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    • #8813

      So I’m a mom of 2 boys and only work like 20 hours a week have a budget so tight u could see through it. Any ideas or tips on how to eat healthier with little money

    • #8964

      I don’t know if there’s an Aldi around you, but that is my go-to grocery store. They have cheap foods because they save money on other things like not providing plastic bags. In addition, Sam’s, Costco and other bulk foods stores are great!I like to buy oatmeal and potatoes there to save a lot of money. They also have meats for a great deal. If 10 lbs of meat is too much, I will cook half of it, and throw the rest in the freezer for the next week. I also buy frozen vegetables because it is convenient to throw in the microwave. I’m not sure if it’s more cheaper, but it does save time than cooking raw veggies.

    • #8982

      Have you ever looked in to couponing, I know it can be time consuming, but when you get the swing of it, you can really get some great deals. I started really checking it out, thanks to my friend & now I find myself daily downloading online coupons for the items I buy most.

    • #8988

      It’s easy to get about $10 in gift cards a week on I have other tips on my blog (no annoying ads either).

      • #25036

        great tip thank you

      • #114015

        I always appreciate reading various tips. Thank you.

    • #9083

      Sometimes you can find meat,fruits and veggies that’s been marked down considerably at your local grocery stores because they have to sale perishables by a certain date,and they rather mark it down instead of toss it out. For example I got a $23 dollar pork shoulder roast for $8 and I made bbq pulled pork in the crock pot and it was more than enough for leftovers during the week. Someone suggested Aldi’s and depending on the item,it is cheaper to get your groceries from there. Good luck,you can definitely feed a family on a tight budget.

      • #15810

        B J

        This is a good point. I also shop for perishables that have been reduced a great way to save!!

    • #9113

      If you live near a Grocery Outlet its worth the drive. They have super cheap groceries. I go and look for specials on things like cream cheese. Sometimes I can get 3 packages for a dollar because they are close to expiring and I just throw them right in the freezer until I need one. They have fresh lunch meat that is about half the price of other grocery stores. Its the first store I go to when I need to buy groceries.

    • #9255

      I buy bulk chicken breast and I cut them in half length wise. so if u have a pkg of 4 then you have 8 pieces of chicken and I bag them and put in the freezer. I also take one piece of the chicken breast and cut into pieces bite size and put them in a pan and fry up with garlic powder or onion powder, any spice the kids like and I make rice and add in some veges like broccoli or corn and place rice in a bowl then add the chicken on top and we have 4 servings to feed everyone, add some rolls or biscuits and a cut up apple on the side and u have a filling meal.and when I go shopping I buy bulk porkchops and chicken thighs and legs and I place 4 pieces into a bag and freeze and then I take out one pkg of meat and its enough for everyone to have one piece so I’m not making any extra that may get thrown out or wasted. I hope that helps it sure has gotten me to not waste food and money that is tight for us also.and with chicken breast, boneless, u can make a stirfry or homemade chicken strips/nuggets or add to alfredo sauce or make soup or chicken sandwiches, just so many things you can make with boneless chicken breast so its not the same old thing. you can also go to an area food bank and it helps greatly .

    • #10548

      I spend one weekend day a month and make lots of beans. I use them for soups, chilis, side dishes. High in protein, low in fat, inexpensive, versatile. They free great too

    • #10694

      Great suggestions here! I’m also a mom of two hungry boys and I blog about how we feed our family “real food” on under $350/month (usually $300). Feel free to contact me anytime; I sincerely love to help! 🙂

    • #15242

      good and informative post

    • #15256

      Nice blog

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    • #15825

      following to know more

    • #15838

      Costco is a great place to shop at low prices. And they have lots of organics.

    • #15842

      I buy and generally make meals out of anything on sale! If chicken is on sale, thats for supper! If broccoli is on sale, that’s for supper too! The only things I will pay full price for is things like milk and bread and the necessities. If soup goes on sale, I stock up whether I need it or not because I know I will use it eventually.

    • #15854

      shopping with coupons and weekly sales are key. use online coupon forums for weekly matchups.

    • #15868

      I always look for discount grocery stores around me…Aldi’s is a great place to shop. They always have cheaper products and they are always fresher than a lot of stuff that I have gotten from Walmart. I always make a list and clip coupons before I go shopping anywhere. Newspaper flyers and the internet are just a few of the places that I can find them.Every little bit saves.

    • #15882

      I shop online at Amazon and use coupons whenever possible.

    • #15896

      No waste, everything goes into the stock pot from bones to vegetable left overs

      • #120253

        B J

        The left overs make great vegetable soup – easy to make and taste great on those cold days.

    • #15911

      We love Costco for amazing deals too.

    • #15997

      Great ideas!

