the same. We bring in our potted for the winter and if we have any excess herbs we turn them into freezer cubes (such as our basil cubes that we made with our extra basil). You can’t beat organic so if you have a green thumb and enjoy eating from your garden this is a must.
  • Buy in Bulk- We have started to buy in bulkitems that we know we will use especially if they are a great price. If you compare the prices of a smaller package compared to a larger one you may find you will save with the big package. We also started to buy large bags of dry beans as they are a fraction of the cost next their cousin the can. You can also purchase large packages of meat for cheaper and divide it up when you get home.  Not all bulk is equal so make sure you do the math and know your numbers.

 

I always like to suggest bringing a calculator and a shopping list when you head out to the grocery store. Stick to your plan, stick to your budget and look past all the fancy displays and smells that call to you, “buy me” now. Stretching your grocery budget is possible so plan ahead and go shopping with a positive outlook that you can eat healthy meals with the money you have in your pocket.

Guest Post Bio- Mr.CBB is the voice behind the blog at Canadian Budget Binder. He can be serious, passionate and a bit quirky but loves his fans and helping others save money in their budget. You may also find him whipping up a meal or treat in the kitchen.

Editors comment: Mr. CBB brings up some great ways to stretch your grocery budget while at the same time having quality items. Mrs. Frugal Rules and I use many if not most of these tips, and we need to having three little ones to feed.

 

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  • Wow, $190 a month for two people? That is amazing. We spend $400-$500 but we do have kids. You are doing awesome. Good tips!
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  • This is a GREAT list! I’ll definitely admit I spend more on groceries per month than I really should. I could probably trim $50 out of my grocery budget without really changing the quality of the food we eat.

    That said, I don’t mind spending a fair amount of money on groceries because in my mind, having delicious food to eat at home keeps me away from restaurants and fast food, which is a win in the long run.
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    • A couple of my fans who post in my Grocery Game Challenge HAVE lowered their grocery budget by $50 and I believe one by $100 because they were spending less every month since posting and they started challenging themselves. It’s not about cutting out quality it’s about cutting out what one doesn’t need. We don’t put quality on the back burner for most items we eat very healthy food just not meat every day of the week or heavy meals. We just plan our shopping every week and like to splurge one day with a new meal we create. That’s the point behind the challenge, accountability, motivation and challenging oneself. That’s helped us keep it where it is. Thanks for your comment. Cheers Mr.CBB
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  • Terry says:

    Those are excellent tips.

    I always know what I am going to buy before I enter the grocery store, in order to cut down on impulse buying.

    My wife is just the opposite. She likes to get ideas in the store while she is shopping.

    My way is faster, yet her way usually results in more nutritious meals.
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    • Sometimes that’s a sure fire way to overspend from what your wife does and don’t kid yourself my wife does the same thing. I have to stop her sometimes otherwise she will want to buy stuff we really don’t need. It’s about working as a team and sometimes I say, ya that is a good deal we could do something with it. It’s give and take but for the most part we stick to the list to help stick to the budget. Cheers Terry! Mr.CBB
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  • Michelle says:

    These are all great tips! I started meal planning earlier this year and haven’t regretted it once.
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  • Buying in bulk, knowing the prices, and planning are definitley big ones for us! My wife has gotten freakishly good at knowing prices at different places and making it all somehow work. And of course, during particularly thin months, it’s always easy to eat beans and rice for a few meals…nothin’ cheaper! :-)
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  • Pauline says:

