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Tight budget. Christalll Due February 4 (girl); 1 child; Manchester, Connecticut 817 posts
2nd Aug '13

Right now we arent doing so well money wise. We have enough money for our bills but after that we have very little money. I only have 150-200 dollars to spend on food a month for three of us.Me (whos pregnant),my three year old son,and my boyfriend. I was wondering if anyone could give me tips or tell me how they keep there shopping to their budget.
and if anyone has any suggest on cheap healthy food i can pack for me for work and food for my son when he is at his sitter.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
status 2nd Aug '13

I buy family packs of meat & separate it for smaller meals. We try to eat oatmeal instead of cereal, a large package can last us all month, a box of cereal lasts 2 days. I load e coupons to my safeway & king soopers cards. Shop sales & stock up. I found bacon for $3 normally 7 & bought 10 packs to freeze. It lasted us for months

la_mas_hermosa Due July 22; 17 kids; Minneapolis, Minnesota 6095 posts
2nd Aug '13

Get stuff on sale and pair it with coupons. Are there Aldi's by you? They have good produce and very cheap compared to bigger stores.

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 45800 posts
2nd Aug '13

Don't buy anything processed or frozen - unless it's veggies or fruit out of season.
Buy in bulk
Meal plan for the month before you shop
Only buy what you need for your meal plan
Don't go shopping hungry
Shop with flyers

мɑkɑnɑni 1 angel baby; ~, FL, United States 65275 posts
2nd Aug '13

Coupons
Buy in bulk what you can
Shop at the Dollar Tree
Plan out your meals before you go shopping
Buy what you can from local farmer's markets as I've noticed it's cheaper--at least here

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 45800 posts
2nd Aug '13
Quoting mαkαnαni:" Coupons Buy in bulk what you can Shop at the Dollar Tree Plan out your meals before you go shopping Buy what you can from local farmer's markets as I've noticed it's cheaper--at least here"


That's a great point. Always try any buy fruit and veg in season, it's always cheaper.

r a b b i t ™ 1 child; Wildcat stuck in the Cards-nation, KY, United States 27518 posts
2nd Aug '13

Purchase fruits in veggies that are growing in season from the farmer's market.
Focus on whole foods.
Meal plan
Make a list and stick to it.
Don't shop when hungry or in a rush.
Pair up coupons with sales
Buy in bulk.
Take advantage of sales. My grocer has kick ass 10 for 10s all the time.
Opt for generic whenever possible.
Utilize recipe and shopping guides you can find online. There are tons of frugal cooking blogs floating around.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
status 3rd Aug '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Rabbit™:</b>" Purchase fruits in veggies that are growing in season from the farmer's market. Focus on whole foods. ... [snip!] ... possible. Utilize recipe and shopping guides you can find online. There are tons of frugal cooking blogs floating around."</blockquote>




This! I usually buy generic brands unless I coupon/sale on name brand. Also the "family dollar" here has a large grocery section & are cheap