Feeding Your Family III – Food Shopping on a Budget

Busy Mom’s Survival Guide Podcast Episode 046.
My food budget is never as big as I want it to be.  I would love to buy only organic items or the most expensive and healthiest cuts of meat.  But like most moms I have to make some tough choices as to what food to buy for my family.


I’ve had a lot of practice over the years making a food budget stretch.  During this episode I share what I feel are the best ways to save money when food shopping on a budget.  This allows me to buy the greatest quantities of the healthiest food that I can.

Topics Covered in this Episode

  • How a garden saves you money
  • How a pantry saves you money
  • The importance of a price book
  • Basing decisions on unit pricing, not sales
  • Shopping frequency
  • Bulk items and whether or not to buy them

Listener Questions

Courtney: Do you account for growth spurts? It always seems like no matter how much I buy on the lean side or major shopping stock up its gone! Other moms of 6+ children report the same thing

Janae & Bethany: Do you use coupons? I find them more of a hassle than anything, and they hardly ever apply to what I need to purchase – but some people say they save so much money, I wonder if I should rethink.

Leah: I only have one child and he gets breakfast AND lunch at preschool/daycare. Is the meal planning for one meal and budgeting on groceries worth it money wise?

Becky: Thoughts on the tight budget family – shop clearance/sale bins or plan ahead with flyers?

Jennifer: How far ahead do you plan/shop? One week, two, or more?

Episodes in the Series

What are the best ways you have found to save money when food shopping?

Thanks for listening!  Please join me next week as I discuss teaching your children to cook.


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  • Kristina Gregory

    Very interested to see what sort of tips you have in the podcast. Can’t wait to listen. 🙂

    • goatmilkstuff

      Let me know what you think! PJ

  • Haleigh

    I Made a price list for the first time this year, and wish I would have done it 8 years ago when we got married. I have been able to half our grocery budget to around $200 a month! We are able to use that extra money to help pay off debt! Thanks for all the great tips! Miss you guys!

    • goatmilkstuff

      We miss you too!! It is amazing how much money you can save with a price list and a pantry. It truly is. PJ

  • Linda

    I’d still rather spend a little more on healthy fruits and vegetables than set my kids up on a long life habit of eating frozen pizza and junk

    • goatmilkstuff

      Of course! That is my point exactly. My point is to pick the healthiest foods possible, but not to feel guilty if organic apples are outside your budget. Feed your family whatever apples you can afford. PJ

  • Amanda Powers

    Love this episode. Focus on the family did a similar one on Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy. Both are very good. Really reaffirms the Home Ec. Lessons i took in college!

    • goatmilkstuff

      I’m so glad! It’s so important to take care of our families and food is such a major part of it.