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Real Life On A Budget

Your Guide to Seasonal Grocery Savings

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  • k

    Where is the article?

    • Colleen Mitchell

      its just the tips in the pictures

  • KJ

    Sonic chicken sandwich! Lol!!

  • gotnodebt

    We became vegans (for health benefits not for political reasons) this past January. Not only did we see our numbers in cholesterol, triglycerides and blood-sugar go down, but . . . OUR GROCERY EXPENSES WENT DOWN! Way down, if we concentrate on what’s in season!

    • Kristi Stapp

      Wow! I have wanted to do this as well. The hard part is in this season of life we end up eating out a lot unless I get something in the crock pot in the morning or mid day. (Fussy babies make it hard to cook an entire meal in the evening). Most crockpot dishes are more meat-based unless they’re soups. I burn out on soups quickly though. Any tips?

      • gotnodebt

        I’ll admit . . . cooking vegan for kids will be a challenge. But the experts say that even if you eat vegan a couple of days a week it will benefit you. Watch the video “Forks over Knives” in YouTube or NetFlix for a convincing presentation. Searching for “Vegan Crockpot cookbook” in Amazon or other sources (like EBay) should find some for you (Don’t overlook your library!). The Forks over Knives people suggest a several week transition: vegan breakfasts for a week. Add lunches for the next week and then dinners. You can stretch it out and do each step for several weeks.
        Just got my lab results for this quarter: cholesterol: down again! Triglycerides: down again! A1C: down again! IT’S WORTH IT!

    • Gail

      I don’t save money going vegetarian. I find I have to eat more. I bought 5 pounds of meat about six months ago and I still some of it left.

  • Seasonality is a huge money saver!

    We also keep our grocery budget at $450/month by hunting for our protein rather than buying it at the grocery store.

    When we were working to get out of debt ($99,000) we kept it at $400/month. We have three kids, so it’s for five people.

    My biggest tip for sticking to the grocery budget is to write prices down instead of marking through my list. I add the prices up before checking out. If I’m over budget I put back any non-essentials until I get under my budget. I don’t buy sodas and try to keep the processed foods out of the cart as much as possible because they’re budget-busters.

    My dream is to be able to bump the budget up to $500, but for now $450 works.

    I wrote an article a few years ago about our grocery shopping basics. It’s helped a lot of people rethink their grocery budgeting plans, so I thought it might help some of your readers, too. http://www.mywildkitchen.com/how-we-live-on-400month-for-groceries-and-how-weve-knocked-out-91590-81-in-debt/

    I’m looking forward to sharing your graphic and the Every Dollar Guide with my readers as well. Thank you for sharing!