A Frugal Guide: How to Kill the Grocery Bill

Lauren Posing in front of apples in our local Target

Lauren Posing in front of apples in our local Target

The weekly grocery store visit is truly one of the easiest places to overspend on food.  Of course the golden rule of never going to the grocery store hungry applies.  I, myself, find that I just can’t resist buying everything with even the smallest grumble in my stomach.  But, besides this, a few rules do apply to drastically decrease your grocery bill, and allow yourself to live the life of spending 20 dollars a week for food.

1.) Be afraid not to change…

Alright, so I know this sounds rather cliche; however, it is by far one of the most helpful ways to save on your grocery bill.  Now I know that many of us, myself included, can fall into the grocery slumber where you buy the same thing every week without regard to sales on erstaz goods.  A great example are bell peppers.  Depending on the week, I will buy whatever pepper is the cheapest.  As shown below, I chose the green bell pepper this week for my several pepper bean dishes I have.

A Sale on Green Bell Peppers

A Sale on Green Bell Peppers

2.) Why are you buying such expensive meat and produce?

In my several years of grocery shopping now, I have learned one thing.  Meat is always expensive!  Seriously, as a food item, meat is used for protein in a healthy diet.  However, it is beyond expensive when looked at though a cost per gram of protein.  By far, the most cost efficient product per gram of protein are dried beans!

At a cost of $1.19 per pound dried beans will save you a fortune.  Besides the cost beans are also one of the healthiest protein sources.  Beans are rich in dietary fiber, and they are low in fat.

Besides meat, produce can be one of the largest parts to any grocery bill.  I’m sure that you, the reader, saw my discounted green bell peppers, but what else can you use to spice up the produce in your life.  The best, and most cost efficient items firstly depend on Rule #1, but for my area that means that I eat bananas $0.47/lb, carrots $0.99/2lbs, roma tomatoes $0.99/lb, bell peppers $0.59 each, and apples $0.79/lb.  All of these allow a great variety of foods that are possible.

3.) Use the deals they give you!

These days most stores will allow you to use a store coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and a electronic coupon on any item.  Now what do I mean by an electronic coupon?  I am of course talking about things like store savings apps that you can download on your mobile phone.  Now, while I know that there are some really devoted coupon clippers out there.  I am not one of them.  That takes way to much time to scan and find every coupon that would pertain to my peculiar weekly needs.  In a very economic way of thought, I am not overcoming the opportunity cost.  Because of this I find that store apps like CartWheel for Target make an easy way to get the deals offered by stores, but with minimal time involved.

Lauren Cartwheeling groceries to save money through MAGIC

Lauren Cartwheeling groceries to save money through MAGIC

These saver apps can amount to some impressive savings.  In total, Cartwheel has saved us over 400 dollars this year!

With these tips, you can save significantly on your weekly grocery bill allowing one person to easily eat on 20 dollars per week.  Look forward to tomorrow where I will share an example grocery list to feed one person on under 20 dollars a week, and look below to a set of photos and links that are the sources for this article.