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Monday Morning Motivation: How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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Hey guys! I'm starting a new series every Monday morning here on the blog. Monday is always my nemisis for the week, so to keep this day in check, I decided to start doing a Monday morning motivation post. This week we are going to tackle our grocery budget. I am going shopping today for our week so I want to talk to you about how to cut your grocery bill in half.

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What made me decide to tackle THIS topic today was because I decided to look back at my bank statement for the last 30 day and let me tell you, we have spent a lot of money on going out to eat and just dropping by the grocery store to pick up a few things.

Our grocery budget has been BLOWN way out of proportion. So to get this back under control, I am going to use these tried and true tips.

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

1. Make a list

Okay — I love lists. Seriously. I make a list for everything — and that includes my grocery shopping. I start out by creating a weekly menu of what we are going to be eating, and then from that menu, I go through my pantry making sure I have what I need.

If I don't have what I need, I write down what I am out of. This does two things — one it keeps me from buying things NOT on my list, and two — it allows me to use up what's in the pantry without letting things go bad (which I am bad at).

This helps you to cut down on waste which saves you money in the long run.

2. Skip the coupons

Yes — you read that right. While many people live and breathe by coupons — I do not. Most coupons are for JUNK. Processed foods you will not normally eat. Just because you have a coupon for something that is going to save you .50, that does not mean you have to use it.

Ruth from Living Well Spending Less says this about coupons —

Extreme grocery savings do NOT, for the most part, come from the coupons.  The bulk of your savings will come from the store sales.  The better the promotion, the bigger the savings, so the FIRST step in saving money on your grocery bill is to SHOP THE SALES.
Now, instead of trying to use every coupon I can find, I go through the sales ad FIRST and then from that, see if I have any coupons to match. If I don't, I ignore them.

Couponing can become an addictive habit that will have you hoarding food you will never use.

3. Batch Cook

If you love to cook meals, but hate spending countless hours in the kitchen, why not batch cook (or freezer cook) on a day when you are in the mood to cook.

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 This will help you to stop spending so much money on frivolous trips to the drive thru, and will keep you from sporadically buying things on the spur of the moment.

4. Shop Discount Stores

Some of my favorite places to shop to find great deals on groceries is Kroger, Aldi, and Dollar General Store. Between those three and my local grocery store, I save a TON of money. One of my favorite buys is that my local grocery store offers 5/$19.99. I can buy 5 different packs of meats and cheese for less than $20. Those 5 packs of meats can be scattered out over several meals.

Aldi is a great place to purchase fruits and veggies. They are always SO much cheaper than everyone else.

Kroger always runs great specials on produce and boxed food — and if you do have some coupons to use — Kroger doubles up to .50 making for a better deal.

5. Stick to Your List

My last tip for you today is this — don't go off of your list. Write down what you need at the store and stick to it. If for some reason, you miss something, save it for the next grocery shopping trip. Start a new list on your refrigerator.

I hope that these tips help you today — and now I am off to menu plan and make my grocery list.

What ways do you save money in the grocery store?

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