One question I see a lot on various websites and blogs is how much people spend on groceries. Usually when they ask the question, they include the number of people and ages of the kids.
There are many factors that can affect how much you spend on groceries. Prices may be higher or lower depending on the part of the country you live in. Also, if family members have special diets or you choose to eat a special diet such as gluten-free, organic or some other diet, you will likely be paying more than other people.
Even though some foods are less expensive, they may not be the best choice in the long run. Many processed and prepared foods may be less expensive and less time consuming to use but they may contain more preservatives, sugar and other ingredients that are not so good for you.
If you have a larger family, shopping at warehouse clubs may be a way to save on grocery expenses. Even though I cook at home most of the time, since I live alone it doesn’t work for me to shop at warehouse or bulk stores. Even if the prices seem lower at warehouse stores, you may not save as much as you think if you throw a lot of it way before you can use it up.
Two of the blogs I follow are MoneySavingMom and LifeAsMom that focus on recipes and tips to stretch your grocery budget. Some of the techniques they discuss are meal planning, freezer cooking and crockpot cooking.
By spending a little time each week or month to make a meal plan and watching store sales you may be able to save some money on your grocery bill. When you have something planned to cook or it is partially ready, it may be less tempting to stop for take out or to go out to eat.