I’m always looking for fun and easy ways to save on the things that I buy regularly like groceries. I will list a few of the things that save my grocery bill each month. We only spend about $400 a month on groceries for our family of 4. When our family expands to a family of 5 next week, we plan to expand our budget to $500 per month.
1- Beef: Whenever I make something with ground beef, I always use less meat and supplement with black beans. When something calls for 1 lb of ground beef, I use 1/2 lb and a can of black beans. 1 lb of ground beef costs $2.99-3.99. A can of black beans is about $.69 (sometimes cheaper if bought on sale). So you can save anywhere from $1.80-2.80 per meal! Which totally adds up :)
2- Chicken: I use less chicken then any recipe calls for. I will either cut the chicken into smaller pieces so it goes farther, pound it out so that it looks bigger and flatter, or slice the chicken length wise to make it look like more chicken. There are times when chicken goes on sale for $1.29 per lb at western family stores. Wait for the sale and stock up!
3- Use everything in your refrigerator! I buy less than what I think I need at the store. If I run out, oh well, I improvise and try to think of something else I could use/eat. This saves SOO much money. I hardly EVER throw anything away.
4- Don’t Shop: Sounds weird, but see how long you can really go without grocery shopping. Staying out of the store saves BIG bucks. I refuse to go shopping more than once per week...sometimes I will go longer than a week without returning to the grocery store.
5- Use Less! You only need about half a pump of hand soap when you wash your hands. Use less laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, toothpaste, you don’t need as much as you think. Buy in bulk! We’ve had the same soap pump for 3-4 years and we just refill it with bulk hand soap. I wash my makeup off with a face wipe every morning and I only use one side, then I fold it up and use the other side the next day. This saves me about $4 per month.
6- Only buy when on sale: I ONLY buy butter when it is on sale for $1.99…then I bulk up and buy tons of butter and stick it in my freezer. I only buy grapes when they are $1.99 or less per lb. There are certain things that I refuse to buy unless they are on sale.
There you go! Those are the things I do to live on a super tight budget and more often than not, we totally stay within our budget!