Saving Money on Groceries and a Giveaway

Amy Dacyczyn, the original frugal zealot and author of The Tightwad Gazette said she often focused on how to save money grocery shopping instead of investing in the stock market because shopping for her family had a direct, tangible impact on her bottom line.

While I am not the queen of coupons, I do have a few favorite ways to save money and still enjoy organic, high quality food.

1.  Shop stores like Costco.  I love Costco!  I don’t usually go crazy there; instead I stick to my list and buy what we need.  Usual purchases include 1 pound of organic spinach for less than $5, rice milk, soy milk, and organic eggs.  We go there every 2 or 3 weeks.

2.  Subscribe to a CSA.  We subscribed to two CSAs (community supported agriculture) this year and couldn’t be happier.  We got enough produce to enjoy throughout the week AND to use in freezer meals that my family is still eating now.  All of this produce cost us about $25 per week.

3.  Buy meat direct from the farmer.  I haven’t bought meat from the grocery store in a long time.  Instead, we subscribe to a meat CSA and buy our beef and pork in bulk from the farmer.  Yes, the initial outlay of cash is expensive, but we have enough meat to last the year, and the price per pound is cheaper than similar quality meat bought at a grocery store.

4.  Freeze meals.  Taking the time to freezer cook and having homemade freezer meals available saves us a lot of money.  Yes, cooking freezer meals can be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Double a recipe and put it in the crockpot and enjoy half the meal now and put the other half in the freezer.

What are your favorite ways to save on groceries?

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Comments

  1. my hubby and I had done a CSA in previous years- this was the first year that we opted out- mostly because last year he ended up in the ER with kidney stones….. we attributed it to the plethora of okra , beets and spinach that we had been receiving from our CSA- and the peanuts that he loved to munch from the farmer’s market…… so we gave it up this year and I missed it so much! But it was much better to pick out other vegies for us at the market than get a bunch of them that he can’t eat!

  2. I don’t buy frozen meals, prepackaged food or snack packs. It is healthier and more cost effective to make it yourself or separate a big bag of snacks into individual portions.

  3. Costco does have a lot of bargains but you have to keep an eye on things because there is a lot of stuff that you can find at other stores cheaper if you look around and strategize with coupons.

  4. To spend less money on my grocery bill, I take advantage of sells, use coupons but not nearly enough of them, I purchase store brand for many items as well!

  5. We are currently working on freezing meals. Wish us luck!

  6. We shop from the sales flyer almost exclusively. Stocking up on loss leaders and making them staples of the menu keeps our costs down most of the time. ($200-$300/month for 2 when we eat at home all the time and don’t go out or buy lunch at work.)

  7. Menu plan and cook everything from scratch. Buy only what you need and never go to the store hungry or without a list. We are also trying to only go to the store once a week. If you run out do without it or use something else. I also do a big run every other week (around $150 to $200) then on the other weeks under $50. We need a less expensive way to buy meat this year as my husband did not get an elk and neither did my dad. 🙁
    Any suggestions?

    • Our favorite way to get meat is straight from the farmer. It is not as cheap as meat that you have hunted yourself, but it is better than supermarket meat in quality, and sometimes price.

  8. My favorite way is to buy items on sale and use a coupon as well.

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