Grocery Budget Update

by HEAB on September 17, 2010

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As you know, ever since returning from Michigan, Chris and I have really been watching our grocery budget. It’s going well thus far. I don’t have any specific numbers for you yet, but I’m really interested to see how much we will have saved come the end of the month. I thought I’d share a few tips that have helped us thus far.

1) If you don’t want to reduce the quality of your food, simply look for foods that are just as nutritious, but significantly cheaper. Apparently, this is a whole new concept for me…price tag/label reading. Yeah, never been very good at that. ;) For instance, instead of grabbing the big tub of organic spinach for $3.99 at Costco, we’ve been buying huge bunches of kale for about $.75 per bag. I was never a huge fan of raw kale, but I do love it cooked. So, instead of making a salad with a tons of raw spinach, I’ll make roasted or sautéed kale the base of my salads, etc. Another example is my HEABified Coconut Milk. 64 ounces cost less than $2.00 to make, which is about as much as I was paying for only 32 ounces of store bought almond milk.

2) Identify the really expensive foods. CD and I love our mushrooms, but neither of us are fans of a lot of veggie chopping. So, over the past year, we have been buying the 10 ounce containers of sliced mushrooms from Trader Joe’s. I would dump a whole container in the skillet for just one meal. Seriously, I think the TJ’s cashiers thought I had a problem as my cart was always filled to the brim with mushrooms. Well, the cost of our beloved shrooms really started to add up…even the whole ones aren’t the cheapest option when it comes to veggies. So now, instead of filling our meals with mushrooms, we’ll simply use a few, chop them ourselves, and fill the skillet with cheaper veggies. Also, I was buying a lot of bagged slaw mix, but it’s so much cheaper to buy one big head of cabbage and cut it yourself. Yes, it means a little more prep work in the kitchen, but all those little ways to save really do add up.

3) Buy in bulk when appropriate. We do a lot of our shopping at Costco. Items we save money on there include cheese (goat for me, Parm for CD), wild salmon, butter, rolled oats, brown rice, almond butter, bacon, and certain fruits and veggies when in season. However, often times, people leave the store thinking they got a great deal on a certain item, only to walk out with a lifetime supply of some food they will never eat. Go with a list. Do not buy the 5 pound bag of trail mix just because it seems like a bargain.

4) Meat is not cheap, especially the good quality stuff. So, this another item we buy in bulk. Chris and I like to eat grass-fed finished beef, and if we buy more than 30 pounds at a time from our favorite local farm, we get a discount. If you know you’ll eat the meat eventually, then buy in large quantities at a discounted rate if available and freeze. I’ve also found that grass-fed finished meat is much cheaper at our local farmer’s market than it is at the grocery store.

5) CD’s advice: Do not think about the cost of food according to the label, but more in terms of price per calorie. For instance, brown rice from Costco is a heck of lot cheaper per calorie than a small package of gluten free hot cereal from the health food store. Eggs are super cheap per calorie and a great source of fat and protein. A bar of dark chocolate may seem expensive, but when you calculate price per calorie, it’s not too bad. Same goes for almond butter (if you buy it at Costco…not Whole Foods). Jay Robb rice protein powder??? Yeah, not so much. :(

6) Last, but not least, give the husband the grocery list and let him do the shopping. Hehe…this one has helped us tremendously, and I was more than happy to let CD go to the grocery store in my place. I NEVER stuck to the list…I swear those pints of coconut milk ice-cream just kept calling my name, not to mention the super expensive gluten free cookies…oh, and I needed some coconut flour. Well, you get the idea. ;)

So, these are all the tips I have for you thus far, and I’ll continue to keep you updated with our progress.

An example of a money saving meal for ya…

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Last night’s dinner

Normally, I would have cooked up an entire container of sliced mushrooms, tons of spinach, 1/2 a bag of slaw mix, etc. Instead, I chopped a 1/4 of a head of cabbage and sauteed it in butter, along with 1/2 an onion, carrots, celery, kale, and a few Brussels sprouts. I seasoned the veggies with salt, pepper, and mustard, and topped them off with some cooked bacon and 1/2 of a grilled grass fed finished steak from the farmer’s market. Yay, I’m learning to save money and not sacrificing my taste buds while doing it!

Question of the day: Guess what CD does for a living? All correct answers will be entered to win a jar of…

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Good luck and happy Friday! :)

{ 201 comments }

Jessica @ How Sweet September 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

That last tip is so true. I never, ever stick to the list – but my husband always does!

Little Bookworm September 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Great saving tips!

Cynthia (It All Changes) September 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Thank you so much for this post Heather! Hunni and I need to get our spending at the grocery under control. I used to be a huge menu planner but our summer was nuts and it went out the window. After this vacation we are getting back on the planning train and I need to take into consideration the value of the items and not so much the cost.

Heather (Heather's Dish) September 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

i love the pre-prepped stuff for quick meals but there’s just something so satisfying about chopping them yourself!

let’s see…CD is a record producer? :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Heather,
Nope. Oh, and you can come chop my veggies anytime you want…I don’t seem to find it as satisfying. ;)

Evan Thomas September 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

CD has a living? JK, ummm… I have no clue what to guess. All I know is that he runs, and FAST

Lauren September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Great tips, Heather and CD! Darn, I think you’ve sort of mentioned before what he does, but I think of it like Chandler from friends. What does he do again? I would do a search, but that’s cheating. ;) I’m going to just guess IT.

