Do you start your month with good intentions of sticking to $X amount for groceries and then all of the sudden it is the end of the month and that money is GONE?
Here are 5 ways I have survived the end of the month shortage of funds in the grocery area.
Did you stock up on chicken last month and have some in the freezer still? Do you have some chicken broth, cream of mushroom, or cans of anything in the pantry.
Even if it is 1 jar of sauce, a single frozen meal, write it down.
List your meats, vegetables, sauces, frozen meals and more. Many times I buy things that are a good deal and they are sitting in the pantry or freezer but I have never used them.
This is my #1 Go To Website when I am trying to stretch things out. Go to the “Ingredient Search” section. Add the ingredients that you have on hand. It will show you meals you can make with what you have-or maybe you only need to buy 1 or 2 things to make something instead of buying for a whole extra meal.
If you have some chicken, cream of mushroom and some frozen broccoli- there is a long list of items you can make. When I pulled this up- I realized I had rice too and I had 2 meals I could make that did not cost me any extra. This could make your list shorter.
Make a menu from where you are-until the end of the month. Add the meals that you can make with what you have to the menu. If you have to have cereal everyday-write it down. If you or your kids won’t like what is on the menu-writing it down and informing them will prepare them and let them get mad all at once so they can get over it before meal time.
If you would like the meal planner and shopping list in one form I created-email me Diana@pantryoverflow.com and I will send it to you!
#4 Be Creative.
If your kids are a little bit older you can tell them ” I am not going to go grocery shopping for ____ days. What can we make out of what we have?
- *Breakfast for dinner-pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, cereal.
- *Everyone has a different item– Many times I clean out the fridge or freezer with random items and I tell everyone I am trying to use up what we have so that I can buy more groceries. One of them will have a pot pie, another Cup of Noodles, a chicken quesadilla, whatever I pull out that needs to be used up.
- Create meals that have the same ingredients. Ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese can give make you cheeseburgers, tacos, nachos, and salad. This will shorten your list and stretch it out without feeling like you are eating the same meals.
#5 Plan for next month.
Sometimes there is just nothing you can do because you already blew it. Happens to everyone. BUT- are you going to do it again next month? You can decide that right now. Figure out where you went wrong this month. Did you spend too much at the beginning? Did you buy too much at Costco or Sam’s Club and not have enough for actual food? Did you buy too many “really good deals” but not have enough for “really good food”? Did you make a menu, a list, a budget? By figuring out where it went wrong and deciding how you can correct the problem, you can avoid it happening again. If it is the end of the month-you only have a few days to start over! Look ahead to next month and start planning now. Do you have events, parties, school lunches etc? Make sure your shopping list has these items on there so you will make less trips to the store and not buy any unnecessary items.
- Stay out of the store. If you don’t go in, you wont spend any money.
- Do not use your credit card. Even though it is tempting-it is a temporary solution and you will end up here again.
- If you do go into the store-stick to your menu, list, and budget. NO EXTRAS.
- Do not go crazy at the beginning of the month just because you finally have money again. Think the whole month through if you have to.
- Do not go out to eat. Yes, it is easier-but that money could go towards meals at home.
- Stick to the sale items in the ad and use your coupons.
- There will be MORE deals again when you have money-don’t let that fear of missing out actually cause you to miss out! Deals cycle through again.
If you are in this or a similar situation and need more specific help-please feel free to email me your situation and I would love to further help you. I have been in many different financial situations over the years and yet I have survived. Just email Diana@pantryoverflow.com!
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You can print 2 per computer!
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Buy 3 Blue Diamond Almond Milks
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Submit your receipt and get a $12 Movie Ticket!
Here is a great deal too
Blue Diamond Almond Milk 96.oz (Large refrigerated) $4
Print $1 off Blue Diamond Almond Milk 96 oz.
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If you have 3 coupons, you will pay $6 (after cash back) for 3 large almond milks and a Movie Pass!!
Either way, the smaller cartons are on sale for $2-$3 most places! You will still spend less than $12!
Buy 3 Dr Pepper 12 packs and get a Movie Ticket for Spider Man!!
Many times the tickets are for any movie, but if you want them for Spiderman-I would wait for a sale!
When you buy 2 Ziploc Avengers or Disney bags- you can submit your receipt for a $9 movie ticket~~
Go HERE to enter your receipt or get more details on this offer-ends 6/30
This deal ends May 22- so hopefully I remember to update this post-(check your date as you read this!)
When you buy 3 General Mills participating products- get a $13 Movie Ticket!
The items are the LARGER cereal boxes, the larger Go-Gurt packages, and the larger pack of Yoplait yogurts, Go HERE for the details and to enter your receipt!!
Who likes shopping at the Grocery Outlet??
I remeber thinking that I would never shop at the Grocery Outlet-but then I actually did!!!
There isn’t one convenient near my house, but there is one by the Dutch Bros Coffee I go to!!
I usually run in and check out what NAME BRAND groceries I can find for awesome prices-NO COUPONS NEEDED!
Here are some deals I found this week!-
Lucky Charms cereal bars $.99
Farmland Ground Sausage $1.49
Go Gurt Dunkers $.99
Hershey and Reeses Whipped Cream $.49
Tennessee Pride Sausage Biscuits $1.99
Steamfresh Cauliflower Rice 2 for $1
Tyson Grilled Steak $3.99
Tyson Potato Snacks $1.99
I really find some great deals on school lunch items which helps out with the budget! Often when I get great coupon deals I buy too much and my kids get tired of some things. At Grocery Outlet the deals are always changing, so it keeps some variety in the pantry.
This week Wright Bacon 24 oz is on sale for $4.99!
This is a great deal! At Sams Club theyt have a great price of $4.49lb, but this is an even BETTER deal-$4.99 for 24 0z!