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How To Stretch Your Grocery Budget

Are you struggling with your grocery budget?

Needing to make your grocery budget last longer?

I’ve been in that place of desperation. It’s not fun.

Taking care of your family and putting food on the table is a major priority.

So let’s make it happen.

In this episode of you asked, I’m answering

I’m sharing what I would do if I had to make $100 last 2 weeks for my family.

Watch the video below for the specific strategies.

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YOUR ACTION STEP FOR TODAY – Plan your meals and grocery list for the next 2 weeks and start implementing it today, then make sure to grab the Budget Makeover Guide by clicking the button below!

Want to see what it would be like to master your money? Or what tools for success I recommend? Head over to the Resources Tab!

Transcription of How To Stretch Your Grocery Budget

0:00
Today is another episode of You Asked I’m Answering so if you’re new, then want to quickly introduce myself so Hi, my name is Aimee Cerka, and I help moms master their money by creating confidence in their ability to solve the money problem, so they can stop living paycheck to paycheck and instead create options security and build wealth, and I do that through my Money Masters Inner Circle and Financial Foundations and Kickoff programs. Super excited that you were joining us here today.

0:34
So, today’s question is, what do you do or how do you make it if you only have $100 to last you two weeks for your groceries.

0:52
And I just want to start off and say if you are struggling right now financially. I just want you to know that I get it. Like, I understand what you’re going through. We’ve been through that we’ve had multiple different crises that have gone on for us. And I just want you to know that I get it. That I understand the stress and overwhelming feeling that you can have when you’re just trying to provide for your family. But the good news is, is we can make this work, with one hundred dollars for two weeks for your groceries. First things first, I’m going to have two to three quick suggestions for you.

1:31
The first thing I would recommend is do a pantry inventory. So, I recommend doing your kitchen inventory the first of every month. That way you know what you’ve got. But if you’re trying to make your budget stretch, definitely need to do a kitchen inventory. Food lasts a lot longer than you would think in the freezer. So, 12 months easily I’ve had stuff in there 18 months before we use it again, and it still tastes fine. If something’s freezer burned I do toss it, but most of the time we don’t have that problem. It comes down to your storing correctly, but do a kitchen inventory

2:05
What do you got in your pantry?

2:06
What do you got in your freezer?

2:07
What is on the fridge is probably going bad, but, um, what have you got that you can use, and Pinterest and Google are your best friends if you have some random items that you don’t know what to make.

2:20
I just stick them in Google come up with a new recipe or something and oftentimes it ends up being a favorite which is kind of funny because it was something that was just trying to utilize something that I already had and the we have a new recipe to add to our meal planning. But, start with that. Start with your kitchen inventory and come up with some different ideas of things that you can use it you’ve already got that maybe you just have to get like one extra little thing to go with that.

2:48
The next thing that I would do is I would start to plan things out, so that you have some good options so a lot of quick and easy meals, would be having things like spaghetti is one of our go tos that we use, but having things that you can use for multiple purposes.

3:12
So, we love salad, as a family is one of the vegetables that my oldest loves my youngest does too so yay! So when I buy salad, we don’t want it to go bad so I come up with (salad doesn’t ever go back in our house) but come up with two to three different meals that you can use that for so you’re not buying tomatoes for one meal, and then you’re not using them again and then they go bad. So, tomatoes are great. I’ve done them recently last week I tried a new recipe with zucchini and it was zucchini cheese and tomatoes so I the tomatoes there, we’ll do salad another night that uses tomatoes. Um, we can do BLTs, that would use it tomato, bread, and bacon is a little more pricey but depending on your family, like, that would probably be your only expense for that meal. So you can do that with some chips keep it easy.

4:07
Coming up with things that you can use for multiple meals so, think about that when you’re planning out your, your budget, your meal planning. So, keep it in mind, create that meal plan for two weeks because we’ve got $100.

4:20
And then, especially if you’re trying to stay on a budget use one of the shopping apps like a Wal-Mart pickup, Target, wherever you’re shopping use a pickup because we are less likely to spend more when we can’t see it and it’s already done for us and pick up is free for, I think everywhere, but you can do it from your phone you create your budget and then it’s not standing at the cash register going crap I’m over budget, you see that beforehand before you submit the order you know whether or not you’re going to be over budget

4:52
Those are my three quick tips for you if you only have $100 to make it for two weeks in your grocery budget. We’ll recap here.

  1. The first thing was to create a kitchen inventory so you can utilize what you’ve got. And then Google and Pinterest are going to be your friend on creating recipes from that.
  2. The second thing was to utilize your ingredients that you’re having to buy for multiple meals so if you’re having to buy tomatoes, make sure that you have two to three different meals that are going to utilize the tomatoes and make them around the same time before the tomatoes would go bad. That way you’re making the most of it.
  3. And the third thing was to use your grocery app, a pickup of some sort, so you are not stuck standing at the cash register. Saying crap I blew my budget because we can see it beforehand, and we will end up with all those extras in our cart because yeah we know that happens so, there you go.

5:52
Those are your three things that you can do. If you need to make $100 last for two weeks in your grocery budget.

6:00
Hey there, if you enjoyed this training, these tips today. I highly encourage you to go ahead and grab the Budget Makeover Guide. So what the Budget Makeover Guide is going to be is a PDF download that’s going to give you seven tips to discover the extra that is hiding in your existing personal finances. Now, the average person finds it $250 a month, right now without increasing their income that they could be applying somewhere else in their finances. They just don’t even know if it’s hiding in there. So, guys, make sure you grab that Budget Makeover Guide and the link to grab up is there’s either going to be a button directly below this video or in the description depending on where you are watching this video at so grab the Budget Makeover Guide and we will see you later. Bye.

YOUR ACTION STEP FOR TODAY – Plan your meals and grocery list for the next 2 weeks and start implementing it today, then make sure to grab the Budget Makeover Guide by clicking the button below!

Want to see what it would be like to master your money? Or what tools for success I recommend? Head over to the Resources Tab!

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Aimee Cerka
Aimee Cerka

The Money Confidence Coach - I help Mom's like you, master your money by creating confidence in your ability to solve the money problem so you can stop living paycheck to paycheck and instead create options, security and build wealth. Click Here to Learn More

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