April 1, 2008

How To Immediately Save $50 a Month on Groceries

****This weeks WFMW theme is the greatest hits edition so I've dug out one of my most popular tips from my Grocery Cart Challenge blog to share with you. Go visit Rocks In My Dryer for more hot tips!

Ok, I know that’s a rather lofty claim but your going to be amazed at this. Some of these you might already be doing but if you were to institute all of these ideas in one month you could easily save AT LEAST $50 bucks off your monthly grocery bill.

Drink Water With Meals – Most of us are drinking soda pop, milk, or juice with our meals but by switching to water (toss a slice of lemon in for some zing) you can not only improve the look of your skin, flush out toxins, and enhance weight loss, but if you normally consume 1 gallon of milk per week during mealtimes, at $3.50 a gallon, there’s $14 dollars off your budget right there!

Serve One Meatless Meal Per Week – Don’t let this intimidate you. It doesn’t have to be tofu, bean paste or some other strange vegetarian food. This could be a baked potato night with meatless toppings, a meatless chili with cornbread, homemade macaroni and cheese, or vegetable soup and rolls. If hamburger costs $2 a lb and a 4 pack of boneless-skinless chicken breasts is about $5 you could save between $8 and $20 a month by cutting out meat once a week!

Buy Generic – I know, I know, there are some brands that we are just not willing to budge on. But do you realize that most of those generic brands are made by the same company that is making your name brands? You’re paying for packaging and popularity in most cases and getting the same quality of product. Consider trying one or two generic brands this month instead of your name brands and see if you notice the change.

Make It Yourself – I can make a dozen fast and simple homemade donuts for close to 50 cents. I can make 4 gallons of liquid laundry soap (128 loads) for $1.42, and I can make homemade 409 for 35 cents. There’s not much out there that can’t be made yourself with a good google search and a willingness to try something new.

Reducing your family’s grocery budget can be done! We just have to think out of the box and be willing to experiment a little bit.


Kristy said...

Love these tips... it's amazing how much $$ you can save if you really put your mind to it!! Thanks for sharing!

~Kristy @ Homemaker's Cottage

Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

These are great tips. I make vegetarian pizzas and my whole family loves them!!

Halfmoon Girl said...

I am going to buy ingredients for your donuts tomorrow! Here's my question about your laundry detergent- does it work well. You have boys too, so I am really asking, does it work? I would absolutely try it if you tell me it does. I have experimented before but nothing got very white. Right now I am using an environmentally friendly store bought brand.

Gayle said...

I really like it and I feel like it gets our stuff clean. It has no perfumes so you don't get that great Tide smell but my stuff is clean and fresh smelling and you can't beat the price!

If you want to insure your whites are staying white I'd suggest adding Mrs. Stewarts Liquid Bluing. That'll keep them white and it's really inexpensive and all natural.

Randi said...

Great tips! I have been wanting to make my own laundry soap for a long time. Do you know is this recipe can be used in a HE washer (a front loader?) I am thinking that I should just ignore the rule to only use HE detergent and flush it out with vinegar once a month?

Mom said...

Great tips, our family needs to stretch the budget as much as possible. Thanks Again.

Kathy in WA said...

Thanks for the encouragement to try and save $$ in the grocery department. We're on a Super Budget these days and I need all the help I can get. I'm terrible at meatless meals.

The donuts look yummy!

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