I’m sorry to hear you had to go through that. July 4, 2019 July 4, 2019 - admin. Frugal Friday: The Minimum Waste Budget Shopping List. Cheap Meal Plans. Yep, what Thegloblinchief said. Thanks! So glad it was helpful! This is the most helpful food post I’ve seen. Pickyourown.org is a really good place to start. A dehydrator is actually on my craigslist saved search list right now. The following food items are inexpensive pantry and refrigerator staples that are also the foundations of many tasty and nutritious recipes. Frugal Living It's time to start living better for less. Everyone else passes them up for the “fresh” chicken. I pretty much just make a meal plan once a week and shop exclusively at the Whole Foods near my house due to convenience / they lure me in with fancy cheeses. You will learn money saving hacks that will help save your sanity and food budget. If you have a near-empty bottle of foamy soap at your basin, don’t put foamy soap on your shopping list this week. At breakfast with eggs, lunch in chili, dessert with yogurt and honey….. I’m not a fan of the synthetic ingredients either. Great as a snack or in smoothies. PSS I second a dehydrator! 3% off here and 9% off there, adds up in the end. Joy, I have hypothryoidism–just like a lot of older people who are prone to it. My family has purchased this way for decades. Eesh. I like to put shredded coconut, some chia seeds and maple syrup in mine. I need to find a farmer that does good pastured broilers. Put several potatoes in crock pot, no liquid, on high 5 hours. A few tweaks to your shopping list can make a huge difference to the amount you throw away. I make everything from scratch and work two jobs, so it can be done. Frugal living tips for shopping. Super unhealthy and I’m trying to find a version that’s better for you. And, it’s nice to see all the organic stuff they have now! But, I haven’t a clue how much you really consume. Plan-Ahead Frugal Christmas Shopping List. We could spend less if we bought less produce, but that’s not a trade-off I want to make. A lot of supermarkets around here will have sales on store-brand frozen vegetables, usually 4/$5. And, I wish I had some of his homemade bread right about now too . Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions! I felt sick. And dropping these items from your basic grocery checklist will help you to turn it into a fabulously frugal shopping list. Recently I’ve made: Banana bread: delicious but not terribly healthy, Clearly I always use the same plate for food photos…. I can’t get over how cheap they are. 4) cut the sugar to 1/4 of what is called for. thanks so much. The taste was good, but I do have a tweak… I have texture issues, so mooshy is not good for me. Any suggestions would be great! I honestly don’t even miss meat. Haha, I hear ya on the pizza. Keeping a continuous stock of these items guarantees you will always have something to feed the family. Frugal living has completely changed the outcome of my life. I am trying to get out of debt and trying to cut my grocery budget. Coffee, weekly?? I remember trying to stick with making veggie based dishes for a couple weeks– lots of chickpeas, lentils, mushrooms, and tofu involved– but I always ended up feeling suuuuper hungry. Plus I try to buy in bulk as much as makes sense. Dried fruit (OK, this is super expensive even though we buy it in bulk from Costco. Cheers! they freeze well and travel well. But, I like to cook my own food! And next week, I’m going to try a lentil… if I can just get him to eat vegetarian a few days a week, I think it will help the grocery bill quite a bit! Loss leaders (usually the big bargains on the front of a store’s weekly ad) are often good buys at each store. Our total grocery bill for two adults ranges from $300-$330/month. Depending on what you need, email me and I’d be happy to send you extra spices for the cost of shipping. I’ll have to investigate . You should buy your avocados at Costco, too! I make our beer and wine, so that’s a small victory in the cost category, but it makes me happy Have you guys ever thought about home-brewing? Although I LOVE rice and beans (especially black beans), that dish has to be pretty much off our menu due to dietary/medical reasons related to the carbo content of the dish. Sometimes it is nice to give yourself a little “treat” even if making it homemade might be cheaper in the long/short term. After years of this abuse my body could no longer compensate. I’m glad to see you guys change it up on the weekends! -Ziti Pasta, -Beans I’m all for it. FREE Printable Grocery List I’ve been using this printable grocery list for a few years and it comes in handy when we are planning out our shopping trips! It can also save you a fortune. She makes lots of great desserts. Wonderful selection out there. We eat like we’re five year olds whose mommy and daddy have told us to go to the grocery store and buy whatever we want. I’m surprised you don’t make your own. I knew that Aldi’s was supposedly coming to Henrico