I am most definitely a budget shopper. With a family of five, including two tween boys with unending appetites, keeping my savvy shopping skills sharp is a must. We're on a tight budget of $450-$500/month to meet all our food needs. Before you start shouting, "There's absolutely no way!" I'll let you know it can be done if you keep one little thing in mind: Portion Control. If you're eating the correct portion sizes, you can stick to this kind of budget...and currently, I don't use coupons. Okay. Now that the technical stuff is out of the way, let's get to the breakdown of a typical shopping trip.
I make a monthly trip to the big warehouse, Sam's Club, for detergent (Mrs. P calls this Laundry Soap), meats, cheeses, chips, some cereals, and coffee. I also make a bi-weekly trip to a grocery store, Aldi, for everything else.
I buy a box of 50 single-serving Potato Chips ($10.59), known as Crisps in Shay's neck of the woods. Why not buy the big bags that are 2 for $6? They go stale almost instantly after opening, and my kids help themselves to however many fistfuls they can get away with before I catch them. :o) I can send LittleGirl to school with a bag, and the boys usually have a bag of chips with their lunch a couple times a week.