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) September 17, 2010 at 3:41 pm

Great money saving tips! We’ve made a big effort to save money here, as well. But it is HARD with all the tempting food I want to buy :P

What CD does… hmmm, well we know he’s an avid runner… so I’m going to say he’s a coach for a sport’s team. I’m no good at these games! hehe

xo
Kris

Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Thanks for the money saving tips. I could definitely use them. It’s hard when the best stuff is the most expensive, like coconut butter, dates, blueberries/strawberries, protein powder, etc. All my favorite things, but they must be enjoyed in moderation. :(

JillyB September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm

I wanted so badly to snag this contest, Heather! In the interest of being fair, though, I am keeping CD’s awesome job to myself.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

JillyB,
Consider yourself entered. :)

Abbie H September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm

CD’s job? Finance! You mentioned it in this post: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2009/07/27/what-does-cd-eat-in-colorado/

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Good job Abbie H. :)

Stacy @studentofhealthyliving September 17, 2010 at 3:44 pm

This post is so appropriate for today, since it’s grocery shopping day :) I never send the hubby, he gets lost always forgets to follow the list, and ends up bringing home foods that I would much rather not have in the house. Hello, huge bag of Halloween candy. He will eat only one piece, and I end up eating the rest of the entire bag! Right now I am a member at Sam’s Club, but have heard the selection at Costco is significantly better. It seems that Sam’s is pretty limited on their healthy choices. I think I fare better with produce at Sam’s then I did at my old favorite, Meijier.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Stacy,
I’ve been a member a both, and I have to say Costco puts Sam’s to shame.

Talia @ Texas Gunslinger September 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Costco! TIP#3 is a major one in this household! I swear I should name my first born after Costco…we’re there enough and fortunate to have one 2 miles from our house.

kate September 17, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Ive been switching over to whole heads of cabbage, too. Saves some money! I also try to base meals around things that we have lying around (aka the random things taht call my name in the grocery store!). I think CD does something muscial. Maybe?

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Kate,
Hehe, not quite. Boy doesn’t have a musical bone in his body. ;)

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I totally take Tony to the store with me to keep me on track! That is the biggest money saver. Dry beans…a definite for cheaper shopping!!! I think CD is a consultant…of what, I would have no clue, but something with computers! Great list HEAB! Have a great weekend!

carolyn September 17, 2010 at 3:48 pm

ooooh i know i know…

Gena September 17, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Um, personal trainer?

Lindsay McAlester September 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Great tips! Thanks! CD works in Finance? Maybe banking?

Maggie @ Say Yes to Salad September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I think he’s a financial something or other…

Great tips. I really need to start cutting back (not necessarily because we spend a lot on groceries, but because I have been eating out wayyyyy to much at awesome vegan places). Cabbage is one of the best and cheapest ways for me to get my huge dose of veggies :D Especially in butter.

Paula September 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Is he a financial investing counselor?

Sarah R September 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

If I give my husband the grocery list I’ll get 10+ phone calls and he’ll spend twice the money that I would. He’s not the penny pincher of this family. Whenever he goes with me I end up buying a bunch of stuff that I would have if I had gone alone. Funny how we’re all so different.

As far as CD’s job, I think that you’ve said before that it’s something financial or banking related, but specific job title? Yikes! I have no idea… does he work with budgets?!

Gina G September 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

he does something in finance?! maybe an accountant or consultant? am i close? ;)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

GinaG,
Yep. Close enough.

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin September 17, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Is CD in computers?

Ashley S September 17, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Finance director?

meg September 17, 2010 at 3:58 pm

I love the cabbage in butter idea. Why have i not thought of this? with some bacon sprinkled on top? Sounds delicious!

I am guessing CD is a financial planner?

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Meg, yes, the cabbage in butter topped with bacon was delicious. Re. CD’s job, close enough. :)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Thanks for these tips. I am a believer that doing groceries is cheaper if you have a list than just browsing the aisles and shopping with your eyes and stomach.

You mentioned that CD’s boss allowed him to work remotely for a month…so I’m going to guess he is in finance and also sales. So a stock broker or salesman for some sort of financial service/products. He can’t be an accountant because I’m one and it’s hard to do your job remotely unless your work is really accomodating.

I really want the nut butters so I put a lot of thought in my answer, lol!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Lea,
You’re entered. :)

Caitlin (EatFeats) September 17, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I know CD does something in finance, and I thought it has to do with the stock market because I thought his hours revolved around the market hours (maybe I made that up). But definitely finance, which is probably very helpful when you are budgeting!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Caitlin,
You’re right. :)

Lisa September 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I think CD is an engineer!

Christin L. September 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm

I think I remember from a vacation post (last year?) that CD works in some form of finance! A consultant or something! :)

Claire C September 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Awesome tips!! I REALLY need to start watching my grocery budget.Oh, and CD is a financial analyst for a family in Nashville:-)cc

Jess September 17, 2010 at 4:04 pm

CD does something in finance (learned after lots of blog stalking :) ) Perhaps a consultant or analyst.

Emily September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I’m guessing that CD works in accounting.

Sylvia September 17, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Hmmm, CD is a businessman of a Fortune 500 company when he’s away and when he comes home, he’s a slave to you and your HEABlet’s cravings. ;)

Just kidding, but I have deduced that he works in an office somewhere… :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Sylvia,
Your guess is CD’s favorite thus far. :)

Amanda September 17, 2010 at 4:16 pm

My guess is that CD is a professor.

Natalie September 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I’m not sure what CD’s job title would be, but you’ve mentioned in the past that he works in finance. AND that he can work anywhere there is internet! ;)

Ana September 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

I know, you mentioned on one of the comments from a reader, CD wirks with financial analysis for a family in Nashville!
Ana

Ana September 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

I mean “works”

Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

I would have guessed computers, but I remember you mentioning he does financial planning or something like that?