County, but the news about the Boulevard store is welcome to me. I can’t say enough good things about Farmer Dave’s CSA – several pickup spots in the Cambridge/Somerville area (although times aren’t the most convenient). Applesauce is a common fat substitute. I’ve been having a hard time determining a good monthly grocery budget (two adults and 2 big dogs). for lunch and dinner for days and to give to my partner’s brother! Dozen eggs $1.23 (These fluctuate a lot, and used to be $0.49 often.) But if we ever had to, we could certainly live off of just the food I buy at the grocery store without increasing out budget in that category. I’m in college and am starting to live off campus, so I’ve been searching for ways to save money on groceries but still be healthy! Breakfast has (lately) been a piece of sprouted grains toast with labneh, 1/4 avocado and fried egg in coconut oil on top, plus side of fruit. I spend about $120 per week on groceries for two adults (all our meals). Some would scoff at the freezing part but I will do just about anything for 1.39/pound chicken. The simple & cheap dinner we love: homemade hummus with fresh veggies! Thanks for the tip! And, definitely worth it for the health benefits! This sounds delish and like something that’d be perfect for the summer. As always, if you love what you read or have found it helpful, please PIN, share or comment below. Bag of apples (2 lbs) – $1.69 (If these fruits are higher, substitute for what’s on sale at the time.) That’s exciting you’ll be adding table food for Mini #2–fun! Thanks for the peek around the kitchen! Just add a meat (on sale, of course!) Compared to you guys I eat a lot more I think per day. I also double the recipe (with my changes) so that it bakes in a cake pan rather than a loaf pan. I don’t do this bc I think eggs are very healthy and also bc the results are not quite as good. Although, the kids can be picky. Love the air popped ‘corn! I think it cost me around $4 to make almost 40 servings, which is a lot less than the packets you buy at the store. It’s super fun and easy. Joy mentioned a calorie count which would be interesting. Yeah, the frozen pizza is our cop out cheap meal. Did you like it? Am hoping to sub out at least some of that. Thanks so much for sharing . 1/2 lb frozen fruit I keep a Costco shopping list on my phone. Most recently, a black bean quesadilla…but here is the big tip. Right now I’m trying to clean out the chest freezer so we haven’t bought meat at all since about December. I’m a bit surprised at the lack of variety in your weekday dinner menu, with the same lunch every day I expected that you would have more dinner options. Sometimes we go for a drive during the summer and hit all the local produce stands. We’ll see. That sounds absolutely decadent! Never shop hungry. Way to go on converting Mr SSC to veg meals :)! I love love love Costco! Here are the differences between my list… Frugal Grocery Shopping. Drizzle olive oil on top. I highly recommend the organic frozen mangoes from Costco. -Various rice dishes, such as fried rice (rice, eggs, chicken broth, onion and another vegetable of your choice). Try toasting it in a toaster oven or oven very lightly before cooking . Oooo mead! It’s a flat muffin (at least that’s what I’ve found, and I experimented a bunch when I was younger). I made my pizza for the last local Mustachian meetup, so fellow frugal weirdos can vouch for its quality . Shopping List: Here is your frugal grocery list with current Aldi prices. The sugar and the empty carbs are really the kicker. But it might be an option for y’all! =/. I’m woefully remiss in doing serious comparison shopping between CSAs, so that shall be my task for the spring :). I could never convince my husband to cut it out completely but there is certainly room for improvement. Ooo yum! I love reading grocery lists! We walk everywhere too–it’s such an awesome aspect of living in the city! Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes & enjoy! 1 1/2 cups sugar I agree, I think we’ll be eating a lot more once we’re doing physical labor on the homestead. It’s amazing what the same amount of money can buy with different cooking/eating habits. We would like to get some proper larger food storage containers, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Mr. Frugalwoods, our resident chef, cooks all of our meals–primarily from scratch–and doesn’t use many packaged or processed ingredients. For instance, tortillas (a staple in our home) are nearly always cheaper at Aldi … Him, not so much so- he has a career job in his field and is already naturally very frugal. We don’t break it down any further because it all gets bought together and paid for on the same receipts at either Wal-Mart, Dollar General or the local grocery chain store (concentrating there on weekly specials and sale items). We didn’t used to eat much dairy because it is more expensive, but you’re right, with the pregnancy I’ve started to eat much more. Required fields are marked *. Equal parts