Wow. I can’t believe that my 3 month grocery challenge is almost done!
And for the 1st half of the month 3.
And, I ended up going a little bit over my $300 goal for month 3. I am so bummed! I should have known I would have a problem after saying how it seemed like it was getting easier. ..
Since my last check in, I have done quite a bit of shopping. .. first up was a few items for the weekend before vacation. We totally splurged and bought some steaks at HyVee and corn on the cob from the local corn stand and some adult beverages at the liquor store. .. it was a really good meal!
HyVee –> $14.43
Corn stand in St. Peter –-> $6
MGM Liquor –>$6
Then, I headed back to the store to stock up on food for our Lake vacation. And I was doing really well, until I needed to make an extra stop at the grocery store on the way to the Lake to pick up some extra food that I realized we were missing. I had to spend more than I had planned, which ultimately put me over my $300 limit by $6.69.
Sam’s Club –> $31.30
Cub Foods –> $61.28
Corn stand in St. Peter –> $11
Market Place –> $21.98
The silver lining is that even though I went over by $6.69 (fingers crossed that I don’t need to go back to the store before Thursday), I am still doing much better with the challenge overall, than when I started almost 3 months ago! Also, even though I planned like crazy for groceries for the vacation, there are always a few extra things that come up. I could have saved money by not making a batch of Special K bars (recipe coming soon!) and a double batch of rice krispie bars –> but that’s what vacation is all about! So, it was totally worth it to me.
So, even though I went over for this month, I am not giving up. . . I have a 3 month recap of the things that worked the best for me and things that I am going to continue doing to save money and keep our grocery spending low!!
Have you been watching your spending at all? Any tricks to share??