This month I came in 50 dollar under budget for groceries!
Maybe that doesn't sound like super savings, but for me it's a real accomplishment. Not only am I under-budget, I also have a kitchen that is bursting at the seams with food. Aside from a few small items (maple syrup, for example), we are totally stocked. The only things I might need to replenish are fresh fruits and veggies.
How did I get to this point?
Basically, I've adopted 3 new policies that have made the Grocery Game easier: planning, bulk, and waste reduction. This probably doesn't sound like rocket science - but it sure took me a long time to figure out!
Scheduling meals means making a plan for the coming week and posting it where everyone can see. This helps avoid running to the store at the last minute to buy ingredients for ...whatever. Taking inventory of the cupboards allows me to plan meals around what we actually have in the house. It's a good way to make sure I'm not letting perfectly edible food sit in there until it rots or expires.
Conversely, I also try to buy things we don't eat very often in the bulk section (if possible) because I want to buy only what we actually use. No need to have a jar of dill or a huge bag of beans sitting around my kitchen for the next decade.
- WASTE REDUCTION