Grocery Challenge: Month 2 week 2

Another week of grocery shopping done! This week I went to all 3 stores in town. . . Hy-Vee for their brats, Sam’s Club for the usual stuff, and Cub Foods for cereal and fruit (on sale!).

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Sam’s Club: total spent $32.77. Bought the usual milk, blueberries, bananas, as well as a few things for the BBQ: cream cheese and chips.

Cub Foods: total spent $20.73. Stocked up on fruit (on sale – otherwise I buy most fruit at Sam’s), avocado, cereal, buns, free banana via Kid’s Club and corn on the cob (first of the season!).

Hy-Vee: total spent $26.39. Bought brats and hotdogs for BBQ, yogurt, sour cream, sausage.

Total left for the month: $73.45

I wish it were more! Stocking up on staples last week really made a difference. It a good thing that I stocked up on staples when they were on sale, that’s all part of the plan. . . we will just be more frugal going forward for the rest of the month, and diligent in using up what we have.

Also, Gina mentioned that I should get a Cub Kids Card for Luke. You can pick one up at the Customer Service desk and it is good for one piece of fruit every time you shop with your kid. So, Luke got a free banana! Yes, it’s only $0.27, but every little bit helps! Just like you get $0.05 for each bag you bring to use at Hy-Vee. I’m already going to bring my own bag, so if I get an extra couple of nickels for them, bonus!!

I did spend a little extra for the BBQ on Saturday, with buying brats, hotdogs, buns, chips and cream cheese (for a dip). But, that’s part of life and that is what part of the grocery budget is for!! I saved on dessert because we are really big on making big batches of cookies and bars (when Laura and I have a cookie palooza), and so I used what we had on hand and made a dessert platter!

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**This helped too because last week when Scott was putting away my latest bars, another container of bars fell out of the freezer and onto the floor, causing a few to spill out. . . So, he said that I can’t bake anymore until our freezer is empty!! And with blogs and Pinterest, I am always finding new recipes that I have to make, so you can imagine me just tapping my foot while we try to work our way through our current stash of desserts! Winking smile Oh well, also good for the challenge too, right??

This week it was key to check the sales – fruit and corn on the cob was cheap at Cub, and finding out about the Kid’s Card at Cub is awesome too!!

Now, back to the fridge, pantry and freezer to use up what we have for the rest of the month!! We still have a pretty big stash – especially in the freezer, we haven’t eaten any of the Let’s Dish meals from last month or the ones I bought last week! They are sitting right next to all the desserts… Winking smile

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  1. I am incredibly impressed with your budgeting abilities, girl! I used to try and do that when I was on my own and working at my old job and failed miserably haha….fresh fruit, veggies, and some protein each week killed my budget every time…still do as a matter of fact but things are slightly easier with Joe home to help out!
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    • KT

      Thanks!! It is a balancing act because we love fresh fruit and veggies, and those are non-negotiable in our diet, it helps to stop the impulse buys and keeps the budget under control.

  2. You’re doing SO well!! I love that you freeze your desserts, I need to start doing that… although they don’t seem to last long enough in this house to get to the freezer 😉 And I’m super jealous that you have Hy-Vee near to you! That is seriously my favorite grocery store in the entire world and I miss going there during college!
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    • KT

      I almost always make triple batches of desserts because my husband has a huge sweet tooth (ok I do too!) and so it is nice to have stuff on hand. I’ll trade you HyVee for a trader joes and byerlys.

  3. Can I come to your house & help clean out the cookies in your freezer? That cookie tray looks delicious!
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  4. Great job! I am so with you on having a million random treats stashed in the freezer yet wanting to make new ones and never getting through the old ones! It’s tough but great job with the willpower.
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    • KT

      Yes, I am finally trying to dig out everything we have in there – we have an extra big freezer in the basement too, which only makes things worse (or better, depending on how you look at it!) 🙂

  5. Glad that you picked up your Kids Club card:-) I’m also jealous re: your dessert stash; smart to freeze some! Keep up the good work!!
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  6. It looks like you are doing a great job with your grocery budgeting. I try to keep to a strict budget but I think it’s easier for me as I’m only buying groceries for me, and my boyfriend when he is in town. I love freezing cookies so you have a variety to choose from later.
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  7. You’re a trooper! Stick with it! You know you’ll learn what you can tolerate about the budget (and what you can’t or don’t want to) throughout this process. Are you keeping a journal of your ideas/thoughts/feelings/needs/wants/etc.?
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    • KT

      Thanks!! I am using the blog to keep track of what is working and not so I can share with everyone as well as remember for myself.