I am always blown away when I hear what the average family spends on groceries a year. The average is around $8000 a year just in groceries! That seems so crazy to me. We spend around $50 a week on groceries. Although we do have a smaller family (just 3 of us) my son pretty much eats double servings of everything.
We haven't always spent $50 a week in groceries. We used to spend around $120-$140 dollars a week on groceries. I never really thought much about what we bought and would just buy whatever we felt like that week. Slowly over time, I have been able to figure out what works for our family to really lower the grocery bill.
If you are trying to save money lowering your grocery bill can be a simple way to do it. So, how to spend $50 a week on groceries? I have a few tips that have really worked for me to get my grocery bill down. In fact, in the last couple of weeks, I have had my bill around $40!
Skip The Meats
This is one of the biggest changes you can make to lower your grocery bill. Instead of having meat every night for dinner try only having it a few times a week. We usually do two nights of fish, two nights of meat and two nights of vegetarian food a week. I plan my meals with just a few portions of meat.
When I do buy the meat I buy it on sale and stock up and freeze it. If I find ground beef on sale I will make a bunch of hamburger patties so they can be used for a meal in a hurry. Clearance steaks get vacuum sealed and frozen.
Skipping meat for meals is a great way to save, but it definitely takes some getting used to. If your family loves their meats try making one night a week a vegetarian night to start off with. You can slowly back down and you will start to see the savings.
Shop at Aldi
I am constantly singing the praises of Aldi. I really love that place. They have great prices on almost everything. I buy almost all of my fruits, veggies, seafood, and dairy at Aldi. If you haven't tried shopping at Aldi yet I highly recommend you give it a try. You can see a list of my favorite things to buy at Aldi here. They have a double your money back guarantee so it won't hurt to try it.
I find it hard to get everything on my list at Aldi so I just go there before I go shopping at Meijer. If you don't have the time to go to Aldi every week you could try stopping in every other week. Or you can also now use Instacart to get your Aldi purchases delivered. It is a great way to save if you don't have a lot of extra time.
Buy In Season Produce
Buying in-season produce is not only an easy way to save money, but you also get fresh great tasting produce. Corn on the cob tastes best in summer and is the cheapest. You will overpay for watermelon if you buy it anytime but summer. I try to stick to the in-season produce to keep our grocery budget low. Plus, when the produce tastes great we eat more produce and fewer meats which saves us even more. You can see the best fruits and vegetables to buy each month here.
Skip The Processed Foods
Unless I have a coupon I tend to skip the processed foods at the store. Doritos, Oreos, Pop-tarts, all of those processed foods tend to be so expensive. If my kiddo goes with me he can pick one thing to put in the cart, but besides that, we usually skip all of that stuff.
If I am buying some processed foods I can sometimes find an Ibotta deal on it. They offer cash back on everything from bread to toiletries.
Make Freezer Meals
If you don't always have a bunch of time to make meals from scratch (I know I don't) making freezer meals can be a great way to save money on your grocery bill. I like to make things like pancakes or breakfast burritos and freeze them so we can have a quick breakfast without buying the pre-made more expensive breakfast. I can make breakfast burritos for under $.50 each instead of paying over a dollar for the ones in the store.
If you haven't made a lot of freezer meals in the past I recommend starting small. You don't want to end up with 10 frozen meals your family doesn't like. Try taking one of your families favorite recipes and see if it will work as a freezer meal.
You can also sign up for a free freezer meals class. It is a great class to help get you started on making freezer meals. Plus it's free!!
Still unsure where to start? I have taken Grocery University from Money Saving Mom and I loved it! I started seeing a big difference in my grocery bill after the first week. It's only $9.99 and there is a money back guarantee. You can head on over here to sign up and start saving!
You can also check out my 5 recipes for under $35 here. They are hearty, meaty meals with plenty of leftovers. Don't forget to make sure you are planning ahead by making a meal plan. Grab a free meal planning printable here.
I am now amazed at how much we used to spend on our groceries. An average week for me now is about $20 at Aldi and $30 at Meijer. Even with the kiddo home over summer I recently had two $40 weeks. A lower grocery bill for your family is possible!
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