Are you searching for ways to reduce your grocery bills? Did you know that as a family of 6 in Canada, I spend on average $140/week on groceries? Some weeks, I spend much less and others at about $150. I budget to be at $150 but always strive to be lower.
I often hear or read comments that it is impossible to buy groceries for a family at a low price. I say that it is not true. It is very manageable if you meal plan and work on not having an abundance of food, reducing your food waste.
I recently did a video to show how I created a cheap meal plan working through my freezer. My grocery cost was $70, but I did go up to $130 as I stocked up on other items. I didn’t need to stock up, I chose to. I could have continued on just at $70.
Within the video, you will see how I took down my freezer inventory. Kept my meats in separate categories, one for my vegetables, and categorized my baking and miscellaneous.
After my inventory was taken down, I underlined any meats (kitchen freezer) and started to work on my meal plan making sure to use up my most expensive item. The reason I chose to start with my most expensive ingredient was to reduce buying expensive items for the week. I have a lot of meat in my freezers, I do not need to buy anything new for the week. I can choose to spend my grocery budget on other items such as cheese, baking goods or more produce.
What are your inspirations for meal ideas? I love going to the library and check out cookbooks. These are the ones I have checked out of the library for my meal ideas.