Hey all! Thank you SO so so much for all your birthday wishes yesterday. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more loved on my bday ❤
Before I get into today’s topic, I have to show you how great my friends are. First, I got this beautiful bracelet in the mail yesterday from Emily. It’s by Alex and Ani, and it’s the Om symbol. All of their products are made in the USA, which is cool. I’m so obsessed with this bracelet.
Also, my wonderful friends here at school surprised me with a huge cupcake! I really didn’t expect them to do anything since we were out together this weekend, so I was so appreciative. I kept that little leprechaun on top (it’s a ring), and he is my new BFF (sorry Em :p). The cake was from Kroger – they have the best icing ever. I’m such an icing freak.
Speaking of Kroger – that’s where I buy all my groceries. Part of the following is dependent on that, but it’s also transferrable since I shop at Giant Eagle when I’m back in Pittsburgh.
How I Buy Groceries On A Tight Budget
So, I don’t have a ton of expendable money. I only make enough right now to cover my bills, groceries, and have a little bit left over for fun. Sometimes, I don’t even have that, and I have to ask my parents for some… which I am ever grateful for. But how can I eat the way I want to without going (so) broke? Here are just a few of my tips!
Buy Frozen Vegetables and Fruits
I always buy bags of frozen vegetables at Kroger. If you see a veggie on my plate, there’s a 75% chance it was frozen. It’s the quickest way to save a buck – for example, Kroger always has broccoli for $1 (it’s Kroger brand). I can buy 4 bags of frozen veggies for about $5, which will last me all week. When it comes to fruit, I buy fruit for smoothies at Trader Joe’s. It’s consistently cheaper there, maybe $2-$3 cheaper, and it’s organic. If you don’t have TJ’s around, store brand will be less expensive. Bottom line: buying frozen is my #1 forever and always best way to save some money.
For More Expensive Items, Look for the Store Brand
If I wanted to buy Bob’s Red Mill chia seeds, they would cost double what Kroger’s Simple Truth Organic brand costs. That’s insane savings. I also buy my rice, beans, etc. store brand. Look for deals on your store brand’s milk (Simple Truth makes almond milk – I’m sure others do, too!), meat (if you don’t have it in your budget to buy the fancy stuff like me), and more. Once I got off my high horse and bought store brand, I started saving money. Interestingly, some of Kroger’s store brand products are less processed than name brands.
Eggs are cheap. They are good. Buy eggs. Eat the yolks. They’re good for you, too.
Sometimes Bulk Isn’t Always Best
Bulk bins are great, I’ll be the first to say it. Sometimes, though, you will save money on the same items buy looking for them packaged. Take these almonds for example. Sure, they’re pre-measured, but I get them for $2 less per pound than I would in my bulk bins. I find that nuts often fall into this case.
Stock Up on Pantry Items on Sale
Whenever I buy my rice, I always buy 2-3 bags on sale. Same goes for pasta sauce. If you get those pantry staples when they’re on sale, it’ll save you money down the road.
These aren’t all of my tips, but they’re just a few that stick out to me. Being on a low budget is hard, but it’s totally doable to eat healthfully and still spend less than $50 per week on myself.
Hope you have a great Tuesday!
Questions of the Day:
>> What is one of your money saving tips for the grocery store?
>> What’s your fave jewelry brand? I’m going to be a return customer to Alex and Ani for sure.