Reader success-ola!

groceriesI probably sound like a broken record. I'm sure many of you are sick of hearing the same things over and over from me. But the truth of the matter is that saving money and getting ahead in life is simple, and there's really not that much to it!
One of the most important tricks? FOCUS ON YOUR FOOD. That's it. Plan and simple. Easy peasy. BAM, saving you thousands. Literally. (See how HERE).¬†Seeing as how it's “No Eating Out Week” and all, I thought I'd let our reader friend, Kelsey, tell you in her own words how easy it is to feed her family of 3 on just $200/month. Take it away, Kelsey!
Hi Jordan! I went price-matching this week and thought I'd share my success with you.
I paid $97.42 for everything, most of it wouldn't fit on my table in the picture! It will feed us for weeks. Here are some of the things I got, using Deals to Meals:

Price matching:

Kraft Ranch- was 2.12 paid 1.50 – Got two
Apple Juice- was 1.97 paid 1.00- Got three
Pepsi – was 1.00 paid 0.88- Got six
Milk 1/2 gallon- was ? paid 1.25-Got two
Doritos- was 2.75 paid 2.00- Got two
Kitty Litter- was 7.49- paid 5.75- Got one
Campell's soup- was 0.75- paid 0.50- Got six
Tyson Chicken Nuggets- was 5.49-paid 3.99- Got one
 Bread-whole wheat & white- was 1.17- paid 1.00- Got two
Shredded cheese 32 oz bag- was 7.94- paid 5.49- Got two
Walmart price-matched my generic stuff, no questions asked, which I was super worried about, so now I'm even more excited!
I use your meal planning charts & shopping lists, so this will be more than enough for all of our meals I plan. I usually spend about this much at kroger every 2 weeks, but I usually have to put 4-5 things back to meet my total and get almost everything generic (which I don't mind), so I was so excited yesterday! I used to shop at aldi, but just got sick of eating the same things every week. I HATE walmart, I love it in general, prices, policies, etc. but every time I go during the day, it is such a pain! I noticed you talked about going to the neighborhood market vs. supercenter, and I actually have one within 10 minutes, so I may just have to try that next time because once I find a cheaper way, I can never go back!
Thank you so much for all of your help. I know you have a lot of people who visit your blog, but I know you help them out so much. I loved seeing you on TV & would love if you got your own show! ;]
Thanks again,
See! Kelsey jumped in head-first and is saving her family hundreds. You can do it too! This is an average grocery trip for me (broken down HERE)
If I can do it, YOU can do it.
Hang in there with the No Eating Out Challenge, it will be worth it.


  1. AvatarSteph Thomas says

    I have subscribe to dealstomeals twice thinking it will be different but there are at least 2 local BIG stores here that they don’t include the ads Food Lion and Martins. Once they FINALLY get those it might be more worth it for me. So this dealstomeals only works when they actually have the ads in your area. Mine is Richmond, VA and they are more focused in Utah. There ARE people that live outside of Utah and even LDS people that live outside of Utah too. Can you persuade them to get more stores out here?

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      Steph – you should email them! If you suggest certain stores they almost always get those added into their system right away. As you can imagine it’s hard for them to get to every store in the country all at once, they’re chipping away at it. But if you email them they will get your stores in as soon as they can!

    • AvatarGwyn says

      I have had the same problem. As much as I’ve wanted to use the program none of the grocery stores in my area are on the program plus my local Walmart is very limited with food items and doesn’t have veggies and meat. It has a few isles of grocery stuff including one isle of limited frozen food but no grocery store end of the store the way thee larger ones I’ve seen have. It’s a real bummer.

      • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

        Gwyn, email them and they will add the stores you want! They are amazing about it. I just got emails from him today letting me know there are stores in the other readers’ areas they are looking to add asap because of the emails they sent. [email protected] (dot) com

  2. AvatarJodie Bang says

    Just tried price matching for the first time on a few items to get familiar with it! I’m not a fan of Walmarts quality of produce but to shop in one spot may be worth it! It was super easy and even had a few coupons to use. I love your blog and hope to implement some of these great tips!

    • AvatarJodie Bang says

      Also there is a free app called Grocery Smarts that does the same thing as Deals to Meals. Like it on my phone to see what I can price match at the store and without paying $5 a month.

      • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

        Yes grocery smarts is helpful! However, from what I’ve experienced they focus on the deals that match up with coupons, rather than just all deals. Plus, deals to meals plans meals around what’s on sale and gives you a full meal plan for the week which I love!

  3. AvatarLauren says

    I would love to use the meal planning part of Deals to Meals but when I emailed them they said they don’t have a vegan meal plan. It’s really hard for me to figure out substitutions because I’m not a very good cook, so that’s why I haven’t used them yet. They said they have a vegetarian option but vegetarians actually consume a lot of products that vegans do not.

    I am also a single female and don’t have a Costco membership, and have like no space in my tiny studio to store bulk items…I’m just not sure what to do to save money on groceries using your method. I feel like every time I buy in bulk the things just go rotten and I end up wasting food even if I “saved money”. I know I don’t have to buy food at Costco but it’s such an expensive membership that I’m not sure it would be worth it for me to purchase for just household supplies since I don’t use up stuff very quickly on my own.

    • AvatarFunCheapOrFree says

      You’re right, I don’t recommend Costco for singles or even small families! But the saving principles that save you money are the same regardless of how you eat – plan your meals in advance, don’t waste anything, FREEZE FREEZE FREEZE (you can freeze almost any fruit/veggie), and focus your meals around what’s on sale. Eating vegan is tricky, but you can stock up on fruits and veggies that are on sale just like the rest of us. Hang in there, you can do it!

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