This week I remembered to take a photo of my groceries for the Pantry, Fridge and Freezer Challenge!
My bill this week was $53.45. That includes several organic items like: cauliflower (it was only $1 more than the conventionally grown), two gallons of milk, natural uncured bacon, organic popcorn (we eat a lot of popcorn so I’ve started buying the organic variety which is really not too much more than the traditional type) and eggs. I got a great deal on early season asparagus at only $.98 per pound! Score!
I had to stock up on a few things I was totally out of like yeast, baking spray and cider vinegar. But the rest was pretty much produce and a few snack like pretzels and also some cheddar cheese for a recipe. I’ll likely need to make a stop at the grocery store later this week for more milk, but hopefully not much else.
I went back to Costco this week because I had forgotten some things the last time that we wanted. One of our favorites is the basil pesto. Growing basil in my own garden is hit or miss depending the weather and the last few years have not been so great. But I’m going to try again this year. In the meantime, the pesto sauce from Costco is pretty good! But I ended up with some extra items that we were out of like Nature’s Path flax pumpkin granola and also some items for some recipes I’ll be featuring on the blog soon that included pita chips, cucumber and avocados. I also splurged on the shamrock shaped ravioli for the kids! The bill for that came out to about $60. Whew!
All in all, I think a little over $100 for a family of for on groceries for the week is not too bad! Now, to clarify, when I speak of groceries I’m talking food only. I don’t count household items like cleaning products or toilet paper because, well, those aren’t groceries and go into a different category of my household expenses budget.
So how did your week go? Let us know in the comments below! If you’re a blogger and are joining the challenge and blogging about it, be sure to link up your post in the linky below so that we can all learn more ways to save on our grocery budgets! If you’re new to the challenge this week, see details to follow about how it works and how you can join in!
Here’s The Challenge:
Challenge runs February 11th through March 11, try to use up what you’ve got and buy a little less than normal at the grocery store. I’m not going to put a value on what your goal should be because everyone’s family size is different as are your budgets and appetites. Even where you live can make a difference on how much groceries will cost. But what I’m going to do for myself is figure out a dollar amount that I want to save and that works for us. So that might mean $5 less one week, maybe $15 the next and maybe $35 the final week. I know those may sound like small amounts to some of you, but it’s about taking small steps toward big change. Not only will you have more change in your pockets (yes, pun intended!), but I bet you’ll find that those small steps will make a difference towards the changes you can make in your overall meal planning and future grocery shopping.
How To Join The Challenge:
1. Decide how much money you want to save and how long you think you’ll want to do the challenge. I’ll be doing it all four weeks so you can join in every week or just as your schedule allows.
2. Make an inventory of your freezer, fridge and pantry. You can find some tips on how to get started by reading ideas from this blog post.
3. Make a meal plan for each week you plan to do the challenge. You can find tips on how to get started meal planning by reading this blog post.
4. Make your grocery list and focus on trying to buy just fresh ingredients (like milk, fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc.)
5. Each week I’ll be posting my progress and I encourage you all to leave your comments on how you’re doing. We can all learn something from each other! And if you’re a blogger, you can link up your blog post about the Challenge so that we can all get more ideas of how to save money on our grocery bill!
6. I’ll choose five blogs that link up to feature next week for our final week, so link up below!
So who’s with me? How do you think you’ll accomplish this task? Share your ideas in the comments below because if you’re thinking it, someone else probably can benefit from hearing it! Link up and I’ll feature up to five other bloggers in next week’s post–our final week of the challenge!