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Grocery Geek Presents: How to Save Money on Groceries
Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 27, 2010 @ 2:49 am In Budget Living,Grocery Geek | 13 Comments
It’s a wild thing to think back to paying full price for groceries. Several years ago, I would make my list of what I wanted to cook and head to the store. I’d buy something on sale if it was there, but for the most part, I let our wants dictate what went in the cart. I still don’t have our grocery spending as low as I would like, but it definitely falls in the “thrifty” category.
In fact, when I first started shaving down our grocery budget, I consulted the USDA Report on Food Costs. This helped me have an idea of what was a legitimate amount to be spending. At least by government standards. According to the latest report , our family should/could be spending $231.40 per week on groceries. I know from experience that we can live on half that. And even less if we went back to our hard-core rice and beans diet.
And we wonder why the government has so much trouble with money. But, I digress….
That is my advice to someone just starting out. Find a benchmark budget and then work your way down. Each month, try to get by on a little less by using some savvy shopping techniques. Some that I use on a regular basis:
How do YOU save money at the grocery store?
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