June 25th, 2008

Gas and Groceries

I give up. I keep spending more and more money on food, but my family just keeps eating the stuff. Between higher food prices and the expense of gas to drive 40 minutes to the larger stores where I know there are (slightly) lower prices, I feel like I can’t win.

Are you feeling the pinch this summer? What kinds of things are you doing to feed your family or drive for less?

[tags]food prices, grocery shopping, frugal meals[/tags]

102 comments to Gas and Groceries

  • RNRGIRL

    money savers: use coupons for things that you would normally buy, or would want to try. I buy paper products at Sam’s and also big bags of flour, sugar, butter and fake eggs. I bake almost every morning before it gets hot in AZ. I line dry all the clothes except undies-I take the clothes in, run them for a few minutes in the dryer with the undies to de-wrinkle things and soften towels a bit. I read on Everyday cheapskate(http://www.debtproofliving.com) that the drying cyle of your dishwasher uses a lot of energy, but handwashing using more water than the dishwasher! That surprised me. I love peanut butter on a whole wheat tortilla for breakfast. My oldest son is handicapped and was tactile defensive (he still won’t touch a lot of things) so we started off on the wrong foot with the eating thing-my youngest has gotten pickier and pickier!
    Lots of great suggestions here-thanks!

  • Roberta

    I recommend the excellent book “The Complete Tightwad Gazette” by Amy Dacyczyn which you should be able to get at your library. It has most of these suggestions and a hundred more and is a real motivator and a fun read too. If you are not already a penny-pincher it will help you cut your costs fast.