My #1 Tip for Trimming Grocery Spending

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If you’ve read my blog, you’ve probably heard me say that our bills may not be negotiable, but our grocery receipts usually are. When finances are tight, often the only area we can control is our food spending. My #1 tip for trimming grocery spending is an easy one: Serve simple, frugal, scheduled meals. Leftovers. Don’t let a small grocery budget make you think you can’t feed your family well!

Day 10 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Plan a Freezer Cooking Session

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How Freezer Cooking Save you Money and Time: There is some time involved upfront with grocery shopping and prepping the meals for the freezer, but it saves considerable time when you are planning your weekly menu and the night that you are serving the freezer meal. It also prevents me from making impulsive trips to the grocery store or calling for take out. Also bookmark the 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending category page so you can check in daily.

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Day 3 of 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending: Organize your Refrigerator/Freezer

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31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending. The Sunday dinner leftovers from 3 weeks ago that would have made a delicious lunch–slimy. Or the expensive organic yogurt that got lost in the back corner behind the Sunday dinner leftovers–better not do the smell test! Also bookmark the 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending category page so you can check in daily. 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending

Day 14 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Weekly Recap

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We all brought home leftovers and that’s what we ate for dinner. Leftover lasagna, salad. Also bookmark the 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending category page so you can check in daily. The post Day 14 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Weekly Recap appeared first on Family Balance Sheet. 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery SpendingToday is Day 14 and I’m recapping the week’s menu and my shopping trips.

Day 5 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Create back up meals

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31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending. When I get in this lazy …let’s go with exhausted…mood, I have been known to call for take out, or pick up a pizza, or make an impulsive trip to the grocery store. Currently, I have several containers of leftover ham and bean soup in the freezer and I always have deli cheese on hand.I Your assignment is to plan some basic back up meals of your own and put those ingredients on your next grocery list.

Day 16: How to Stop Food Waste in the Kitchen

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Day 16 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending: Avoid Food Waste. If you’re following along with the 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending , then you will remember, disorder = disaster. You will prevent tasty leftovers, fresh fruit and vegetables, and dairy from turning into science experiments. Freeze your leftovers. If you don’t think you’ll eat your leftovers before they go bad, freeze them.

Day 4 of 31 Days to Slash your Grocery Budget: Pantry Challenge

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31 Days to Slash your Grocery Spending. This week’s meal plan should already be complete–that was Day 1’s assignment–so we will use these meal ideas on Day 8 when we plan next week’s menu and grocery list. I also found a small container of leftover Chicken & Black Bean Taco Meat. Also bookmark the 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending category page so you can check in daily. 31 Days to Slash Your Grocery Spending

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WIS, WWA | my birthday week!

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Well, we didn’t do a ton of grocery shopping this week because it was a pretty unusual week of dinner meals for us. So, our grocery spending was $105. April Grocery Spending. leftover the next day, not in a pita, obviously! Grocery Reports Menu Plans

WIS, WWA | a pile o’ receipts

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April Grocery Spending. I seem to be on an upward spending trend this month. For a side, I cut up some dinner rolls that were leftover from the food pantry, spread them with garlic butter, and toasted them in the oven. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent.

WIS, WWA | but first some tulips

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Groceries in a second, but first, look at these tulips from my sister-in-law’s yard. We spend $145 on groceries this week; I did a $55 trip at Giant, but the rest was small trips by Mr. FG to pick up things. April Grocery Spending. Hello!

WIS, WWA | Also, about airplane mechanic school

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May Grocery Spending. This ended up being a fend-for-yourself night, which helped use up some leftovers in the fridge. Grocery Reports Menu PlansIn yesterday’s post, I mentioned in passing that Lisey was going to airplane mechanic school in the fall.

What I Spent, What We Ate

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March Grocery Spending. I made an alfredo sauce, mixed it with some leftover plain cooked spaghetti, and topped it with browned chicken sausage slices. Grocery Reports Menu PlansWhat I Spent.

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.13.17

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Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. Monday: I never made the baked ziti last weekend like I thought I would, so I made it on Monday, because I knew I would need leftovers on Tuesday night. It was a busy night, so we ate leftover baked ziti. Friday: We have loads of leftovers, so I will disappoint my family with leftover night.

