Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Feeding Your Family on a Budget

If you're reading this post, you're probably not unlike myself; you want to feed your family for less. Buying groceries for your family can be extremely expensive, and there's a lot of us out there who can't afford to purchase the food we need. At least, that's what I thought before I started doing a little more research about family meal budgeting. 

Whether you're a military family, a family living off of one income, or just a family who needs to watch their spending, this post is going to have some great tips for you to be able put your plan of action together for a more budget friendly trip to the grocery store. 
This is our Weekly Dinner Menu. Print your own!

1. Make a weekly menu. 
I know you've heard this before, but it helps out tremendously! Create your menu, and stick to it! When you have a menu, you only buy what you need for that plan; therefore, no overspending. Try incorporating meals into your menu that will allow for leftover rejuvenation. I'll be adding one of my favorite leftover recipes under my Yummy Goodness section of the blog for you to check out later.   

2. Coupons, coupons, coupons!  
If you're anything like me, the thought of becoming a coupon clipper was kinda scary. When I was a cashier at a local grocery chain as a teenager, I remember those "crazy coupon ladies" that would come in with all their oodles of coupons, and all the other customers in the line behind them being really impatient and rude. However, I also remember that those "crazy coupon ladies" all had one very cool thing in common; they all saved a lot of money. 
Check out The Krazy Coupon Lady for unbelievable coupons, deals, tips about shopping and more. P.S. I visit their site almost every day! 

3. Shop the sales!
I haven't come across a grocery store yet that doesn't offer in-store sales on their items. When you first walk through their doors, most places will have their sale paper right there for you to refer to while you're shopping. Use them, but remember my whole "make a plan and stick to it" speech? Try to pick the papers up ahead of time. You could also do what I do; go to the stores' websites, check out their sales there. Now, here's the cool part. You can use those coupons with the in-store sales together for even more savings! Use the weekly sales along with the coupons you found to plan your weekly menu so you're planning ahead, and planning smart.

4. Become a member.
A lot of grocery stores offer member perks. It's free to sign up to become a part of their little club. Some stores even give you money off of gas just for shopping with them, and being part of their little club that's free for you! 

5. Got water?
What can be more budget friendly than water? My family and I saved SO much money when we started cutting out sodas, and fruit juices. If you ask me, this is a win/win. Save money, be healthy. I think my dentist will be doing a happy dance when I tell him what I've done! 

I hope these few little tips help you on your journey to lowering your cost on groceries. I know by taking action with these steps, I was able to feed my family of 3 on about $200-$250 a month. 

If you have any other great ideas to add, I'd love for you to share! Just post in the comments below.