Wine & Couture: Grocery on a Budget
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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Grocery on a Budget

Life happens and budgets shrink.  Mine has recently shrunk.  So in an effort to save money as much as I can I am attempting to put together my knowledge of couponing and planning to lower my grocery budget.  Sadly between work and school I don't have the time to go through coupons like other's do.  I simply get the Sunday paper and clip the coupons I use.  I try to look through my pantry and see what I have and what I would need to complete a meal, most of the time it's just ground beef.  I also stock up when I can - let's say Kroger has 10 for $1, I will get 10 cans of diced tomatoes,  10 cans of tomato paste, and 10 cans of different vegetables.  This total's $30 but I have stuff to make spaghetti for several months.  Typically I do this when money is flowing.

Another thing I do is check my local stores and see who has the best deals on what I need.  I also make a shopping list and DO NOT purchase anything additional.

Some good stores to shop in are:
Aldi, Kroger, Walmart, and Food Lion.  One I don't go to unless it is an amazing deal is Harris Teeter.  Sometimes Harris Teeter will have Barella pasta buy 2 get 3 free.  The last time I caught this I had enough pasta for a year!

I NEVER drive to more than 1 store.  The gas cuts into my savings of the food.

I try not to purchase packaged foods - like peanut butter crackers.  I purchase Ritz crackers ($3), and peanut butter ($3).  I can get so many more sandwich crackers this way than purchasing the pre-made one's.

What do you do to save money at the grocery store?

Happy Shopping!

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