Do you go by budget when food shopping?

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Do you go by budget when food shopping?

michael scofield michael scofield
money is tight and ima have to be sacrificing some things like soda and other foods i dont need and just buy stuff that I need to survive lol. do you only buy foods when on sale? how much would you say you spend a month at the supermarket?
09/24/2012
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spookycutie spookycutie
we try and only get stuff when it's on sale, and only buy one or two unnecessary items per weekly trip. we still always spend too much, though monthly at least $200. uugh.
09/24/2012
Lildrummrgurl7 Lildrummrgurl7
We make a budget, shop sales, and shop in bulk. Eating healthy can actually be really cheap.
09/24/2012
Rossie Rossie
I try to get everything when they're on sale - it makes a huge difference to my budget. My husband drinks Coke and I stock up when Safeway sells the 20 can packs at $4.99 - I will NOT buy it at regular price at all!
09/24/2012
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
I do as much as I can to stick to budget! Usually about $100/week for a family of 3 plus some pets. Three pieces of advice that have made sticking to my budget a lot easier:

It's definitely easier when I clip coupons, both out of the Sunday paper and online. Check your usual grocery store's website to see if they have electronic coupons!

I buy things when I need them (on sale or not), but if I see my favorite products on sale I try to stock up. It might mean spending more on this trip, but it means we'll spend less in the long run.

Also, plan meals. I don't have a really rigid plan, but if I know I'm shopping for 2 weeks worth of food, I'll make a list of 14 dinners we commonly make and then make sure I buy the ingredients for those meals. It saves on my picking up a bunch of random stuff we don't need, and finding other things I need to run back to the store to get.

Good luck!
09/24/2012
- Kira - - Kira -
My mom buys our groceries since I have lots of anxiety at the store. We try to stay under $150 and only get what we need, but lots of weeks we go over.
09/24/2012
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