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Extreme Frugal Grocery Shopping and Stocking Up

A thrifty, frugal woman who likes to save money in every aspect of life

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Extreme Frugality Saves me Hundreds on Groceries

I save hundreds of dollars on groceries by stocking up and then shopping sales and store brands and using just store coupons. I like it simple.

I keep a two-month supply of food of all types, from staples to stores of canned and frozen items. I have a medium-sized chest freezer, which helps a lot.

First I spent extra money growing my food stores to a two-month supply. Now I only buy sale items at a huge discount. I also shop at Costco and buy large quantities of foods like meat for much cheaper.



Buying in Bulk

I like to buy in bulk to some extent. This saves a lot of money in the long term. Today I bought 10 cans of soup for .99 cents each, as per a sale at my usual store. The cans are usually twice that.

I also bought large bulk packages of pork loin, stew beef, and pork chops at Costco. I just divided them up at home and froze the packages.

I didn't stick around and buy impulse items. I just went straight for the sales, paid and left.

I go to multiple stores, and I shop weekly according to the timing of the new weekly flyers. I just pick up the sale items.

I menu plan from what I have at home. I only plan meals from what I have on hand.

If I am out of something, it goes on the list and I buy it when it is on sale. If I run out of bread, I make some from scratch. The only exceptions are dairy products and produce. But I plan well and hardly ever run out.

I have recently purchased dry milk so even that won't be a problem anymore.

I buy cheese on sale and freeze it grated or sliced when possible.

Store Brands

Whenever possible I buy store brands. They are almost always cheaper, and sometimes by a lot. They are usually just fine. I shop at Kroger and Safeway mostly. There isn't much difference, if any, in quality.

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I do tend to shop at Kroger more often, as I have a gas discount there. But that won't stop me from going anywhere for a sale. Sometimes I am just buying one or two items at a time that is on sale.

I have to shop at multiple stores to get enough food for the month. I am shopping every week, at multiple stores, but I like shopping and so it doesn't bother me.

I shop for food even at the Dollar Tree and other local small variety stores that sell food. You can find good deals if you look around.

It's Not Hard

I have to stay very organized to manage this, but it's really not hard if you keep running inventories and rotations. I just write everything down and keep track of everything.

I want to start including farmer's markets for cheap produce, but I will have to wait for summer.

I also plan to start growing at least a portion of my vegetables. I already have some fruit trees and bushes in the yard. Pears, blueberries, strawberries, small apples, and blackberries. I admit this is a bit of an advantage.

I plan to start by growing some herbs in my kitchen, then expand to some other vegetables in the yard, and in pots. I have been saving some seeds from store-bought vegetables. I have no idea what will grow if anything. But it will be a fun challenge to try.


Conclusion

My diet isn't organic and probably not perfectly healthy. But I don't really care. If I could afford that kind of stuff, I would buy it. I eat what is cheap. I have a varied diet, so I am sure I am getting my macro and micronutrients for the most part.

I eat as healthy as I can. I don't worry about it too much.

Extreme frugal shopping isn't for everyone. But if you don't have a lot of money, it is something to consider. I typically spend about $250 per month for four people. Total. So I must be doing something right.

I cook much of my food from scratch. Not all of it of course. If I see cans or boxes of food for cheap and I like it, I usually buy it and later incorporate it into my meal plan.

I buy cheaper vegetables, but I don't think that means they aren't as healthy. I buy whole oatmeal, plain, and other whole-grain foods. I know how to cook. I guess some of my diet is healthy and some is not. I don't make a big deal out of it.

Maybe you should give it a try. You might like the look of your wallet when you come home.



This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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