Taming Runaway Grocery Bills

Taming Runaway Grocery Bills

I know a lot of you have noticed your grocery bills not just inching but spiking over the last couple of years. Ours certainly has. On the one hand I’d love to go back to the days when our weekly bill wasn’t too far north of $100. On the other hand, I feel like as long as I get most of our meals for the week and don’t rely too much on take-out or delivery, then it’s money well spent. (Note to self: pack tomorrow’s lunch!) But we could definitely get more out of our weekly shop and throw out less at the end of each week. We were so excited to be asked for some money-saving tips from the lovely Marci O’Connor at Babble. Excited and… um, forced to admit how we’re not always the best at following our own advice.

Here are some of the ideas we shared with Babble (but head over there for more). Let us know how you keep your grocery bill in check.

1. Cook! Cooking at home is the best thing you can do for your budget and your family’s health.

2. Don’t crisis cook. Picking up something on the way home for work to make that night’s dinner is going to be more stressful, more expensive and probably result in something melted over corn chips. Make a meal plan and shop once a week to match your plan.

3. Shop alone. It’s not always possible, but if you can, shop without people who will campaign for brightly coloured boxes with cartoon animals plastered to them. If you  have to shop with the kids, get them on board and make finding the perfect red pepper part of the game.

4. Get Flexitarian. Introducing at least one day’s one worth of vegetarian meals to your family’s roster each week will save you money as well as boost your health.

5. Batch cooking. When you see something on special, grab extra, cook it up and get it in the freezer. You’ve saved some money and dinner is waiting for you.

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5 Comments

  1. great hints! we always plan the week’s meals in advance and do all our grocery shopping on one day, usually sunday. we also try and do all our shopping on our local street which means going to a butcher, a health food store, and a fruits and veggie store. i find when we avoid the big shopping markets we buy less snack and junk food because it’s not available at the smaller stores.

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  3. Amy
    October 28, 12:38 Reply

    I mostly follow the above, but somehow my grocery bill is always over budget. Must be the “fancy” (my husband’s word) cheeses and such I tack on. Thanks for the link to Babble- heading over there now to see if there are any other tips for me before my husband bans me from grocery shopping 🙂

    • Ceri Marsh
      October 28, 14:26 Reply

      Let us know how you make out! It’s hard when you love food not to be lured by all the great products out there these days. My saving grace is a very small kitchen and pantry. Thanks for reading!

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