In order to save money for the wedding, Tai and I decided we had to make some budget cuts. Our grocery bill was the easiest place to cut. We were spending about $160 a week (!!!!) on groceries. Yes for two people. We usually bought soda, bottle water, Gatorade. Plenty of packaged foods like snack cakes and prepared salads for work. As a result we have a tiny kitchen crammed with boxes of food and a fridge groaning with food. Forget the freezer. There's just no space in there.
Much to Tai's dismay we waste food. We don't plan out meals; We just bought what looked good. This led to going out to eat because we didn't have full meals just some things. Which was incredibly costly. Not smart financial planning at all.
So we decided to spend $100 on groceries a week. Unfortunately this does not include soap, personal care products or paper products. The $100 pertains only to food items. So here's this week's haul:
This is everything except a bottle of $3 Chuck and a container of yogurt. I thought I did pretty well til I took this picture. Is this going to last us all week?!? Eek!
Yes, it is because I have pretty much planned out all of our meals for the week using the fresh ingredients I bought and the things we already have like rice and pasta.
Also you can see I went to Whole Foods. Not the cheapest store out there, but I find they have the freshest meat and seafood selection as well as the best produce. I don't want to sacrifice our nutrition just to save a buck. I spent about $60 at Whole Foods and $20 at Trader Joe's, leaving me with $20 in case I need anything small during the week. I already know I forgot onions.
Any ideas for this frugal cook? How do you stretch your food dollar? Any other good money saving tips?