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We went to Michigan to help take care of my mom after hip replacement surgery a few weeks ago, and that was the first time we’d been back in 3.5 years. After the trip, we decided we need to make visiting family more of a priority. The problem is, there isn’t much money in the budget for travel. We decided we’d try to set a firm grocery budget and stick to it in the hopes of saving some extra money each month for travel. Tomorrow, I’ll be detailing exactly how we plan to do that, but step number one was to read Slash Your Grocery Bill by Crystal Paine.
About Crystal Paine
Paine is the blogger behind Money Saving Mom, a blog I’ve read since before I started my own blog. She is the mom to three kids, 14, 12, and 10, with one on the way. She regularly feeds her family on $70 a week for groceries. Of course, her family is different than ours in that they have no food intolerances, but still, $70 a week is impressive!
About Slash Your Grocery Bill
Slash Your Grocery Bill: 25 Tried and True Practices is a 58 page ebook that is chock full of tips. I read this over the course of one day in between homeschooling, cooking and taking care of my kids, so it’s possible to quickly access this information to put it to use.
If you’re new to trying to save money when grocery shopping, you’ll likely appreciate every tip in this book. Paine polled people in her social media groups to find their biggest grocery shopping expenditure concerns, so this book is comprehensive.
I appreciate that Paine is not judgmental. She just wants to help you save on groceries, and that means picking the system that works best for you. She may make two or three grocery shopping trips a week, but she’s the first to say that you don’t have to. She buys food on sale and then plans every night what her family will eat. She recognizes that this won’t work for everyone, so she suggests other ways to menu plan. This book is flexible and meant to help you find the system that works best for you.
She reminds readers to take things slowly. Sure, we’d all love to slash our grocery bill by 50%, but just slashing it by 5% consistently can help your budget every month.
What I Loved about Slash Your Grocery Bill
I’ve been trying to be frugal with our grocery budget for years now so we can afford allergen-friendly food and organic produce and grass-fed meat, so I was already familiar with many of the strategies in this book. However, even I found plenty of tips to help me stretch my dollars further.
For instance, regular readers of this blog know that one way I save money is to menu plan every week and to make meals for the freezer for nights when we’re short on time. However, in this book, Paine details several different ways to menu plan that I had never thought of before. I’m going to experiment with some of these other ways to menu plan and see if they help me.
Also, I shop at conventional grocery stories as well as Costco and Azure Standard. However, Paine provided a list of even more places you should consider shopping at that I had never considered. Another thing I will do in the upcoming months is to expand the type of stores I shop at to see if I can find more bargains.
If you’re looking to slash your grocery bill (aren’t we all?) I highly recommend Slash Your Grocery Bill: 25 Tried and True Practices. It is on sale Monday and Tuesday for just $7. I think you’d easily recoup in just one week of grocery shopping using Paine’s methods.