cocoa and sugar stirred into hot almond milk with a dribble of vanilla is AMAZING! You won’t achieve the cheapest food shop if you cannot remember what you need to buy! Frugalwoods is for informational and entertainment purposes only. I bet that freezer really comes in handy! Just stumbled across this informative, engagingly written, and thoroughly entertaining blog post…when researching whole bean coffee options! Oh, and I personally find Penzey’s horribly overpriced (and I’m from their home city. I find that when I’m including nice fatty meats, I’m much more satiated, and I end up not having to eat big meals at all. I think I can beat everyone. I spend about $400 per month on groceries for our family of 3. When you move to your land, I know you will end up trying to grow things. We could certainly do better in his area as far as saving money and eating healthier. I love reading posts like these! $1.98 Mix all of this together until it’s nice and airy. I plan to check them out and see if I like their merchandise and if their prices are truly so much cheaper than other stores. you can find things on craigslist or trash or pinterest that will be good Way to go on 2 months of no clothes buying! We promise not to tell you about stuff that's dumb. We also work full time, so the farm is our “fun” thing. Oh man do I love seltzer… and dried fruit :)!! By following the frugal tips I list below, I’ve gone from spendaholic to saver and life is easier than it ever has been. We’re big fans of ramen too! List your favorite go-to frugal living website in the comments below! Gluten free and a little goes a long way. This could be a good replacement for your dried fruit. Nothing is perfect for everyone, so don’t feel bad about trying to find a balance that works for you. We’ve recently introduced our Little Miss and her friends to air popped popcorn and it’s been a real hit! Delicious! But there are so many ways to cut the fat – frugal living means you have more money in your pocket at the end of the week! Space and time are preventing us from getting started now, but it’s definitely in the plans for the future. Lunch at noon (reheated leftovers – stir fries, curries, or hodge podge salads are common). When we’re short on time it is oatmeal. I know, I know, I should hide my face (wait, I already _do_ hide my face on the blog) but it’s as much a 0 thinking adaptation as it is a time saving one. Bummer on the rice and beans! I just don’t know how people who don’t cook can save money on food. I’m so excited to report that you can have a healthy diet for a mere $20.00 per week! These items are all on the inexpensive side and because you can make numerous breakfast, lunch and dinner meals by re-using the following ingredients, you will also save money by keeping the grocery list small. How to Audit Your Grocery Bill in 7 Minutes (and Save Tons) | Stay at Home Mum 1. My favorite hack is to buy the almost expired chicken breasts. We were pretty thrilled to find that Founders–delicious and way cheaper than the liquor store. (In both cases you’ll need to flip them in the middle so they crisp evenly on both sides.) This list of frugal foods can be found at any grocery store. You mentioned searching for the baked good with a perfect healthy-tasty balance… and man, do I have something for you! We eat way too much processed/fast food. Cheap Living without coupons. Have you thought about home coffee roasting? Absolutely! -Eggs and toast or oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast. It’s about $16 for the 15-pack of cans and it’s quite a nice beer. This doesn’t account for fancy, outlier meals (such as Thanksgiving, which we host every year) or snazzy desserts I make for celebrations. Agreed grocery bills and eating out can wreck a budget! Like Chris mentioned above, I have to admit that I am pretty hungry looking at your meals too. So, yes our bill will definitely be higher from here on out, but hopefully not by too terribly much :). As for vanilla and lemon extracts, several cookbook authors have shared their methods for producing their own extracts, with vanilla beans bought online in bulk for about $1 per bean. Someone pointed out the brand-new store when I was up in the city, and my thought was “how can there be a store that big selling only spices?” Now, I live in the Southwest, so even our Safeways are geared towards Hispanic customers & foods, and all our stores (now) have a rack of bags of spices next to the typical jars. I am thoroughly impressed with the grocery budget AND the healthy food. However, when your older things begin to fall apart. Oh wow. In the midst of a recession, even a slight increase in a grocery budget can have a major negative impact on the family budget. I’m never going back to premade mix again. Yes, I know tofu isn’t outrageously expensive, but was wondering if any other vegans have any tips for this kind of thing. . Can of biscuits $0.49 2. Make sure you shop when you have time so you can compare products on the shelves. They are not cheap but they regularly give freebies with purchase and the quality is superb. 