Grocery Challenge: Month 3: Week 3

Wow. I can’t believe that my 3 month grocery challenge is almost done!

I had success for Month 1 and Month 2. . .

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. .. Winking smile 


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. Sad smile


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!! Smile 

Have you been watching your spending at all? Any tricks to share??


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10 Responses to Grocery Challenge: Month 3: Week 3

  1. Way

    If you only went over by $6.99 you did great! It’s not easy to do when you have company.

  2. Nice work! This is totally inspiring but I am having trouble figuring out what to set me goal at. Did you include eating out and all alcohol?
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    • KT

      Thanks so much! I had a tough time picking a goal too. I would try tp pick on that is about 2/3rds of your current spending. If you go over after the first month, raise it to 3/4. . . We don’t drink too much alcohol but did include it in our grocery budget and we separate our eating out from groceries. Good luck!

  3. Okay, it is SO hard when vacation is thrown in the mix! It’s important to splurge a little bit on vacation! I think you did a great job all things considered!

    • KT

      Thank you! I think I am just being a bit hard on myself too – but we had a great time on vacation eating Special K bars and that is totally worth an extra $7! 🙂

  4. At least you BOUGHT groceries for vacay and didn’t spend a ton of money going out to eat every meal, right??! And you only went over by $6… I think you probably made that up in previous 2 months that you came in under budget 🙂
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  5. I need your shopping secrets! I always go over $300 a month and it’s just me and my husband. I’m pretty sure our wine budget needs to be cut by a lot! I do check the circulars to see what’s on sale at different stores near me and I’ve saved a lot of money at times by hitting up 2-3 different stores in a day to catch the right prices on stuff I need.
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  6. So awesome to finish so close to your goal with the added “stress” of shopping for/on vacation. The recap should be really helpful for all of us to read.