Want to Learn how to Spend Less Each Month?
Want some budgeting tips or ideas to save less and get better deals?
I always do and hopefully all the work I have done to get my budget down,
will help you in some way.
So through a series of posts I will walk you through our family budget and the little tips and tricks we use to save us money.
Monthly Groceries & Household Items $300 a month
This budget includes Food, Cleaning Supplies, Diapers & Wipes, Beauty Supplies, etc.
And let me begin by saying, we live a fulfilling and enjoyable life and we don’t go without much.
We are a family of 4. (One in diapers.)
We cook normal food, & we do “spurge” in some areas :
I only use butter, we like to use fresh produce and Chia and Quinoa in my cooking.
No, I'm not a fancy Couponer.
I use some coupons (a few each shopping trip) but I am not a fancy couponer and
I DO NOT base my monthly costs by them.
So How Do We Do This?
Here is a simple overview of what I do each month. In the proceeding posts I will go into detail about each of these areas and how to make the most of your budget and ultimately your money.
1. Routine and A Plan
By planning my meals out, I know what to buy & how much, we don’t waste as much and we don’t
“convenience cook or shop”
I know my meals, so I know what to stock up on when it’s on sale.
2. Shop twice a month
Less trips means less extra spending. It’s surprising how the little extras add up.
It also means you use up what you buy, less waste.
3. I price match
4. Where do I shop:
We shop at primarily at Walmart & Winco
5. We buy store brand on most items.
(Yes, there are some things I only like name brand, but most options I find are almost as good.
In fact I recently converted to Great Value Oreos…they are almost an exact match. It’s worth a try!)
6. Stick to the Shopping List
Shop quick and to your list, the longer you stroll the isles the more things you feel you “need.”
7. We don’t eat expensive foods.
I don’t buy fancy cheese, or fancy organic meat.
(But I don’t buy cheap cuts either)
8. We cut back on junk food.
It adds up the cost fast and the calories. I wish I could say we don’t eat junk food, but we do.
We just eat less. I buy them on sale, many have coupons, and again using store brand.
I don’t use them in lunches. We use a few boxes of crackers and few bags of chips a month.
My kids eat animal crackers, gold fish, and pretzels for extra
9. Cosmetics and Beauty:
I buy drug store brand make up, hair products, etc. Some are store brand.
10. Baby Products and Diapers:
I buy store brand, unless there is a better sale, but usually the store brand still wins.
(Amazon can have some great diaper deasl)
Formula? Well, I mainly nurse by babies, (It saves TONS of money) but I use formula for a back
up and some conveniences…I sign up for Enfamil, Similac, etc. samples and they also send lots of coupons.
I also buy store brand as well.
Keep Checking back for the rest of the Budgeting 101 Series
for more ideas and ways to save money!