Savings on groceries

Saturday, April 26, 2008

So in reading a lot of the personal finance blogs, I've become very interested in starting to save on groceries.  Currently, we spend about $400 a month on groceries for 2 people, 3 dogs and 2 cats ( I roll the animal food into the grocery tracking since I usually buy it all at the same store)  We very rarely use coupons, and the ones we do use are usually attached to the items we buy that day. the digerati life has a post about how to save a ton on your groceries.

So I am going to try to start posting on how we save on groceries and even what we buy. The catagories I will be usiing:


  • Basics
    • milk
    • bread
    • beverages (koolaid, countrytime, soda, etc.)
    • meat
  • Home items
    • cups
    • storage containers, ziploc, foil
    • paper toewls, toilet paper
  • Indulgence
    • sweets
    • beer
    • nicer food items
    • snacks
  • Side Dishes
    • boxed items
    • rice
    • vegetables
  • Quick Meals
    • Hamburger helper type
    • quick pizza
    • microwavables
  • Cleaning Products
    • Dish soap
    • shampoo
    • regular soap
    • laundry detergent

I'll catalogue any coupons we use also, and how much we saved using them.    To kick it off here is the latest grocery bill breakdown:

  • Basics: $42.28
  • Home items: $16.06
  • Indulgence: $19.87
  • Side Dishes: $0.00
  • Quick Meals: $8.00
  • Cleaning Products: $0.00
  • Coupons: $0.00


Daniel said...

We used to break down our grocery bills but we didn't stick to it. It took up a lot of time and was forgotten if we were busy. We have just been tracking the overall totals each week and just look for ways to reduce it. I look forward to seeing the progress of your system and may consider tracking our groceries closer if it works for you.