50 Frugal Meals to Make When You’re Broke. A “healthy dessert” I used to make was freezing bananas (slice them first and wrap in tin foil before freezing) and blending with a bit of soy milk and cinnamon. lol! They love their spices. I think you would be surprised. So, I don’t know how you prep your banana bread but I do have a recipe for one that doesn’t require any sugar or butter. Then you always are ready for guacamole! The downfall is typically time, not an excuse just our reality. It’s actually quite easy to make your own tortillas (both corn and flour). We do indeed buy Frugal Hound’s food at Costco. Yeah, we keep our Monday-Thursday dinners very simple since Mr. FW has to cook them after a long day of work and then whatever we’ve got going on in the evenings. Sign up here! Can you post more grocery hauls, recipes, and your weekly meals? Here goes! A kitchen garden is a great idea! im loving this site. Full disclosure, I honestly don’t know if this is a totally boring topic or not, but folks have asked and hey, I’m all for transparency. We actually luck out by living near a great Korean grocery. b) It takes about 2 braincells to make, which is all I have to offer on Friday nights. Food used to be our #1 category for overspending and it took us awhile to hone it down. That’s their normal price, we sometimes get them for 0.39/lb. So while I’m glad Frugalwoods are aiming to move to a rural life and eventual autonomy and I admire your courage in being fruga, I’m hoping you’d consider depending less on supermarkets by researching small organic growers who’d be glad of your business. We had enough bags of rolls to take some into people at our workplaces. Hey, if you’re still looking to check out tasty healthy and vegan desserts, you should check out Chocolate Covered Katie! I buy a canister of 30 1/2 cup servings old fashioned oats from Aldi for $2.39 and enjoy an 8 cent breakfast. We buy our beef in bulk to minimize costs, and we got a chest freezer on Black Friday to store it all (the only item I bought!). I have the fortune of getting nearly all of my spices for free from my wife’s business, but Amazon often has what I can’t get for quite reasonable. I’m just getting started on a more frugal lifestyle, so seeing the simplified grocery shopping giving me some ideas on how to simplify my eating/cooking routine. I’m reading the health/food book and he’s reading the endurance/fitness book by Maffetone and then we compare notes at the end of the day. And I do like to give my chef Friday nights off ;). We should! They only like fish if it’s the unhealthy, breaded, processed kind found in fishsticks. $2.69; Potatoes, 10 lbs. Luckily, there are a few simple changes you can make to your routine to help you cut back on your additional shopping expenses, too. I know how to make butter at home, and what goes into it. They’re very cheap from Costco (the garbanzo beans come in a gigantic can), so that has worked well for us. Way to go for using up every single scrap of food! You can use 1/2 cup of yogurt and a whole pound of fruit but I don’t have enough room in my freezer :-). Yum! They are not expired and still fine. It works great, makes/keeps them moist. That sounds pretty filling right? EVERYWHERE.. I've been a fan of Aldi for years and even shared some of my favorite Aldi grocery favorites with you. 3252 shares. Wow–£130/month is incredible! I know dried fruit is expensive so many one day you’ll find a dehydrator in the trash or on the side of the road one day . Buying groceries takes a big chunk of money out of an individual or family budget. It could be less, but we’re doing better than before now that we are keeping track! I once managed to spend only $22/week for an abundant amount of groceries, including lots of chemical-free produce, so the budget I proposed to my partner recently was along these lines. Right now we are enjoying our oatmeal with as many blueberries as we like since there is a upick down the road. If you need bulk spices you could also consider Mountain Rose Herbs or World Spice Merchants; great quality and very affordable. We pop popcorn outside in the summer to avoid heating up the house. -Eggs and toast or oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast. Reply. Thanks for the tip! Thanks for sharing! This allows me to splurge and spend, say, $2 on dinner and not feel guilty! containers to use. The supermarkets buy from farmers, wait till they’re dependent then squeeze the prices so that their clients are forced to lower standards using many pesticides. Love the blog! Very interesting. OK, see, I knew I would get some gruff over the pizza. 07.