Missed my last update for Month 2: week 3? Check it out here.
Success for Month 2!!
With $9.55 to spare.
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!
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!
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.
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.
$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??