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I was lucky enough to have grown up leaning about money management and frugality. And yet, recently I got my monthly bank statement and was shocked at how much i had spent the previous month!
I pulled out all my statements from this year and stated looking at all my expenses. One of the most expensive categories was grocery shopping! How could groceries for two people cost so much???
I was spending upward of $400 a month on groceries for two, and that doesn’t count eating out (a topic for another post).
I started implementing these 3 steps into my grocery shopping routine to reduce my spending by HALF!
1 Meal Plan
I had been doing my meal planning backwards and costing myself hundreds of dollars a month!
First, take inventory of what you already have in your fridge and pantry. Create as many meals out of these items as you possibly can!
Find deals and coupons prior to shopping, then plan the rest of your meals around those deals. Use grains, potatoes and beans to stretch your meats and vegetables.
2 Check weekly ads
Grab a flyer, look online, or use the store app to track down some great deals.
I stock up on meat under $2/pound, vegetables under $1/pound. Pinto beans, potatoes, and rice are always cheap, and they stretch a meal. Cabbage, carrots, onions, and lettuce also stay consistently cheap. I buy romaine lettuce heads and cut them myself, it saves quite a bit of money.
3 Apply coupons
Cut coupons from the paper, use the ones you got in the mail, or apply digital coupons from the store app.
I combine deals with coupons to really slash the costs! Use the Ibotta app to get cash back for purchasing relevant items.
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