Happy Friday everyone!!
Fridays are my grocery shopping days. Thus, the grocery store is my very first stop and I definitely go looking like I just rolled out of bed because, well, that is exactly what I did. By this point, I have already made my list, printed my coupons from coupons.com and decided which rebates off my apps I'll be using (see here if you missed my post about rebate apps). I've gotten my grocery shopping trips down to a science and I budget $65 a week for groceries for 2. Before, I was spending about twice that without the coupons and rebates. I also started to shop smarter by buying the staples while they were on sale (ie grains, dried beans, canned veggies and beans, etc) to line my pantry with. It's amazing how much less you spend on groceries when you've already got the base for your meal. So then I only need to focus on perishables, protein, and snacks.
My first stop is usually at the Starbucks inside our Kroger to get my free venti frap (see here if you missed my post about getting free Starbucks drinks). This fuels me up and is also a little bit of a treat since I consider grocery shopping quite a bit of work. Then, I go down my list crossing off the items as I pick them up and scan the bar codes on my apps that I need to scan.
Out of all of that, these are the products I got for free with my coupons and rebates (the baby food is not for us. If it's free, I pick it up and donate it to the local food pantry or give it to someone in need).
I got all of that for $65 and it is enough to feed us for a week. Now, this is also considering we don't buy much meat or dairy. Since I'm vegan, I only buy enough of that stuff for my husband. So, that really cuts down on our grocery bill because meat is expensive! I usually buy it and freeze it if it's on sale.
Meals on tap for these groceries include bean enchiladas, grilled vegan cheese sandwiches and tomato basil soup, vegetable stew, and beans and rice bowls (with chicken for my husband). We will have the enchiladas and stew as leftovers two other nights in that same week. For lunches I usually have soup or veggie and bean salad and my husband has some healthy microwave meals we keep in the freezer. Our breakfasts include a cup of coffee with almondmilk, toast and almond butter, and some fruit. My husband will sometimes do protein bars or shakes. Snacks are typically chips and salsa, homemade vegan cookies, popcorn, or crinkle cut baked fries (basically healthy versions of junk food).
So, I challenge YOU to live on $65 worth of groceries. If you have more than 2 people in your house, you can add on another $25 for each additional person. If you accept the challenge and do it, either blog about the experience (and send me the link so I can showcase you on a future post) or send me a picture of what you grabbed to my email at email@example.com. Do you accept the challenge??
How much do you typically spending on groceries for the week?