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How To Cut In Half Your Grocery Bill and Still Go To Restaurants

Updated on June 17, 2016

How To Save On Your Grocey Expense

With this hard economy, we all have to make an effort to change the way we do things, including the way we eat.

Yes, we can't spend money today, the same way we did it a few years ago.

We have to change with the times and roll with the punches.

This article will show you how you can change your eating habits, save on food expenses, and at the same time enjoy the quality of life you are accustomed to.

In my home we are only two people; my husband and I.

We are both entrepreneurs, so we work most of the time.

I don’t have time to prepare big meals, so we go to restaurants almost every day.

Between the two of us we used to spend $1,200 per month! Incredible!

I knew I had to do something about it, but I didn’t want to cut the restaurant time, since is the only moment we spend together talking about the day and next projects.

But, I Love To Go To Restaurants...

I Knew I Had To Do Something About It!

One day I sat down and made a real effort to cut cost in half, and be more efficient with our time and our so hard earned money.

After a few hours of figuring out a way, I found the solution.

I found how to save $600.00 per month, eat healthy, and still go out to restaurants and enjoy our time together!

This is what I am going to share with you today and hopefully you can cut your cost too and enjoy a better living

My goal was to cut my food cost in half, without compromising the quality of the food, or our time together in the restaurants.

I went from $1,200 expense per month to $600.00 per month.

My budget was $150.00 to spend every week.


I separate $40.00 to go to restaurants twice a week, $20.00 each time, tip included.

Now, we only go to the restaurants we can afford, twice a week for dinner. We look forward to those days to enjoy our time together and feel we are having a great life!

Sometimes we only spend half of the money, so I save it for the next week and have more to spend on a fancier restaurant.

(There are many restaurants out there that can provide excellent meals for that price. For example Norms has every Wednesday evening a 20% discount menu in every meal. Perfect! We eat healthy and we don't go over our twenty dollar budget)

Look around in your neighborhood and select places you would like to eat. Ask what days they have discounts, coupons, etc. you will be surprised how much money you can save that day!


With the $110.00 left I go to the Market. You will be amazed what you can do with this money!

Hum! Does it mean now that I have to take time out of my schedule to cook?

Yes! I discover that this is a well worth it time to spend preparing “Healthy Meals” for you and your husband or significant other.

See what I do and you will get the idea…

I shop at Ralphs Market and get $13.00 in rebate coupons just for shopping there plus they send me another $13 in coupons to spend on food that I like every month.

This food will last you from 6 to 7 days.

For Breakfasts I buy:

Skim Milk $2.89

Eggs 0.99

Bread 2.99

Juice 3.99

Sausages 1.50

Cereal 3.99

TOTAL 16.35

Lunches (Make Salads)

Lettuce 0.99

Tomatoes 1.20

Cheese 4.99

Crackers 3.99

Chicken 6.00

Water 4.00

Total: 21.17


Broccoli 1.25

Fish 7.50

Potatoes 2.50

Meats 12.00

Tortillas 4.60

3 Kinds of Rice 6.00

Total : 33.85

Total spent so far $71.37! (Plus you still have the store coupon discounts)

We still have $38.63 more to go for extra things you want, water, juice, more vegetables, more fruit, more bread, more flower for your recipes, etc.

(I prepare quick dishes with Frozen “Valley Fresh Steamers” and mix them with sausage or chicken)

For fast, easy and healthy free recipes go to the “Weight Control” section of: surviveasawoman

(These recipes are all Diabetic Friendly)

WARNING! Please do not spend money on cleaning supplies, detergents, or something else not related to food. You have to make a separate budget for that or else you will cheat yourself of important food money!

With this formula I’ve saved $3,600.00 in six months, and $7,200.00 in one year! Imagine what you can do with this savings! Amazing Stuff!


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    • srossjul profile imageAUTHOR

      Julie S Ross 

      6 years ago from Irvine, California

      Thank you cloverleaf for reading my articles. You are smart!

    • Cloverleaf profile image


      6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi srossjul - these money saving tips are GREAT!!! You are so good to share them with us. You've really shown how a grocery budget can stretch a long way with a little planning and organization.


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