One question that I am asked a lot is how can I save money when my stores don’t double coupons? We are under the impression that a doubled coupon is the only way to save and that isn’t true. Yes, sometimes you can get great deals with a doubled coupon. But doubled coupons do not guarantee that you will save more money then someone who lives in the land of no doubles. It all comes down to what your family eats. Each family buys different groceries. The chances are extremely slim that you would find 2 people who’s pantry and fridge are stocked EXACTLY the same.
The key to saving money is to change your eating and shopping habits.
My mother in law cooks dinner for us almost every night of the week. She had 4 kids and now it’s just her and my nephew and she was having a hard time changing her habit of cooking for 6 mouths. So now she cooks for us instead. And I can’t complain!
She went on her big shopping trip today (with the help of my husband). I had given her my coupon box ahead of time and she swore that there were no coupons available for what was on her list. And of course she is a need it right now person instead of a buy it when it’s on sale person.
So off she went to Aldi’s, Sam’s Club and Walmart. Pictured above is her groceries. She purchased enough food to cover dinners for 6 people for 24 meals. That is 6 nights a week!
Here are the meals she is planning on making (unfortunately I do not have the recipes):
- Spaghetti Bake
- Pork Chops (apparently it’s a jaw dropping recipe involving bell peppers)
- Cheesy Nacho Bake
- Chicken Pie
- Roast with potato and carrots
- Chicken Parmesan
- Homemade Salisbury Steak
- Tenderloin (the seasoned ones from the meat department; apparently we are trying Sante Fe)
- Taco Bake (best thing ever! Unfortunately none for me on my new diet)
- Spinach Casserole
- Baked Ziti Supreme
- Poppy Seed Chicken
- Chicken N Chips (I think these are homemade chips from potatoes)
- Tater Tot Casserole (one of her kids favorites from childhood)
- Beef Tip and Noodles
- Onion Fried Chicken (her new favorite with french fried onions)
- Santa Fe Chicken Bake
- Bar-b-que Chicken
- Sausage Goulash (another one of her kid’s favorites)
- Chicken Fried Steak (homemade)
- Cayatina Hot Dish (no clue?)
- Baked Chicken (her own awesome recipe that involves chicken broth and veggies)
- Pork Roast
- Plus 4 meals we will grill steak or hamburgers (which we already have in our deep freeze)
That is a total of 28 meals!
For sides she bought potatoes, macaroni and cheese, rice, and a mixture of veggies that we already have.
So how much did she spend on everything pictured? Her grand total was $239 for 24 dinners plus breakfast and lunch and snacks that will last about 10 days. If you break that down, that’s just $60 a week for 6 dinners for 6 mouths!
Next month I am going to get my hands on her list and do the shopping myself. You know how hard it is to argue with people who are set in their ways. ;)