Saturday, May 26

Living on One Income Part Three - Stretching Grocery Money

For starters, I don't clip coupons. I have in the past, but not now. Yes, I know how wonderful it is to get free items and have a long list at the end of your receipt stating how much you've saved. I'm just not currently in the coupon-clipping season of life.
I'm not going to tell you where to shop, since stores vary so differently from area to area. Instead here are some principles that allow me to feed a family of six for about $100 a week.

1) If you are a carnivore, use meat sparingly. Use your meat as a part of the dish, not the center attraction. (I can see my Italian friend Sandra's shocked look of horror.) Anyway, the experts all agree that one should not eat more than 3-4 servings of meat a week. This principle allows you to purchase less meat and at the same time feed more people with it.

2) Feel like a glutton and walk away from the table satisfied. Buy a good fat cookbook (I recommend The Joy of Cooking) and save your family a lot of money by serving delicious home cooked meals. No more buying prepackaged meals, canned soups, or pasty white bread.

3) Experience how good a chocolate chip cookie, warm and gooey, tastes out of the oven with a glass of milk. Goes along with principle number two. Skip the packaged cookies and chips.

4)Spend your money on the good stuff. Now that you don't need frozen entrees and Mrs. Smith's pies and Wonderbread, spend the money on organic fruits and veggies. Organic bananas are by far the least expensive organic fruit I've found, so my kids eat a lot of them, supplemented by organic apples and oranges and whatever else Mr. P stocks at Wal-mart.

5) Buy the good meat. Find a local butcher who can tell you what the cow ate and where the chicken ran. Fresh meat supports the local economy/farmer and tastes a heck of a lot better than Perdue's slimy chicken.

6) Pray before you go. I'm telling you, I find the best deals and discounted products.
Does God care about your grocery bill?

He most definitely cares about mine.


Sam Luce said...

Great tips and Yes Sandra's Italian eyes were a bit surprised.

Melissa said...

haha, I'm sorry...."what the cow ate, and where the chicken ran.." haha! I hope we're blogging friends forever!

Rebecca said...

Joe here,
Couldn't agree with you more. We eat less meat (as i'm the only carnivore) but I don't miss it. Beck's a great cook and I have not even noticed how little meat we eat. And since I don't buy as much we get great meats at the local Farmers Market. Everything from the steak to the nitrate free bacon tastes a thousand times better.