…grocery store style. I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to clothes shopping, I struggle. In fact, if I could have some go buy clothes for me for the rest of my life, I’d be thrilled. I suppose I’m missing that girl gene.
However, I make up for it with a STRONG penchant for grocery shopping, and I’m a bit of a food snob. I like my organics (though not everything I eat is organic… and that’s OK, too), I get giddy at farmers’ markets and I prefer meat, eggs and dairy that are antibiotic-free, grass fed, etc… I understand that some people pick on me for this… oh well, I guess I’m the weirdo that would rather have an organic sweet potato than a Chanel purse.
Usually this kind of food elitism makes for an expensive grocery bill, but I’ve found some tricks that work for me and keep our grocery bill around $85/week for 2 people… something I am very proud of 🙂
Here’s what I do…
1. Make a list : I think of the week. Monday… Hubbs has crazy days… it may be late… I’ll make a soup or chili… you know something that can sit on the stove a while. Tuesdays I have more time to cook, maybe a more elaborate dish? We should get fish in at some point… Wednesday! With broc?
Also, I’ll think about leftovers, and if there will be a lot for me to eat for lunch, I don’t worry about getting other lunch items. Otherwise, I’ll usually make a soup or get wrap ingredients to eat for lunch for the week.
One more tip on list making… know the expensive stuff! If we’re going to have steak one night, maybe I’ll make a different dinner meatless to even out the cost. Good for your wallet AND your health 🙂
2. On Your List, Mark the Amount You Need : If I’m making muffins and need milk and eggs (2 ingredients I haven’t been buying a lot of lately), I’ll get only what I need. You can buy a small bottle of milk for your recipe and a 6 pack of eggs instead of 12. Every little bit helps save money, and ensures nothing goes to waste.
3. Put Last minute Grabs in the Top of Cart : Once I make a list, I stick with it. If I pass by anything in the store I really want, I’ll grab it and put it next to my purse. I’ll decide at check-out once I see my total cost of all the necessities if I want to add on the extra items or not. Usually it’s only about 3 extras, so if I don’t want them, the cashiers don’t mind putting them behind the counter.
My favorite ‘extra’? A new flavor of PB&Co!
4. Don’t Buy TP at the Grocery Store : Household items like tp, paper towels, shaving cream, bottled waters, laundry detergent, dish soap, etc are cheaper if you buy them elsewhere. We have a membership to BJ’s and about once a month I’ll go there and buy our necessities in bulk.
5. Go to More Than One Grocery Store : I realize this may sound like a pain to a lot of people, but it really is easy and works well for me! During the summer when there are farmer’s markets, I can make 3 stops during a grocery run, but when the farmer’s markets begin to dwindle in selection, I usually make 2 stops. I’ll go to my local Health Food store to buy: organic, local fruits and veggies, meats, spices in bulk and any specialty items I prefer (like La Tortilla wraps). Then I’ll stop by the ol Harris Teeter to pick up other foods that I don’t need the fancy, special version of… hummus, bread, crackers, cereal, pasta, etc. This actually ends up saving me a lot of money because instead of spending $5.50 on a little container of hummus, I get a large container for $2.50. Things like this add up.
…and ‘ll probably drive to Charlotte once a week once them gem arrives next year…
Your turn!! What’s your best grocery store tip?!