15 Items that Always Make Our Frugal Grocery List
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We’ve slashed our grocery budget to $225/month for two adults, and I’m excited to share with all of you the fifteen items that we consistently buy to make this possible! These foods help us save money on groceries, and get our shopping done quickly.
We were originally spending $700/month on groceries to feed our household! I never thought twice about that spending, because you gotta eat, right? Wrong, yes, you have to eat, but no it doesn’t have to be expensive!
I know that there are a million different diets out there, and they have different reputations for being expensive. During our three years of tracking our spending, we’ve tried almost all of them: keto, paleo, vegan (FTW), autoimmune, headache diet (thanks chronic illness)! And it wasn’t the diet that influenced the amount of money we were spending, it was our shopping habits!
I’ve also included the typical price I pay for each of the items! I live in the Midwest, in a relatively low cost of living area, so I benefit from having access to reasonably priced groceries. I’ve found that Aldi consistently has the lowest prices and their aesthetic (read zero aesthetic) doesn’t encourage me to add impulse items to my cart.
I typically buy groceries every 1.5 weeks, and primarily shop at Aldi, the farmers’ market, and a local store that has great prices on produce. We also have our frugal garden to supplement our groceries!
I’m one of those weirdos who loves going to the grocery store, looking through the grocery sales ads, and optimizing my shopping (time matters too!). And the nice thing with this list is that the items normal prices are low, so you don’t have to spend time to hunt for sales!
Dry Pantry Goods
- Oats! ($0.69/lb)
- Dry Pinto Beans ($0.65/lb)
- Popcorn Kernels ($0.60/lb)
- Corn Tortillas ($2/30 pack)
- Lentils ($0.60/lb)
- Dry Roasted Peanuts (You can make homemade peanut butter with this!) ($1.80/lb)
- Dried Figs ($1.89/7 oz)
- Sunflower Seeds ($2/lb)
- Chia Seeds ( We find this on sale for $3/lb)
- Almond Milk (Aldi Vanilla Unsweetened) ($2/half gallon)
- Sweet Potatoes ($0.40/lb)
- Jalapeños ($1/lb)
- Bananas ($0.44/lb)
- Carrots ($0.50/lb)
- Onions ($0.60/lb)
We also add whatever produce (i.e. kiwi!) is on sale to our cart, but that changes with the seasons!
- Broccoli, cauliflower, apples and pears in the fall,
- Kale and citrus in the winter,
- Strawberries, broccoli, peas, and beets in the spring, and
- Melons and berries (almost all produce) in the summer.
So, there you have it! This is what we are consistently throwing in our shopping cart!
Thank you so much for joining the frugal pack! You encourage me to stay focused on simplicity and frugality.
And if you have a couple of splurge items you like, I highly recommend requesting those items as gifts! Consumable gifts are some of my favorites, check out my frugal holiday gift guide for more gift giving/receiving ideas!
Psst: I love writing about groceries – if you like reading about them, check out my other information on how we’ve slashed our grocery spending:
- How We Saved 33% off our Grocery Bill
- Conquer your fear of cooking
- My Favorite Kitchen Tools that Make Cooking Easy and Frugal
- How to Save on Groceries this Month (AKA the pantry challenge)
- And follow me on Instagram, where I share loads of food photos!
What are your favorite items to buy at the grocery store? Do you have any frugal grocery shopping tricks and tips?