Tell me please! How do you keep your grocery budget low??
I am on unpaid maternity leave (ds is one week old). Due to a couple large bills that of course came upon us when we least expected it, I need to make sure we don't go above $75(max) a week for the month of June and July (300/month, including household items) I know that's actually an amount many families stick to already. Usually I budget around $500-$600 a month for groceries and all household needs (cleaners, paper products, dog food, etc etc). That includes a stock up trip to Costco where I usually buy meat for the month and freeze it.
I've backed off couponing over the past few months but will be able to keep up with it a bit better (not too well though with a newborn!). I live in Massachusetts so the prices are fairly high. Aldi is 25 minutes away and not worth the drive. Farmer's markets aren't open yet and are even more expensive than the stores.
We are now a family of 5, and both my newborn and my 20 month old are breastfeeding (toddler only nurses at nap and bed times). We are not on WIC or FS (not knocking them, just sharing the info). I really really don't want to have to dip into savings!!