Guest post by Anne Simpson of Authentic Simplicity
Saving money on groceries has been such a way of life for me, it’s almost like it’s in my blood. It started when I was a child, watching my mother clip coupons as she attempted to feed her family of 11 children on a pastor’s tiny salary. Even as a single girl, I clipped coupons and shopped the sales when it was my turn to buy the groceries for myself and my roomies (who also happened to be my sisters!).
Now a married adult, I have learned even more about shaving the grocery budget as I went from a dirt-poor newlywed (with a brief stint as a “DINK” – Dual-Income-No-Kids) to an almost-dirt-poor-mom of children with food allergies. For several years, I managed to feed my family of four on a budget of only $200 a month.
Even now, our monthly food budget is only $250, but I am still able to buy things like grass-fed ground beef, farm-fresh eggs, and certain organic fruits and vegetables. Considering that the US Department of Agriculture estimates that a family of four on a “thrifty plan” will spend more than $500 a month on food… I’m thinking we’re doing a bang-up job with our grocery budget!
Since you’re reading Humorous Homemaking, I imagine you already know the basics of getting the most out of your grocery money. (And if you don’t, be sure to browse around, because Stacy’s got lots of great advice for you! )
I imagine that you are also interested in learning a few new tricks, which is where I think I might be able to help you out! Having been on a tight grocery budget for most of my life, I’ve learned a thing or two, and I’m happy to share my knowledge with you.
Please note that I’m not talking about extreme couponing. In fact, the further I go on my healthy foods journey, the fewer coupons I use. I’m talking about common sense strategies that help you get the most out of your money that you possibly can. These strategies are both time-tested (like getting back to your roots and growing your own food) and contemporary (taking advantage of internet deals).
I have blogged extensively about my money-saving ideas , and I found that my readers were hungry (no pun intended!) for more information about the subject, so I poured all my knowledge into my eBook, Your Grocery Budget Toolbox.
Your Grocery Budget Toolbox is just that – a virtual toolbox with all different kinds of tools that you can use (and adapt to your own needs and preferences) to help trim your grocery budget as much as is possible. Tools like Once-a-Month-Shopping, price lists (with tutorials for both digital and hard copy versions), price caps, local sourcing and more. I also took the time to create exercises for you that will help you analyze your own needs and preferences so that you can use each of these tools in a way that most benefits you and your family.
No matter where you are on the spectrum of grocery spending, I am confident that Your Grocery Budget Toolbox has something to offer you. And although some of the material is available for free on my blog, about 60% of it is brand-new content not available anywhere else, and the PDF version also comes with printables to help you use your new-found grocery budgeting tools!
Anne is the wife to a wonderful, caring husband and mommy to two wildly-tender little boys. She loves all things Jesus, music, natural, nutritional and chocolate. And coffee. She loves coffee. She was born smack dab in the middle of 11 children and loves being able to stand out amongst the big crowd with her corner of the blogosphere, Authentic Simplicity, where she blogs about how to make healthy food without losing money, time, energy… or your sanity. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, where she posts the latest fun thing that catches her eye.