Share This Thursday: Saving Money at the Grocery Store

by Kelly · 11 comments

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share-this-thursday2Is it just me or do others feel like their grocery bills are exploding too? Food just keeps getting more and more expensive… and it’s not like I’m buying filet mignon either!

Today’s topic for Share This Thursday is saving money at the grocery store.

Here are two of my favorite posts on the subject:

And some favorite posts that I’ve found on the subject from other blogs:

Normally, Share This Thursday is a place for you to share your links in the comments section, but as you have undoubtedly noticed, there is a problem with the comments! I’m working to resolve this as quickly as possible, but for the moment, enjoy the great reads.

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1 Angela R March 19, 2009

Great post!

Food prices do seem to be skyrocketing. So thanks for the great links!

2 Nicki at Domestic Cents March 19, 2009

For sure I’ve tightened up our grocery spending! I’m very purposeful about the meals I choose and the list I make. Here’s a post I wrote on it:

Nicki at Domestic Cents´s last blog post..Elements Of An Energizing Weekend

3 Nicki at Domestic Ce March 19, 2009

Hmmm … I must not have used the html attributes correctly :-/ It turned my link into "Nicki at Domestic Cents's Last Blog Post .."

<abbr>Nicki at Domestic Cents´s last blog post..Elements Of An Energizing Weekend</abbr>

4 Sarah H. March 19, 2009

Well, Nicki, my HTML didn’t work either!! 🙂

Sarah H.´s last blog post..Five signs you have a decluttering problem

5 Jessie March 19, 2009

I try to buy from the bulk bins at the co-op (or the healthy food store). Flour, rice, beans, etc tend to be a little cheaper per pound. More pricy items like cocoa powder and spices are SOOOO much cheaper, and I find I have less waste when I can just get what I need.

Buying the ingredients for convenience foods and making it up yourself, even things as basic as spaghetti sauce, can be less expensive also. A big can of diced tomatoes on sale for 50 cents, adding chopped veggies (which I do even with prepared spag. sauce) and spices is a bit cheaper, and tastier.

6 Nicole March 19, 2009

Thanks for the link. Honestly, I find just looking around the grocery store and being flexible helpful. I mean onions can range from less then $1 to $3 a pound. Making decisions about what you can skimp on and what you want to splurge on will save lots of money in the long run!

Nicole´s last blog post..Wednesday Spotlight With Multimedia Artist Randy Devost

7 Sarah H. March 19, 2009
8 Rebecca March 19, 2009

Definitely trying to stretch dollars at the grocery store. Wrote a related post today (see link below) on how shopping behavior has changed in the recession. A couple people commented on their grocery store habits too.

<abbr>Rebecca´s last blog post..During recession, consumers opt for value and family time over shopping</abbr>

9 Meg from FruWiki March 20, 2009

I keep things simple. I buy mostly whole foods or other “one-ingredient” items and then combine them into simple recipes that usually only have a few ingredients. Sometimes I just have mono-meals, e.g. I eat a bowl of berries or a grilled steak. It might seem strange, but it is easy, doesn’t require a lot of planning, and I don’t end up with a lot of leftover ingredients or food waste in general. And I’m more likely to prepare things myself if I just keep it simple. Plus, you can spend a lot of money cooking when your recipes call for a dozen different ingredients, some of which can be really expensive even if you just use a little bit.

Also, I focus on healthy, low-GI foods that will fill me up and keep me satiated. For instance, I eat nuts instead of potato chips. The nuts are healthier and a lot cheaper, especially since I can’t eat an entire bag in one sitting. For cheap carbs, I focus on beans (which are fairly low-GI) over high-GI foods like rice, bread, and potato.

Above all, I try to avoid packaging because not only is it not very green, often you’re paying for air or water. I buy things from bulk bins, buy loose tea instead of bagged, and try to avoid things like canned soup and stuff that comes in boxes.

Meg from FruWiki´s last blog post..FruWiki talk:Copyright information

10 Coco March 20, 2009

Thank you for the great links.

I have to say that the best thing I ever done to save grocery bills is MENU PLANNING. I only started menu-planning a few months ago. But from the first month, I was amazed at how significantly I was able to reduce food waste. I did not see this immediate change reflected in my grocery bills . Still, I felt so great when I did not have to throw away spoiled foods feeling extremely guilty. Now, I'm also seeing improvement in my grocery bills. Whoever came up with Menu-planning is a genius.

<abbr>Coco´s last blog post..Coco's Fav 10 Coupons</abbr>

11 Megan@SortaCrunchy March 20, 2009

Our grocery bills have been staggering lately – despite careful menu planning and sale shopping. Thanks for the great links!

<abbr>Megan@SortaCrunchy´s last blog post..You Capture. Week Four.</abbr>

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