Grocery Challenge Update: 1

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I am hoping to do weekly updates for my grocery challenge. . . so I can keep track of spending and things that did or did not work –> and share with you!!

So, it was the first week of our grocery challenge. Well, not quite a week because we technically started on Wednesday May 1st. .  .

And before we were 48 hours into the challenge, I had already spent $83 and hadn’t use our cash envelope. I know! . . . let me explain.

So, I sign up for Daily Groupon deals.  .. and get emails from them multiple times per day and usually I just delete them, unless something in the subject line sounds like it would appeal to us. Well, this subject line was pre-packaged frozen meals. . . and sounded a lot like Let’s Dish. . . a meal service that we use quite frequently. They are in the cities and you can go and make your own meals or they can make them for you and you can just pick them up (for an extra fee).

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Well this Groupon deal, was $83 for 4 pick up meals (normally $138) + a $20 gift card. Such a good deal – I couldn’t turn it down! so, that’s how our grocery challenge started out. . .  not even 2 days in and only $217 left for the whole month.

So, I clipped coupons and made up a weekly meal plan. I perused our pantry and fridge to make sure and make use of anything that was going to go bad. . . and we headed out the door with plans to go to Sam’s Club and Cub Food with $120.

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Sam’s club was first. .  we buy mostly milk and fruit and this time we got some tortillas (only to note later that they were on sale cheaper at Cub) – total spent $27.40.

Then, Cub Foods. . . we bought a lot of food.  . . some staples – like 6 cans of corn, and 10 for $10 frozen veggies and regular purchases, OJ, bread, cheese, turkey. . . Since I wanted to make sure we stayed within the $92 we had left. . . I used my phone to keep a running total and we were right at $91 at checkout. With our coupons –> total spent $88.09. (total savings of $37.63!)

So total spent –> $115.49

That was a little higher than I wanted it to be, but we did get some good staples and lots of food for the price.

I am a little nervous about the rest of the month with only $101.51 to spend from our $300 budget. . . but I am always up for the challenge!!

Success from this weeks shopping trip:

  • taking only cash really cut down on impulse buys –> I think the only thing that wasn’t on the list that we bought (that wasn’t on sale) were popsicles for my throat
  • Using the phone to figure out how much everything was costing was super helpful too – like I had no idea that our bread was $3.99. I told Scott that after this challenge is done, I am going to be ready for the Price is Right!!
  • And what a difference coupons can make. .. if we wouldn’t have had any, we would have been way over budget.

Have you made any changes in your grocery shopping since the challenge started?? And tips to share??

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  1. This is a great idea!! We definitely spend too much on groceries.. gluten free diets are not cheap!
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  2. I love reading about your challenge! I could definitely learn a few lessons from you…like using cash to cut down on impulse buying. Genius!
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    • KT

      It was helpful to make sure that we didn’t buy anything extra that we didn’t need. . .Scott did look a little sad when we walked passed a display of Angies Kettle Corn though. . .

  3. Wowzers! You might be living on rice and beans by the end of the month 😉 You should make a trip up to the cities and stock up at TJ’s!! I seriously bought a weeks worth of groceries there today for less than $50 – I love that place! Good to hear you’re feeling better and the popsicles were worth the splurge!
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    • KT

      I am totally going to have to make a trip up soon. What are some of your favorite cheaper staples that I should check out? Fruit and veggies cheap there?

      • TJ’s has done wonders for my budget! Fresh spinach, apples, bananas, and kale are way cheap. I also find their nut butters & frozen stuff to be a good deal!!

        Love your challenge- I’m gonna switch to cash only at the grocery store!

  4. we are on a budget too. so i LOVE those cub coupons. $5 off is like free money!
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  5. I cannot believe you went into Sam’s Club and walked out spending less than $100. Less than $50. Less than $30!!!!
    You’re a rockstar!
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    • KT

      I was pretty impressed with that amount too! but not as much fun with no impulse buying. 🙁

  6. Thanks for the update on your grocery challenge. You’ve really got me thinking about how much we spend each month. Sometimes it’s tough because we buy non-grocery items, like paper towels & toiletries, because we’re lazy and only want to stop at one store!
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    • KT

      My husband is actually a rock star at separating out purchases- he actually goes through and takes our non-gocery items and puts their cost in the household budget. . . he loves excel spreadsheets! 😉