One of the questions I frequently get on Instagram is how do you save money on groceries and still eat healthy? I figured there was no better way to start my blog than with a money saving post because lets be real- who doesn’t love a little extra cash?! I spend on average $50 a week on groceries for two adults who eat 90% of their meals at home.
It’s no secret that B and I are in the thick of wedding planning, so saving a little extra money whereever we can is extremely important! Even before we got engaged I was using some of these strategies to save money. In fact when we first moved in together, our budget was even more limited. These tips and tricks have helped me save big time at the grocery store and I hope they help you too!
Every week I plan all our meals for the next week and compile a grocery list. When I start planning I have an idea of what we have on hand already and take advantage of that. I rotate protein options so I am not buying more than one protein option a week. For example, on
e week I will buy a large container of lean ground beef, use half for one meal and freeze the second half for a meal the following week. Then the following week I will buy a large package of chicken. I try to time my rotating protein purchases with sales. I also try to plan meals that go well with similar vegetables for sides. That way I’m not buying tons of produce and ultimately letting some of it go to waste!
Shop Smart and Local
Don’t get me wrong guys- I love Whole Foods just as much as any other food blogger, but weekly trips to specialty stores just do not work with our budget. (*Insert Whole Foods Whole Paycheck joke*)
I do the majority of our grocery shopping at Aldi and I love it! Its a great store that treats their employees well and I really can’t say enough great things about it. I always start my grocery trips there and then fill in the gaps, if any, at a second grocery store. I also never go hungry! If you don’t have Aldi near by, do a little research for similar options near you.
My second stop is usually at a local produce market or farmer’s market. When we moved one of the first things I did was seek out a produce market. We save SO MUCH by buying our produce here. Ask you friends, your coworkers, check on Yelp, or just explore. I feel great about supporting local farmers and small businesses so its a win-win!
Check sales and coupons
Take the time to check circulars and weekly sales before you plan your meals for the week. Be sure to note in your grocery list if a specific brand or quantity is on sale. When I do have to go to big box grocery stores, I check Ibotta and the store’s coupon app. I often”double dip” on store coupons and Ibotta rebates.
Ibotta is an app that pays you for shopping. You simply scan the barcode, snap a picture of you receipt, and get cash! If you’re not using Ibotta feel free to sign up with my link, you’ll get $10 instantly. http://ibotta.com/r/eyptiok
Over the past few months, I’ve boycotted meal prepping (more on that in another post). Part of that has meant eating leftovers for dinner one night a week. Most nights we have left overs and if I don’t plan for us to eat them, they usually get tossed. Our leftovers night is usually Thursday and I try to plan for us to eat something from earlier in the week so our meals don’t feel too repetitive.
I hope these tips help you sae some extra cash at the grocery store! What other kinds of posts would you like to see in the future? A break down of a month of shopping, planning, and saving? Comment below and let me know!