Do you set a budget when you go grocery shopping?
By Lena Kovadlo
Staten Island, New York
April 8, 2021 12:18pm CST
Yesterday, hubby and I went grocery shopping as our fridge and freezer were pretty much empty. Our first stop was Trader Joe’s. We had a shopping cart full of stuff. After we checked out and I looked at the receipt I noticed that our total was about $183. Our main purpose of the trip was to get cheese and some spices and we ended up spending way more than it would cost us to just get these items. Next, we went to the Russian grocery store. I ended up spending about $38. And then I stopped by the pharmacy next door to see if they had Aunt Jemima buttermilk pancake mix. They did, so I got that. And while there I also got coffee as it was on sale ($3 off). The total came out to around $9.40. Adding everything up, it was over $200 on one shopping trip. I think it’s a good idea to set a budget when going grocery shopping.
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I make a list of things I have to have, that's first. I have a budget because I live on a budget. When things I always use are on sale, I buy extras of that item or items. I try to stay ahead on basics, have a freezer in the garage and I try to keep the pantry stocked for the most part. Once you get your pantry on a level where you have a spare or two of the most used items, it gets way less expensive, at least it does for me. But everyone has their own method and their own items they feel are essential. I usually get perishables once a week or every 10 days or so, and allow for that, but I have found that if I limit my visits to the grocery, I save money in the long run and it's much easier for me to stay in the budget I have set for myself.
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We do not budget for good when we got to the area to get food. We do watch what we get as anything extra that wouldn’t be covered by our food card. Since we have a snap card with a good allowance for the kids most months we don’t even use the whole amount given to us.
@lovebuglena All our grocery stores send us a flyer every week with the list of their special promotions. I have time to compare before going out to buy. Anyway the best prices are all the time at Lidl and Aldi, the most expensive at Manor... but no matter the price there are things I will only and always buy at Manor.