    • #16070

      Carefully buying in bulk

    • #17657

      use staples like legumes, rice, quinoa, make meals in batches and freeze some

    • #22077

      Catch sales and use coupons. Shop Whole Food stores and try to catch outside produce markets (if you have any in your area) and just try to go about it the best way you can without stressing yourself out…

    • #41188

      I have tons of tips, the top 3 are: 1) make a menu for the week, 2)make a list for the ingredients, shop and 3) stick to your list.
      my top middle 3 are: 1) look in the supermarket flyers to help you with the menu and is always a good idea to stuck up with sale items that we use frequently. ) use the store royalty card 3)use coupons(now a days we just get them online, no need to clip them from the Sunday newspaper)
      my overall tip to save (but that looks like you have it in control) is make a budget and stick to it, that also goes along with tracking your monthly expenses. good luck Patricia

      • #106396

        B J

        These are all great ideas.

    • #42631

      use coupons, rebate apps, shop at grocery discount stores, and pay attention to sales with the help of online sites

    • #55001

      I have recently learned the art of couponing… While I am not very good it has certainly paid off for this summer. I have cut my bill in half.

    • #55341

      I also use coupons and shop for the BOGO deals at stores and discount items!

    • #69150

      Great tip thank you.

    • #69224

      Look for coupons either in store, online, or by subscribing in emails

    • #71195

      grt tips

    • #71398

      Good read.

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    • #100774

      Good information.

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    • #103426

      such smart and frugal women….its great to read about all your ideas and SAVINGS!!!!

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    • #107538

      I shop at discount stores like grocery outlet and coupon,coupon,coupon it helps so much. Plus I use ibotta to get money back for things I but. I’ve got over $400 back on my ibotra app in just a little over 3 months plus sometimes they pay you to pick up a item so you get it for free or you get paid to pick up a free item. I’ve got a family of 8 with a tight budget and I always have a full pantry. Plus I write company’s on online and get free coupons constantly. You have to put in a little work but so so worth it.

    • #110014

      We eat very little meat. Beans are such an awesome substitute and so yummy. I also meal plan and buy in bulk for pantry items.

    • #111017

      If you can make it to the grocery store more frequently, you can shop their clearance sections. Our Kroger store frequently has clearance meats and tons of other great foods. You could also do reverse menu planning, where you go to the store and shop clearance and good sales and then plan your meals that way. That is how my family and I survive on a tight budget.

    • #114515

      I first make a budget as well as grocery list for each shopping trip. Thankfully we raise beef & hunt deer/elk so that helps big time when it comes to meat. Since we live up in the mountains we are pretty limited on grocery stores near by. About every couple months when we drive about 2-3hrs away we make a stop at Costco to stock up on some stuff such as chicken thighs (cheap and easy to cook), cheese, bread, milk and more. When we don’t go down below I have the option of shopping at ridleys or Albertsons. I go to Albertsons over ridleys because they have better brands as well as a better selection in fruits and veggies. Albertsons also has an app and I save using coupons thru the app. In return for using the app I can either get gas rewards or free groceries (I usually go for the gas rewards). And lastly I am a big user of Ibotta (
      )! I get cash back for things I buy and can later get gift cards to (I purchase a lot of condiments and canned goods as well as healthy snacks for the kids on Walmart’s side & get free shipping so saves on fuel) or you can get gift cards to other stores or sites you regularly shop at. You also get cash back on Ibotta for shopping online and doing things like reserving hotel rooms for trips. We are pretty frugal though considering we only live off one income. We eat lots of soups and chili’s, roasts, meatloaf in the winter and in the spring summer we eat lots of fruits and bbq a LOT. Casseroles are great too and easy/inexpensive. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • #114523

      Awesome ideas.

    • #118365

      Great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

    • #121103

      Use coupons!

    • #132905

      Some farmers sell fruits and veggies for cheap prices at certain times.

    • #140680

      Meal planning is a must! Make sure you are buying ingredients, not “ready made meals”. Look for ingredients that work for a variety of meals and buy those in bulk, if possible, to save even more.

    • #179164

      If you buy things in bulk, use couponing apps like crazycouponlady,, ibotta, etc.

    • #183997

      These are really great ideas . I also go to a farmers market , I can get a lot of things reasonable there as far as vegetables go . I also use coupons some stores will double the coupon up to a dollar . When I buy meat , I package it for one piece of meat apiece and threw it in the freezer . That way I have no waste . Plus I have cheaper side dishes to go with it . I want to thank you for the other ideas also . Thank you

    • #185512

      Great sharing.

    • #185873

      Eating vegetarian is a great way to drop food price and take care of the environment. We mix in vegetarian days throughout the week.

      Beans and rice are what the rest of the world in poverty lives on… personally I think beans and rice is delicious, and it is certainly cheap.

      Dress it for taco night, burritos, breakfast with eggs… keep it interesting!

      PS I love Aldis too!

    • #186030

      I second going to the farmers market, make a menu then make your list from that so you don’t buy random things.

    • #186354

      Awesome ideas.

    • #186427

      Awesome ideas.

    • #188732

      I coupon all the time at my house…It saves a tremendous amount of money in the long run! I also shop at Aldi’s and at the Dollar General Store which has digital coupons you can download onto your phone instead of the paper ones. New ones come out every Sunday night!