I *love* all of your tips, except I have to do the shopping. Jason would come home with a million Reese’s peanut butter cups, chips and salsa, wait a second, maybe he should do the shopping :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Holly,
Yeah, I like Jason’s list. :)

Adrienne September 17, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Great tips HEAB! I’ve been a reader for a long time, finally decided to comment. Money saving is a big priority for a poor college student like me.

I’m guessing that CD is in finance/business.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Thanks for reading Adrienne, and consider youself entered in the giveaway. :)

Raychel September 17, 2010 at 4:26 pm

I am guessing accountant based on his obvious knowledge of money-saving tips

Rachel September 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

With those tips, I say he’s a financial analyst…like my boyfriend! They sound like things he would say. :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Rachel,
Yep, you got it. I swear Chris holds onto his calculator like most men do their remote controls! Is your boyfriend like that?

Rachel September 18, 2010 at 7:02 am

Yep…I think the worst part is that he finds it fun!! But that’s okay, I’m glad he’s there to do the math and money planning I don’t want to do. :) (His name is Chis too…I’ve read your blog for awhile and it cracks me up that you have a Chris you call “CD” and I have one I call “C”)

Julia September 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I seem to remember you mentioning that he works in finance, but i don’t know any specifics.

Lara (Thinspired) September 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

This is such a fun post, Heabie! I love your #6 tip….I have to do that often. “Wait, I can’t go to Target with you, just go and get some paper towels.” Hehe. Why are the guys so much better at staying focused on what we actually NEED?!

My guess is that CD is some kind of engineer. He seems to have a similar way to thinking as my sweetie, and great engineering minds think alike ;)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Lara,
I don’t know how men do it…honestly, I have NEVER once stuck to my Target list…ever. That place is just too tempting!

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Hmmm..I would guess the CD is an accountant for some reason. Who knows?

I love your budget ideas – I’m the same way though – I can’t stick to a list! Luckily, I’m somewhat frugal so I only let myself buy 1 special thing each grocery chip — usually ice cream or some kind of sweet -but sometimes it’s nut butter! :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Stacie,
Unfortunately, (at least for my wallet anyway), I usually come home with at least 5 special things. ;)

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy September 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

Ha! I just realized I put grocery “chip” instead of grocery “trip”. :)

Lauren September 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Thanks for the great tips! I never thought of the whole price compared to calorie thing, but it makes sense. You eat calorie dense items in smaller quantities so something like a jar of peanut butter will last a lot longer than a bag of spinach. And I definitely have the same problem as you- I can never stick to a list. I always find items that I just have to have.

I’m going to guess that CD is an accountant or financial advisor.

Christina @ ilovefetacheese September 17, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Hey Heather! Man, I wish I had a costco membership! But then again, I’m one person so i doubt I could finish all that food. But I love COSTCO!! I love how cheap the organic food is compared to Whole Foods. Speaking of, I got a Kabocha, average size from Whole foods and when I checked out, it turned out to be TWELVE DOLLARS. Not worth it for me since I ate half of it in one night!

I think CD is an accountant :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Christina,
Yeah, CD would have nixed the kabocha…I probably would have bought it. That’s why he does the shopping! ;)

Nicole September 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I guess financial analyst for an IT company. That’s what I do. However my budget skills lean more towards your side than CD’s. I do enough budgeting at work. Who needs that at home? ;-)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Nicole,
Yep, you got it. CD’s doesn’t seem to leave his budgetary mind at work. Comes homes with him…actually it seems to follow us everywhere we go. ;)

Amber at Berlin's Whimsy September 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Once again, this is something I struggle with all the time. I know I’ve read that pre-cut veggies are more expensive, as well as the prewashed greens. It’s less expensive to buy greens (lettuce, etc) and wash them yourself—but it’s such a pain! I try to think of the more expensive food items as “flavoring”—meat is included in this list. I also cook from scratch most of the time— bread, homemade mayo, etc. It tends to be cheaper that way.

I like CD’s price per calorie idea.

Oh my, I can’t imagine if I gave my partner the grocery list…

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Amber,
Agreed, I love pre-washed and cut greens, but we are saving a good bit by chopping ourselves. I’m getting used to it, but those bags of greens will sure spoil you!

Jessica September 17, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks for the grocery tips! I’m always trying to find new ways to save especially since I’m guilty of “oh wait.. I need that too”

Financial analyst?

BroccoliHut September 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Great tips! I am always watching my dollars at the grocery store too, so I clip coupons like it’s my job. Love it when the store doubles them too:)
I’m gonna guess that CD is a lawyer.

alain September 17, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Hi Heather! Loved today’s post, especially because saving money is definitely a topic that’s on my mind quite a bit in this economy. I don’t know if you have a Sprouts near you, but I’ve actually found that buying oats (steel cut and rolled) from their bulk bins is actually quite a bit cheaper than Costco. They also have great sales. Just the other week I bought some raw almonds for a great price!

As for CD’s occupation, I know you mentioned he works in finance in one of your posts. I’m going to guess he is a financial analyst because he does seem to have more flexibility with this hours. great giveaway btw!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Alain,
We don’t have a Sprouts, but I hear great things about that place. I often buy my oat bran from the bulk bins at Whole Foods as well as unsweetened coconut and a few other items. Whole Foods is great for stuff like that.

Katie September 17, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Man, do I wish someone would do the shopping for me. I’d probably be an annoying micromanager though…just make sure you get this brand, with this label. Maybe it’s better if I go myself.

I think CD is a financial something-or-other. He’s in finance. And computers.

Erica September 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Great tips! I’m the same way with grocery shopping…I go in for 2 things and come out with 10- Oops! I really need to learn how to stick to a budget.

As for CD’s job, I remember it’s something in Finance. A financial analyst or financial planner?

A.B. September 17, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Yummy money saving tips! My guess is that CD is a financial analyst. Thanks!

Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats September 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

I’m going to guess that CD is a Financial Adviser?

Emma September 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Great post! And, seeing as we’ve established he’s in finance, I’m going to go with financial analyst.

Felicia September 17, 2010 at 6:02 pm

He works for earnst and young! haha I have no idea. But related to saving money- I am always so shocked about how cheap veggies are at local farms and the farmers market. A beautiful head of romaine only a dollar, or a dozen of sweeeeet corn only 3 dollars, or a whole basket of “seconds” peppers only 2 dollars (so what if they have a little spot on them?) I bought 24 corn today (not kidding..) and steamed it all, and froze it for the winter. All the prep work in cleaning radishes, lettuces, etc takes time but is definitely worth it. I think if you make it a habit then in time you’ll get use to all the prepping. It even makes me enjoy the meal a little more, knowing how much time and effort went into making it. Trust me, there are days where the last thing I want to do is prep veggies! But overall, its worth it :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Felicia,
Jealous of your corn bounty. I really want to do more veggie/fruit prep next summer. Can veggies, sauces, and jams, freeze freshly picked berries. One of my goals for 2011!

rachel September 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

okay finance..but i picture it being something humanitarian like managing microloans to women farmers in tanzania. :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Rachel…you got the finance part right. :)

melissa @ the delicate place September 17, 2010 at 6:15 pm

my guess is that CD is an accountant. my husband has taught me so much about saving. in college i could spend 65-80 bucks a week on just myself! now we spend 60-90 together! it takes a little effort…at our grocery store we stock up on sale produce, bags of frozen veggies, household items like paper towels or toliet paper, then go to the farmers market for eggs, meat and any good looking sale produce. and finally a 3rd small health food market so i can buy bulk items super cheap like (flax, nooch, etc but don’t want a 2lb bag) MUST not forget the coupons! i force myself to break my normal routine all the time to mix it up and get varied nutrients plus i’m never bored with my eats :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Melissa,
You and your husband have some great shopping strategies…thanks for the tips!

Sally.H September 17, 2010 at 6:16 pm

finance is a given from the comments…im guessing. for a bank or analyst

Brooke September 17, 2010 at 6:21 pm

He must do something in finance if he is good with money!

Jackie September 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I think CD is a computer programmer – and telecommutes at least part or all of the time!

Tina September 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

Fabulous tips! And so true that the man will stick to the list better.

Heather September 17, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I’ve wanted to try Naturally Nutty’s butters since you started posting about them so I’m going to copy everyone above me and say “CD works in finance”!

jen September 17, 2010 at 6:37 pm

i remember reading in one of your posts he works in finance – maybe he’s a cpa and summer is a little more quiet so he could work remotely in michigan… hope i’m right – i’m a nut butter freak and would LOVE to try that one:-)

thanks for the tips!!

Susannah September 17, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Hi Heather,
I am a Nashville local and really enjoyed this post, as I am a grocery-store-aholic as well. I’m curious…where have you found $.75 bags of kale? Thanks!
Susannah

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Susannah,
CD bought the kale at the Belle Meade Harris Teeter – one huge bunch for less than a $1.00. I always used to buy the big bags of pre-washed and chopped. Never even looked at the price, and I’m sure buying it by the bunch is great way to save.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 6:54 pm

P.S. – So fun you’re in Nashville. Thanks for reading! Oh, and CD just told me the kale was priced at $.99 per pound in the produce section at H.T. the day he bought it. Not sure if that was regular or sale price.

Jessica September 17, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Financial Planner? Just a thought based on your “money saving” post.

Abbey September 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

The mysterious CD…an accountant or financier? I seem to remember you mentioning something along those lines a looong time ago.

Alexandra September 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Finance? He gave some good money saving tips for grocery shopping.

FoodCents September 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I recall CD do something related to finance, perhaps related to the markets. I am guessing the markets, as he is able to work from wherever, as long as there is internet. He probably is patient, due to the fact he is a Cubs fan :) ( I feel your pain CD, my second fav. team. It’s somewhat of an abusive relationship, much like golf…)

I find a good deal of reduced produce at the store, which usually has a couple of good days left. I often will pick up those and eat them right away. (Organic spinach for less than $1.00, can not beat it).

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

FoodCents, you’re funny, and yes, CD works closely with the markets. :)

FoodCents September 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Ohhh, just hit me – CD is perhaps a day trader???

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 17, 2010 at 6:51 pm

He’s a…he’s a…transponster!!!!

:-) I hope you watch Friends :-)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Anna,
Haha – yes, I got it. :)

kathleen September 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm

perfect timing of this post. when we moved last month and suddenly weren’t in rural nowhere and had access to numerous grocery stores, i decided to make a whole new budget and savings goals for us for the year. while we both have degrees in finance. him a phD and me a master’s, i am surprisingly, the frugal-er one in my house. i spent the past 1.5 months writing down all of our purchases. eye opening!

anyway, we spent $407 on food for the 2.5 of us (i am pregnant) during the month of august. which i am really proud of especially since we have a gluten allergy in the family, i prefer grass-fed beef, organic when necessary (i don’t buy organic avocados, bananas, etc.) and shopped only at whole foods and the local chain grocer. however, this month we have exceeded the $100/week because stuff was on sale that i couldn’t pass up. for instance, grass fed/finished ground beef $4/lb and my husband’s 8 o’clock coffee, bogo. so hopefully it will even out over the months as i have yet to figure out how to stock up on really good sales and not want to continue to spend the $100/week i am shooting for. (or maybe $100/week is just to low, i am still trying to find that balance between being frugal and not feeling deprived =) (plus we are running out of pantry staples so i don’t know if $100/week is actually doable or if we just ate a lot of pantry food).

things that helped TREMENDOUSLY:
1. a price list. i know that i tend to eat & cook a lot of the same meals so it makes sense to list things that i normally buy, go to several stores and write down the prices of those items at each store. this was surprising to me. for instance, don’t ever buy produce at trader joe’s it’s over-priced. they charge $0.19 per conventional banana which comes out to more than the $0.59/lb whole foods charges for fair-trade bananas (mine doesn’t sell conventional ones). save even more money by buying them at the local grocer. notice they don’t have scales in trade joe’s anywhere to compare =) sneaky.

