How hard is it to actually save 60% or more on groceries (real -- not razors, paper product, or junk food)?
Topic: How hard is it to actually save 60% or more on groceries (real -- not razors, paper product, or junk food)?
June 19, 2019 / By Annora Question:
I don't have a lot of time -- I REALLY don't! But we're beyond hurting, and if we can't find a way to save more, we're going to lose our home phone. We've lost all our other basics that most people take for granted. We're only spending about $150/month for family of four. I feel horrible when my teen asks if a friend can spend the night, because my first thought is now, "How will we feed other people's kids, while not harming our home?" If, for the same $150/month (or less), we could stockpile, that would be awesome! Right now we've got expired boxed food, and no veggies. We couldn't afford the deals at T'giving, but fortunately had plans at another family, where we only had to buy the turkey and pie. (They cooked.)
We literally make $9 too much to get food stamps. We *NEED* to find a better way to budget and live. I will find a way to spend the extra time, even if that means less sleep or putting the four year old in front of the tv (which I've prevented thru now, opting instead time with him), if you tell me it's worth it financially.
Also, how much time does it actually have to take each week?
Best Answers: How hard is it to actually save 60% or more on groceries (real -- not razors, paper product, or junk food)?
York | 10 days ago
"Deelite" has a really good answer. We don't grow our own veggies but we're really big coupon users.
Get "loyalty cards" from all the grocery stores in your areas and sign up for email specials.
Make a weekly menu and write your shopping list according to what you need for that week's meals. Plan for some snacks or you'll spend money on impulse. Eat something before you go grocery shopping.
We cut coupons from the Sunday paper and look for coupons elsewhere, like the packets that are delivered in the mail. We print coupons online and use them. Some stores double and triple coupons and that, coupled with weekly specials, can really get you grocery items cheaply. Don't buy something on special if you're not going to use it. That is wasting money. Be vary wary of discounts on some items that require you to buy another item that you may not use.
Next, look at all the grocery ads weekly. I don't have to do this but I make a game out of it to see how little I can spend and eat well. So, first comes the essentials for the week's menus. Next comes things that you "like" that may be on special. Third, look at great buys on protein (chicken, pork, beef) that you can freeze for use in later meals.
Many stores work on a 6 week cycle. We stock up on steak, ground beef, pork, and chicken when they go on sale and freeze them. We usually buy enough of each to get us through the six weeks or so until they go back on sale. Right now, for instance, we've got steak, ground beef, boneless pork chops, boneless chicken breasts, crawfish tails, catfish nuggets, and even a couple of lobster tails in the freezer. All were purchased at great prices when on sale. We stock frozen veggies when they have what we use on sale, but we also look for fresh produce when it's on sale and blanch it (plunge into boiling water for just a minute until it turns bright colors, then immediately shock it in a bowl of ice water), then freeze in freezer bags until needed.
Look for all deals. Kroger, for instance, gives Senior discounts on store brands. Other groceries in your area may also give discounts to various groups. Always ask.
My advice for teen stayovers, etc., is to cook a one-dish meal such as a casserole and serve with a simple side like a salad. Chocolate or vanilla pudding for dessert. Once you get into the habit of looking for specials and planning your meals around them and what's in the freezer it gets cheaper to eat, and eat well. That goes for everyday family meals as well. Go for stews, stir fry, casseroles, and anything else that will stretch protein while adding complex carbohydrates like pasta. Brown some ground beef and add canned or a jar of pasta sauce, then serve over pasta. A small side salad and you've got a great quick meal. Cook enough sauce for two meals and you can freeze the rest for one of those nights when you're really rushed.
Now, it takes time to get up to speed with this. You have to grow your stockpile of coupons and manage them weekly to get rid of expired ones. I use an expanding check file, reserving the first slot for coupons to be used the current week. I group the others more or less according to the sections in the supermarket (meat, dairy, frozen, baking, etc., etc.) That way if I spot an unadvertised special I can quickly check for a coupon. Once you get in the habit of shopping this way you'll have the things on hand to make your meals and you'll start building a reserve of staples and frozen items.
Keep the faith. It really does get easier and saves lots of money.
