Frugal Friday – pantry shopping {quick tip}

“It’s not your salary that makes you rich, it’s your spending habits.” – Charles A. Jaffe. Share to Inspire Others : )   Follow us for more awesome quotes: https://www.pinterest.com/bmabh/, https://www.facebook.com/bmabh: This week’s frugal Friday goes with something that I’ve done randomly and completed again in the past week.  Its easy to get into the habit of going to the store every week and pick up just what you need and go on with your week.  How often do we have cabinets full of randomness that we picked up on sale but haven’t used or looked at in months?!

To go along with a previous post – I was spending way more than I thought on groceries every month.  I wanted to see if in the past week I could go a week without going to the store.  Just shop my freezer and cabinets since I don’t technically have a pantry.

I went a week and a half eating what I had in my apartment.  I was making things that had been sitting and were just waiting to be used.  I have to admit that towards the end it was getting to be harder but I manged to do it.  Granted – I now need to restock a few things like meat and pasta but, those things needed to be used up anyway.

Something to try is just making 2 or 3 meals with stuff you have on hand before you go buy more.  I was pleasantly surprised that I made it over 10 days without going to the store.  To some that might seem silly – but I was averaging $20-30 every trip to the store, so I look at it as saving up and putting that towards a payment on something. 🙂

Whats your trick to save money on groceries?

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3 thoughts on “Frugal Friday – pantry shopping {quick tip}

  1. Honestly, I shop sales and clip coupons. I buy a once a month meat package of 100 dollars. I shop for a family of three so I spend quite a bit on groceries. I buy produce every week and make sure to use it. Only 10 dollars worth. I get bet so it helps, but I still pay around 100 to 200 out of pocket a month on average about 120 on a five week month. Shop your pantry is a good tip and your freezer. I made four meals out of chicken that had been sitting for a month that was forgotten. I like shopping around the sales at different stores. Big Y always has buy one get two free sales. So, I make the 20 minute drive to get about 50 dollars of groceries for free. This week, it was produce so strawberries were 1lb for 4 dollars but you got two more packages for free. I’m freezing most of it, but that saves big for the next few weeks. That’s a 50 dollar savings. It’s hard to save. So I’m always looking in the papers for worthwhile deals on everything.

    • I’m single and I’m shocked how much I can spend if I’m not paying attention! I also stock up on things like meat, especially when I can combine it with a sale. I live in a rural area so my shopping has to be more strategic since the nearest big store is 45-60 minutes away. I’m super jealous of people who have stores that double coupons, or the buy one get one sales – none of mine ever do. 😦 Its important to shop around, I have two small local grocery stores in my town, I read the add and will go to to both in the same day to pick up just the sale items. 🙂

      • I would love to live in a rural part of New England. I really hate city life. I like working in one, but I love the slow pace of just being off of my phone and sipping coffee on a porch swing and not hearing any traffic. Just peace.

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