Save Money on Groceries

The simple secret that can save you up to 30% every week!
by Kathy Wilson

Let's face it, with the way things are today with gas and grocery prices going up (and just about everything else) most of us are doing what we can to save money on groceries. I know you've heard it all; coupons, shop the sales, using rebates...but I have a simple technique that I have found is the best way to save money on groceries for my family. So no matter how much money you make, or how much you spend, anyone can save money!

First of all, all those tried and true grocery saving ideas really can work. But honestly, I don't have the time. I do cut out the occasional coupon, and wish I had the time to work all the couponing angles, but I don't. My secret to saving money happened accidentally as I was trying to become more organized to be able to run my online business from home more efficiently.

I make a weekly menu. That's it, that's the secret. I know, like I said, seems more like organization. But the fact is, when you make a menu each week, then develop your grocery list from that menu, you can save up to 30% on your grocery bill every week. If your grocery bill averages $100 a week, that's $33 bucks, folks. That adds up to more than $1700 dollars a year. That's a lot of money to be throwing away. And the savings are higher if your grocery bill tends to be higher than $100 a week, like mine.

The reason this works is that it eliminates impulse and unnecessary buying. The menu and list keeps you on track so you know everything you need. How many times have you bought a couple heads of lettuce and some tomatoes, thinking it would be great to have a salad "sometime this week" only to find them later in the frig, $9 worth of trash? We've all done it, sometimes so many times its embarrassing to admit!

Better still; use the weekly sales flyers to create your menu from discounted items. For instance, if round steak in on sale this week, make sure a couple of meals on your menu use round steak. Apples on special? Buy a bag and make apple pie for this weeks dessert. Getting it?
It really does work to save you money on groceries, and the side benefit is that you avoid those last minute (and unhealthy) trips through the drive thru. Every morning you know what's for dinner, so you can thaw your meat, or start your slow cooker without the guilt and expense unplanned meals can cause.

So try it. Get out a paper and make a menu for this week. (Or you can visit Women on the Net for free menu printables.) Create a shopping list from your menu. Feel free to interchange a meal here and there if you come across a good sale, but be sure to change it on your menu list. Now compare your grocery bill to the last few you've had. Pretty cool, eh? From a mom who has raised 5 kids and three stepkids, this is my secret for the best way to save money on groceries, and keep you on track at the same time!

For free ideas for women learning to make money on the internet, visit Kathy at http://www.women-on-the-net.com. Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of The Budget Decorator. For thousands of free budget home decorating ideas visit her at http://www.TheBudgetDecorator.com.

Comments

Michael's picture

Thanks for the tips. I usually plan my grocery shopping ahead of time, so that I don't make compulsive purchases. Your weekly menu idea is something I think I'll start applying.

Cheers!

Jillian's picture

Grrr, it keeps telling me that my password is wrong, and then I reset it and I make a new one, and then it doesn't work again. So, I'm not verified anymore. Oh well.

Have you tried Menus for Moms? They menus they email you weekly (for free) usually use what is in season, or frozen. I don't follow it exactly, but it's nice to get some springboard ideas.
http://www.menus4moms.com

There's lots of fun recipes on there, too, and a freeze ahead plan. You can chose to pay for some different menus, but the regular one has been just fine for us!

Guest's picture

30 percent of 100 is 30, not 33!!!!

Rhiannon's picture

I totally agree with you. I have been making a weekly menu now for months and save almost 50% on my weekly grocery bill. I try to get several dishes that I use basically the same main ingridient such as chicken or beef. I have tried convincing my friends and family to do this but they say they don't have the time even though it doesn't take much time at all. Best thing I ever started doing.

Lynn's picture

I need to upgrade our software. I'm going to do that soon, in the next two weeks. I'm sorry you're having trouble.

Lynn Siprelle, Editor

Robin's picture

I have been doing this for about two years now and it absolutely works. To save even more, I don't do all of my shopping at the store. I get a box of produce through a CSA program each monday and plan my menu around what is in the box. This way we always eat seasonally and fill up on fruits and veggies. We also buy our dry goods in bulk from azurestandard.com.

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