I’m no Grocery Geek but I try to get the most bang for my buck when it comes to grocery shopping on a budget. When the Inspired Bloggers Network challenged its members to see if they could feed their families for $25.00 per person for a week, I knew I wanted to give it a try.
You might think $25.00 per person is a pretty high amount but if you average it out for a daily total it works out to $3. 57 per day. You could easily spend that one of the cheaper combos at the drive through for one meal.
For comparison purposes I live in Alabama and am feeding two people which means my total weekly amount would be $50.00. I shop every two weeks so I budgeted $100.00 for those two weeks.
Budget Friendly Meal Ideas
Chicken and Noodles
Pasta and red sauce
Mexican beans and rice
Chicken Pot Pie
I’m doing this $100 Grocery Challenge ala Fishmama Pantry Challenge which means each night I’ll be posting what we’ve eaten each day and will be linking them all on the $100 Grocery Challenge: Grocery Shopping on a Budget page. New recipes will be added as I have time if they turn out correctly. Yes some of what we’re eating are untried recipes.
Five Favorite Tips for Grocery Shopping on a Budget:
1. Buy Larger Sizes of Pantry Staples:
When it comes to things like beans and rice, I rarely buy just one pound. Two pounds bags of beans and rice aren’t usually much more expensive than one pound bags and can be kept in canisters or in heavy duty zip top bags.
2.Buy Frozen Vegetables in the Off Season
If broccoli is your favorite vegetable instead of buying fresh broccoli out of season for more money and not the best quality buy it frozen. Not all frozen vegetables are as good as their fresh counterparts so you may need to experiment to find out what your family likes.
3.Make a List.
When it comes to grocery shopping you need to be like Santa Claus. Make your list and check it twice.
4. Go Meatless.
5. Cook From Scratch.
I know you’re busy but you can slash your grocery budget by cooking from scratch. Homemade brownies can come together just as quickly as those from a mix. You can also make your own DIY Convenience Foods.