Grocery Geek Q&A: Reducing Grocery Spending

Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill?

Reducing Grocery Spending - Grocery budgets are tight. How can you trim the bill?

Sarah wrote in with the following dilemma:

I currently live in a four person household (five if you count my dog). I am the only female, I live with three males, my husband and two sons (age 8 and 11).

I have currently whittled my budget down to 200 dollars every two weeks but that DOES NOT count additional stops for bananas (every two days we go through three bunches), milk or bread. I often double or sometimes triple meals and I am lucky if I have enough to put together one lunch for my husband the next day. I stretch with vegetables or pasta wherever I can (or you know the odds and ends that can stretch a meal out if you get real creative).

I find that the bigger meals (and the fact that they seem to be ALWAYS EATING) really busts my budget. I also bake often (five out of seven days a week) and make double or triple batches of pancakes, french toast, baked eggs that I can rewarm and fill in with smoothies or salads. I can’t crock soup anymore because it’s just too hot and really not soup weather.

Both my husband and I work full time and my paycheck alone is what pays for us to eat. How can I whittle it down even more and still have healthy meals that fill them? Or am I expecting too much? Please can you help me?

What a great question! This is a challenge that I think many of us have faced or are currently facing. In a nutshell: your family consumes more food than you are prepared to purchase.

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Wines to Pair with Good Cheap Eats

Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you. 

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

Blogging has been such a wonderful experience for me. I’ve met so many great people over the years, yourself included. ;) One of those sweet people is my friend Amy. We met at a blogging conference almost five years ago. Since then I’ve taken her to her first hockey game and driven her a steep windy road in the California mountains. She has helped me navigate taxis and airports as well as taught me a lot about wine.

I’m not a big drinker, but I couldn’t really call myself a lover of all things French if I didn’t enjoy the occasional glass of wine with dinner. Amy is my go-to girl for all things viniculture. A few years ago Amy decided to educate herself about wine and has since built a successful wine blog and developed a wine app to help folks like you and me figure out what kinds of wine we like.

Amy has also been one of my biggest cheerleaders in this cookbook writing business. She’s tested recipes, offered feedback, and generally been a big part of my rooting section.

One thing she did for me this summer is study the recipes in Good Cheap Eats and match them with budget-friendly wines. How cool is that?!

Unless you are a wine connoisseur — which I’m not — it can be difficult to choose the right wine to go with your meal. It really can make a difference! In case you didn’t know, a good wine paired with the right meal can make both taste out of this world remarkable. A bad pairing can be totally disappointing. Amy is full of knowledge on this point which is why I regularly text her from the wine aisle of Ralphs for feedback.

Bonus Feature #3 - Did you preorder a copy (or two) of my new book, Good Cheap Eats? I’ve got another bonus feature waiting for you.

This week’s bonus feature is a wonderful wine pairing booklet to help you find great wines to go with the recipes in Good Cheap Eats.

Basically, Amy wrote an ebook on my behalf. The booklet is full of tips and tricks for choosing, serving, and storing wine as well as which ones to buy for which meals in the book. It’s a great resource to help you stretch your dinner and wine dollars a little farther.

Want this ebooklet? You’ll need to pre-order Good Cheap Eats and submit your info on the form by Tuesday, September 2nd.

If you’ve preordered the book, fill out the form below (or go here for the live form). We’ll send you the pdf when the book ships so you’re all ready to go.

Leaving a comment on this post will NOT get you your preorder bonus — though I do love to chat with you. You have to fill out the form. Them’s the rules. Thanks again for your support! I can’t wait for you to have a copy of Good Cheap Eats in your hot little hands.

Disclosure: Thank you for your purchase of Good Cheap Eats. Your support helps keep this show on the road.

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