Grocery Challenge: Month 3!!

Missed my last update for Month 2: week 3? Check it out here.

Success for Month 2!!

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With $9.55 to spare. Smile

We ended up buying an emergency gallon of milk for Luke at Kwik trip for ~$4. And then I spent $10 at the Eau Claire Farmer’s Market. It helped that we were at the Lake all weekend for Country Fest and my parents supplied most of the food. To be fair – I did bring a big container of cookies and made a big batch of rice krispie bars –> so I wasn’t totally mooching! Winking smile 

I think the most helpful tips continue to be:

1.  meal planning using what you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer,

2. using cash (really helps limit impulse buys if you only have $20 with you to spend!), and

3. keeping an envelope right in the kitchen that I keep a running total of how much I have spent so far and how much I have left for the month, that I fill out right after I put the groceries away and I still have the receipt handy.

And now we are onto July. The final month in my 3 month challenge!

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I made one trip to Cub Foods on Tuesday to pick up ingredients for the burgers I made for 4th of July (Maple-Bacon Beer Burgers – holy yum! –> IMHO, only add 1/8 cup of beer, otherwise they are a bit loose and fall apart on the grill). And fruit and some staples. Total spent –> $35.63.

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And our obligatory Sam’s Club trip for the week for fruit (blueberries, grapes and bananas) and milk. Total spent –> $18.39

And Scott says I need to be totally honest about that trip. . . I went to the store with no cash from the envelope. And he says I need to tell you about how he “saved” the challenge by having $20 in his wallet for us to use at Sam’s Club. .. which really curbed spending because I was planning on getting a few more things! Mainly ketchup and frozen fruit for smoothies –> how’s that for a tasty sounding combo? lol. Winking smile

And I also spent $12 at the Mankato Farmer’s Market, $5 at Schmidt’s meat market (their beef sticks are awesome), and $1.18 at Kwik Trip for 2 tomatoes. Winking smile 

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$221.80 left for July.

I went through our freezer, pantry and fridge again this weekend and have a list of all the food that we have to eat. . . we have a big freezer in the basement that is pretty much full of food, so even though we have been eating a lot of what we have on hand, we still have a big stash left. . . I am finding that I am quite the food hoarder. I like to buy stuff and then save it, instead of eating it. . . which helps for this challenge (because I have a huge build up in the freezer), but not long term. . . more to come when I put my final thoughts together at the end of the challenge this month.

Have you made any changes to your grocery/spending habits lately?? How do you save money at the grocery store??

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14 Responses to Grocery Challenge: Month 3!!

  1. I am pretty good about meal planning/making a list, but I still tend to end up with a few impulse buys in my cart. I need to try your method of using cash instead of my credit card.
    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl recently posted..Jumping on the Bandwagon: The ABC’s of MeMy Profile

    • KT

      I think using cash has been the biggest thing for me for our savings. . . I plan on continuing that after the challenge is over.

  2. I’ve been following your eat everything in the freezer tip but I don’t have a very big freezer and now my meals are getting quite boring, haha! I have been trying to plan my meals around sales and not just buying things because they look good at the store!
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted..BBQ Tofu PizzaMy Profile

    • KT

      Yes! That’s a big one too – follow the sales and don’t go to the grocery store hungry. 🙂

  3. Kim

    You’re doing great! I’m heading back to school this year so won’t have any money coming in but will have lots going out… I think I might implement your cash method!
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  4. I am great at meal planning and not wasting but I need to seriously curb my spending. I also suffer from food hoarding. Which I am currently working on. Who knew you didn’t need 8 different types of pasta on hand at all times?
    Casey @ Salted Plates recently posted..Me from A to ZMy Profile

    • KT

      Lol – you too? It’s so funny because I buy stuff that I really want to eat but just keep saving it. . . and I am not sure why!!

  5. I’m in the process of looking for a house to buy, which means I am going to have to start and stick to budgeting 🙁 I’ve always been too scared to try monthly grocery budgeting maybe I’ll start with two weeks at at time and see how it goes… Congrats on completing three months of grocery budgeting! Are you going to continue it?
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    • KT

      I think go big. .. I never thought I would be able to stick to $300 per month, but I wanted to try. .. and now 2 months in, I am finding that it is totally doable – and YES I am going to continue it. 🙂

  6. I am a total food hoarder too! If I find a good deal on something, I will stock up on it and toss it in the freezer where it is usually forgotten about for a while. You are doing a great job with this challenge! Keep it up!
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  7. My biggest tactic is making a list and sticking to it! That and using what I have on hand. Here’s the post I wrote on grocery budgeting last year! Enjoy!
    http://www.livehalffullblog.com/2012/02/20/balling-on-a-budget/
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    • KT

      Awesome post – thanks for sharing! I use my phone to keep a running total while I am shopping to make sure I don’t go over the amount of $$ I brought with!!