A couple of weeks ago I appeared on New York PIX 11 Savings Squad – How To Shrink Your Grocery Bill. The segment hosted by Kirstin Cole, spoke how “the average U.S. family spends about $800 a month on groceries“. 

Savings Squad
Kirstin Cole asking me ways I save money shopping

I spend less than that because we live with my mother in law and she cooks twice a week, saving me 2 days of groceries and I don’t cook on Saturday’s, we have take out. Which still counts toward food just not in the supermarket category. For the days I do cook, I meal plan for the week and I try to save money anyway I can. As I stated in the segment, I shop using store rewards cards, clipping coupons, using store apps like Cartwheel for Target, I bulk shop once a month at BJ’s for meat and other popular items for the kids and I always shop sale items.

Kirstin enlisted the help of Lynnette Khalfani Cox, the Money Coach, to teach families additional ways they can shop smarter in order to keep up to $1,000 in their bank account at the end of a four month period.

Lynette gave these tips to help save money:

  • Leave the kids at home. They are attracted to bright packaging which can be more expensive.
  • Avoid the pre-cut fruit. If the store has to cut it for you then you can bet it will cost more.
  • Know your seasons for fruits and vegetables so you know when and when not to buy them.
  • Shop the unit price, which is the cost of one unit of measure of an item. You could be spending more for less.

Read the complete story for all of the tips in detail here and watch the segment below.

For the entire month of June I will be tallying  up how much we as family spend on groceries and other household goods for the month and try to save a minimum of $600 by shopping using Lynette’s techniques. Do you know how much you spend a month on food? What are ways that you save?

Thank you Kirstin Cole, Lynnette Khalfani Cox and the NY PIX 11 team for the opportunity to participate in the Savings Squad segment.

Author: Mommy R+R

Valerie Pierre is the owner and content creator for Mommy R+R. She is a lover of food, wine & cuss words. She resides in Brooklyn, NY with her comic nerd husband and their two kids. Valerie is also Co-Owner of Sisterhued. A digital collective that showcases women of color in positive lights. She also contributes pieces to MomCave TV, Fit Noire and Football, Food & Motherhood.


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7 thoughts on “NEW YORK PIX 11 SAVINGS SQUAD

  1. Oh, I know that I totally over spend. And then I end up wasting WAY too much.

    Posted on June 9, 2015 at 4:24 pm
  2. Like most families, we spend a bulk of our money on groceries each month. I definitely agree with the tip that leaving kids home definitely will save some money on grocery shopping. They are always asking for things while shopping. And we always avoid the pre-cut fruit. Just fresher to get them whole..not just because it costs more.

    Posted on June 9, 2015 at 4:35 pm
  3. This is a super article! I love it!! Everyone needs help like this!

    Posted on June 9, 2015 at 7:05 pm
  4. I considered the pre-cut fruit not too long ago, and when I looked at the price I was floored. SO not worth a few minutes of cutting it yourself.

    Posted on June 9, 2015 at 11:31 pm
  5. I know how much we spend and it only keeps getting more and more expensive with our growing family. We have food allergies so it’s harder to save up and spend less with so many restrictions.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 3:00 am
  6. I never buy marinated meats and pre-cut fruits. They are way cheaper if you do it yourself.

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 4:51 am
  7. Great tips! I’ve always been a very frugal shopper and cook, and can stretch our grocery budget a LONG ways!

    Posted on June 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm