Grocery Budgeting

Posted by Mrs Money on February 22nd, 2011

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As I mentioned the other day, we really don’t have a rhyme or reason when it comes to grocery shopping.  I prefer to shop once a week or so and plan meals, and Mr. Money goes the fresher route and wants to shop every day.  I’m a little type A, so that doesn’t fly well with me.  I’m trying to come up with a grocery budget and meal planning solution that makes both of us happy.  Here are some of the things I am doing:

-Set a certain amount of money each month aside specifically for groceries and specifically for eating out.  This is something we don’t do and probably would benefit us greatly.  We just fly by the seat of our pants when it comes to the amount of money we spend on food, and food is one of those categories that I won’t sacrifice quality on.  I want good quality food, and I know that is going to cost me more.  I do think we can figure out exactly how much we want to spend each month and then meal plan from there.

-Limit the amount of times we set foot in the grocery store.  I know that most people are tempted when they shop more, so it will help us save money if we limit the number of times we go shopping.

-Pack lunches the night before so I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat for lunch.  Not only will it save me time, but it will also save me money as well.

-Maybe start doing a cash budgeting system for food and groceries.  I know we’ve been bad in the past if we don’t have food we’ll just eat out.  We all know that’s not good for the waistline or the budget.  We need to scale back on that but find a good balance.

-Start eating more vegetarian meals.  I’ve started eating good quality meat but I notice when I eat a lot of it I don’t feel as good as I could.  Eating more vegetarian meals will save us money and hopefully help our health.  Meat, especially good quality meat, is super expensive!

-Grow a bigger garden and preserve more food.  Last year our garden wasn’t too productive, and I’m hoping this year will be much better.  I want to learn how to can green beans this year!

These are some of the ideas to help us with grocery budgeting. Do you have any more tips?

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7 Responses to “Grocery Budgeting”


  1. Jessica07 says:

    I’m hoping our garden will be more successful this year, too. We had a drought for most of the summer, and then after my last vegetable plant finally gave up hope, we got rain. LOL.

    Here’s a simple tip: Canning is fun, but costs money for supplies. You can always simply throw the veggies in some freezer bags and freeze them. Unless it’s a vegetable you’ll plan to eat fresh, rather than cooked, it’s much quicker and cost effective. :)

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  2. Jen says:

    This is so like us… I have exactly the same problem. Mr Significant Other wants us to buy fresh (if we could get it from the tree, he’d be happy!). I, on the other hand, am totally desperate to budget and plan a monthly eating plan.

    I have been very unsuccessful reaching an agreement even though I’m the queen of food storage and having staple items to cook from scratch (we really save lots but I think we could save more!). In any case, I have learned not to go crazy over how frustrating it can be for me to lead such a gastromically-disorganised life.

    Anyway, please post your progress as I’m sure many of us would benefit from it… I know I would!

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  3. I like to do my food shopping online, it makes budgeting so much easier.

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  4. Justin says:

    I’m a big fan of shopping several times a week, but that’s for no reason other than I love walking through grocery stores. I’ve never known why, but it’s a favorite hobby of mine. (I’ve learned not to shop hungry, so I don’t fall victim to silly temptations too often. Hunger is my main weakness.)

    I agree with your point about meat…I’ve gotten to the point where I only eat organic, naturally-fed, free-range meat…and because it’s so expensive I’m practically a vegetarian based on spending restraint! But I stand by my meat-principles. The higher quality stuff fills you up more effectively, tastes better, and doesn’t do as much damage to the environment. (Yeah, I’m sort of a hippy.)

    Good luck in your Type-A grocery efforts! I should do a meal plan, too, but…yeah…grocery shopping is just fun!

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  5. Matt says:

    Most supermarkets do not get deliveries of fresh vegetables every day – sometimes only once a week. Those vegetables you are buying today are probably the same ones that were there last week, except they have been pawed over and sneezed on a few more days. :)

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