Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How To Immediately Save $50 A Month On Your Grocery Bill

*** This is a re-print from a post a while back.

Ok, I know that’s a rather lofty claim but your going to be amazed at this. Some of these you might already be doing but if you were to institute all of these ideas in one month you could easily save AT LEAST $50 bucks off your monthly grocery bill.

Drink Water With Meals – Most of us are drinking soda pop, milk, or juice with our meals but by switching to water (toss a slice of lemon in for some zing) you can not only improve the look of your skin, flush out toxins, and enhance weight loss, but if you normally consume 1 gallon of milk per week during mealtimes, at $3.50 a gallon, there’s $14 dollars off your budget right there!

Serve One Meatless Meal Per Week – Don’t let this intimidate you. It doesn’t have to be tofu, bean paste or some other strange vegetarian food. This could be a baked potato night with meatless toppings, a meatless chili with cornbread, homemade macaroni and cheese, or vegetable soup and rolls. If hamburger costs $2 a lb and a 4 pack of boneless-skinless chicken breasts is about $5 you could save between $8 and $20 a month by cutting out meat once a week!

Buy Generic – I know, I know, there are some brands that we are just not willing to budge on. But do you realize that most of those generic brands are made by the same company that is making your name brands? You’re paying for packaging and popularity in most cases and getting the same quality of product. Consider trying one or two generic brands this month instead of your name brands and see if you notice the change.

Make It Yourself – I can make a two dozen homemade donuts for close to 50 cents. I can make 4 gallons of liquid laundry soap (128 loads) for $1.42, and I can make homemade 409 for 35 cents. There’s not much out there that can’t be made yourself with a good google search and a willingness to try something new.

Reducing your family’s grocery budget can be done! We just have to think out of the box and be willing to experiment a little bit.


WendyDarling said...

I am so glad that I actually paid attention to this blog. :-) Over the last week I have made my own fabric softener, (works wonderfully!)
made home biscuits, oatmeal squares, and homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfasts.

I have made Spinach Bake and homemade chicken pot pie and homemade dumplings for dinners. The best part is I had all of the ingredients for all of these things already in pantry and freezer. :-)

I'm learning! :-) Thank you, Gayle. :-)

Extraordinary Ordinary Life said...

I really like your blog. I too have been making things myself and I really enjoy it!

Wifeof1Momof4 said...

Love, love, love these ideas. We are doing some now, but will try your other suggestions soon, VERY soon.

I just a homemade detergent email yesterday from Everyday Cheapskate.


Kelli said...

does anyone know if you can use the homemade laundry soap in an HE front loading machine?--
also, one of our fav meatless meals is a pot of beans (usually dried Limas) seasoned and simmered all day and cornbread-even my pickiest loves it.

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debbie said...

I am so glad I found this site. I retired 2 years ago and have been having a time making ends meet. This site gives me hope. There is another site you may be interested in checking out...www.hillbillyhousewife.com. There are a lot of recipes there that you may find helpful. I know I did. Thanks Gayle for all your hard work.

Sarah Mae said...

Okay, I wasn't sure this was going to help seeing as we already do much of the above, but doughnuts for that cheap - I'm in.

Z said...

I just found your blog through Worke For Me Wednesday, and I am so happy that I did! I love your ideas and tips and am adding your blog to my bookmarks :)


Cousin B said...

Wow, just found your blog...great ideas! Thanks!

Tara said...

I love your blog and this post was the inspiration I needed today. Thank you!

Melissa said...

Good ideas! My first thought when I read the title was "potty train your toddler"! I can't wait until I can stop buying diapers!!

Anonymous said...

I'm in San Francisco, CA. I just added your "content" to my home page so I can see it every day.
So far, I really like your ideas & look forward to more!

Spendwisemom said...

I have a question for you, but I am having a hard time finding the place to send you a comment. I was wondering how vigilant you are in using coupons. Do you spend a lot of time trying to save money with coupons? It looks like your focus is more on growing and preserving your own food and on cooking from scratch. Also, do you stockpile when there is a great sale, or do you just stay in your 60 dollar budget and not buy 6 months worth of something even if it is on a fantastic sale.

Anonymous said...


I have the same type of machines, I personally would not recommend homemade soap in these machines.
Just watch for sales and use coupons and cut somewhere else in your budget to allow to buy the soap the machine needs.
You also can cut back laundry only needs about 1/3 of the recommended amount to get clean.
So stretch the right soap but use the soap the machine requires.
Vist us at glossymoney for more tips.