Budgeting for Groceries

@studentdrangela

Groceries can be very expensive, especially when you are trying to maintain a healthy diet. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most expensive things on my list, especially when I am getting four to six types of produce.

Tips for Fruits and Veggies:

  • go to your local farmer’s market – they are usually half the price that they would be at a grocery store
  • go for fruits and veggies that are in season – produce that are out of season, but at the store are more expensive
  • buy what you can eat – you do not want to waste money throwing away food, so purchase in small amounts that you can eat in a week or less

If you are vegan or vegetarian, this next part may not apply to you 🙂 Meat can also add to the cost of your groceries, I purchase frozen meats because they are usually in bulk and can last for several weeks. These are the meats I usually purchase for a month:

  • a pack of frozen chicken breast (8 – 10 breasts inside)
  • frozen ground turkey (2 packages)
  • frozen salmon fillets
  • frozen tilapia fillets

I try to eat more white meat (fish, chicken, turkey), and occasionally I will purchase red meat (beef, pork) depending on the dish I may need it for. The cost for my meats is usually $20 – $35 dollars, and again a great way to save is by buying what you will eat.

The last category I will include is carbs, etc. I try to not purchase as heavy in this area because my diet is mainly produce and protein! Here are a couple things I pick up:

  • a loaf of whole grain bread
  • angel hair spaghetti
  • 2 kinds of pasta noodles (ziti and penne)

Where do I shop for my groceries:

  • ALDI – go here first!! Groceries are super affordable and they have a great range of products, I usually make this my first stop to pick up 90% of my groceries. Then, I will stop by a few other places depending on what’s left – I usually spend $30 here
  • FARMER’S MARKET – produce destination, normally get my fruits and veggies from here, some are also purchased at ALDI if they are on sale – usually spend MAX $10
  • WALMART/TARGET – pick up everything else that I couldn’t get at the other places

My groceries for a month will usually be $100 – $120. I make 2 trips a month, and spend about $50. I will include a sample list below as well:

Shopping List

  • frozen chicken breast
  • frozen tilapia fillets
  • bread
  • pasta
  • eggs
  • milk
  • yogurt
  • cheese
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • mangoes
  • apples
  • carrots
  • bell peppers
  • macaroni
  • spaghetti
  • frozen broccoli
  • frozen corn

Hope this was helpful! Let me know what you guys think, and if you have any grocery shopping tips!

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