Trying to feed your family while on a budge it tough. Especially as price of food goes up and size goes down. However, I have a few ways to feed your hungry family and even earn a little back in the process.
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I'll admit, when we first starting adding children to our family, I didn't realize, and neither did my hubby, how much feeding those kids cost. I knew they would eat a lot but when they are just starting to eat table food, the cost isn't great. In fact, our grocery bill didn't go up at all.
Then they grew. And grew. They grew so much some of them started to out eat us. One in particular almost 6 foot child who runs cross country and track. Oh, does he ever eat a lot.
Of course, we also buy them food to take to school for lunch and school for the snack they can have mid day. There is breakfast where we can go through a loaf of bread in a day and supper has changed as the 9x13 pan which would feed us for several meals can maybe get 1 meal and some lunches thrown in.
See Also: Hamburger Casserole (a four ingredient meal)
Yes, fellow moms, feeding our beloved children requires a great deal of skill and mindset when our budget doesn't match our children's stomachs. What is a mom to do? Well, we are to save where we can and plan, plan plan.
My Favorite Money Saving Grocery Apps
I know several people who do not enjoy grocery shopping. I actually like to grocery shop. Spending the money at the store is a different story. Some of my friends do the Walmart grocery pick up in order to NOT go into the store. If they go into Walmart, they may spend more than they would like. If they pick up, they aren't tempted to buy more.
As for me, I would prefer to go into the store still. We don't buy a ton of items at Walmart, though there are a few things I like to get there. If you are a Walmart shopper and don't want to go into the store, then pick up may be right for you.
The ways I save money on groceries is mostly through ecoupons, coupons and grocery apps. Here are a few of my favorite money saving grocery apps.
Checkout 51 is an app on your phone and has coupons on it. You go through the app and find which coupons you want to use and check mark them. However, you don't redeem these coupons at the store, instead after you shop, you scan your receipt. If they have a coupon that matches something that you buy, you get $$ for that item.
The bonus? If you have a coupon on Checkout 51 for $1.oo and you already used a coupon in the store for $1.00 from the manufacturer, you can stack them on each other. In other words, it doesn't matter, you will get $2.00 off that item! After they process your receipt, they will tell you how much you earned and when you reach a certain threshold you will get a payout. Wonderful! You can check out Checkout 51 here. (By the way, it's free to sign up!)
Walmart Savings Catcher
I just started doing the Walmart Savings Catcher. Just recently, at least in my area, they stopped price matching. In it's place is the Walmart Savings Catcher App. What I do is scan my receipt when I get home. They process it and if they find a lower price in any of my local ads, they will credit my account that much money. I then can spend it in an egift card. I know someone that at the end of the year, had almost $300 saved up. Great for Christmas gifts!
Did they miss a sale? You can contact them and dispute it.
Another app I just started using. This one doesn't directly save you money but it does help you get your grocery list in order and saves you time and potentially money when you use it.
This app will let you easily see what is left to buy, what you have bought, the cost, the coupons and sorts it by store. I am a paper and pencil girl and I must say, I really liked this app. Honestly, that says a lot. ;-)
Okay, I do not use this. To be honest, since I run a site that makes quick, family friendly recipes I can't imagine me ever using this site. However, I know people love sites like this and since I have a coupon code for you, I thought I would share it.
Hello Fresh is a company that sends you the ingredients, the instructions and know-how all you have to do is cook it. You can plan how many days a week you want delivery, for how many people and the type of meals you want. If meal planning isn't your thing, Hello Fresh may be for you. I have a money saving deal for you!
I hope this helps you save a few dollars while grocery shopping for your hungry family! Stay tuned at Baking With Mom for easy, family friendly recipes (and frugal too!).