    Great tips Mr CBB. Now that I have a deep freezer I try to batch cook and buy meat in bulk or a whole animal at once and the expenses have been reduced. Groceries is the one thing that I don’t skimp on though, my only restriction is to not waste any food. But living off the beaten path I don’t go out to eat or for a drink anymore so it evens out I guess.
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    • When I participated in the Welfare Food Challenge back in October I realized that we were wasting food. Not throwing out meals or leftovers but food that we could turn into something more. I had to really plan my meals with the $26 budget for the week and what I learned was that all my vegetable peels if I kept them in the freezer I could make a vegetable stock with them. NOW, we keep mostly all our peels in a baggie and once a week boil them up and make a soup stock. Amazing what we can learn and how to save money when we take a moment to live like we don’t have the luxuries. Cheers Mr.CBB
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  • I love the eat local thing. We try to go to our local farmers market as often as we’re able. It’s pretty neat to see everything that people have grown, but it’s typically healthier and often cheaper than the store.
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    • I agree Jason and local for us is our back garden or the relatives in thee summer as you can’t beat organic food but it does come at a premium price at the shops. An example is organic garlic which we use lots of . At the shop for 2 bulbs is $3.99. My father in law grows 1000 bulbs each year in his back yard and we get it free but it can be done if one has space. If someone has a balcony they can also grow vegetables in pots. SOme communities have local gardens one can volunteer at and you can get reduced vegetables or a plot to grow your own just for helping out. Onions are dead easy to grow as are herbs. Thinking outside the box and experimenting with something each year gives us a joy you just can’t buy. Cheers Jason. Mr.CBB
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  • Awesome tips Mr. CBB! I like every one of them. The wife and I are working on pushing down our budget. We are currently running at $300 a month for the both of us, so we have some work to do to get it down to your level.
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    • What helped us was not only posting our shops but cutting out getting chips, snack bars, puddings, crackers, all that stuff which is ok to have once in a while but not every week shopping at least for us. We tend to snack on nuts, fruit, Yogurt but we do have to live a little so on the odd occasion we pick up crackers or crisps just not every week or every month. That has helped us cut back a big chunk of our budget and also helped with eating healthier. Next year we may have a seperate category for stockpiling say $20 a month to use if we need. An example was toilet paper Reg price $8.99 on sale $3.88 and we had $1.00 coupons.. would you pass it up? We couldn’t so we want to make sure there is some extra there for these occasions. IF we don’t need it then it goes back into savings. It’s not part of our reg grocery budget otherwise it would just get spend on whatever and we don’t want that. Cheers mate and good luck with lowering your budget!!! Mr.CBB
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  • Mary F. Campbell says:

    I very much enjoyed this post…and Mr CBB sent me. I take part in the weekly Grocery Game Challenge on his site, and find it helps me stick to the plan when I am tempted to put something in my cart that is not on my list. My husband & I employ all these same methods and also have $190 per month to spend on groceries including cleaning products and over the counter medications. We eat very well partly by my meal planning after I have seen the sale flyers online each week and also by stockpiling some canned goods like tomatoes and chicken/beef/vegetable stock when I can get a good deal. Were there a nuclear holocaust or some other unbelievable disaster, we could eat “enough” for probably 6 months to a year with what I have on hand.

  • Good post…but going in the freezer and raiding that to keep the food bill down is kinda still spending money……you had to buy it once…so that money has already been spent…so if you are using whats in your freezer and cupboards to cut down on costs…once its all gone…you will need to spend twice as much to stock back up..
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    • I’m not understanding sorry. Are you referring to batch cooking? When you purchase items while shopping and stick to your budget you now own them, you paid for them. You use those items to create meals at home which means you go into your pantry to use them. You take stock of the items you own so the next week you aren’t out buying doubles of items you own or don’t need. Sure you will have to replace them when they are done and you might not spend much one week to the next but you certainly aren’t paying for them twice. We stock up as we go along with certain items like pasta that we picked up for $0.24 the other day etc. So unless I’m not understanding you, my apologies but we’ve done fairly well using our strategy but maybe it won’t work for you. Cheers and thanks for your comment.
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  • Cat says:

    We spend *way* more than that. Hubby is not particularly interested in cutting our foo d bills, and he takes salad a lot – pre-washed lettuce is quite expensive! I really do need to start looking into online coupons more.
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    • Hey Cat!
      Do what’s right for you and your budget. No one says that people have to spend a certain amount, heck if someone want s to spend $1000 a month go for it. We are “satisfied” with the amount and quality of food that we fit into our healthy diet. If your husband doesn’t want to cut back on certain foods maybe there are other areas that you can save like using the coupons to save a $1.00 here and there on spices,eggs, yogurt, cheese,oats, bread etc. It all adds up! Let me know if I can help.. you know I’m always around mate.
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  • We’ve been spending around $200 per month on groceries as well. It has gone up a bit this year as we’ve been replacing red meat with turkey and chicken.
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  • $190/month for 2 people is pretty darn good. We spend $3-400 per month with one kid, but that’s including other grocery items too. Cooking at home is the biggest factor for us. It’s much cheaper and more healthy to cook than to go out.
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    • Hey!
      That’s great that you have a budget and know what you are spending , many people don’t. Your budget if it is right for you and you are able to balance your budget, and reach your goals with-in it then go for it. There’s no right or wrong answer for how much to spend. It’s an awareness or a message to say, there are ways to cut back and if it interests you the resources may be available to you such as coupons, or sales at the shops or easily meal planning or eating at home like you say you do. You are right it is much cheaper to eat at home and you know what goes into your food!!! Thanks for the comment! Cheers Mr.CBB
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  • Mr. CBB, how nice to see you here. You know I believe in all these tips and your grocery game has changed the way I shop and cook for the better in many ways. If you want to save money, play the Grocery Game. There is no way you won’t.

