How little can you spend on groceries?

I'm happy and proud to say I spent $40 on groceries this week, and that's it.

 I am lucky, though. I live in an area where there are 2 Aldi's near my house. Most people would be lucky to get what I got for $80! You can't beat a bag of grapes for a dollar.

I work two jobs, and run this blog and youtube channel. I have exactly one day off. One day to do everything; laundry, house cleaning, cooking, rest, and planning for the week. If that one day doesn't get used to the fullest, the rest of the week is fairly unorganized. That's one of the things The Life and Lies is trying to be; a great place where you can learn quick ways to get your busy life under control.

 My sister and blogger-friend Hannah over at The Leininger Homestead posted an article about saving money during grocery shopping, and I figured I'd share it with you guys, as well as give you a few of my hints on saving money while grocery shopping!

1. Plan meals ahead of time--in detail. Don't do just vague "Okay we'll do pasta for dinner, oatmeal for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, and some granola bars. Cool, done." Figure out exactly how much of everything you need, and start with what you have in your fridge/pantry.

2. Buy non-perishables in enough quantity to make more than what you need, but always make less than what you need. I know that looks weird on the surface but hear me out. Say you're making home-made Mac n Cheese for dinner. You need chicken, pasta, cheese, peas, and maybe some bacon if you're up for that. Bacon can be frozen, so open the package, cook just enough, throw the rest in the freezer for a rainy day. Get twice as much pasta as you need (bonus points if it's on sale!) and cook just a little (maybe you buy two boxes, but you only cook half a box; now you have pasta for other dishes in the future). Make a side dish to finish the meal. Now you have food for the day, a side dish to help fill you up, and enough supplies to make something else on a day you can't go shopping.

And debatably  the most important rule of all:

3. NEVER buy ANYTHING full price. 

That's right, you read that correctly. There is literally no reason to buy anything full price; not in the day and age of competition, price matching, cashback, and coupons. If you're planning ahead, you can know where to go to get stuff on sale, you can hunt down coupons online, or you can even do your meal plans starting with Checkout 51 or Ibotta, by looking at what you'll get cashback on and planning your meals accordingly. Crazy Coupon Lady app teaches you how to stack coupons to basically get free stuff. Once you decide you won't buy anything full price, you start thinking differently!

Welcome to the challenge.

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