    • #188736

      I use websites like Swagbucks and I-Say surveys to complete surveys and earn points to redeem for gift cards. You can do Shop and earn with Swagbucks among other things to earn some easy money. You can earn Swagbucks by clipping coupons from their site too.

    • #191381

      I use coupons and they help my budget so much! I understand your struggle!

    • #191820

      Using every little bit of food! no waste ever. Using slightly old veggies in quiche or eggs, buying the less expensive chicken with the bone still in and boiling the bone for broth, and I know there’s a stigma but canned beans are cheap and full of protein. just given them a rinse if you’re concerned about the sauce!

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    • #192115

      I shop at Aldi and when I don’t I use coupons.

    • #195458

      Oh, similar situation((

    • #195502

      Buying in bulk when i can is my savior for budget. also matching coupons with store deals

    • #196088

      These are all great ideas.

    • #198353

      great tips ladies, i would like to add that shopping in local farmers market is always a plus.
      you can get much more for your money than in the supermarket

    • #203464

      You can try going to local farmers markets, and mom and pop type stores.

    • #204878

      Nice blog

    • #204941

      we buy the store brands when we can. a lot of times it is a lot cheaper and just as good.

    • #205492

      Great ideas on this thread!

    • #206875

      All ideas are appreciated

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    • #208186

      Cheap things.

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    • #220624

      I am always looking for coupons to help me with food, also have you ever thought of growing your own veggies.

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    • #228220

      Make sure you’re looking at unit price when you shop so you get more for your $

    • #229906

      I believe in using the cash back apps! I only buy things on sale and I also go to many different stores I do not shop soupy at one store.

    • #230717

      I use meal planning to save money. That way I only buy groceries I need, I also will buy meat on sale and freeze it for another week’s meals.

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    • #242442

      I use coupons and scan my receipt through apps like Ibotta or fetch. I then use that extra money to cash in and shop with!

    • #249411

      Love this

    • #267909

      Look for sales and use coupons.ann

    • #270062

      All ideas are appreciated.

    • #274416

      Loving this

    • #274664

      I use coupons ,coupons ,coupons . I also buy in bulk or family size packages of meats when they are on sale and divide them into freezer bags to freeze.

    • #275344

      Check for sales.ann

    • #275446

      Informative and educational.

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    • #275783

      Informative and educational.

    • #342673

      Am loving this

    • #345527

      So many helpful ideas

    • #345640

      same here

    • #345954

      Hello, I would recommend you to search for a discounts

    • #348126

      great tips

    • #343200

      All great ideas!I may use some too!

    • #368149

      use coupons

    • #372648

      Don’t be afraid of the Dollar store fridge items and pantry areas in the store sometimes by using coupons you can get the dollar item even cheaper. Don’t be afraid to go to farmer markets and just before they pack up they are sometimes willing to give left over items at a cheaper to free deal. Stores like Aldi and save a lot or whatever no name items can be cheaper them name brand food items. Go vegan a few days per week.

    • #372718

      items on sale + coupons

    • #373153

      Great ideas thank you all

    • #373245

      Aldi and Walmart are good starts. Also making your own condiments, bread, and tortillas from scratch, too (surprised me on how you only need four ingredients to make bread!). Look up Amazon coupon sites and save even more (Uberzon, Vipon, for example). Another commenter suggested using My points to get gift cards, that still is a good option.

    • #373337

      great idea

    • #381377

      Coupons for sure! Can’t live without them!

    • #381950

      shop at costco/bjs on sale products

    • #383212

      Farmers markets are a great way to get produce at way cheaper prices. They even at times giveaway fruits and veggies that are Bought to expire they give them away for free

    • #383328

      great tips here

    • #389825


      These are some good tips.

    • #390648

      I would suggest going to the Dollar store. You can get dishwashing liquid the same ones that are in the grocery store but theses at the Dollar store are only a dollar. Plus for the name brand if you have a coupon for it you may get it for free. Only depends on the coupon. Dollar Store has items that run from food to dishes and they take coupons. Bring your own bag is cool not sure if they charge for bags. Don’t forget your mask

    • #403581

      try new things by only buying with coupons or things on sale, wait for your favorites to go on sale

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    • #404247

      I would definitely try bulk buying as well as couponing

    • #404248

      Buy in bulks & try couponing

    • #406700

      Great tips , thanks !

    • #407280

      Opposite end of the advice pole here, but, have you or are you able to consider a better paying job that provides more hours? To alleviate the stress of being on such a tight budget. Personally I could not live that way when there has to be better options out there.

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    • #420288

      These are some good tips.

    • #430774

      Using gift cards, Costco and coupons.

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    • #434530

      Coupons and Costco!

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    • #443856

      I use coupons and several apps to get money back.

    • #446906

      Great ideas thank you.

    • #446956

      costco or bjs

    • #446965

      cool ideas

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