2 hours of inventory, meal planning, and list making (not to mention getting the kids fed and ready.)
3 grocery stores
4 hours later (nearly) and I'm upset.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong! I still can't fix our grocery bill!
I comparison shop, buy sale items, store brand, coupon match, and buy in bulk. I'm so fed up with this! And I don't know how to fix it. Ramen noodles every night? Is it inflation? Is it farmers? Is it me?
Someone please come take me by the hand and show me how to grocery shop, because according to those coupon shows, I'm not doing it right. For goodness sakes, even Honey BooBoo's mom knows how to do it! Although I'm concerned about her meal planning skills: Sketti = Ketchup + Country Crock Butter.
I ran into two super couponers the other day. I waited while one cleared the entire shelf of Marie's salad dressing. The other smiled at me as assisted in cramming the shopping cart full of salad dressing. I smiled back at her as I waited for her to move. She sweetly said, "oh I hope you didn't want any, I'm going to make $2.00 on this!" I didn't. I reached for a head of lettuce under a completely empty shelf and resisted rolling my eyes. I couldn't help but think, okay, so you're going to feed your family salad dressing until the apocalypse? Yeah, good luck with that.
After a few minutes of speaking with them, they were actually really nice. They invited me to a couponing class. I've already been to one, and honestly it was like an infomercial for the local newspaper. "If you subscribe to 8 newspapers a week, its an average savings of $75 in groceries!" I declined the subscription. Spending money to save money doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
The extreme couponers don't really make a lot of sense to me either. I can never look in their carts and see a complete meal. To impress me: show me savings on meat, fresh fruit or vegetables, or a gallon of milk for crying out loud! Milk is currently $4.05 at my local grocery. I'm considering buying a cow.
We eat what average US households eat. Or at least I imagine. Hamburger meat and cereal are staples. As are Ritz crackers and Kool-Aide. It's not like I'm buying steaks every night for dinner. Actually, I can't remember the last time we had steak for dinner. It's just too expensive.
We are a household of 4, plus 2 animals. I count animal food and needs (litter, shampoo, treats) in with the groceries. I also count food storage (zip lock, freezer paper), household cleaning supplies, and personal care items (pull ups, toilet paper, razors, tooth paste) in with the groceries too. In a good month, we average $3.41 per person (not animals) for food and keeping. Bad months are nearly double that. It's very expensive! And honestly, breaking the bank! Eating out is out of the question, but it inevitably happens because of poor planning (or exhaustion) on my part.
Maybe that is where I'm going wrong. That's where I'm going to start anyway. You can follow along on my Pinterest boards, while I research helpful hints and tips to cut the grocery bill down!