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!
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. 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??