    • Hey Kim!!
      It’s one of those things that unless you try it you don’t really know if that makes sense. It’s no different with budgeting etc. Another example is food that we have heard is crap but we’ve never tried it and automatically assume it must be crap. The phrase don’t knock it until you try it or give it a fair trial comes to mind. You my dear have done just that and it’s you that is saving the money, not me, not anyone else. It’s your goals and your mindset of wanting to lower your budget and achieve success in an area that you know you can just from posting your shops that past few months. I know that in 2013 it will be a great year for us and we will work harder. I’ve already got a few more players who are ready to join us. That makes me happy to see people saying, I’m going to give it a shot, rather than dismissing it as a silly idea. Cheers Kim! Mr.CBB
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  • Mackenzie says:

    Love these tips! Meal planning is something I started doing last year, and it has helped reduce our grocery bill for sure. I still need to reduce my spending in this catagory, so the rest of the tips you listed here are definitely worth trying! :)
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    • Meal Planning is a great way to save because we are not buying more than we need. How many people have went into the refrigerator and have to toss out rotten food? That can be eliminated simply by buying fresh only what you need according to your meal plan. When I lived in the UK I had no big freezer, I had a tiny little refrigerator that you all might call a “beer fridge” in my kitchen, many Brits do. We didn’t have the luxury to stock up like we do here in Canada in our house. I had to carefully plan my meals every few days and then head to the shop to get more food. I’ve tried it all, and you know it’s not hard to get creative in the kitchen as long as one is willing to spend at least 30 minutes to prepare a healthy meal. Cheers and thanks.. good luck saving in your grocery budget… if you want to , you will!! Mr.CBB
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  • It’s crazy how much a bit of salad or a few herbs cost in stores these days. I agree that growing just a few of these foods at home can save a lot in the long run, great post Mr.CBB!
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    • You know mate I know what it costs in the UK, I’ve been there done that. me mum and dad say the prices are going up and when they came to Canada they were stunned to say the least. They couldn’t believe how we could use coupons to get food like we do especially bread for under $1.00 a loaf. I used to have loads of plants at my house back home. I grew herbs, vegetables you name it. It’s so bloody easy to do but most people just don’t take the time to learn. It’s very rewarding and in Canada we grow all sorts on our plot of land. It hurts when I see basil in the stores costing $3.00 for fresh when in the summer we had so much we couldn’t keep up and that cost us $0.50 for a packet of seeds, some soil, water and love!! Cheers mate! Mr.CBB
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  • I’m happy to say that we do all 10 of these things! Great tips, CBB. And though our budget is not $190, we’re closer to about $250, which feels good, Plus, we eat healthy, local, and organic, which is tough to do. I have an idea for you, Mr CBB:

    Let’s have a blogger get-together and you can cook us all a HUGE meal that you purchased local, with coupons and all for under $20. You up for it?!
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    • That’s awesome mate.. you know we are probably teetering on the edge of that this year as well. Although our budget is $190 we went over a few months and we didn’t start until the end of January. There are areas we need to improve on and we only know this by documenting our shops. Some people might not give a hoot and really that’s fine. It’s our life, our money at the end of the day and if you spend $250 for a family and you have children bloody hell that’s not bad at all mate, good for you! Cheers Mr.CBB
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  • Veronica Hill says:

    Great tips here. I don’t know how you get away with $190 a month, but more power to you! Personally, we’ve stopped worrying about food cost because we really care about what goes into our bodies. If it costs $500 a month then be it :)
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    • To each their own I say. I’m a very healthy guy, I run everyday and I workout and I eat healthy. I was an avid surfer and rock climber back home and probably ate just about the same as we do here although we love to create a variety of meals from scratch. That means we take time preparing our foods so we know what we are eating. We have had our months that we have went over budget but for the most part we don’t need alot of food to sustain a healthy diet. Most people eat far more food than their bodies need and that means more $$$. If you are happy spending $500 that’s great, you should be it’s your money! Cheers Mr.CBB
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  • I love the idea of batch cooking and we have done it here and there, but I would like to add additional things to our menu and help out the wife because she is usually the one doing the cooking. I like cooking in bulk because it provides food for lunches at work, which is a big way we save money (I pretty much never eat out for breakfast or lunch, making it easier to justify getting food for dinner every once in a while).
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    • I take prepared hot meals to work so I cook in bulk for that nights meal at home and for work and it works out great. We like to cook a fresh pot of homemade vegetable barley soup each week so we can eat it during the evening or for lunch. We eat tonnes of vegetables and in the summer we grow plenty of herbs,fruits, tomatoes, peppers, onions, etc.. we also make jelly from our apple tree and process all our basil , parsley and garlic to make freezer cubes so we can use it in our cooking over the winter. Cutting the grocery budget doesn’t meaning giving up healthy living. If you want to go out for dinner with your family, go that’s great. You know what’s best and no one should worry about what you know is right for your family. Cheers to bulk cooking mate! Mr.CBB
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  • Kay Lynn says:

    These are great tips to not only stretch the grocery budget but also can help families eat healthier. Home cooked meals are generally going to be better for you than take out, fast food or convenience foods.
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  • All great points! We are always trying to stretch our budget!
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  • I’m definitely getting better with this each month, but still have a lot of work to do!
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    • You’ll get there mate, Take your time and find areas that you can cut out and areas you can improve in. An example I can give you is the buying bulk dry beans instead of canned beans to cut cost. There are so many ways and you don’t have to sacrifice the quality of your food. There’s so much more to a grocery budget than focusing on what one thinks they have to “give up” focus on what you love to eat and ways to make fit your pocket book. You’ll have a great 2013 I can tell just by reading your posts, you are motivated. Cheers mate. Mr. CBB
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  • Thad says:

    Freezer inventory but no cupboard inventory? For shame!

    Just kidding. Great suggestions.
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  • Justin@TheFrugalPath says:

    Buying in season/local can save you a bundle. Apples in season $1.00 per lb at the grocery store. out of season almost $2 or more depending on variety. Although you can score more if you go to the apple orchard.
    And coupons save a ton of money. We usually use them on personal hygiene, but when something we use has a coupon and we can match it, I feel like we’ve hit gold.
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  • Good post Mr.CBB. I see from the comments that different families have very different ideas about what is an appropriate amount to spend on groceries. I think that we have to reserve judgement on each other’s decisions and focus on the main point of the discussion. Whatever your budget, the skills here will help you to more easily stay within it.

    Personally, I prefer to keep our food budget as low as possible. I do sometimes stray from the smart shopper fold but I’ve learned that if I shop carefully, I can eat a healthy diet without breaking the bank. When I can eat well AND eat frugally, that’s a win/win.
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  • I have friends that buy so much from the reduced rack because it’s almost bad, and then they put it in the freezer to make it last. It’s a good strategy. I’m just figuring out just how valuable batch cooking is! I love it. We made lasanga awhile ago and put what we didn’t eat in the freezer. I’ve had (so far) around 8 meals from it! And I still have several to go.
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    • The reduced rack is where we go. If I want to make banana bread I ask the produce guy for ripe bananas and they reduce the price. There are tonnes of veg on the rack every morning. One shop has 3 racks everyday here. A couple weeks back we got 3 pommegrants and I’ll tell you there was not a damn thing wrong with them. Most times we eat the food in a few days or make big batches of food to eat for the week at a fraction of the price. Cheers
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  • CF says:

    You guys do a great job with your grocery budget! We have $200 budgeted a month for two people, which we split into two shops. Still have $25 left for this half of the month, woot.
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  • I love buying in season, particularly at this time of year as all the stone fruits are just starting to ripen and they all taste so damn good!

    Great tips Mr.CBB.
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  • Eddie says:

    I love your tips!
    Buying is season is key, but also buying food that can be frozen. When cooking, I generally like to mix between frozen veggies and fresh,.
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  • Melissa says:

    Excellent tips. I like to buy our beef straight from the farmer to lower costs overall. We just save up for the purchase all year long by putting a little money aside each month.
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  • Diane says:

    I find that knowing your prices is key. There are items that are on sale all the time and it’s really no sale at all. I also change my fruit up based on the time of the year and what is in season. This way we still can eat fruit and doesn’t make us go over our budget and we still get fruit in our diets.

  • Great ideas on how to cut back on food expenses. I try to shop at farmers markets, especially when certain produce is in season so I get the best quality at the lowest price. The only problem I’ve found with growing my own is that I always have too much and have to give a lot of it away, which is a good thing of course.
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