2. once you have a price list, setting up a meal plan is another great way to save. since i know the price of things i need weekly, i write down all those things with their prices and then subtract that total from how much i want to spend on food purchases that week. then i mix and match meals to meet that goal. since i know, grass-fed flank steak costs $17/lb and i can only get 2 meals out of it, i pair that with a 4lb pastured-broiler chicken for $15. i cook the whole chicken and make it stretch in 4-6 servings/meals (i can get 4 servings of enchilada out of 1/2 a chicken and then use the rest for maybe chicken salad sandwiches) then use the bones to make and freeze chicken stock.

3. joining the local grocery stores savings club. there’s a lot of stuff i can’t buy there but every once and a while they will have a really good deal on something i buy weekly. they even had bogo on sliced mushrooms the other week….

4. manufacturer coupons. because of the way we choose to eat, these are harder to come by. also, coupons tend to be tricky because a lot of the time it’s not something i NEED it’s more something i wanted to try. but i have saved a buck or two on stuff we use each week (pastured butter, 1/2 & 1/2, milk, yogurt). i bought so delicious coconut milk kefir for $2 the other week because it was on sale + i had a coupon. the coupon is still there if you go to the turtle mountain website.

5. other random things: seconds at farmers markets are sometimes really good deals. growing some of your own, buying bulk when it makes sense. for me that’s nuts, rice, quinoa pasta… making your own staples if you have time and it makes sense.

there’s still a lot i am learning and mistakes i am making and learning from but it’s trial and error before the baby comes to see what’s the most cost effective and efficient way to grocery shop.

whew i think i wrote a bigger post than you. sorry!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Kathleen,

Do not apologize – your tips were so helpful. Never noticed the no scales thing at Trader Joe’s, and I always thought their produce was so much cheaper. So interesting! I would have never thought bananas at Whole Foods would be cheaper.

I really need to be better about using coupons. Often times, I do get coupons for products I like, but then I’ll forget to use them before they expire. I’m working on it…and thanks for the heads up on the Turtle Mountain coupon tip!

Again, great tips… I need to start cooking whole chickens!

Rika September 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Whoa mushroom! I love mushrooms but I always end up with slimy mushrooms.. I guess I can’t eat them fast enough!

and, CD works in finance!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Rika,
Ewww, I hate when our mushrooms get all slimy. Makes me sad when I have to throw them away, and yes, CD is in finance. :)

Annie September 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Is CD a therapist? Totally random guess but ya never know :-)

nicole September 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

CD is an accountant??

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Nicole,
Close enough to enter ya in the giveaway. :)

Yin September 17, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I’m taking a guess from this post on what you said about CD and say that he deals with money?

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Yin,
Yep, good guess. :)

Meghan September 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

These are great tips especially for a college student on a budget like me!! And I really could save some money on buying nut butters if I win this so I remember reading that CD works in finance.

Amy H September 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I am the exact same way in the grocery store…but I am also really good about putting the unnecessary things back where I got them before I check out (most of the time anyway.)

I am going to guess that CD is a financal analyst.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Amy H,

Yeah, I never actually put the items back…that’s my problem. Oh, and good guess. :)

Andrea September 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Thanks for the money saving tips, the Costco thing really is true! I always wonder how big some of the families are when I see people shopping there.. like who on earth really needs 1000 paper plates, or 10lbs of sugar cookies. (ok.. so the cookies I could probably work with…heh)

Anyway, CD is a financial analyst!

Jae September 17, 2010 at 8:51 pm

He’s a financial person right? :)

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Jae,
Yep. :)

Annie September 17, 2010 at 8:52 pm

I know CD’s in finance but before I knew he was in finance I thought he was an architect… don’t ask why.. just seemed architecty to me.. hehe .. finance is pretty risky in this economy.. so glad you and CD are doing so well.. hey? is there a post that tells how y’all met??

Blog on sister!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Annie,
Yeah, thankfully CD has a pretty stable job, and here is a post that tells how we met: http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/2009/08/08/more-on-heab/. :)

laura t. September 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm

this post comes at the PERFECT time, because i just graduated from college and am in the process of becoming financially independent from my rents. i will definitely use some of these tips next time i go grocery shopping!

umm i think he’s in finance or something?

Teri September 17, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Great tips Heather!!!!

Hmmm…is he a financial advisor?

alyssa September 17, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Is he in investment management? :-)

Laura September 17, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Accounting?

Carrie September 17, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Great tips! I definitely need to pare down my “splurges” – I may or may not have three different jars of nut butter in my fridge at the moment…

I think I recall you mentioning at some point that your husband works in the financial industry, but I can’t for the life of me remember if you said what he does specifically. Something that enables him to telecommute!

