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August 1, 2012 | Posted By: Shannen Bayless
July Grocery Challenge Week #1: Feeding a Family of 4 for Under $100A few weeks ago, I was watching an episode of ďExtreme CouponingĒ on TLC. I hardly ever watch this show, but there was nothing else on TV. The family they were showcasing said that they spend less than $50 a week on groceries. I thought there is no way we could do that especially with all the bread, lunchmeat, milk, and fruit we consume in one week. Iím thinking this family was not buying much of these kinds of things. So this month, I am challenging myself to see how much or how little we can spend each week on groceries while still buying the foods we like the most. Iím trying to stay under $100. Iím hoping that by really keeping track of our spending, I can get our grocery budget a little more under control.
Here are my Week 1 Results:We just returned from a relaxing week in Jamaica, which also meant we were out of just about everything. I made my grocery list out and headed to the grocery stores here in my town. As much as I donít really like shopping there, I also didnít feel like spending an entire day grocery shopping when the temperatures were about 105 degrees.
I made out my dinner menu for the week and added items to my list that I knew Iíd need to complete these meals. I also bought a few things that I had coupons for (they were expiring soon), as well as a few price matched items. Kraft mac and cheese I priced matched for 48 cents because it was in HyVeeís flier this week! The other items on my list included our necessity items of bread, lunchmeat, milk, eggs, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
I made stops at Super Wal-Mart, Aldi, and Sullivans (locally owned supermarket in my town). I ended up spending $81.09 just at these three places. Yikes, I thought to myself. I only have $19 for the next 7 days! How am I going to feed our family all week with just $19? We go through so much milk, fruit, bread, & lettuce here in just a few days, especially since my husband is home for the summer. Iím not used to feeding him all day during the school year!
So over the course of the next few days, my husband and I made small trips to Target, Hy-Vee, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Aldi, and Sullivans.
Our total spending for Week #1 was $146.32. We were $46.32 over budget and not just because my husband had to buy that $6 bag of pistachios or because I decided we needed fresh hummus and pretzel chips. I canít complain too much considering we spent a lot of money on fresh fruit this week. Iíd rather spend money on fresh fruit and veggies than on chips and dip!
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