Advice on budgeting for food?

Hi Mums, I’m struggling with food shopping ( family of 5). I want to do the shopping in one go, And I do, but I feel like we run out quickly and we’re going back to the supermarket every day. I feel when I do the shopping that I get enough and costs a fair bit, it’s like all we spend our money on is food!! Any advice, please? Be nice


I make a list of meals
Then make a list of what you have
Then a list of what you need left to make your meals
And then a list for desserts
And drinks

Plan all your meals out based on what’s on sale from the store circular, write everything down so you don’t forget anything. Be sure to include snacks.

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We make a weekly meal plan then write down all the ingredients we need to make those meals. We try to buy seasonal vegetables to keep costs down. Then add the other items you need to the list. It works really well.

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What items do you find yourself going back for?
If it’s items to complete a meal then you’re probably not shopping for whole meals, write out your recipes and the ingredients you’ll need before you go shopping, meal plan.
If you’re going back for snacks then maybe 1 limit the number of snacks the kids get every day 2 maybe you’re not buying enough snacks to begin with and they’re eating them all in one day.
Again make a list of daily snacks and then how much you’ll need.

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Shop at aldi if you have one and check go grocery if you have one of those


All in one go isn’t a good idea. To much food just sitting around and getting eatin bc it’s there. I do bi weekly and make a meal plan (not that each day shit I’m terrible at that) but things that I know everyone will want even if it’s 2x in that 2 weeks. I go through and find out what snacks and lunch my kids need. Also it sucks but check adds sometimes it extremely cost efficient to go to multiple stores to fill your grocery list.

I meal plan 10 meals ish and what i see that were out of and it does well i do have to go back and need things that dont last long after a week or so.and i have 5 kids and another one on the way and its my partner and i

I feel ya! Family of 6, 2 adults 4 kids. I try to buy mostly generic food and I try to keep to meals I tend to shop sales as well to help with budget I keep a good stock up on canned goods, frozen mixed veggies, and Mac n cheese. I dont spend a lot of time making a dinner plan or anything I just know what we usually eat in a week. We go once a week. I always keep chicken in the freezer. Also if you have a store like daily deals shop them too specially for snack foods. We try to keep fruit around that doesn’t expire quickly. Bananas are awesome I make pancakes out of the brown ones and always buy them green we always have 2 bundles. Snack food goes quick at our house. Once gone for the week gotta suffer till next week lol

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Meal plan and grocery pick up, that way I don’t get distracted by anything I don’t need at the store.
An app (Walmart for example) saves your shopping list and when you are ready to check out just do so.

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I only order online to prevent impulse buying and check my cabinets and plan around that. Also we both work and our kids go to a sitter and I prep all of our food so we aren’t buying freezer meals which add up quick. It’s a little more work but worth it.

If you have an Aldi nearby, they really are a money saver. Meal planning, buying what’s on sale, buying meat in bulk and freezing in smaller portions are all good ideas. Also, making things like pancakes, waffles and biscuits from scratch are super cheap and make a lot.


Meal plans are great but get the kids involved. Also using what you have instead of what your buying. Stich it up for example if you making wings and fries and don’t have fries Substitute for side kicks

Shop amazon pantry to stock up on essentials

Sit down. Make a meal plan. If you shop for a week or two weeks or a month. Write down 7 days…14 days…30 days…
Worth of meals.
When you do this…plan to use leftovers. Have a leftover night once a week.
Make something you can easily transform into something.

Write down ALL the ingredients you need.
Go through your cabinets/pantry/freezer. Mark out what you do have.

Then make a list of snacks. Buy those in bulk and separate into ziploc bags.


Meal plan based on what you have already on hand and shop for only what you don’t have. We go to Costco once a month and buy in bulk our staple items. I shop weekly for perishable items.

I hear you…feeding kids costed more than I ever could have imagined! I planned meals to the letter, lunches, snacks…it was pretty regulated when it came to food for awhile there in our house (we had 5 teens living in the house at one point). I had the dinner ingredients in the pantry and the snack stuff in a cupboard so I always knew I would have what I needed to make dinners with. I did big shopping twice a month and then stopped at the store a couple times a week for basics.

Try coupons. When I was really into coupons a few years ago I would save $50 to $100 a week. I went food shopping every week. Also tell your family that this is all and it needs to last. You can also get bins with each name in it and divide up the snacks so they can control how much they eat and when there out there out until the next time you refill.

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Have you tried meal planning as a family? I do this with my family. We all sit at the table and pick out the meals for the week. I do the whole months shopping in one go. We are also a family of 5 and I know how expensive food can be. This was what I stated doing to save money. Snacks I let the kids make three choices each of sale snack items. It gives them a choice and say, but it also helps to cut down on costs. Hope this helps


Follow the sales. I often find myself at 2 different grocery stores. One might have a great price on meat and I’ll go to another for staples.