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Originally Answered: How do we stop junk food to save our new generation?
This is a very excellent question and is not easy to answer. The biggest problem we face is big business is being supported by our government in a very destructive way. Money doesn't talk, it screams!
Junk food is just the tip of the iceberg. As a nation, we have been fooled by marketing hype that has created a belief that modern medicine is going to save us from all diseases if we could just put enough money into it to develop the magic pill that will cure cancer. Imagine what could be done if the same billions of dollars that have been wasted could have been spent on developing high quality organic food and a distribution system of getting this food to people that have learned how to prepare it for health.
The so called health care system is a joke. It dictates to doctors what they can charge and what treatments they can use, doctors are nothing more than pimps now for drug companies that are receiving billions from our tax dollars for drugs they are making billions on.
The CDC put out a report in 2005 that states that 53% of all Americans are chronically ill. That should create a wake up call, but no one seems to care. 30% of all Americans are OBESE and by 2015 it is estimated that 42% - 50% will be OBESE. 70% are over weight. 75% of all Americans die of heart disease. 1 in 2 men are getting cancer. 79% of all male children are getting autism. 1 in 7 women now get breast cancer. Our life expectancy is going down, not up. We now rank 24th in the world for life expectancy. 23 countries in the world have people that live longer than Americans. Europeans come here to get drugs because they are made stronger here in America.
Our food supply now has 50% less nutrients in our food than we did just 25 years ago. Thanks to Monsanto and other large corporations that bought up most of the seed companies in the world, they are genetically engineering over 40% of all food sold in grocery stores now and thanks to the FDA, they are not being labeled. This means that there is no way to trace the problems and we have now lost the ability to determine what diseases and maladies are being caused by this genetic engineered garbage. The head of the FDA is an ex-Monsanto executive. Is that a surprise? NOT.
Why has our government allowed our medical health follow the allopathic way of medicine? Doctors have no clue of how the body works and I have seen so many people being damaged by the drugs being prescribed, hospitals making big mistakes and simple procedures that used to be followed in regard to just being sterile are not being followed. So many people are getting bacterial infections in hospitals today that it is almost epidemic.
To change all this is not going to be easy. If people demand quality food and stop buying insecticide laden, genetically engineered, poor quality foods, that would be a start.
Education is also important. Many people are starting to speak out on this and I believe it is going to really challenge the medical profession to make some changes. I only hope it will be not too little, too late. Our children are the ones that are going to suffer.
I believe we need to demand that good nutrition be taught in schools and parents need to be brought into these discussions and not just teaching the children.
***** Humorist for you ---- you are ignorant and have chosen to buy into the marketing hype being jammed down American's throat. You need to look at the statistics, examine the escalating health problems that are directly related to corporations, like Monsanto, that is destroying our food supply. Go to the web site: www.thefutureoffood.com Spend $20 and buy the DVD and watch it. This DVD shows how 4 companies have bought all the seed companies in the world and are altering them for profit, not health. You will see why the European Union, Japan, Mexico, and many, many other countries are refusing to buy American food now. Why the American farmer can only make a go of it, if subsidized by our government. This is not some waco documentary, but an extremely well put together one that will change your ideas of what is happening. Did you know, for instance, that the U.S. patent office is now allowing the patenting of life! Wherever the gene goes, the company can sue for patent infringement. Farmers all across Canada, many states in the U.S. are being sued now for patent infringement. It is simply incredible.
good luck to all of us
We are having to cut down more and I mean more.
Like you said, no junk food. Bad, sugar, for the teeth and blood,salt,blood pressure.
Store brands are cheaper.
Buy things on sell. The store we go to sells things 5 for 5 at times.
When bread is 88 cents a loaf with a store coupon, I buy 2 loaves and put them in the freezer.
Small servings of meat will save and it is better for the heart.
Buying whole chickens on sale will save. They can be cut up and fried. Cheaper than buying in pieces.
We are buying ends and pieces of pork chops. Get a big package for $3.70.
Spaghetti and sauce with a small amount of meat is a good meal and fills up the kids. Ground meat or left over chicken can be used in the sauce.
