Hey there! I’m taking over Menu Monday for Whitney today and sharing my menu for the week as well as a couple tips for how I save money at Kroger!
Let’s start with the grocery saving tips…
Unlike my sister, I don’t do much coupon clipping, but I have found a few ways to keep my grocery budget manageable. I shop at Kroger so my tips apply for other Kroger shoppers, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t come in handy at another grocery store.
- Take advantage of mobile coupons – even though I don’t clip coupons, I am a huge fan of the mobile coupons on the Kroger app. The biggest way I save money with my coupons is by saving them until the item I have a coupon for goes on sale. For example, I had a coupon for $4 off three bags of Starbucks coffee. I saved that coupon for a couple months until Starbucks coffee was on sale for $6 (usually sells for $8 a bag). By combining the sale with my coupon, I paid $14 for three bags of coffee making each bag about $4.60! I also will download coupons for items I don’t normally buy, but am interested in trying. If those items go on sale and I have a coupon, I’ll take advantage of that opportunity.
- Buy in bulk – since my family consists of just my husband and myself, we don’t need that many groceries. I’ve learned though that buying items in bulk – especially meat – cuts down our costs. Kroger will often mark down large packages of meat like pork or beef. Even though we wouldn’t eat three pounds of beef in a week, I buy the package then divide the meat into one pound portions which I wrap individually and store in the freezer. Buying the three pound package is cheaper overall than buying just one pound, plus I have extra meat to use in the next few weeks.
- Look for the markdowns – every morning Kroger fills up a couple carts with “banged up items” such as dented-in cans, bread nearing it’s best-by date, or ripened fruit. I’ve learned to check out those carts, and have gotten some of the best deals by doing so! This past week I picked up tomato paste for $0.19, organic bananas for $0.39/pound, and organic grape tomatoes for $1.79. Just because store items don’t look perfect doesn’t mean that aren’t still edible!
Those are my quick tips for Kroger shopping! Now here’s my menu for the week:
- English muffins
- Breakfast burritos
- Tortilla with egg, spinach, and tomato
- Avocado chicken salad
- Green salad with chicken
- Chicken Spaghetti with Whole Wheat Pasta
- California Club Pizza
- Turkey Teriyaki Meatballs/Brown Rice/Stir-fry Veggies
- Skillet Steaks with Herbed Butter/Roasted Potatoes/Broccoli
- Chicken Cutlets with Deconstructed Guacamole/Sweet Potatoes
If you shop at Kroger, I would love to hear how you save money there!