Saturday, June 17, 2017

Staying on budget with Grocery Shopping

Hey Naturalistas!!!!

I have several posts on grocery shopping and that just goes to show that I have found a love for budgeting and grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is the main category that usually throws my budget off, but I have finally found a way to stay on track.  It's all about planning and prioritizing and there's really no way around it. I have learned that setting a day for grocery shopping will help you start on the right path. Before I really stuck to a budget, I would do all of my grocery shopping at one store and realized that I was spending more money on certain items. I never looked at sale ads and every now and then tried to have a coupon. For a family of 4, I would spend close to 900.00 a month and I knew something had to give. Below, I will share  6 tips that can help you stay under budget with your groceries.

Tip 1- Set a Day ( I can't stress this enough, when you set a day you will plan for that day so you can be ready to do what you need to do. I need to do that with this blog, but that's another post.)

Tip 2-Check your Fridge and Pantry  (This is a major key to saving money. I hate when I purchase duplicate items. This will also help you stay organize with your list.)

Tip 3- Plan your Meals off what you have in your Home (Before you try new recipes or just have a taste for something different, start with the ingredients that you have on hand first. You can cut your grocery bill in half with the items that you have at home. I love when all my meals are covered and all I have to get are snacks, breakfast, and lunch items.)

Tip 4- Make a Grocery List ( Whatever you do, before you go into a store please make a grocery list and don't go in the store hungry! If you don't stick to the list, you will definitely go over budget and come back with items you probably shouldn't eat anyway. First, I like to write my meals for dinner on the back of the sheet and then start my list from there. I like to categorize my list using breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner.  This will help you make sure that everything is covered.

Tip 5- Shop at Different Stores- I use to despise people who would shop at a variety of stores for one grocery trip, but it really makes sense especially if the stores are relatively close to each other. I like to shop at Costco, Kroger, Sprouts, Aldi's, and Publix.  I know everyone can't do this, but in my area these stores are very close to each other except Costco. Costco is closer to my job, so I like to go there on my lunch and I have a big cooler in my trunk to keep the groceries cool. I like to shop at Costco once a month.  Every Wednesday, I like to check the sale ads and I also start my  grocery list. I try to buy according to what's on sale.  Shopping this way has really helped me trim down my grocery budget and most times I feel like I get more items.

Tip 6- Plan your Meals for 2 weeks or More- Since I have started shopping at Costco, I like to plan my meals for more than just a week. I never thought I would be able to do this, but this has really helped me save. So, I will shop at Costco once a month and in between the week, I will get more fruits and vegetables along with a small amount of snacks.

So, there you have it! I promise this will help you a lot and you will notice you have more in your pocket!! Also, I will be doing grocery hauls on my YouTube channel, so make sure you check out my channel called Domestic Naturalista! More videos coming soon especially on hair!!!
Check out the video below!!