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How to Save Even MORE Money at The Grocery Store!

Many years ago I took a look at our family finances in search of ways to trim our food budget. Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) I thought that would be a good first step to help improve our financial situation – I did not want to waste ANY more money at the grocery store!!

Grocery Budget Makeover - How to Save Even More at the Grocery Store

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So I started learning about couponing.  This was about 5 years ago, and I have to say that the whole saving-money-through-using-coupons protocol has sure changed during that time.  In order to make any headway, I was finding that I had to work harder and harder and spend more and more time to make a difference in that budget item.

And neither I nor my family were willing to just give up on eating!

I guess I must have missed the memo that something (else) had to change

That something, of course, was the way I went about shopping – and this has to do not only with grocery shopping, but also generalized shopping for the family (a topic for another post).

You just can’t always buy what you want higgelty-piggelty and hope it all works out!

At the end of 2014, while I was looking through our family finances, I discovered I’d spent a staggering $11,464.55 on groceries! So you can imagine that I was really happy to discover Erin Chase at $5 Dinners.  I was excited and intrigued about the idea that I could feed a family of 4 for about $5/meal (of course, given I have a family of 5, I knew it’d be a bit more for me).

I ordered her meal plan for awhile, and it gave me some good ideas and recipes upon which to build a solid foundation.

You just can't always buy what you want higgelty-piggelty and hope your budget works out! Click To TweetIt was a great start 🙂 !

Later in the year I finally made the decision to try her Grocery Budget Makeover. I had been reading about it for some time, so by the time registration opened for her fall class, I was ready to give it a try. What, I thought, did I have to lose? (See answer below 😉 )

Here’s the skinny on the Grocery Budget Makeover

(Please note: I went through the class in fall of 2015. I recently received an email from her announcing that her upcoming class has been improved. I don’t exactly know how, since I don’t need to take it again, but that does sound like good news, no?!)

The GBM lasts 10 weeks, and presents a total plan to curb your spending at the grocery store. From the “Art of Creating a Shopping List” to meal planning to stockpiling (or not) to couponing and kitchen hacks, Erin covers all the areas you need to look at to save money. She also includes worksheets, videos and a private FB group where you can pose questions, find support or get accountability. Saving money on groceries is more than just couponing, folks. It’s imperative to get your family on board, and yes, you DO need to do things differently.

Here’s how Erin explains the program:

As you can see, it’s a whole new way of doing something you do for your family every. single. day. (And here’s the link she referred to: GroceryBudgetMakeover.com)

Let me tell you, Erin’s the one to learn all this from – she’s been featured on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, and Rachael Ray, and given the “thumbs up” by Dave Ramsey!

Learn to Save (more!) Money at The Grocery Store!

And what better time than NOW to develop new habits? Habits that will save you money down the line, help your family eat better, and take the stress out of meal planning and prep for you?! Ladies, trust me: I’ve gone through the course myself, and I have your back on this one!

So, to answer the question above: in an effort to stop wasting money on groceries and going through the Grocery Budget Makeover…what did I lose?

I lost a bunch of things:

  1. Generalized stress over grocery shopping
  2. Anxiety watching the balance rise as I checked out at the store
  3. Worry over how I was ever going to make it to our next paycheck and grocery allowance
  4. Lack of self-control over what I picked up when I went food shopping
  5. That daily frustrating question: “What am I gonna make for supper tonite?” or even worse: “What do I even HAVE in the pantry or the fridge to make supper tonite?”

Yikes, I almost forgot something important!  Erin only offers this class 2 or 3 times a year, and she just opened registration again yesterday.

**Registration for this current class has closed and will re-open again in May.

Click on the image below to stay updated**

Experience the Grocery Budget Makeover!!

Let me encourage you to review what I lost (above), think about what YOU have to gain, and consider doing yourself the same favor this year 🙂

If you have ANY questions about the class, please feel free to leave them in the comments below, or shoot me an email.

I’ll be glad to answer them for you, but keep in mind I have only my own personal experience to draw from…

Here’s to a great, money-saving 2016 for you and your family! <3 

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12 Responses to How to Save Even MORE Money at The Grocery Store!

  1. Ann January 13, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    It sounds like a great course! I went through something similar, or I’d head right over and sign up! Maybe I should anyway, because I have a feeling I’m not being diligent to remember/practice what I learned… Thanks for linking up at Frugal Friday! 🙂

    • Pat January 13, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      Ann, that’s a balance I always struggle with – learning something new vs implementing it!! LOL
      Love me some Frugal Fridays!! Thanks for stopping by…heading over there in a bit 😉

  2. sue January 12, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    Great idea Pat! It is surprising when you actually detail what you spend on groceries how you can let all the little extras in which certainly add to the bill. Thanks for sharing your tips with us at #Overthemoon link up great to have you!

    • Pat January 13, 2016 at 9:26 am #

      Really…and I THOUGHT I was doing well…’till I added it all up 🙁
      Feeling much better about things since going through Eriin’s course – you’re never too old to learn a new trick or two 😉

  3. JES January 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    Thank you for all the wonderful advice and tips you share with us and for linking up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays! May your 2016 be beautiful and blessed 🙂

    • Pat January 8, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

      You’re quite welcome, JES! It’s so good to get back to your party 😉 Wishing you all the best in 2016, too!

  4. Nicole January 6, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    This class looks wonderful!! I work hard every month to keep our grocery bill in check. With 5 boys (3 teenagers) that work at the gym 3 days a week it is a constant struggle. I make meals monthly and try very hard not to go to the store in between our monthly shopping trip. We do freezer cooking so that dinners are as simple as pulling them out the night before and putting them into the crock pot in the morning. I may have to check out her class, I’m sure there is always more I can learn!! Thanks for sharing this great resources.

    • Pat January 6, 2016 at 11:29 am #

      That’s how I felt about it, Nicole – there’s always something for me to learn! Wow – you actually DO cook once a month? And how well do you manage shopping that infrequently? I’m ALWAYS running out of staples (sigh)! I used to do the once-a-month thing when I lived near a friend who worked the plan with me, but after she moved away… Well, you know how THAT is, right?!
      If you do decide to do the class…let me know how it goes for you!
      Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, wishing you all the best in 2016 🙂

  5. Amanda B. January 6, 2016 at 7:48 am #

    I am a little bit obsessive about keeping my grocery budget to the bare minimum. I may have to check this out to see if there is something I am missing. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pat January 6, 2016 at 8:54 am #

      Oh Amanda – please DO share some of your obsessive-ness (if that’s even a word) with us! I’m working hard on trying to be successful with trimming grocery expenses, but I’m having the darndest time with 2 teenage boys and an almost teenage girl…AND a hubby who works in construction!! Lotsa hungry tummies ’round here 😉

  6. Jennifer Dodrill January 5, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    Groceries is our biggest expenditure! We are definitely making strides towards better choices. Thanks for this info.

    • Pat January 6, 2016 at 5:57 am #

      You’re welcome, Jennifer! Is there anything you’re doing in particular to help you make better choices? I’m always curious…and looking to learn!!

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