Alright…so I have to let you all know how my grocery experience went this week! I only did a few things different, and turns out-it REALLY made a difference!
First of all, and I have done this since the birth of our third daughter, I wrote out a two week menu and corresponding grocery list! This time, cause I really wanted to spend the least amount possible, I did things like tacos one day and then a few days later, taco soup with the leftover taco meat. I also did chili and then a few days later, frito chili wraps. This probably made a difference in the amount that I spent.
Then, I decided to switch to dry milk. We are not huge milk drinkers. I use milk in recipes, and the fam uses it in their cereal, but that is about it! So I decided to try it, and the fam didn’t complain! I personally haven’t tasted it, cause milk doesn’t agree with my body! But the rest of the family was okay with the switch! A box of the powder was about $5 and I have a feeling it will last our family about two weeks!
The thing I did that made the biggest difference was doing majority of my shopping at ALDIS! This is a small grocery store where you have to bag your own groceries and pay a quarter ( that you get back at the end of your shopping experience!) to get a shooping cart. Also, if you plan on trying it out…bring your own grocery bags or you will pay six cents a piece for theirs! What I couldn’t get there I bought at Kroger…who knows if I had gone to Walmart!!! 🙂
So here is the grand total! For two weeks of groceries, including fabric softener, detergent, paper towels, and dishwasher tabs…I spent $160!!! That would be $85 a week, $12.15 a day, $4.05 per meal! And that is for a family of six! WOW! I must say…I am very proud of myself! If you all are interested…I will post my breakfast, lunch and dinner menus (snacks too if you are interested)!
I am still reading all of your ideas as you send them to me! This is almost like a gme for me! I am going to continue to try to see how cheap I can shop for and still eat as healthy as we possibly can!
I can’t believe my whole family can eat for so little…makes me convicted to spend less so we can give more! We use to spend around $150 a week. We could take almost half of what we have budgeted per week for groceries and give it to someone who needs it more! Wow…I am excited!