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What We Ate This Week

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If you followed along last year’s Grocery Budget Challenge , you’ll know that my grocery spending ranged from $425 – $500 throughout the year. Selfishly, the reason for this weekly posting is because I tend to stick to a grocery budget when I know I’m going to write about it. I will also be linking any recipes and other tips and strategies that I used during the week to help me stay within our grocery budget. Friday, 1/9: Leftovers.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.20.17

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Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. This week at the grocery store, I found a whole chicken marked down to a nice price. My husband and I had leftovers, one daughter had breakfast-for-dinner, and the other daughter had a can of soup. Wednesday: leftover night. Want to lower your grocery bill?

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25 Ways to Find Money for Your Emergency Fund

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Consider setting the money aside in a savings account that isn’t immediately accessible and doesn’t have an ATM attached to it This will help to avoid any impulsive non-emergency spending. It is NOT a spending account. Do you know how much you spend on groceries each month?

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 05.29.15

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This series helps me stay on top of our grocery spending and currently our monthly budget is $500 for my family of 4. Thursday: Another busy night, so I made Burrito Bowls with leftover cooked chicken and taco meat that I had in the freezer. Would you like to lower your grocery bill? It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I wasn’t able to pull this together the last two Fridays, but I’m getting back on track.

What We Ate This Week on a Budget 02.06.15

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My intent is twofold: to hold me accountable with our grocery spending and to give some ideas and insight into how we eat on a budget. Thursday: My family was not too happy, but it was “Clean out the Fridge/Leftovers” night. Lunches and snacks included pb & j, leftovers, soup, apples, oranges, tortilla chips, pretzels, popcorn. Are you enjoying these “what we ate on a budget” posts?

What We Ate this Week on our Budget 10.06.17

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Grocery spending can get out of hand quickly, so I post our weekly menu to ensure that I am planning it weekly. Our monthly grocery budget for my family of 4 is $500. Lunches included leftovers, sandwiches, chicken nuggets, soups, apples, pretzels, and yogurt sticks. Want to lower your grocery bill? These posts will help: How to Save Money on Groceries WITHOUT Using Coupons. 4 Simple Grocery Apps that Earn You Cash Back.

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How to Save Money on Groceries

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Looking for ways to save money on groceries? Groceries is one budget category that can get out of control very quickly. However, groceries is also an easy budget category to control, but it takes some planning, skill, and organization. Personally, if I don’t make a shopping list and plan my meals, my grocery budget is toast. These are strategies I use weekly to keep my grocery bill in line with our budget. How to Save Money on Groceries.

25 Ways to Find Money for Your Emergency Fund

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Consider setting the money aside in a savings account that isn’t immediately accessible and doesn’t have an ATM attached to it, to avoid any impulsive non-emergency spending. It is NOT a spending account. Stop Spending, BUT still live well: 1 – Declare a “Needs Only” month. How much can you save just by cutting out non-essential spending? 2 – Reduce your grocery spending without sacrificing quality.

11 Simple Meal Planning Tips

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To achieve those goals I need to review our spending to see where I can make some cuts. If there is one budget category that can quickly get out of control for me, it is GROCERIES. If I don’t plan our meals and my shopping list, I spend too much money and make too many extra stops to the grocery store during the week. Over the holidays, I wasn’t as diligent with my meal planning and our grocery bill went over what I budget for food.

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10 Smart Ways to Become Debt Free

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I have made hundreds of dollars at yard sales and usually use the money to pay for our vacation spending. They Tracked & Analyzed their Spending. Maureen saved hundreds by tracking her spending to see where she was blowing money. Brian suggests you track your spending for 2-3 months so you get an idea of where every dollar is going. But if you currently do not have a system, read my tips on how to track your current spending.

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Ten Paper Products To Cross Off Your Grocery List | Kitchen Economics Link Up

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Are you looking for more ways to trim your grocery bill? Try replacing some paper products on your list with cloth and re-usable products that you probably have around the house and you will not only reduce your grocery spending, but you will also reduce your waste. Instead of using aluminum foil or plastic wrap to cover casseroles and leftovers, store the food in re-usable containers. Even though we try to use cloth grocery bags, we still end up with some plastic.