This weekend, I received this bag from Target for Earth Day for free!
We are over halfway finished with the grocery adventures! I have one week left to buy groceries and I still have approximately $84 left to spend in the month of April. This is exciting because by now we are normally at around -$84 and still have to buy the last week's worth of groceries. Overall, I would count my experiment as a success. At first, I did not want to continue the $50/week goal for regular groceries, but now I feel that I will keep up the good work. Seriously, I spend so much less when I go to the grocery store with a plan and with my phone calculator out and calculating what I am spending for the week. It really makes you think, "Do I really feel like the name brand is worth $1 extra?" or, "Do I really need to buy the second can of tuna that I probably won't use?" and when I am cooking at home, "Should I just save this shrimp for another day, when we don't already have protein in our meal?"
Here is the breakdown for this week:
Dairy (Milk- $1.99)
Frozen (Corn- $1.89, Peas- $.99) = $3.88
Fresh (Bananas- $4.53, Apples - $3.99, Oranges- $3.99, Eggplant - $1.99, Cucumbers- $3.96, Potatoes- $1.99, Spinach- $4.00)= $22.46
Canned/Non-Perishable goods (Coffee- $6.64, Tuna- $1.02, Pasta- $1.22, Soup- $1.78, Chicken Broth- $5.38 (Note: This was a LOT of broth...I needed it for two recipes and it was over 12 cups in a huge can), Soup- $.75 (looking back, this was totally unnecessary for me to buy!), Olive Oil- $7.69) = $24.48
Unidentified objects: $3.89 for "Farmland" and $1.49 for "Green Giant". I have no clue what these were.... = $5.38
For a grand total of...
And without the olive oil (which was an "outside" purchase stipulated at the beginning of the experiment):
Yay! I think that is pretty good for the week. This upcoming week will be somewhat of a challenge because I plan to cook an Easter meal for me and David. Any ideas for cheaper holiday food?