What do you spend on groceries a month?
I wasn't sure where to post this question so please forgive me if I'm putting it in the wrong place.
We are living on a very limited budget. My grocery bill has gone up quite a bit since we started low carbing.
I wondered if some of you would mind sharing what you spend on groceries a month for a family of 2? And how do you keep your budget low?
I'm not certain what we spend. Waaay to much. It's just the two of us.
I shop the ads every week. Make a list. Go for in store specials.
Yesterday at Stater Bros. Mkt. I got two slabs of huge prime rib bones
for $3.13 cents as a manager special. The butchers whack off the
big bones on a prime rib roast to make them boneless. By the middle
of the week, the beef ribs are stacking up. I brought them home and
roasted them in the oven. They are delicious and meaty. Also a bargain
for point cut corned beefs, and I stocked up for the freezer. Cabbage
was .25 cents a lb. I use the .99 cent store for great savings.
Watch for buy one get one. This week it was bags of frozen shrimp.
When pork shoulder is .99 lbs. I buy several and cut it up and
run it through the grinder for pork burger. Also freeze for later use.
Crockpot it for pulled pork for many dishes.
I use lots of eggs as they are a cheap source of protein.
If you want it, you can do it. I hope that this encourages you.
I would add that it's not necessary to spend money on all the specialty ingredients that you see in the recipes here on the board. They are all yummy, but if your budget is limited, focus on the basics - protein sources, fats and vegetables.
Health food stores often sell flax and other ingredients in bulk.
I like to get large cuts of meat and make multiple meals out of them. A half bone in ham will make countless meals and the bone can be used for delicious soup so nothing goes to waste.
Chuck roasts are usually a pretty good bargain for the amount of meat you get. Slow roast it or pressure cook until tender and you'll have quite a few meals. Roast, Texas chili, BBQ beef, soup can all be made from one roast if you're only feeding two people.
Barbo is right about the eggs. There are so many things you can do with them from appetizers to desserts. How about some deviled eggs to go with that ham? Yum! How about a cheesecake? It's mostly eggs and cream cheese, which is also pretty cheap when on sale.
It's strawberry season now, so when you see a good price, stock up. Eat what you can and freeze the rest for when they are out of season. Sliced berries sprinkled with Splenda is a real treat!
Talk to the head of the meat department at your grocery store and find out when they mark down the meat that is going out of date. They usually have a day and time when they put the meat out. Try to be at the store then and you can pick up huge bargains! The meat is still good, just rinse it off & dry it when you get home and re-package it and put it in the freezer if you're not going to use it right away. I've gotten steaks for the price of hamburger this way.
I buy meat from Zycon foods. Really good prices for high quality meat but it's in bulk. I buy 93/7 ground beef for a little over $3 a pound, but I have to buy 40 pounds at a time.
Asian grocery stores!! We have a chain, Super H Mart, here in Atlanta and the produce and fruit is so much less expensive than the grocery store. I got 2 bunches of fresh spinach for $1. Strawberries for nearly half what the grocery store charges and it's the same brand! And they have tons of fresh herbs. I can get my favorite coconut milk for 99 cents a can there and I was paying over $3 a can online because they don't carry it in regular groceries.
Whole chicken are really cheap. Drop the whole thing in your crockpot with a little water and seasonings and by that night you'll have a ton of delicious poached chicken AND chicken broth for soup.
You can do it! You just have to be a little creative at first, but you'll get the hang of it.
Groceries are sky high for everybody. I can my organic vegetables that I grow in the summer. There are many things you have to work out.
I pick berries in the summer and freeze for the winter.I have a big freezer . When strawberries are on sale I freeze them......
I forgot about our "chicken parties"
When whole fresh chickens are on sale. We purchase as many
as we can store. We cut them up ourselves.
The breasts are removed and boned. All parts are put together ie.,
thighs, drums, backs, wings and necks. We then wrap them for
the freezer. The bony bits are used for chicken stock including the
skin (fat removed after broth cools) Now when I want to make
curry with the thighs, there they are in the freezer. I just love it when
we do the "parties" It makes chicken dirt cheeeeeep.
I just wanted to throw this out there:
I thought our grocery bill skyrocketed when I started eating low carb. I was spending so much more and I just couldn't believe it. We are on a tight budget, too, so I was freaking out. I switched to shopping sales and Aldi to save money.
My husband told me about three months in that we were saving a ton of money because of this way of eating. I could not believe him. But he pointed out the big difference: we weren't eating out. We were both in the worst habit of eating every meal out. It didn't just help keep me fat, it also cost me a ton of money.
After a full year of this way of eating, as a household we spent about 40% less on food with me being on low carb than we did the year before.
I know we spend a lot more than we would like to, but we all gotta eat, eh.
This link might help.
Looking for sales, buying in bulk, clipping coupons, all adds up in the end.
We also try and make as many trips shopping as possible as we live about 15 miles away from the grocery store, etc.
The less you go shopping, the less you will spend.
We also try to wait until we are out of things to make a major grocery spree.
Getting creative with leftovers helps break the monotony also.
You can make lots of baked goodies and pancakes, etc. with just buying almond flour and some kind of sweetner...I use honey, but I also use Splenda.
Dollar Tree now takes coupons. A couple of weeks ago, I got peanut butter for .25 cents a jar and free shampoo and conditioner from online coupons. If you get the Sunday newspaper, you can get more deals with coupons. Beware: Some things in smaller sizes are not a good deal there unless they are totally free. Sometimes the walmart and grocery store and target, walgreen's, all of them have deals, but it's a bit of work each week, but you can save a lot if you work it right.
We are saving money by eating so much less. I've gotten to the point that I really don't like most restaurant food. It's so much better to cook at home. Also, as I collect ingredients for low carb baking and cooking, each month's tally is less and less because my pantry is now well stocked with ingredients that aren't used quickly. Oh, and there's no money spent on junk food. Even though I was originally concerned about the cost of low carbing, it is really quite reasonable. That being said, I'm not paying $7.50 for a pound of grass fed ground beef. It would be nice to buy the grass fed beef, but we are just going to have to be healthy without it.
I just went to the grocery. My son needed apples and cereal. It was nearly $12. I needed eggs and hwc. It was $5.
Low carb wins.
Well I agree that you spend a lot less going out. That said it costs me about the same because I eat a lot less.
I found a few threads out there that may be helpful. I have to agree with the comments above, I don't eat all that junk food I used to eat, so I KNOW I am saving on my food bill. Also, I shop the grocery sales as well.
Also, check out Linda Sue's recipes (do an internet search). She has wonderful recipes that not only taste really good and are filling but most are low cost and have ingredients that are readily accessible. AND (the part I like the most) they make quite a bit, so you can plan for leftovers and/or freeze them in portions. She makes notes as to what you can and can't freeze.
Hope this helps!
Found some more:
Tilly, this is a great resource. Thanks for doing all the research.
Here are some of those (and then I promise I will stop!):
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