Saving money in this economy might be difficult, but one shopper found a clever way to do it by finding products that last longer than a week.
The average grocery bill was $411, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2020, as cited by US News & World Report.
And, of course, high inflation has pushed that figure even higher.
Usually, everyone’s choice for grocery savings is to shop at Aldi — or Costco if you want to buy in bulk.
Meanwhile, TikToker, known as Octoabe, was able to budget at a local HEB store, a Texas-based grocery chain.
He spent less than $100 there, and the food he bought for himself and his brother lasted two weeks.
Additionally, it would mean spending less than $200 a month on groceries.
The items purchased
Here are the products the TikToker has purchased along with the prices they have claimed are listed, as shown in a recent video.
Note that prices vary by city and state.
- Lactose-free milk: $3.24
- Eggs (36 pieces): $4.15
- Salted Butter Sticks (quadruple): $3.48
- Canola Oil: $1.98
- Mushroom cream (two cans): 98 cents total
- Refreshed Beans (two cans): 78 cents total
- Mac and Cheese (two boxes): 78 cents total
- Boneless skinless chicken thighs (two packs): $7.50 total
- Ground beef (a pound): $4.18
- Onions (three pounds): $2.94
- Roast Potatoes (five pounds): $2.26
- Garlic (triple): $1 total
- Tomatoes (two pounds): $1.86
- Coriander: 34 cents
- Tortilla Buns: $2.29
- Sandwich Bread: $2.17
- Mole: $1.97
- Deli Chicken: $3.97
- Cheese (10 slices each, two packs): $2.78 total
- Shredded Cheese: $2.42
- Queso Fresco: $2.99
- Chile de Arbol: $1.99
- Bacon: $3.99
- Sausage: $2.87
- Coca-Cola Zero (12-Can Pack): $5.66 (32)
- Ranch-style beans (two cans): 98 cents total
- Skin Noodles: $3.76
- Broccoli florets: $5.58
Overall, the TikToker revealed that it spent $95.67 on the few dozen products at HEB.
Other ways to save
Buying in bulk along with long shelf life products is just one way to save money.
Another good option is to buy branded items instead of branded ones.
This should save buyers up to 30%.
And if you’re worried about sacrificing the taste of private label products over well-known brands – don’t.
A market research study by IRi found that 75% of respondents think the quality of private label items is as good as the big ones in the country, as quoted by Ramsey Solutions.
Also keep an eye out for clearance items.
At Walmart, for example, you can save up to 90% by taking advantage of the deals in this section.
For more related stories, see Three Ways to Boost Your Budget as Social Media Pushes Americans into Bad Money Habits.
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https://www.the-sun.com/money/5988002/grocery-budget-haul-save-money/ I spent under $100 on groceries for two for two weeks at a lesser-known store – check out the full product listing