As far as shopping goes, I’m not the one to ask…my husband does the shopping. He can recall prices from different stores- something I can never do and knows if a price is a buy or not.
(Incidentally I do the same with yardage numbers just yesterday I thought I want 1200 yards of yarn when actually it should have been 1400. I have to write numbers/prices down to remember them)
Someone mentioned that their budget included diapers. Use cloth and you’ll save a ton. If it’s diaper service the cost is the same as buying disposables but 1) there is no water usage on your part to wash them. And 2) your garbage can will be less full and you can order smaller cans for garbage and lower your garbage rate. 3) and three in the long run this saves everyone environmental costs. If you wash your own then you buy them once, own them, and the only cost is the washing. I’ve done it both ways with both kids. When the baby out grow diapers you have nice dust rags, or if you bought a good brand they usually can hold up through another baby.
And garbage reminds me of something else. RECYCLE. In our area the recycling services is very broad and we can recycle almost everything and there is no charge for it. And things like milk cartons and frozen food containers we can recycle at our local co-op. So for a family of 4 we have the smallest can provided by the garbage service, often it isn’t even full and we pay I think under 15 a month.
Cleaning, I use vinegar and water to clean the floors, counter tops, and lots of other things. Very cheap. Use plain cheap Bon Ami for cleanser. If I think something needs bleach to really disinfect it a bottle of bleach is very cheap. I rarely use stronger store bought cleaning products and if I do I find the smells way too strong. Also used vinegar to de-oderize diapers back when I was washing them.
In summer months use a clothes line to save electricity instead of the dryer. Walk or bike or use bus/subway to save on buying gas. Switch to fluorescent bulbs to save electricity. Turn down the heat and turn off the lights. Small things that add up.
Good luck, your grocery bill is very impressive.