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

Carrie,
Nut butter – never a “spurge” in my opinion. It’s a necessity. ;)

marie September 17, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Hmmm…based on what you’ve said, I think CD is involved in finance/financial planning/financial analysis–one of those sorts of things that, sadly, goes right over my little blonde head. ;-0

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Marie,
Yeah, me too. ;)

Alisa September 17, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Okay, I read the finance part, but am not even going to try to guess from there. Those kind of guessing games make my head spin! But I can’t wait to hear the answer :)

My husband and I are a tag team of bargain shopping. Grocery shopping together is actually one of our favorite outings. Some call us cheap, but we say to the contrary, we are value hunters! Quality for less. Anywho we have never been Costco members actually. We looked into it twice, but found that we could actually buy the things we wanted for cheaper by shopping sales and using coupons. We stock up when we find an unreal deal (online or in store), since we know what we like. One little overlooked thing … always compare bulk bin items to pre-packaged. It is surprising. Sometimes pre-packaged wins hands down (believe it or not), but often bulk is so much cheaper. Also, don’t forget to keep your eyes open everywhere. We discovered that Cost Plus World Market is a gem for inexpensive, good quality spices. Oh, I could go on all day! I’ve always wanted to write a book on the topic really.

HEAB September 17, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Alisa,
Value Hunters…I love it, and you should totally write a book. I for one definitely need to read it! ;)

Katheryn September 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

CD works in finance. I hope I win!

Jeanny September 17, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I hate wasting food, but sometimes (like today), I had to throw away a lot of the spinach that I recently bought because I haven’t been eating salads due to the cold weather here in Seattle…
So my question is do you end up finishing everything you buy in bulk and it never goes to waste? Do you ever freeze the veggies yourself?

Also, does CD analyze stock at a financial firm? haha…I just took accounting class so it seems like your hubby is very thorough with household finances, especially his advice “Do not think about the cost of food according to the label, but more in terms of price per calorie.” B )

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Jeanny,
We rarely throw produce away. If spinach is about to go bad, I simply throw it in the freezer and then use in stir-fries or smoothies. If bananas are looking extra ripe, then I’ll either use them in baked goods or freeze for later. Herbs you can freeze as well. Apples starting to get old? Cut them up and make into apple rings. I tend to get creative as I hate throwing stuff out. CD on the other hand will just chuck it, and yes, Chris is in finance. :)

Lexi September 17, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I know he works in finance! :)

Ellie September 17, 2010 at 10:08 pm

CD is an architect!

Ashlee September 17, 2010 at 10:20 pm

After a little research, or cheating, i will say CD is in finance. It’d really like to win some nut butter.

Shirley September 17, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Those are excellent tips! I always thought veggies were expensive, but they don’t have to be if you know what to look for!

Also, I remember reading about CD doing business every now and then, dealing with money/finance. Is he an investment banker???

Stacey K. September 17, 2010 at 10:53 pm

CD is in finance!

I really enjoyed your tips! My boyfriend and I are looking for ways to stay on a grocery budget!

aubrey September 17, 2010 at 10:57 pm

He work’s in finance!
I also remember you said he can work from home as long as he has internet.
Lucky duck!

Brandi B. September 17, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Just like everyone else, I’m thinking accountant or some area of finance–an off the wall guess would be that CD is a math teacher?????

Dana Zia September 17, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Finance Like my son!! No wonder your saving money, if your husband breathes down your neck like my son. Can’t spend a dime without his stink eye! Your blog is on my blog roll.

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Dana,
Yes, you just described my husband, and thanks so much for adding me to your blog roll!

Danielle September 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Perhaps a financial analyst? Thanks for the giveaway!

Runeatrepeat September 17, 2010 at 11:20 pm

CD is in finance, but he should be a professional runner. I am obsessed with Costco and really need to buckle down on our budget.

Katie September 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm

These are such great tips!!! I am in job transition (it has been a doozy of a couple months…hence my HUGE blogging hiatus :( ), so these are much appreciated as I am trying to be as thrifty as possible. I am starring this post in my reader!!!

CD is in finance (you have mentioned it on the blog), but the most IMPORTANT thing he does for a living is make you an incredibly happy HEAB :)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Katie,
Best of luck with the new job, and yes, you are correct about CD’s job…keeping me happy. It’s not easy, but he does it so well. :)

Gwen Hartley September 17, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Ummmm, CD… male stripper? I HOPE?!??!? HAHHAHHAHHA!

Finance. But I like my idea better. LOL

:)

G. xo

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Gwen,
Haha – me too. ;)

Annie@stronghealthyfit September 18, 2010 at 12:14 am

Great post! Glad to know someone like you shops at Costco and that you can find some deals on healthy foods there! I don’t actually have Costco in my area, but we have BJ’s… maybe I’ll check it out.

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Annie,
Not sure how BJ’s compares to Costco but we save a lot of money buying certain items in bulk. In fact, CD is shopping at Costco right now. He just called to ask me what kind of Swiffer refills to buy. :)

caronae September 18, 2010 at 12:23 am

Great tips! I like specialty/organic/expensive foods as well. One trick I use is to let myself get one splurge item/something that isn’t on my list (i.e., peanut flour or xantham gum or something) on each big grocery trip (~twice a month). That satisfies my exotic food craving and it always lasts a long time!

I would guess that CD does something that has to do with finance, although you mentioned that he comes home for lunch the other day, so I am more inclined to think he is a teacher? Also, since you had so much time off at the end of summer, that would make sense. I’m going with teacher or school administrator!

Christine September 18, 2010 at 12:52 am

Don’t know if I’m too late for the entry, but I’m going with the majority and saying that CD is in the financial industry. I can’t find Naturally Nutty in my store, so either way I’m going to have to break down soon and order some!

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:19 pm

Christine,
You’re entered. About to pick the winner here in a just a bit. :)

Courtney September 18, 2010 at 1:20 am

Hmmm, considering this push to save $$ and your having mentioned that CD works in finance, I am going to guess financial planner? Thanks for the tips; I love me some mushrooms as well, but they definitely add up!

Yuki September 18, 2010 at 2:43 am

Hmm… is CD like an accountant? I’m pretty sure it’s something to do with finance.

