This post contains affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using my links to help support Pennies Into Pearls.
Nah! I don’t need a few extra hundred dollars this month. I am SO loaded that I really don’t care about those hundreds of dollars that could be sitting in my bank account right now!
Yeah right! Are you kidding me!?! I don’t know a single person, poor or well off, that would EVER say this!
Even if I could save just $100 a month I would totally do whatever it took. Wouldn’t you? Do you want to know why? Because that is $1,200 a year my friend! Talk about cutting expenses!
How Much Could I Really Save?
That is exactly what monthly meal planning has done for our family! We used to spend close to $900 each month on food. Now we are down to less than $400 each month for our family of 5.
If you combine that savings over a one year period, that’s around $6,000 we are saving each year! Simply by sticking to a meal plan!
YOU can totally do this too! Most families in the USA spend more that $900 a month on food. How much money could you be saving?
How Can I Start Meal Planning?
If you want more information on how to get started with weekly meal planning you can check out this article. Or if you are ready for the big guns and REALLY start cutting down your expenses, check out this article on how to start monthly meal planning.
Think about what you could do with that hard earned cash!
So every month over on my YouTube channel, (which you should totally subscribe to because it’s pretty fun over there) I give you guys a behind the scenes look at our monthly grocery haul.
Would you guys be interested in seeing exactly what we I put on our menu every month?
Are we Going to be Eating Boring Foods on Such a Small Budget?
I do like to mix it up a lot. I don’t repeat any meals within the month and I like to keep the cuisine types fresh and new. We aren’t eating mac and cheese every night, if you know what I mean.
Mexican, Italian, American, and maybe Mediterranean. I find ways to make delicious meals five times a week, all within our $400 monthly grocery budget! I can share the details with you guys if you would like?
Leave a comment below if that’s something that you would be interested in!
It’s More Than Just a Grocery Haul!
In each of my grocery haul videos on my YouTube channel, I do a lot more than just walk you through what we bought that day. We are better friends than that!
I LOVE to share with you price points that I look for while I’m doing my grocery shopping. One of the best things about shopping for a month’s supply of food, is that you can shop in bulk on more things, which usually gets you a really great price!
Within each video I also share my quick and easy tips with you to save even more money. I’m talking, saving MORE money then what you are already going to be saving by meal planning.
This month I am sharing with you my very favorite rebate app called Ibotta. You will have to watch the video to get more detail but the main reason it’s my favorite right now is because you can get rebates on off-brand items. So look for the product with the lowest price, and then get a rebate on top of that!
BONUS!!! If you sign up for Ibotta using my links here or by using the code: qybjrj you will get $10 instantly after you redeem your first rebate!
I just bought several new fall outfits using the money I have earned through using Ibotta! Seriously! Okay, I’ll do a video to prove it to you! Stay tuned for that!
October Grocery Haul
Without further adieu, here is a look at what our MONTHLY grocery shopping looks like! Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on the fun!
Copyright: <a href=’http://www.123rf.com/profile_maglara’>maglara / 123RF Stock Photo</a>
Libby from New EnglandOctober 29, 2016 at 12:01 pm
Hi Brittany, I love your enthusiasm! Visiting your blog from Six Figures Under.
You are very smart to be considering the trade off between time and money i.e., buying shredded cheese versus block. However, there are a couple of things that I’m wondering about…..do you know about wool dryer balls? They take the place of dryer sheets – better for the environment in that they are not single use plus they help the dryer work faster by “tossing” the clothing to allow more air. A package of three should last you a year or more.
Also – have you considered switching from paper towels to rags? I still purchase paper towels but a 10 pack of rolls lasts an entire year once I started using rags for most cleaning projects. The rags are cut up men’s cotton t-shirts, a worn out pair of cotton PJs, and a worn out cotton flannel sheet. I wash them in a separate load on hot and add bleach once enough used rags have accumulated.
Good luck with your frugal adventures!
Brittany CooperOctober 29, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Hi Libby!! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love Stephanie from six figures under! Her story and tips are amazing!! I have thought about using rags instead of paper towels. I don’t have a good reason as to why I haven’t switched yet. Thanks for the reminder! And no I haven’t heard about those dyer balls!! Where do you find them?
Libby from New EnglandNovember 1, 2016 at 6:53 pm
I think frugality is an on-going process…..sort of like playing limbo i.e., “how low can we go!” I’ve been on a frugal journey for 20+ years and am still learning. It’s one reason I LOVE reading blogs 🙂
I’ve tried both the dense plastic, spiked dryer balls and the felted, wool balls. I think the wool balls do a much better job at reducing static – and New England gets super dry in the winter – as well as being gentler on clothing while still creating the air pockets so the dryer works faster.
Wool balls are available at Amazon, Target, BBB, etc.
Erica WallaceJanuary 28, 2017 at 8:14 pm
Just found your YouTube channel this past week and I love it, I’ve watched so many of your videos already! Im at stay at home mom with a baby on the way and trying to reduce my grocery budget as well..would love to see a sample of your dinner menu planning to get some new ideas. I’ve been menu planning for a long time and even though it does save us money, we still spend a lot because my hubby needs protein at every meal.
Brittany CooperJanuary 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm
Hi Erica! I’m so glad you are here! I do post my monthly meal plans. So definitely give those a peek! Let me know if that’s not what you’re talking about! 💜