Have you noticed the increase in grocery prices? At the same time, have you noticed a decrease in the amount and value of coupons? Finally, have you seen the decrease in good sales? Well, if you’re breathing and do the grocery shopping, you most certainly have noticed these changes. There are so many speculative reasons behind these changes, but I’m not going to go into that here.
For the above reasons, I’ve made some slight adjustments (same frugal concepts, just adjusting to maximize the savings) to the way we shop for groceries. First, let me tell you how I shopped before. I shopped at primarily 3 stores: Meijer, Aldi, & Kroger. Every week, I read their ads and picked out who had what on sale and would often hit all the stores in a week. When possible, I would use coupons.
How I shop now: I still read the ads every week. I still use coupons when possible, but as I mentioned before, good coupons are few and far between. (Although I will tell you that I was able to get 1/2 gallons of Almond Milk for 99¢ each this past week at Kroger with a matched coupon!) I probably haven’t been to Aldi for a month. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t still like Aldi, but I haven’t had the need to go there. Their prices are increasing slowly too and I’ve just found better deals elsewhere. My shopping at Kroger and Meijer have decreased to pretty much only getting their big sale items, making it only every couple of weeks.
So, where do I shop: My shopping at Costco has actually increased. I used to only go to Costco about every 6 weeks, but now I go about every 3 weeks. We’ve been buying more meat and fish at Costco than we ever have before, not to mention the dried fruit, frozen organic vegetables, nuts, and more. I still try to keep the cost down when I go, but it is taking over the traditional grocery store. I shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s about the same as I used to, say every 6 weeks or so. I have also increased my shopping at a local grocery store that is a mix between a traditional grocery, farmer’s market, and international market. They carry a wonderful selection of discounted produce and local meat.
Has your grocery shopping changed in recent months and if so, in what way? I’d love to hear how others are dealing with the economic crunch at the grocery store.
Our Food Allergy Menu Plan for the Week of August 26, 2012
Sunday: Lunch with family at restaurant
Monday: Chicken Fajitas with Homemade GF Tortillas (This is my first time making homemade GF (& other allergen-free) tortillas, but I really need to do it. The store-bought variety are ridiculously expensive. I’m going to use Kelly’s Homemade Soaked Tortilla recipe and the other recipes she linked as a basis for my experiment. Please let me know if you have any tips!)
Tuesday: It’s our 13th anniversary! To celebrate, I’ll make my husbands favorite Mini Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, & Steamed Vegetables with Chocolate Coconut Treats for dessert. (Maybe he’ll bring a bouquet of the beautiful flowers from Costco. Hint! Hint! )
Wednesday: Beans & Rice
Thursday: Autumn Chopped Salad (This salad is so good that I can already taste it!)
Friday: Steak, Sweet Potato Fries, Fruit
Saturday: Refrigerator Round-up