Kristen September 18, 2010 at 6:25 am

CD does something involving financial stuff.

My other answer was- CD is a secret agent, ala Agent P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONgjXrOShlc

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Kristen,
Haha, hilarious. Your first answer was right, but you score major points for creativity with the second one. ;)

michelle September 18, 2010 at 6:27 am

I spend a crazy amount of $ on groceries but I try to budget and one of the biggest ways I’ve saved is by making my own yogurt. I probably make 2L every 4 days and not only is it 1/2 the price but it also tastes much better. Other $ saving tips….I buy cheap balsamic by the bucket loads and make a big batch of reduced. When boneless, skinless chicken breasts go on sale, I buy out the store and wrap 4 at a time and freeze. I cook up a huge batch of dried beans and freeze. I grind my own flax seeds and oats into oat flour. Of course…..I make my own nut butter which saves TONS.

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Michelle,
Excellent tips. I just received a yogurt maker from a friend. Have you ever tried making non-dairy yogurt? I’m thinking coconut milk. :)

Colleen September 18, 2010 at 7:10 am

Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

Lesa Semon September 18, 2010 at 7:52 am

My hubby and I have also been trying to save in that department. I have found “meal planning” works wonders. We are attempting to plan our meals for a week, grocery shop on Sunday evenings, and when shopping we stick to the list. However, if any “favorites” are significantly on sale, we stock up.

Question of the day – “Stock Trader”. I am thinking this because you have said he works in the financial field. My husband is a stock (equity) trader and we are also able to travel for extended periods of time as long as he has a lap top or two. Am I right???

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm

Lesa,
Yes, the meal planning does help. Chris and I pretty much eat the same types of meals, but vary up the veggies. However, every once in a while, I do like to make something totally different, and that was my problem. I was running to the store at the last minute stocking up on random spices, etc. Definitely better to plan ahead! Oh, and yes, CD does work with the stock market, but he’s not a trader. He’s a financial analyst. Close enough! :)

eatmovelove September 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

I like the last tip. I wish someone could do my grocery shopping for me. I have actually come to hate it now because I can’t get the stuff I want!…and I want too much ;)

CD for a living? I’ve always wondered this! …well, it’s something with computers…and I have no idea about those ;) …some kind of Software Engineer/developer ;)

Okay, so I’m not winning this jar. Boo. But I look forward to the winner’s answer!

Debbie September 18, 2010 at 8:01 am

CD’s job is loving you and his up and coming Herblet…..I think that is an award winning job! Thanks for the tips!

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Debbie,
Yes, that is his job. Very good guess. :)

Alyna September 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

I see a lot of finance guesses. That seems right since you don’t have to necessarily be in the office. My husband is an accountant and I know he’s pretty much chained to his desk when he’s not in meetings :o ( So, instead of accountant, I would say financial guru!

Also, we just live down the road in Knoxville and have a serious lack of good places to get meat. Would you mind giving me the name of the farm you go to? (That is, if it’s a place open to the public)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Alyna,
Sure – we buy our beef from Gourmet Pasture Beef, and they deliver. It’s so good! http://www.gourmetpasturebeef.com/

Kristine September 18, 2010 at 8:32 am

Something in finance?

sarah September 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

Financial advisor for a business/ company?

Colleen Stewart September 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

Maybe an accountant? I tried to not look at the other comments :)
Your dinner looks yum!

PeonyJen September 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

Weird. We’re riding the same energy wave, because what’s been on my mind in the last 48 hours: How much you spend on groceries and what Chris does for work!!!!!!! Seriously.
I’m going to guess that he’s a programmer.

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:11 pm

PeonyJen,
That is weird. Not sure how much we’ve been spending this month – I can’t wait to see myself after we figure it all up in a couple of weeks. CD is at Costco right now as a matter of fact. Too bad they don’t sell millet there…I’ve been dreaming of your bread. Do you think it would work with brown rice?

mama September 18, 2010 at 8:53 am

Considering all the talk that has been going on with budgets and saving money i would say CD does some sort of financial budgeting! Maybe privately?

Jenny R. September 18, 2010 at 8:58 am

Thanks so much for posting about this! I eat my money away too and I am trying so hard to save this fall but it’s really hard!!

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Jenny R.
You’re welcome. :)

Julie September 18, 2010 at 9:03 am

HEAB – relieved to see you guys are cutting back – like the rest of us. Sometimes i would read your blog and honestly think “wow. money is no object for them.” Thank for being brave enough to share. I have a family and feeding them grass-fed organic beef or chicken would break the bank in one month. Those nut butters are expensive. I struggle with my choices, but reality is that we have limited funds. Good for you. Thanks for sharing.

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Julie,
Yeah, I don’t spend much money elsewhere – I’m not into purses, shoes, or products. In fact, I have a rule…all purses I own must be able to go through the washer. However, I have been known to spend money on food, and so we’re really trying to watch it. Oh, and I have to be honest…I haven’t had to buy any nut butter in a while as I’ve received so many samples. When we do buy our own, we always buy Maranatha at Costco or TJ’s almond butter, or I just make it myself. Yeah, all those flavored ones really add up in costs…wish they weren’t so good! Thanks for reading. :)

Tara September 18, 2010 at 9:30 am

He does something in finance…right??

JW September 18, 2010 at 9:31 am

CD works in Finance! Thanks for the tips.

Claudia September 18, 2010 at 9:54 am

I want to say CD is a finance analyst??

Monica September 18, 2010 at 10:08 am

He seems like he would work in finance, maybe an accountant, or a financial Councillor?

Tricia September 18, 2010 at 10:12 am

CD is a kick butt runner and does something with finance??

