Grocery Challenge: Month 2: week 1

Thank you all so much for all of your encouraging comments on yesterday’s post! I still haven’t made a decision yet, but I know that no matter which race I choose, I will have lots of support along the way! Smile 

On to month 2 of the Grocery Challenge! After my success of Month 1, I ready and excited to take on Month 2!!


In addition to wanting to use things in my fridge, freezer and pantry. I still had a Let’s Dish gift card (from another previous Groupon purchase) that has been collecting dust on the shelf. So, I decided to use that and get a few more pre-made meals for this month. I have realized that I really like to get stuff and keep it. I will buy things that I want to try/make/cook with and sometimes I keep it for so long instead of using it, that it goes bad! I hate wasting food, wasting money and not getting to use the stuff that I bought for a reason. So, I am really trying to use up the stuff we have and then moving forward, buying things to use in the short term. Another place where meal planning is super helpful!! And starting the meal planning process with what I have on hand already. **Super good/useful tip for me!!


So, I had enough on the gift card to cover the meals with $17 out of my June budget. And then one trip to Cub last weekend for some groceries. And I found some pantry items on sale, so I stocked up on those items. **but not too many!! Total spent: $65.94. And total fail because I had cash with me, but since Luke was melting down, totally paid with my credit card instead! #fail

This week, I headed to Hy-Vee because I had a very special anniversary cookie cake to pick up! And bought a couple other items – bread and cheese. Our favorite mango salsa that we can only get at Hy-Vee. and frozen veggies – our fav garlic cauliflower were on sale. And total impulse buy – Pearson’s sea salt caramel nut goodie. Total spent: $40.05.

$177.01 left for the month. Having family over for a Father’s Day BBQ next weekend, so already menu planning for that based on what we have in the house! Don’t worry guys – it won’t be all leftovers. Winking smile So far so good. It helps that Scott has been really supportive and impressed with how well we I am doing with the challenge. Positive reinforcement is always helpful!!

Any tips to help me succeed in month 2??


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19 Responses to Grocery Challenge: Month 2: week 1

  1. Ohhhhh Luke. I can just picture you trying to keep him calm while trying to get through the checkout.
    You can do this! You are doing a great job planning which is KEY. That, and using up what you have in the freezer like you said. I keep saying this but I REALLY need to do this too. Our freezer is full of goodies that haven’t been touched for a while. Not okay!
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    • KT

      Agreed – planning is key!! And so helpful for both grocery shopping as well as weeknight eats.

  2. Way

    Hang in there , love reading about someone else cooking.

  3. I’m glad you told your guests that the bbq won’t all be leftovers! Haha. Maybe they will try to help you and bring stuff??
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  4. So glad to see you’re on month 2… I love following this. I’ve been going through my freezer and cupboard to try to put a dent into our food costs and it’s helping (buying a house ~ money stress!). recently posted..Spread ~ perfectly ~ ThinMy Profile

  5. I have been utilizing a cash envelope this month as well. And if I DO use credit, I take the cash out of the envelope to account for it (it goes in my pay-off-the-car fund). Maybe try hitting up a farmers market for cheap veggies?

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  6. Glad your hubby is being so supportive, even if you end up doing all the shopping! P.S. I’m going to do the Richmond Marathon in Nov. We have fam there, which means free & reliable child care!
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  7. Keep it up! It’s encouraging to read along! Meltdowns are no bueno. When I bring Braxton to Cub Foods, I like to start on the opposite side of the store (partially so I can use the bathroom when we get there;-) and he gets a free cookie at the bakery (which he loves and keeps him entertained through checkout since it’s at the “end” of our shopping trip) and if you haven’t already, register for the Cub Kids card to get a free piece of fruit every time you shop.
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    • KT

      Cub Kids Card?? That sounds awesome!! But the free cookie sounds better. I am totally looking forward to grocery shopping this weekend. 😉

  8. Good luck on your challenge! I’m too much of an impulse buyer to ever do well with this lol! That said, when I move out I’ll have to count pennies again so I may start taking notes from your good example!
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  9. I don’t really have any extra tips for you besides maybe cutting out meat more because it is expensive! I think meal planning around what items you have at home will save you tons right now!
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    • KT

      Agreed! Meat is expensive. I am always on the lookout for veggie alternatives – especially in the summer!! I love big salads and smoothies in the summer especially. 🙂 I might have to join you for a trip to the Farmer’s market this summer, the Mankato one is like 10 people –> so tiny.

  10. Your grocery challenge is amazing!! We need to plan better.. and stop shopping when we’re hungry! Hahaha
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