This week I was talking with a colleague at work and realized that they spend $800 EVERY month on groceries. WHAT?!? They’re a family of 4, but 2 of them are small children, and 1 child is breast feeding. So, that’s basically a family of 3. And let’s face it, little kids just don’t eat in large quantities. I just couldn’t, and still can’t, wrap my minimalist head around this one. Then I got to thinking how many kudos we received from our readers last week when I posted our monthly expenses. Maybe we ARE doing something right. I mean, I know we are…it’s just nice to hear it from other frugal peeps. And in an instant, this post was born…
We Spend $300/Month On Groceries
Let me start by saying how thankful I am that I married a man who is on the same frugal page as I am. Phew. There is plenty of stuff that we just don’t buy because we’re minimalist frugal nuts. But, we still gotta eat and we still need toiletries to keep us all standing in an upright throughout the month. How do we do it? We have a basic idea of what meals
Nope. You won’t find that in this house. We are not afraid of generic brands; however, we buy plenty of brand name items that are on sale AND actually CHEAPER than the generic brands.
Let’s start out by saying that we do not go to the grocery store every week. We go to the grocery store when we need groceries. We also go with a list. Always. This is extremely high concept, by the way. No, it’s not. We also do not go to just one grocery store. On shopping day, you will find us hitting 2 – 3 stores. There is a discount store that doesn’t use bags and charges a quarter for a cart (yep) where we purchase most of our meats. See foil packs in freezer. We then use our local dollar store to buy name brand stuff that we like. Although we’re not brand loyal, I really prefer Kraft Mac & Cheese to other brands. If I can get it for $1/box, everyone wins. And no one gets hurt. This is an embarrassing constant on our grocery list. Ha! Another indulgence of ours is, ice cream. Since Mr. Mad Money Monster has a sweet tooth the size of Montana, we do regularly purchase this frozen treat. Guess what! We buy brand name ice cream only. Why, you ask? Because the ice cream companies are always competing for business. There has never been one week that has passed without there being a huge sale (less expensive than generic) on one of the top brands. Note: 2/$5 Green’s ice cream is currently in our freezer. Top right. Also, somewhere hiding in that mess is our brand name frozen pizza :)
Aside from ice cream, we don’t buy snacks on a regular basis. If we want something more, we put it on the grocery list. Last week we had a hankering for some fresh salsa (courtesy of me) and chips. I incorporated these ingredients into our last shopping trip and voila…a healthy snack for the week!
Our Eating Habits
We pretty much just eat 3 meals a day. Leftovers from dinner inevitably make it into our lunches the next day. If we devour our dinner and don’t have anything left for our lunches, we make a glorious peanut butter & jelly sandwich with generic, whole wheat bread, homemade jelly (always a Christmas gift from our friends), and our choice of on-sale peanut butter. See feature image. Yum!
And there you have. That’s how we stay on a rough budget of $300/month to feed our family of 3.
How much do you spend on groceries?
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