Saving money on groceries, along with eating well with minimal effort, is a key focus at The Dinner Daily. Since we “practice what we preach” we thought we would show you how easy it is to buy lots of healthy foods and not break your budget. Proving that you CAN eat well and buy high quality food, our total cost for 5 dinners this week came to only $68!!!! The key to this savings is a plan AND planning around the specials.
Had you shopped this same list without factoring in the store specials, you would have spent about $23 more for the same exact items. Over the course of the month, or even a year, that adds up to some signficant savings. And all you are doing to realize those savings is planning…no extreme couponing, no going to multiple grocery stores to get the same savings. But it definitely starts with the plan.
This week we shopped our local Shaws with our shopping list for the week. This is the same list that we issued to our subscribers this past week for the week of March 3rd. Since our menu is based around the key specials at the store this week, we were able to buy lots of good food for not a lot of money!
As you can see below, every one of our dinners for the week was selected because the main course of the meal ( in this case cod, chicken, boneless pork chops, ground turkey, and beans) is a store special. We also pull in as many produce, grocery, and dairy items as we can, further racking up the savings.
Yes, you read that correctly–$68 for 5 weeknight dinners to feed a family of 4 to 6 people. And that is before we applied our coupons (that we search for each week for our subscribers) adding another $4 in savings! This brings the grand total down to $64!
To give you a visual of how much food this is, above is a photo of all the healthy purchases we got for this total….lots of fresh produce, fresh seafood (wild cod was only $4.88 lb!!!) and meats, some grains and a few grocery items. I did not include the cost of staples (olive oil, spices etc) in the $64 total.
As a former CPA I realize how important it is to plan if you are serious about eating well and saving money at the same time. It will not happen by accident or by going to the store on the fly on a Tuesday at 3:00 wandering around figuring out what to have for dinner. For most families, after housing costs, food costs are the next biggest expense in the household. If you are not tracking this each month, I would suspect (in fact almost guarantee) you are spending WAY MORE than you have to!! The good news is if you put in some planning time up front it can be done. Our subscribers write us all the time and tell us how much they LOVE having a plan based on the store specials and what it has done for their family budget, but more importantly what it has done for their health, happiness and stress level.
In short, shop with a plan, plan around specials, and eat well! And if you think you do not have time to plan, we get it. We can do it for you. Your family will thank you for it!