SOS! It’s a cry for help and she needs your input!
Shandra from Tennessee writes,
I need to come up with a way to fed my family for $75 a week. My kids are 13, 12 and 8 years old. I clip coupons and I make many of the $5 Dinners…but I still spend $200 almost every week. Can you help me? What suggestions do you have that will help?
More information about Sandra’s situation:
Currently spends: $200/week
Needs to spend: $75/week
Grocery Stores: Kroger and Walmart
Normally buys: milk, eggs, butter, bread, chicken nuggets and chicken breasts, bananas, apples, tea, sugar, koolaid, chips, fruit drinks, lettuce, shredded cheese, cereal, sausage, salad dressing, tomatoes, crackers, ramen noodles, tissue paper.
Buys when needed: I buy soap, shampoo, paper towels, deodorant, makeup, plus the ingredients for the meals I have planned.
Lunches: My son packs his lunch: chips, chicken nuggets and a juice (he has something wrong with his taste buds and is limited to what he eats), the girls eat at school, my husband has a salad every day for lunch if he is in the office.
Breakfasts: I usually do without breakfast, the girls have pop-tarts, husband eats cereal and my son eats pancakes or sausage.
Three Tips from Me
- Get coupon match-ups from Southern Savers or Coupon Katie for the stores in your area. Check the Frugal Map to find the coupon match ups for the stores in your area.
- Don’t buy shampoo, etc when you need it. Buy it BEFORE you need it. Get it when it’s on sale with a coupon, paying little to nothing for it. Then you have it on hand and don’t have to pay full price the week you need it.
- Encourage more variety in the kids’ diets. If you can make more of a variety of meals and send different lunches around what is on sale each week, you’ll be able to save even more.
What suggestions do you have? Any tips or tricks you would like to share that could help her spend less at the store?
Will you help Sandra makeover her grocery budget?!?