[00:00:00] Welcome to the a to Z grocery guide online course. I’m so glad that you’re here. In this course, you’re going to learn how to cut down on food waste to end your grocery bill, so make sure that you have printed off your online guide in getting it in a PDF, or you can use your phone to go and look at that as well.
[00:00:20] Or use your computer to see all of the actual PDF so you can see what I’m talking about. And I’m just going to walk you through just. All of the this information that’s going to really help you save so much money and help you be able to use that money to spend it on things that are more important to you.
[00:00:38] Like paying off debt and being able to go on vacations and I’m just doing so many things that you want to do. Plus you’re going to be cutting down on food waste. So you’re gonna be helping the environment, which is always a plus. So if you go into your grocery guide, you’ll notice in the PDF that it talks about what’s inside.
[00:00:58] So we’re going to go and [00:01:00] dive in to what is inside this course. There’s a lot of things that we’re going to talk about. We’re going to talk about how much most people spend on groceries. Do you line up with that? Are you more, are you less? And how you can start reducing the amount you’re spending every month on your grocery bill.
[00:01:17] We’ll also talk about why it’s important to lower our food waste and why it’s such an issue in our world today. So we’ll learn about some practical tips to help you save on your groceries each month, and you’ll also get a complete guide on how to spend on individual grocery. I am so I’m going to line item it out.
[00:01:40] So you have an idea of what you should be spending. I know you probably do not live in the same town that I live in, and the grocery prices vary depending on where you live and what’s local produce prices are and all of that. But it’s, this will be a guideline for you to refer back to and just give you an understanding [00:02:00] of what I will spend on each item.
[00:02:08] Well, I just want to introduce myself. My name is Amber Lane and I am so glad that you are part of this course. I am. Yeah. You don’t have a degree in saving money on groceries or on food waste. There is no such thing available, but I do feel like I’m quite qualified in this area. This is like my, my area of expertise.
[00:02:31] I have really been working on my financial defense for years and years and years, and when I talk about financial defense, I’m talking about. Strategies that will help you save money. So that way you have more money to be able to pay off debt, to live the life that you want. And so I’ve been really working on ways to save, and I love saving money on areas that there are, there’s more flexibility, like.
[00:03:00] Your mortgage, you don’t have as much flexibility of how much you spend each month because it’s just a set price. But when it comes to groceries and eating out and things like that, the amount that you spend is totally determined on your choices. And so you have the ability to save or spend more, and it’s really up to you.
[00:03:21] So if you go back to my past, I started. Couponing. When I was about 10 years old, my family would have the newspaper laid out every Sunday morning and no one ever wanted to go through the coupons or the ads. And so that was left. And I would go through them and I would clip coupons for my mom and try to line up the coupons with the deals that were in the ads and try to help her save money because it was something to do.
[00:03:51] And it really kind of stuck in. Just with me on ways to just save, and I started using coupons [00:04:00] for toiletries and buying makeup and shampoo and deodorant and all those things. I went off to college and I still used coupons some, and I just, I learned different ways to save money. And then my husband and I got married in 2009 and this was really at a time when coupon was.
[00:04:19] In its glory days. It was before the crazy couponing shows aired and before all of these stores realized that, um, they were really being taken advantage of because you can coupon in like an amazing ways and I was totally hooked on saving money using coupons. It was like a game to me and I was able to save so much money.
[00:04:43] Lining up the coupon deals, and I would go on couponing websites and I, I spent a lot of time doing this. And at that time I was spending on average, $76 a month on groceries, toiletries, and cosmetics for feeding my husband and I, [00:05:00] and we had like crazy amounts of food and we would host people frequently.
[00:05:06] And now, uh, you know, 11 years later. I look back at that process and I learned a lot through couponing. I taught coupon in classes for years and I helped a lot of people be able to save, but right now I would not say I coupon hardly at all. And the reason for it is because couponing has severely gone downhill and normally couponing it with groceries.
[00:05:36] It normally is like small amounts, like 25 cents off of cottage cheese, which is not. Really worth spending the time and energy to make that work. I’ve found different ways to save, especially since having kids that I just don’t want to be on couponing sites every day. I don’t want to be having to like line up deals and do all of that, and that’s not what this course is about.
[00:06:00] It’s not about clipping coupons. It’s not about spending hours trying to line up deals. That’s not sustainable and people burn out and it’s really not great anymore. They don’t have like double couponing policies and so many things are have changed. So I’m going to show you some easy ways that will help you save money every month without the headache.
[00:06:25] And so today we average. About $274 a month on groceries for a family of four. I’ve got two kids, and grocery prices are on the rise, like every, every year. Grocery prices go up, and so we’re definitely not spending $76 a month like we used to, but we are eating a lot healthier and we’re raising two children as well.
[00:06:53] And we eat a grain-free diet primarily, and we have some food allergies that [00:07:00] we have to navigate as well. So that also increases the food prices. So I’m going to show you some ways to save money without couponing. So stay tuned for the next lesson and we’re going to dive deep into some methods that will really help you start saving money today.