how to reduce grocery bill

United States
October 20, 2006 7:07pm CST
I buy the basics but still cannot keep my grocery bill under 100.00 dollars. I am even shopping at walmart supercenter, any suggestions??
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37 responses
• United States
21 Oct 06
How many people are you shopping for? For me, it's a family of 4, which includes 2 girls ages 4 and 6, so they don't eat much. I assume the $100 is your weekly budget? Our biggest savings comes from store brands and coupons. I don't buy more that 3 quarters of a pound of ground beef, and I don't spend more than 3.99 per pound for it. My mom had a budget of each dinner costing $5. I try to stick with that. You can buy 2 cans of salmon on sale at Walgreen's for $3 and pair it with a can of Franco American Spaghettios. That's about a $5 dinner. You can splurge with about $5 for a larger quantity of ground beef, then make a meatloaf. That's over $5 for the meal, but you saved money on the salmon meal. You can have sandwiches for dinner, you can have peanut butter (a jar covers more than one meal), you can stretch a package of ramen noodles into a soup by adding veggies to the broth. Decide what your priorities are. I won't give up my soft facial tissues or toilet paper, but I will buy store brand paper towels. Does this help?
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• United States
21 Oct 06
yes, thanks alot!! Everyone here is so helpful!!!
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• United States
21 Oct 06
You're welcome. glad to help.
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• United States
21 Oct 06
I have had the same problem. I try to only buy things on sale, with a coupon, or even marked down. This has helped my families grocery bill a little. With 5 people and 3 of them growing kids, there isnt much to do with it. You can also find a grocery store that has the savings cards. They help too. Good luck! I know its hard.
• United States
26 Oct 06
Hey girl. Well, we are in the same boat. It is very hard to buy for 5 people and stay below $100. I try to use coupons and I go through my fridge and cupboard before I go and make a list of the things I need. I have made the mistake of buying stuff and then getting home and realizing I already had it! I like to shop at Sam's Club too and buy in bulk. It lasts a long time. And, anytime I make a big pot of soup or something like that, after we eat, if there is any left over, I freeze it for later. I also try to save left overs and eat them for lunch the next day.
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• United States
26 Oct 06
Hey, sounds like we are in the same boat! I do the same thing, try to make a list of what we need and get the basics. Bad part is I usually leave my list at home and end up getting most of what we need. Just glad I am near a grocery store. I always end up having to go back out to get what I missed. And I always save stuff for lunch too. I helps out a lot. Good luck to you!
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@bhbirdie6 (1771)
• United States
21 Oct 06
But the things you can in bulk at Costco or Sam's. Things like laundry detergent or cleaning supplies or rice. Things that will keep for a very long time and you won't have to buy them as often. That might help. But be sure to compare prices because sometimes even buying in bulk isn't worth it.
@xvandyx (121)
• United States
21 Oct 06
I agree. Sams Club has some good deals with bulk things like detergent and frozen food etc. Don't buy milk at small grocery stores...they usually charge a lot. I get milk for free through WIC..but since it's just you and ur husband I'd buy my milk at Sams Club.
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• United States
26 Oct 06
coupons and you can get coupons online. when i grocery shop i never get over 100 for two weeks of food for 2 adults and 1 three y/o and a 4 mo. old baby. only buy what you need. use a shopping list! buy items on sale or store brand. don't get something just because you want it, only if you need it. and there is assistance if you need WIC or foodstamps (EBT).
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• United States
21 Oct 06
I do most of my cooking from scratch and those ingredients cost less. I make my own bisuits, my own red sauce, don't buy canned food - except for tomatoes and tuna - don't buy boxed dinners or frozen dinners. And I also stretch meals out with potatoes. I also don't buy cold cereal. Instead I eat oatmeal - not the instant kind - and mix in raisins and sometimes nuts, if I have them. I make muffins and cookies instead of buying them and I really go light on the meat. I can make a huge stew with one pound of meat and fill it with potatos, carrots, etc and it's delicious. I make alot of tuna salad and egg salad for lunch sandwiches so I don't buy lunch meat, which is expensive as heck. When I buy chicken or turkey I save the back and neck for soup. And as for laundry detergent, I've found that the cheaper stuff, like Arm & Hammer, works every bit as good as most and better than some. Same with cleaning supplies like glass cleaner and dishwasher detergent.
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• United States
21 Oct 06
marryangle, how many people are you feeding on that $100?
• United States
21 Oct 06
just me and hubby... i use coupons but when you buy milk, meats, the basics..it adds up quickly!
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• United States
21 Oct 06
For just two people that's a pretty great bill. The only tips I have are to only buy what you need, don't be too extravagant with food. Buy generics. But even doing that all the time won't save that much.
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• Canada
9 Nov 06
I buy my personal and household products, cleaners etc wholesale from a shopping club and that reduces my grocery bill. I save money and get free product just for being a loyal customer, that way I pay a lot less for the products I use. It's a great way to save money!
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@pree123 (1270)
• India
14 Nov 06
okey u r gud money saver
@HerShe (2386)
• Canada
21 Oct 06
Never go shopping on an empty stomach.
@juicemilk (2286)
• Australia
6 Nov 06
That is the best tip! lol If we go before lunch then we often end up buying a whole lot of crap we dont need
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• Canada
9 Nov 06
I buy my personal and household products, cleaners etc wholesale from a shopping club and that reduces my grocery bill. I save money and get free product just for being a loyal customer, that way I pay a lot less for the products I use. It's a great way to save money!
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@Bettyann (2486)
• United States
26 Oct 06
buy what u need first then if you have anything else left get some other stuff i have the same problem
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@all_n_one (2005)
• United States
21 Oct 06
Under $100 for two full grown adults that is low i am surprised you can manage that. The only thing i could really tell is to get cheaper foods off brands. Just find cheap things that can strech longer instead of being go in just a day or two.
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• United States
21 Oct 06
Try buying things when they're on sale more often and make sure you use coupons as well. We buy all of our bulk items such as diapers, laundry detergent, etc at Sam's club because it's cheaper and lasts longer since it's in bulk.
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@xvandyx (121)
• United States
21 Oct 06
I use coupons..and generic. My husband likes good brand though so you now we argue about that. But really just buy what is NEEDED. Sometimes we just buy all the ingredients for one dinner. Then go again the next day..that's just how we are.
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@supercool (170)
• India
21 Oct 06
dont buy anything... the bill wud be reduced...
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@ppkadam (120)
• India
15 Nov 06
Start dieting and fasting. This will definitly work. Dont you have any other thing to reduce than this.
@pusiket (1758)
• Philippines
15 Nov 06
check your list, you might perhaps buying unnecessary things and compare the prices of each brands with same products. buy the cheapest.
• Canada
9 Nov 06
I buy my personal and household products, cleaners etc wholesale from a shopping club and that reduces my grocery bill. I save money and get free product just for being a loyal customer, that way I pay a lot less for the products I use. It's a great way to save money!
1 person likes this
• Canada
9 Nov 06
I buy my personal and household products, cleaners etc wholesale from a shopping club and that reduces my grocery bill. I save money and get free product just for being a loyal customer, that way I pay a lot less for the products I use. It's a great way to save money!
@bayboy (988)
• United States
21 Oct 06
Uhuh! well its very entertaining sometimes.. you know
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@RitaS8 (384)
• United States
19 Dec 06
Do you go to a warehouse club store? If you can, find others in your neighborhood who do and see if you can get them to buy stuff for you or get some people to chip in on a club card and just all split the bill on what you bought. Hope this was helpful.