**Thanks for all your warm get-well wishes. . . I am feeling much better now that the drugs have taken effect.. . still not 100%, but on my way!
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).
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.
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??