Friday, March 19, 2010

Saving Money: Melissa Style

I have a family of 6. While certainly not the is a far cry from the 2.5 children the average american family supposedly has. My husband, while not the sole provider for our brood, is the main bread winner in our family. With mortgage, car payments, and other bills, saving money is definately a skill that we are trying to master.

Groceries are a huge expense for our family. We used to spend anywhere from $500 to $600 a month on groceries.

I am now spending around $400 a month. The best way to save money with your grocery bills, is to make a list and buy ingredients. You can typically get 2-3 meals more when you buy ingredients versus buying frozen foods.

I enjoy making things from scratch. Its fun. And its cost efficient.

Menu planning also helps to save money on your grocery bill. I try to plan out my menus 2 weeks in advance, and make a list. And buy whats only on the list. Impulse buys are usually what makes the grocery bills go up. Make a grocery budget...and stick to it.

What are some ways you save money when it comes to groceries?

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  1. I have a family of 6 as well. I am not a big planner, something I need to work on, but I do try to save money by purchasing most of my items on sale. I've also found the store that has better chicken and ground beef prices and so I buy those items there.


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