How to save money on food: Great tips from three years of Get Rich Slowly

While driving to our monthly book group discussion on Saturday, Kris and I had a conversation with our friend Courtney. Courtney’s family is beginning to feel a financial squeeze. Her husband’s employer is cutting jobs. To keep working, he’ll have to take a pay cut and move back to the position he left a couple of years ago.

“I’ve started to read personal finance books,” Courtney told us. “We know we’re going to have to make do with less money, so I’m looking for advice. I’d really like to learn how to cut back on groceries, for example.”

“Oh, you should read Get Rich Slowly,” Kris said. “J.D. writes about that all the time.”

It’s true. I do share a lot of stories about how to save on food. It’s something we all struggle with. But I feel like I’ve almost written too much on the subject. “I don’t want to post another story about clipping coupons,” I said. “But, you know, maybe I could collect all of the stories about food that I’ve published in the past. I could post a compendium for you, Courtney.”

“That’d be great,” she said.

I’ve scoured three years of the GRS archives to find the best stories about saving money on food. First up is this survey: How much do you spend on food? There’s no info in the article itself, but there are over 180 comments that reveal families have radically different budgets for food. Some people are able to feed a family of six on $400 a month. But some single folks spend $400 a month just on themselves.

I divided the remaining articles into broad categories:

Specific Strategies

Lists of Hints And Tips

Frugal Recipes

The Psychology of Shopping

You can find many other similar articles in the food category of the Get Rich Slowly archives.

Though I generally frown on overt self-promotion in the comments, I’m making an exception for this post. If you have a favorite article about saving on food — from anywhere on the web, including your own site — feel free to share it with Courtney and other GRS readers!

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