Years ago when I was anticipating our move to one income I came across the book Miserly Moms. What an eye-opener! That was a fundamental book in changing some of my food budget habits. Remember I was spending $250/wk to feed two people!
Author Jonni McCoy’s recommendations include shopping sales and keeping track of prices so that you can identify a real deal. I have never been one to do a good job with maintaining a price book. But, I’ve been blessed with a good memory for numbers. I know my sister-in-law’s zipcode by heart and what the going rate on cheese is. ( I told you I was a little wierd.)
Anyway, these are practices that have served me well. Learning the coupon thing through The Grocery Game and Money Saving Mom has taken it a step further so that we can save even more money on food costs.
So that you can get an idea of my great experiment to reduce our food costs to $400 a month, I thought I’d share the prices. You can see what I consider to be a sale and what we actually eat around here. Remember this is to feed one strong man, one very pregnant woman, four boys: aged 11, 7, 6, and 4, and a toddler girl.
My first outing was to Hen House and Hy-Vee. Hen House is my chi-chi store that I would NEVER shop at if it weren’t for their great sales and double coupons.
10# oranges $.99/#
3 Dole salad $1.50/bag
3# apples $.99/#
1# roma tomatoes $1.19/#
3# grapes $1.49/#
~2# nectarines $1.49/#
~2# bananas $.69/#
2 Bagel-fuls on sale for $1.50 each – $1 coupon = $.50 a box
2 Allen’s frozen vegetables $.88/# – $.35 coupon/doubled = $.18/#
lots of milk marked down$2.92/gallon and $2.60/gallon
3 gogurts $2.00 – $1 coupon = $1/8pack
2 yoplait kids yogurt $2.00 – $1 coupon = $1/6pack
5 cage free brown eggs $1.50/dozen
8 Dannon yogurt $.39 ea
1# shredded cheese $2.76/#
(I also threw in walnuts and whipping cream for fun, totalling $6.39)
My second trip was to Price Chopper where they had some great sales on meat. I spent $72. Yes, that brings my total to $139. But, since I bought enough meat to last a month, I’ll just take that extra off next week’s allowance. (Sorry, no photo, I was just too tired and hungry when I got home.)
I came home with
hamburger buns $1.50
10# boneless, skinless chicken breast for $1.69/#
2 bags sugar 4#/$1.29 ea
3 bags of flour @ 2.29 ea
4 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meats $1.50 – .75 coupon = .75
3 Whole Fryers @ .79/# ea – .55 coupon for each
7.3 # ground beef @1.79/#
dannon active yogurt drinks $2-$1 coupon = $1/4
plus milk, onions, mushrooms, sour cream, butter, and buttermilk
I think that I will be able to stretch this stash for quite awhile, depending on if I get in gear to do some baking. It’s the last thing I want to do, all sweaty and pregnant. But, it would help pinch those pennies a little farther.
This has been Grocery Geek reporting.