Let’s Save Money Together

We spend too much money on food and I know we can do better. We eat really well and likely too much, but…  I’ve decided that as of September 2015 I am going to be more frugal, a smarter shopper, and share all that I learn with you! I am going to delve into price matching, share specials that appeal to our audience and when you should run to the store, savings & coupon apps, deals online, and anything else that can save both our families money on groceries or when shopping.

I will admit that I go to the store with a list and buy whatever is on that list. I will pick up things that are a good deal (pasta, sauce, soup, etc.) and stock up on those items, but I never feel I am ever spending less as I do not shop smartly on the other things on our list.  I need to start stocking up on everything – at the best price – and learn to stick only to the list.

For the twenty weeks that our farm share is ongoing we generally spend less. This is because we are in the grocery store less often as the produce is delivered to us. The other 32 weeks of the year I buy compulsively while shopping. So to start, I am working on a list of the basics we always need and formatting a new list system for our family. These will be the first items I stock up on and find the best prices for.

List Goals:
  • Organize by departments (to avoid going down every aisle and just ones on the list!)
  • Add (pre-print) common things needed each shopping trip (milk, bread, etc)
  • Add columns for potential price matching – store, price (I am still a relative newbie here so we will start with a few things each shop!)
  • Add a “watch for sales” section with common items we stock up on (my goal is when reviewing my list weekly to scan for these items and when we see a great deal stock up then before we run out of it!)
IMG_20140414_181349When we’ve completed our custom list we will share! We will be ready to start September 2015. If you have a unique list system that works for your family, feel free to share with us! We always welcome posts on our wall on Facebook, blog comments or via email!

We’ve also just started a new Apps & Sites page with ways to immediately get started saving. In the day and age of smart phones, saving is becoming easier and convenient. Keep following and we will share what we learn as we go! If you are already a great shopper we encourage you to share tips too if you desire. Let’s share the savings within the Mom Cafe community and save together.

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