How I grocery shop + stock up on a budget! (My best grocery shopping tips!)

HOLY AMAZING - 2 weeks of food for a family of 7 for under $200, NO COUPONS! This is genius!

Happy STOCKTOBER everyone! The last week of August, just before #Shelftember started, I did a grocery shopping trip. Before putting all the groceries away I thought “…this may come in handy in October, I'll record this.” I'm so glad I did! With #Stocktober in full swing, I've had so many questions about how I grocery shop, how I build a stockpile in my freezer, fridge, and pantry on a budget, and how to feed my family of 7 healthy meals, while on a tight grocery budget.

Have no fear, Freebs, today's video covers it all!

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I'm not going to blab long, because the video definitely speaks for itself. So without further adieu…

Watch today's video online or click and watch below:

Ta da!

What do you think? Doesn't seem too tough, right? With a little creativity, and a lot of trial and error with freezing things, you can master the art of Shelf Cooking and save at least HALF on your grocery bill each month.

Much of what it comes down to is

  1. Buying extra of something when it's a good price. I like to say, “Buy 3…one for me, 2 to freeze” (or store, if not freezing). That way the next time you need it, you don't have to run out and pay full-price!
  2. Only going to the grocery store ONE TIME per week…NO MATTER WHAT. If you go to the store for one item, it will cost you at least $50 in impulse buys. Stay out of the store! Keep your own “store” at home, so you can grab what you need quickly, eliminating expensive impulse trips to the store.
  3. Using what you ALREADY have to make a full meal! Often times you only need one or two fresh elements to make a complete dish. Everything else can from from your freezer, pantry, or spice drawer. Plan your meals based around what you ALREADY have and need to use, not the other way around. If you are buying 100% of the ingredients for every meal, you might as well just eat out because you are spending through the NOSE to cook.
  4. Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan! Waiting until 4:30 to figure out dinner will result in pizza or takeout. Or loads of frustration and fist-shaking. No one likes a shaken fist. Get my best meal planning tips HERE.

How I grocery shop + stock up on a budget!

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HOLY AMAZING - 2 weeks of food for a family of 7 for under $200, NO COUPONS! This is genius!

Keep all of these tips in mind when going to the grocery store next, and I promise your wallet (and family!) will thank me. Happy cooking, Freebs!

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  1. Awesome post as usual, thanks Jordan! Love watching your videos and reading your blog. Very helpful advice. Plus you are super funny and have a beautiful family. Thanks again from Canada!

  2. Quick question. What is your thoughts ad opinions on the great harvest freeze dryer? I love to can and buy a lot of extra food and have thought about getting one. They are up there in price.

    • I’ve always wanted one! The price-tag has scared me off though. Someday I’ll get one and try it and will let you know what I think!

  3. This looks amazing! But I don’t see that you bought any meat, right? I feel like that’s where things add up for me quickly. Working on it!

  4. I enjoyed watching your video and getting great ideas for stocking our freezer full of meals for the kids (4). I have found that having a master meal list is great for meal planning. I have written down all of the meals I make by category such as breackfast, lunch, dinner, snack. Then sub categories under dinner like soup, casserole, crockpot etc. It is helpful so that we are not eating the same meals over and over unless requested.

  5. Jordan,

    I am new to this saving thing-y! Canadian too. Everything especially food here in Canada is super $$$. I am looking for your Grandmas banana bread recipe. Link Please.

  6. Loved this video, question though. I have 3 little ones, so 3 lunches a day go off to school. You stated that you put a freezer item in their lunch bag and it thaws by lunch time.
    Do you make their lunch at night or in the mornings? Just making sure the thawing time is long enough for them.
    Thank you!!!

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