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Tricia,
Yes and yes. :)

Tricia September 18, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Whoohoo!
Love your blog Heather, I hope the remaining weeks of pregnancy treat you well! I know you must be looking forward to meeting your bundle of joy. :-)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Thanks so much Tricia. :)

MoniMeals September 18, 2010 at 10:15 am

Hi Heather! I bet CD is a Financial Planner.:)
I know how hard it is to budget for gorceries but the key is to still be able to buy good qulaity. I have 4 runs every week, 1 at Tjoes,1 at WFoods, 1 at the Farmers Market (where we save so much money), and 1 at Ralphs. I am sure you can relate! Except soon you will be at Costco too for the lil one! :)

MoniMeals September 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

oh, I see you already get your brown rice at Costco! Lets call you and I professional grocery shoppers.:)

sophie September 18, 2010 at 10:21 am

CD is a financial consultant/ analyst?

I’m back at college now and struggling to stay on my budget, especially with Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s so close! thanks for the tips :)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Sophie,
You’re welcome…Whole Foods is a very dangerous place. Good luck! ;)

Jen N. September 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

Hmmm….I think CD is a sales rep. =)

Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 18, 2010 at 10:45 am

Great tips Heather! I totally agree with you on the whole impulse buying thing – it always seems like I need something that wasn’t on the original list! Same with my mom – There’s always a $20 difference in the grocery bill when my dad shops instead of my mom. ;-)
About CD’s job…I think I read in a past post that he worked in banking? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that’s it. :-)

Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

I love the last one!! It’s so true..I hardly ever stick to the list, but my dad sure will. I’m better at sticking to it when I’m spending my own money (even though a few items still get chucked in the basket) but there’s no stopping me when I’m back home visiting- I’ll just grab whatever..it’s pretty bad. But if we send the boys shopping, they’ll get exactly what’s on the list and even call to check that they’re getting the right thing. haha!

Briana September 18, 2010 at 11:13 am

Stock Broker? That’s probably already in the comments somewhere. I just remember he didn’t have work when the stock market was closed.

Lika September 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

CD is a financial analyst! :-)

awesome tips on cutting grocery bill, thanks Heab!

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Lika,
Welcome. :)

Rachel (tea and chocolate) September 18, 2010 at 11:38 am

Great tips! I’m pretty good at sticking to a list, but if coconut milk ice cream is on sale, there goes that. I can’t resist a good non-dairy ice cream.

Hm, from this post, my guess is that CD is an accountant or financial analyst.

Tracy September 18, 2010 at 11:41 am

I’m thinking CD must be a CPA like my hubby. My husband thinks that way, too!
Price per calorie, of course!

I made HEABified Coconut Milk yesterday…you’re a genius!! Love it and it IS more coconutty tasting. Thanks, Heather.

I’m glad you liked my avocado & jam sugggestion!

Tracy September 18, 2010 at 11:45 am

Actually, after I posted my previous comment, I recalled that you may have mentioned that CD is a stock broker or financial planner? Anyway, he must work in the financial field!

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Tracy,
Loved the avocado + jam, and so does everyone else. Thanks so much for the inspiration and happy to hear you enjoyed the coconut milk. I drink it my the glassful. So yummy and coconutty. And yes, CD is in finance. You got it. :)

Carbzilla September 18, 2010 at 11:51 am

Great post and now I’m craving trail mix from Costco (that’s on the no-no list, btw).

That’s so interesting about mushrooms. I’ve always known that the sliced ones were probably more expensive than unsliced but I’ve never used a whole container at once so I wouldn’t have thought about the price.

Chris and I did eat a whole $5 hangar steak the other night and part of me was thinking “I bet that should have been three servings rather than two” but for 5 bucks I think I can let it slide. :)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 11:57 am

Carbzilla,
$5 steak? Yeah, hey, that’s only $2.50 each. Not a bad dinner at all! :)

Becky September 18, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I think CD is a CPA . Love the shopping tips. Our almond butter comes from Costco, as does the hummus , various fruits & veg…..frozen cherries & blueberries for smoothies & I have to admit to having the organic spinach and romaine right now, but I like your ideas to save money with kale. I have made and LOVE kale chips but still haven’t tried it massaged or any other way except for in soups. Time to step out of my comfort zone & try it some new ways. ;)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Becky,
Thank goodness for Maranatha at Costco, no? I didn’t know they sold frozen cherries there! I hope our store has them as I love adding frozen cherries to so many things…or just eating them straight from the bag. I was never a huge fan of massaged kale, but I’m going to try it again soon. We can both branch out together. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) September 18, 2010 at 12:47 pm

He’s a finance guy :)

Anyway, great tips! I did a big grocery budget tips post about 4 weeks ago. It was super popular and I spelled out everything from dont go to the store cranky, hungry or tired or with a child that’s any of the above; you’ll over-spend

Dont buy in bulk if youll waste it, dont be married to only organic if the choice is a $4 bag of carrots or a $1.50 carrots or no carrots at all, get them! The ones you can afford, even if it’s not organic.

Sending my hubs to the store w/ a list?! Omg clearly your hubs is in finance and mine is in advertising. Scott is the WORST shopper when it comes to value. He will buy off the list to a fault. Like if i say buy a 32 oz jar of vegenaise he will. Neglecting the fact that say a 64 oz jar was on sale that week and was the same price as the 32 oz jar, that whole half price thing would be lost on him.

Also, he’s horrible with out of stock, hard to find, even really selecting a great tomato from a meh one. I had to let him shop the 1st 2 yrs of Skylar’s life as I couldnt “Do it all” as superwoman, but im firmly back to the Shopper in the house. BE GLAD your man can shop!!!

:)

HEAB September 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Averie,
Trust me, I am! :)

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