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How to Budget Groceries

What’s in Season and What’s on Sale?

I love to check what produce is in-season before I decide on my dinner plans for the week. A quick google search and I’m good to go. In a similar vein, I check the sales at my usual store(s) and make sure I take note of that as well.

Pinterest

I always need inspiration for lunch and dinner so I use Pinterest to find it. I have boards for both meals and choose things that interest me, again keeping those sales in mind. For example, if chicken breast is on sale I’ll prioritize that in my searches.

Make a list

This is probably the most basic advice, but I always have a list. Take stock of what’s in your stash, do you have snacks? Missing any staples you need to restock on? What do you need for this weeks recipes? Then you build a list of your items. I personally like using my grocery stores app or AnyList if I plan to go to a couple different places.

Order Pick Up or shopping?

This really depends on my mood but picking up your groceries is so good for budgeting. I’m not tempted to pick up random things that are on sale or interest me, and I have a good idea of what my final cost will be give or take the produce weight. The cons are that I’m not able to select my own produce but when I do pick up at Kroger I get good selections.

Aldi

My latest thing is swinging by aldi for things I don’t mind substituting, especially if the store brand is out of stock somewhere like Kroger. I also tend to get my random desserts and snacks out of Aldi to save costs.

Keep the staples

I like to keep a few things in my kitchen/pantry for ease, especially for breakfast and lunch. I usually restock these as soon as I’m low or out. Some of them include:

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Chicken sausage
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Bread
  • Deli meat
  • Cheese
  • Kale
  • Pasta and sauce
  • Baby carrots

Save this infographic for easy reminders for your next trip to the grocery store and let me know what your best grocery shopping tip is in the comments!

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