Macaroni and cheese is cheap.
Oatmeal that has to be cooked for 5 min.
Eggs and toast for breakfast.
Store brand milk is good.
Fresh carrots is a cheaper veggie.
Water with a meal is better for you than sodas.
There are plastic bags of laundry soaps that are made in Mexico that are a lot cheaper than the leading brands of soap.. It does not break us out like the other soap. Wal Mart has it and HEB.
If I lived by myself, there would not be any jars in the refrigerator. Mayo, pickles, mustard and some things do not have any food value in them and run the bill up.
We do things to save on the electric bill, propane and car gas.
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Exact same scenario here in the UK/England, everything food petrol gas electric has gone up in the last 12 months by 15 to 20% more people than ever out of work, (me 3 years) despite being a highly qualified electrical engineer, so for the kids coming out of school/college there's nothing but dole /benefits. Food bill is down to £20 a week total for 2 of us, gas electric forget those bills, and cars are laid up. So, sorry for your situation hope it improves, but no consolation your not on your own.
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You just need to shop much more wisely than you have and you can do it.
Instead of buying can drinks, buy the 2-Liters. Instead of name brand items, only buy the store named items (I know that this sounds like you're buying generic, but most of time they come from the same place). This even goes for milk, cheese, bread, & eggs. Store brand items could save you anywhere from $0.25 to $1.50 per item.
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Have you made a plan to only purchase items on sale or at a smaller size? If you add coupons on top of this, it will really cut your spending. I'd suggest you start saving coupons from 2 newspapers a week, print or load coupons online (Red Plum, Coupon, Ecellfire) and subscribe to coupon, stockpiling, and frugal blogs and forums (Money Saving Mom, Hot Coupon World). Also, get on the e-mail list of all your favorite grocery stores and drugstores for weekly deals. Have a longterm goal to start growing your veggies and herbs in different sized containers (look up container, raised bed gardening on Youtube; there's a whole self-sufficient movement going on). Don't forget about online savings from MyPoints, Ebay, Ebates, Living Social and Groupon. Make a separate email or alias just for your sites and subscriptions. Keep a binder or cheap accordion file of all your coupons. Please "like" the Facebook pages of your favorite brands to get coupons and promotion. Also. Go straight to the websites of your brands for coupons and savings.
UPDATED: Please get into freezer meals and sites like Once A Month Mom to get you acclimated in meal planning. And don't miss out on the Latino/International papers for coupons ---same coupon, just in Spanish. Also, check for Wholesale fruit and vegetable markets that sale produce in bulk (wholesale distribution markets).
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Originally Answered: Do you buy Organic groceries or Traditional groceries?
Would you consider yourself frugal with your grocery spending? Yes; it's a necessity
Do you buy organic or healthy food or whatever is the cheapest? Who can afford organic stuff? It costs twice as much as everything else.
If you can't afford organic food do you spend extra on healthy organic foods for your kids? If I can't afford organic foods, how come you suddenly think I can afford them for my children????? This question doesn't even make sense.
Would you consider yourself blue collar or white collar? I'm white-collar.
Do you wish natural food stores carried more traditional grocery items? I don't go to natural food stores, so I don't care.
Do you wish traditional grocery stores carried more organic, healthy, or natural products? It doesn't matter; I can't afford what's there now.
What do you like about grocery shopping? I detest grocery shopping; I shop online if I possibly can, including groceries.
What do you hate about grocery shopping? Everything; absolutely everything. But the things I hate most are the crowded stores that are constantly out of everything, and the store employees who know NOTHING about what's in the store. I have no reason to go TO a store to shop, when I can simply sit down at my computer and order what I want, and have it delivered to my door for under $10.
How much do you spend a month on natural, organic, or health groceries? Nothing.
How much do you spend a month on traditional groceries? About $500-600 a month (I live in the Pacific northwest, and groceries are EXPENSIVE here; this is NOT steak and caviar; this is for the basics)
Do you own a car? Yes
Do you support local business or buy from who ever has the cheapest prices? I buy from the company that will deliver to me
Would you say your life is very fasted passed and busy? Yes (and it's "paced," just so you'll know).