Before I go shopping:
- I meal plan for the week – Our meals are simple and don’t vary that much from week to week. I ask for the kids input and I will have our older kids help plan and make a meal. Having a meal plan helps me stick to our budget.
Here is one of our weekly meal plans:
o Monday – Crockpot Sausage and Peppers with Pasta
o Tuesday – Taco night – Ground beef tacos with rice and beans
o Wednesday – Greek Night – grilled chicken, orzo, veggies, hummus and pitas
o Thursday – Breakfast for dinner - Breakfast casserole and fruit
o Friday – Make your own pizzas and salad
- I shop for 1 week at a time. We don’t have the storage space or budget to buy more than a week at a time.
- I clean out the refrigerator and check our pantry that way I am not buying duplicates of items.
- I buy store brand whenever possible and sign up for instore rewards card for coupons and often gas savings.
- Even though I have a meal plan and a list in my hand, I try and be flexible if there is a big sale on an item.
- I check for reduced items in the produce section (often they just have small blemishes or imperfections and are marked down).
A week’s worth of groceries costs around $550 for us (we rarely eat out so that cost includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for 12 for 7 days). A typical week looks like:
2 loaves of bread
12 indiv cups of yogurt
15lbs of bananas
12 lbs of apples
6lbs of grapes
large bag of clementines
Bag of Bell peppers
Large bag of carrots
Large bag of Kale or Arugula
3 lbs of potatoes
6lbs of chicken breasts
3lbs Italian sausage
6lbs of ground beef
6lbs of pasta
Large bag of chicken nuggets
Large bag of shredded Mexican Cheese
Large Bag of shredded Mozzerella
1 lb of cheese slices
3lbs of lunch meat
Large box of frozen waffles
Large bag of pitas or Naan Bread
Lots of snacks
A few treats