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Grocery Challenge Week One

August 6th, 2020 at 05:06 pm

For the week of 8/1 -8/7 I spent $102.97. I’m posting a day early as I know I won’t be shopping tomorrow. This was a big stock up shop as I was out of almost everything. My goal for August was to spend $20 less for groceries then I did in July. My July total was $198.21, so I have $75.24 left for the month of August. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but I think it's doable. I don’t anticipate needing anything at all next week. This is just for groceries, no pet supplies, cleaning supplies or personal care items. It also does not include any take-out food.

I usually shop at Aldi’s, but I wasn’t feeling well on grocery shopping day and when I drove to the Aldi the parking lot was packed and I just wasn’t up to a big crowd in the store. I drove back over to the grocery store right down the street from where I live and got everything there. They are a bit more expensive, but they usually have everything I need, and the store never seems too crowded and it’s very clean. So, my bill was probably a bit higher than if I had gone to Aldi.

Before I shopped, I carefully went through my pantry, fridge and freezer to see what I already had. Then I did some meal planning and made my list. I checked the store circulars for sales on things I needed. I was well prepared! I find that careful planning is really key for me to keep to my grocery budget.

I did get another good deal on eggs at .99 a dozen. I was surprised that almost everything I bought was at the same price as the last time I shopped, so I didn’t notice much, if any, of a price increase on my usual staples.

Breakfasts for me are usually an egg or two, a piece of toast with butter, and coffee with cream. I might make French toast occasionally or have oatmeal and fruit. Lunch is mostly either chicken salad or tuna salad. Sometimes I’ll have some soup or a grilled cheese. Dinners are usually a protein and veggies. I eat a lot of simple stir fry’s. I might have pasta with meat sauce once in a while. For snacks I keep apples, other fruits, nuts, and air popped popcorn. I don’t buy other types of chips or crackers because I have no will power if I have them in the house!

I will post the week two grocery challenge thread on 8/14. Please join in and post your grocery totals and goals if you want!

3 Responses to “Grocery Challenge Week One”

  1. Amber Says:

    Good job. I actually set a goal to spend less this month as well on groceries.

  2. mumof2 Says:

    wow you guys don't spend much on groceries at all...our months groceries are around $1000 thats what we budget for 3 of us...don't always spend that amount but guess our food costs much more..the eggs we buy are $7 a dozen

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I think you did well, even if you didn't shop at Aldi. I just read an article this last week that grocery prices went up in April and May due to shortages, but now there are few shortages, the prices have not gone down. I think it is what we can expect, sad to say.

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