I've had a few requests to talk a little bit more about saving money at the grocery store. For starters, I follow three basic rules:
1. Create a weekly menu.
2. Use the menu to create your grocery list.
3. While shopping, buy only what is on your list.
For our family of four, I budget $100 per week. This amount includes all food for the week, including any take-out or trips to restaurants/coffee shops. (You can see why we don't eat out very much!)
Starting next week, I will "publish" our menus and give provide a photo of my grocery store receipt. By doing this, I can walk some of you who want grocery store "help" through my process of menu planning and shopping. And for you coupon gurus, I would love your input as well!
This week, our menu is centered around a few great values from last week's deals at Safeway. 18 pack of eggs -- buy one, get one free. We'll have omelettes, bake Valentine treats, and make waffles with plenty of eggs to spare for the next few weeks. Ground turkey -- buy one, get one free. We had turkey burgers and will have turkey tacos next week. Johnsonville Italian Sausage -- buy one, get one free. We'll try a new crockpot dish with tomatoes, onions, peppers and sausages this week. Ten pound bag of potatoes -- $.99! Imagine all of the yummy potato dishes you can make!
Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What grocery store tips and tricks do you want to know more about? What tips and tricks can you share with other readers?