Do you know how much money your family spends on food each month? The number might surprise you. If you have no clue, then try tracking what you spend at the grocery store and eating out for a month. Chances are, you spend a lot more on food than you thought you did.
I have been trying to find ways to cut back on our family’s grocery bill. I tweeted last week that I was looking for some blog posts on this topic and I was recommended several amazing posts from other personal finance bloggers. So, I gathered some of my most favorite ones here so I could share them with you.
Not only do these posts do a great job of teaching you how to cut back on your monthly grocery bill, they also give inexpensive ways to eat a diet that consists of real, healthy food.
If you are looking to eat healthier, and save more money at the grocery store then check out the posts below. Maybe you can take a week and really focus on making a plan to lower your grocery bill. You have the potential of saving hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars a year by following the advice from these top personal finance bloggers.
1. Our Complete Guide to Frugal, Healthy Eating by Mrs. Frugalwoods at Frugalwoods
Mrs. Frugalwoods guide is an amazing resource when it comes to grocery shopping. Reading her post will have you rethinking everything from where you shop, how you shop, to what foods you buy. She gets into the discussion about eating out, having emergency freezer meals on hand, food waste, and feeding kids.
If you are looking to eat healthy without spending a ton on food, then check out her post. Additional topics she covers are packing your lunch for work, eating breakfast at home, inexpensive and healthy options for snacks, and eating leftovers.
2. Killing Your $1000 Grocery Bill by Mr. Money Mustache at Mr. Money Mustache
Mr. Money Mustache discusses how the average American’s food bill according to the USDA, hits at almost $1,000 per month for a family of four. He believes that this is way too much. His family of three eats real, healthy food on a much smaller budget which ranges from around $273-$365 per month.
He lists out the common foods that they purchase along with their purchase price, and he does include organic foods in his budget. He also discusses inexpensive ways to add protein to your diet without buying meat.
3. The Ultimate Costco Meal Plan Part 1 & The Ultimate Costco Meal Plan Part 2 by Johnathan at Choose FI
For all of you Costco lovers out there, this post is for you. Even if you are like me and your town doesn’t have a Costco, Johnathan’s post can still be helpful to you. He takes actual photos of products at the store that he commonly buys, lists their price and shows you some sample breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas.
What I love about his posts is that the products he buys are minimally processed food items that are also inexpensive. He also throws some recipe ideas and helpful websites that can help with grocery store deals and meal planning.
4. Weekend Money Tip: How to Start a Grocery Price Book by Amanda at Centsibly Rich
We all know that prices vary from week to week at the grocery store for the same product. Amanda’s tip to start a price book tracking the price of per unit of products you typically buy is a wonderful idea.
Here she shows you exactly how to get that setup, whether you want to use pen and paper, a spreadsheet, or an app to keep track of grocery store prices. Knowing when the price for a product you commonly buy is at it’s lowest will help you know when you are getting the best deal.
5. How I Slashed my Grocery Spending in Half Without Using Coupons by Amanda at Centsibly Rich
Amanda’s family was spending on average around $500-$600 per month on groceries. Now, she is down to about $300 a month, for her family of four! She is not into couponing and shows you all of the ways to cut your grocery spending in half without having to mess with clipping coupons.
6. 19 Tips to Save Money on Groceries Every Month by Gary at Super Savings Tips
Gary believes that “it matters not how big or small your family is, there are simple things we can all do that will cut your grocery bill by hundreds of dollars a year with just a little attention.”
In his post, he lists out the simple changes you can make at the grocery store that you will immediately start seeings savings from. His list includes money saving tips such as “don’t be brand loyal” and “buy the loss leaders.”
7. Supermarket Savings: Your Grocery Budget – How to Make it and Stick to It by Gary at Super Savings Tips
If you are having trouble sticking to your monthly grocery budget, then check out Gary’s post. He lists out several ideas to help you stay within your budget each month. He also discusses how to set a grocery budget and how you should keep your budget for groceries separate from your eating out budget.
If you already have a set grocery budget, but you want to lower it in order to save money, he suggests that you start with a 5-10% reduction in costs. Then as you are able to stick to the lower budget you can continue to reduce it every month until you reach your ideal grocery budget figure.
8. Grocery Budgeting: The Great Method That No One is Using by Rachel at Tidy and Teal
I have never seen the grocery store budgeting method that Rachel uses before and it is brilliant. She believes in setting your grocery budget first before you start planning your meals.
She shows you how to break down your budget between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, allocating a percentage of your total budget to each category. The charts and detailed explanation of this unique way of grocery budgeting are worth checking out.
9. The Top 5 Grocery Saving Apps for 2017 by Amy from Slay Your Budget, guest posting on The Giving Budget
Amy feeds her family of six for around $125 per week. In her post, she goes through a list of apps you can download to help you keep your grocery bill down. I have never tried any grocery savings apps before, so I found this post interesting.
She explains which apps she uses and gives you a basic overview of how they work, and how you can earn cash back on your groceries from using them.
10. You Might Be Grocery Shopping from the Wrong List by Penny at She Picks Up Pennies
Penny explains how you first need to start a list of what you have in your house before you begin creating a list of what you need at the grocery store. Check your refrigerator, freezer, pantry, and cabinets to create a list of everything you are working with.
I can’t tell you how many times I have bought something I didn’t need because I couldn’t remember if we were out of it or not. Or, I would not buy something at the store because I swore we had plenty and when I got home, I realized we were out. Know what you have on hand before you start a shopping list.
11. Food is Expensive! How We Survive on $60 a Week by Jamie at Mr. Jamie Griffin
Jamie and his wife maintain a $60 a week grocery budget for the two of them. He discusses how meal prepping, buying in bulk, and planning ahead can help keep your grocery bill down. Jamie and his wife use the weekend to prepare all of their meals for the week and he believes this has completely changed their finances.
12. We Feed Our Family of Six on $450 a Month and They Aren’t Deprived or Starving! by Laurie at The Frugal Farmer
Laurie talks about how her family of six eats well on a smaller grocery budget. They don’t pull this off by eating junk food either. Their diet consists of organic and local food such as grass fed beef and farm-raised, free-range chicken.
She talks about how her family “has a list of cheap meals and list of not-as-cheap meals” that they typically cook. By keeping processed food to a minimum and not making random trips to the grocery store, they are able to eat healthy and still stay within their grocery budget.
13. How to Feed Your Family for $400 a Month Part 1 and Part 2 by Laurie at The Frugal Farmer
Laurie gives several tips on how you can shop well at the grocery store. She also explains how you should “plan your meals so that the preparation of them fits in with your schedule.” She lists several typical dinners that her family eats along with recipes for many of them.
In part two she talks about cooking from scratch and discusses how you can stretch your ingredients and stockpile meals. Thanks to her planning, she is able to feed her family of six for around $400-$450 a month. Amazing!
14. Essential Tips For Lowering Your Grocery Bill Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Len at Len Penzo
Len focuses on three areas to keep his grocery bill under control. They are dinner menu planning, grocery shopping strategies, and pantry management. He breaks each of these areas down into their own blog post and explains them in detail.
His strategies include creating a fourteen-day dinner menu plan along with eating leftovers. His post about effectively maintaining your pantry had some great ideas to help you save on your food costs. For instance, don’t overcrowd your pantry, but keep it organized. That way, you will always know what is in it and food won’t get lost in the back or forgotten about because it was stuck behind something else.
I hope some of these blog posts will be helpful resources as you work to lower your grocery bill or stick to your grocery budget. Let me know if you have any other posts that you love when it comes to ways to save at the grocery store.