Saving $50 a Month on Groceries, Month 1: I Did It!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I wanted to save $50 a week on groceries.

I’m happy to report that I did it!

Here’s what the month’s grocery spending looked like:

  • Week One: $130
  • Week Two: $156
  • Week Three: $165
  • Week Four: $97 (this was the week I nearly emptied my pantry and freezer!)
  • Week Five: $185

That averages out to $147 a week! Since my goal was $150, I’m really proud of this.

[And those figures also include other things I buy at the grocery store, like soap, toilet tissue and dishwashing detergent (even though I make my own, I mix it with 50% store bought for better results).]

I’ve set aside over $200 for our vacation that came solely out of our grocery budget.

I’m encouraged that I can keep going and potentially fund our entire summer vacation without spending “extra” money.

I mentioned in my previous post how I managed to keep the number this low without us going hungry, and here are a few more tips:

  1. Cook cheaper meals. We usually have pancakes once a week, but since pure maple syrup is so expensive, (and my crew can use half a bottle in one meal) I kept it off the menu. Instead of eating meat with breakfast, we just skipped it. Vegetable fried rice showed up on the menu a couple of times. We ate more rice and beans, potatoes and sweet potatoes.
  2. Get clever with substitutions. One reason I love using E-Mealz for my menu planner is because the menus are created around what’s on sale at my favorite grocery store. Occasionally, however, a recipe will call forĀ  an ingredient that I would have to pay full price for.

    As an example, one night I was making “Orange Smoky Chicken”. The recipe called for a jar of orange marmalade. I didn’t want to buy it, so I used leftover lingonberry jelly (that might have gone to waste because the kids didn’t like it). It was delicious! There were several other dishes that I left an ingredient out of (nobody noticed!) or substituted because that one item would have made the individual meal too costly.

I’m looking forward to updating again next month to see how I did.

Have you ever challenged yourself to spend less on food without sacrificing health? How did you do?

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2 Responses to Saving $50 a Month on Groceries, Month 1: I Did It!

  1. Melinda says:

    We purchased a CSA meat share from one of our local farms. For $300 we get about 12lbs of meat and chicken per month for 6 months. We are a family of five, so I have been filling in with some vegetarian meals and salmon and tuna we find on sale. We eat a LOT of beans and rice, too (our 17yo is a vegetarian who eats the occasional fish dish, so I make an alternate protein for her when I cook meat and chicken).

  2. Candi @ Family Stamping and FOOD! says:

    You are awesome! So proud of you and so happy it’s working out for your summer vacay!

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