Şub.2020 - Frugal Food Shopping List is part of Bill Organization Shopping Lists - Y’all know one of my favorite topics to write about here on the blog is frugal menu planning I’ve shared with you how I plan frugal meals, how I do once a month grocery shopping, and there’s several frugal family recipes in my archives for you to d… I think they use them as a loss leader since they are by far the cheapest we’ve found. And by the time you’ve taken out some fat AND some sugar, what’s left isn’t a cookie. Frugalwoods` you should post some recipes starting w/ the baked bread, Yum! I’m at the use up the freezer/pantry stage right now, so once I work my way through that, I’ll be working on trimming down my weekly food purchases. Here are 15 Frugal Grocery Shopping Tips! Perhaps it’d be a good idea to have a blood test to see if your thyroid level is low. Their basics are very cheap indeed (cooking spray, saran wrap, etc…) and their canned beans are usually a very good price. Thank you for sharing! That being said, I agree with the above commenter about possibly allowing yourself the use of butter when baking. It’s honestly delicious. Haha, you’re welcome to come bum a seltzer anytime :)! Thanks as always for stopping by and sharing. Bananas and avocados will do this as well. The cinnamon only comes in one variety, and it’s the Mexican one, milder than Asian types. can be made with any raw seed or nut or combo thereof. I pretty much just deal with dinner. See more ideas about Frugal meals, Budget meals, Meals. Thanks, as always, for stopping by :)! Also, there’s no pasta – isn’t that usually a major staple on the grocery list of a frugal weirdo? It’s unbelievable how many calories are crammed into the processed carbs. Lazy, lazy, lazy and spoiled! I worked off this recipe – http://www.runningwithspoons.com/2014/06/24/banana-oat-greek-yogurt-muffins/ and modified a little bit here and there. I’m super impressed. FWIW, the local grocery stores have their flyers online, and they also have “accessible” (IE, text) versions too. This post may contain affiliate links. Undercook it a bit. Their main plant is literally two miles away.) Your email address will not be published. if I may, you can get your dried fruit (we prefer cherries & raisins) from amazon subscribe and save for infinitely cheaper than whatever you’re paying at costco, plus you dont have to leave the house to get it. Tagged: Food and Drink, pantry, shopping groceries, vegan, vegetarian. Maybe not now, but after you move, a dehydrator seems like it might be a good option for you — you can buy in bulk during the summer, slice and dry at home, and then have supplies all year. A dehydrator on Craigslist could be a good investment, and then your fruit isn’t covered in sulfur dioxide and sugar, We (meaning Winnie) also made home made kombucha, kimchi, and other misc fermented stuff, Also, try this for pizza dough. I have to stick with regular water for me. So, if you are in Wauwatosa, WI and the store is still open you will find a tiny neighborhood store full of spices. Ever wondered what to buy at Aldi? I’m at the use up the freezer/pantry stage right now, so once I work my way through that, I’ll be working on trimming down my weekly food purchases. http://www.traditionaltx.us/images/JerkyDrierInstructions.pdf. Try the one from Veganomicon and adjust from there. Tip: Click on the to vote for a blog.. Great post! They really are a magically cheap protein source. My favorite, semi healthy treat/cookie that I make once a month is fudgey cocoa no bake cookies. Bought in Bulk Every Month (from Costco unless otherwise noted): Black beans: for use in the rice and beans. We’ll have to give it a try. That’s not frugal. 1. 30. Good question on the beans–we buy them in cans. You are most welcome, Karen! It’s super easy – so easy I’ve learned to make a huge batch of 4 14″ pizzas in one evening, which gives us dinner for two nights, or is a good dinner to feed groups in one evening. The only brand I’ve been able to get consistent results with is “Dakota Maid”, which also happens to be ridiculously cheap at $0.50/lb. Thank you both for all the great suggestions! and have read six or so articles so far, and am extremely excited to share them with my boyfriend. But there are some amazing deals! Low thyroid seems to be the problem and not the way you ate when you were younger. Very frustrating. You’re very observant! So far it means cutting out processed sugar and refined flour. But is it a tasty treat and a break from cooking every single other meal for Mr. FW? 1 tsp ground ginger Deposit $5 towards your investments for every item you buy which is not on your shopping list. I am quite sure you must have a 50 pound sack of rolled oats in your Frugalwoods larder Let me know what you think. Plus, get clever life hacks and DIY tips for saving money around the house. I just need to find a way to be more economical about it…as while I’m waiting for it to be ready I want to buy some to hold me over. Thank you for the offer of extra spices–that’s very kind of you! It’s like going to a spa compared to our usual Market Basket . Many items cost about half or a third of the ‘normal’ price in these shops. Last I was in Milwaukee both stores were excellent but I have never ordered online. 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