Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

Aldi-licious: Famous Black Bean Salad

  Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from ...

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5 Ways to Stash Away for Christmas (for FREE!)

  December is an expensive month every year, especially if you and your spouse come from large families (like we both do!) where ...

The Start of our Family’s Organic Journey

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My husband and I have recently come to the decision that we need to begin to integrate more organic foods into our ...

5 Tips for Scoring at the Farmer’s Market

5 Tips for Scoring at the Farmer's Market

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Organic Journey: Aldi Trip Report!

Organic Journey: Aldi Trip Report!

As I've been mentioning lately, my husband and I have recently come to the decision that we need to begin to integrate ...

My latest frugal love: The #Target Cartwheel App!

My latest frugal love: The #Target Cartwheel App!

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30 Ways to Cut the Cost of Living: Groceries

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Day 9

#11: Make a goal of saving 30% on your grocery bill. (Just plan to start there…you’ll soon be saving much more than that each week!)

When my husband and I first took a look at our monthly expenses (remember the Monthly Expense List assignment from Day One?), I knew that groceries were a negotiable expense, because I was pretty sure that I could be spending less than I was at the time.  But I wasn’t sure how because I was shopping at Aldi, barely ever buying name-brand products, and skimping in every way I could imagine.  But, as I listened to other moms talk about how they were seeing huge savings with coupons, I knew I needed to check into it more.

I started reading and researching and talking to my money savvy friends, and before I knew it I was off to the grocery store for a trial run.  I marched in with my nine coupons and walked out with nine items, having spent only $4 for what should have cost about $16.  Boy, was I excited!  That was the beginning, and I haven’t stopped since.  It’s a bit of a thrill to see the pre-coupons total on the register, and then to see that total go down–down–down as they ring up your coupons.

Well, saving at the grocery store is much more than a thrill for us, it’s a necessity, and I am happy to say that we have been able to consistently cut our grocery expenses from about $400 to $200 per month without sacrificing in the least.  In fact, I have more in my pantry now than I ever did before.  I tell you all about how to do it in my Couponing 101 post.  If you haven’t read it yet, take a look at it today! You might also be helped by checking out the other pages in my Start Here section (like Grocery costs: what you can expect to spend on specific grocery items when combining sale prices with coupons.)

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