Frugal Living

Grocery Shopping on a Budget

Going to the grocery store is not exactly my favorite thing to do. Groceries are so expensive! I look for ways to save constantly. Since I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom, I really have to stick to the budget.

One of the ways I save money on groceries is by making a weekly menu. I plan out what I’m going to make for dinner every night of the week and write it on a calendar that hangs in my kitchen. I don’t usually plan for breakfasts; my daughter faithfully has waffles every morning, my husband and I fend for ourselves. He usually grabs something quick and eats it on the way to work. Or grabs something on the way. (No he’s not sticking to the budget!) For lunch, I usually have leftovers from the night before.

I make my grocery list based on my menu and what is on sale that week. Kroger’s sale runs for 2 weeks so I can base my next week’s list off of that as well.

Another way I save money is by buying in bulk. I shop at Kroger and usually they have their fresh chicken on sale. Sometimes it’s marked down because it needs to be out of the store by the next day. These are fine as long as you freeze what you’re not going to use right away.

There is usually 6 or 7 pieces of chicken per pack.


I take out 2 pieces and wrap them separately in sandwich bags. I turn the bag inside out over my hand, then I grab a piece of chicken and pull the bag over the chicken.



My hand never touches the chicken!

I put 2 chicken breasts in a Ziploc back to freeze.


From this one package of chicken I was able to get 4 Ziplock bags! That’s 4 meals for my family. I love cooking meals in the crockpot or in the Instant Pot, especially for fall and winter, so this works out perfectly.


What is your favorite money saving tip when it comes to grocery shopping?





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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. I agree – grocery shopping is one of my least favorite things to do. Buying in bulk, shopping sales and limiting trips to the store are great starting points for saving money.

    1. I agree. I try to go once a week. Sometimes I’ll stretch it out to make groceries last 2 weeks.

  2. Thank you so much for the tips, Michelle! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for reading!

  3. Well since my walking distance is pretty short – it’s too exhausting to go shopping so I leave that to my hubby. He’s the money saving type anyways ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m a big spender.

    1. Maybe it’s best that he do the grocery shopping then. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Mother of five here, I used the crockpot quite a bit when all the kids lived home. I always buy what’s on special and the BOGO’s.

    1. Whoever invented the crockpot was amazing. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. I agree, that pot saved me so much time and money

  5. I love your money-saving mindset and I am totally going to try the Ziploc bag portioning idea when I go shopping this weekend!

    1. Thank you! I love how simple it is when you need to thaw chicken for a meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Hereโ€™s a weird thing: since I live alone, I find that some things are cheaper to buy already made, such as salads. If I buy all the ingredients for yummy fresh salads, even in the smallest amount, they will spoil before I can use them all. You canโ€™t freeze a salad! So, Iโ€™ve basically quit buying all fresh produce except for apples and bananas. I learned the hard way after tossing out bags of lettuce and yucky tomatoes, etc.

    1. That makes a lot of sense. It’s like throwing money in the trash! I get that because it happens to me, too.

      1. Right? And itโ€™s so tempting to want to buy healthy fresh produce. But I resist unless Iโ€™m using it for a cooked dish.

  7. We do that all the time too.

    1. That’s great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Great money saving tips. I agree that sticking with the menu could save you a lot of money. We save and freeze our chicken the same way you do. Since we have a family of 6 so we mostly go to Costco. But I do shop around and we do shopping every other week. I found another day on one local small grocery store. Mix different bags of veggies were on sale for only a buck. My mother purchased 7 of them and it was for 14 meals. Man, we women are all about our house, family, saving etc. Thank you for sharing!

    1. That’s a great deal! We don’t have a Costco nearby. ๐Ÿ˜” Not many choices in a small town. We are definitely have a lot in common! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Indeed, we do, hence we clicked to each other. I have to a lot to catch up today with all of you guys..

  9. One thing that my mom and I hate is that people always think that my mom has all the time in the world with nothing to do because she’s a stay-at-home mom! But it’s like a job itself! Good luck on your budget!

    1. I know exactly how she feels! That’s the most annoying thing about being a stay at home mom! Tell her she’s not alone and that I know how hard she works. ๐Ÿ™‚ And thank you!

  10. We usually have 4-5 meals on weekly rotation in my house, so grocery shopping tends to be pretty stream-lined. But we definitely splurge on expensive cheeses & olive oils pretty frequently, not gonna lie! Theyโ€™re just so good, I canโ€™t feel guilty ๐Ÿ˜†.

    1. There are some things you just have to splurge on. Us girls deserve something nice once in a while! ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. 100% fact!

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  12. Great tips. We get items in bulk that are on half price that saves a ton.

    1. Thank you! That’s a great way to save!

  13. First Kudos to your plan and itโ€™s execution. Well written. When it comes to Grocery we do our grocery on Tuesday or Wednesday. We look at flyers and plan the trip to multiple groceries stores at the same day. We are also member of Costco to buy Gasoline, Tires ( I just installed 4 Michelinโ€™s tires on Friday were I got the best deal after get 130 dollar back from them) , soap and shampoos, dry fruits, bathroom tissues , dish washer. I will take my lunch from home. As they say money saved is money earned. When it comes to eating out we do as a family.

    1. Thank you! Those are some great tips. I will definitely keep them in mind. Thank you so much for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. I love my crock pot! It makes dinners so easy!

    1. Yes it does!!

  15. Just wanted to say that Iโ€™m thoroughly enjoying your blog, and I also do the ziplock-chicken-without-touching trick. Too bad I didnโ€™t figure it out until almost 40.
    I think my favorite is chicken and dumplings in the crockpot. Iโ€™m all about easy-peasy:)

    1. Thank you! I love chicken and dumplings! I’m with you – anything easy!

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