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Grocery Budget help?

September 7th, 2006 at 10:36 am

I almost forgot to ask... I am loong for any ideas on how people manage their groceries. I understand about setting a budget, using coupons and sticking to my list.
The trouble I have is I tend to run out of "big-priced Items" all at the same time and go way over my weekly budget some times. With 3 kids, hubby's type of work...I am constantly washing clothes. I buy detergent when it is onsale, or a good deal at Sam's club. However, It's a chunk of change. I also cook meals everyday. I make sure my family has all the "food groups" in every meal. Why is it so expensive to eat healthy?
I've stated in my blog I usually only spend about $160 a week. ....and then there are the times when we need detergent, shampoo, soap, meat stocked in the freezer, and all those little things that always seem to be empty at the same time (peanut butter, ketchup, oil..etc..
I guess I am looking to see if anyone has a way of managinf their grocery budget better than I am. Just thought if there were any types inventory-type ideas that may help me? Well I guess I better go get my oldest 2 up for school and pack those "healthy-expensive " lunches.

3 Responses to “Grocery Budget help?”

  1. mjrube94 Says:

    If you've been on the site for a few days, you've probably come across Flash's blog. She is the queen of grocery shopping tricks and tips. You'll probably find a lot of new, great ideas from her.

    One thing I've recently started doing is looking at Walgreens, RiteAid, Eckerd, Duane Reade, and Drug Fair for their rebate program. In many cases, they offer items with rebates that make them free (or almost so), especially if you match them with a coupon. This month, one of their promotions is "Buy $10 Kotex, get $10 gift card back". I bought 3 @ $3.50 each, minus $3 in coupons, so I got 3 free packages, and will make $2.50 on the deal. THey don't go bad, so I always stock up. These programs usually focus on toiletries like deoderant, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, so if you're not brand loyal, you may never have to pay for this stuff again!

    Good luck!

  2. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Yes, visit Flash's blog and also take a look at the sister site Grocery Coupon Guide that Flash manages...lots of great info!

    http://www.grocerycouponguide.com/

  3. LuxLiving Says:

    Buy two of everything is one solution. When the first thing on the staples list gives out you know it is close to time to rebuy all of them and can replace then.

    Or buy one salt this week, another next week. One Sugar this week, another next week, Mayo the same thing...until you start getting them into the rotation and they aren't all piling on you at one time.

    A standardized grocery list that you make up and print out on your computer will work as well IF YOU USE IT to check your supplies each time before you head out to the store.

    Hope this helps.

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