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So, I was sick all last week with a nasty cough. In fact, I am on day 9 of this blasted thing, and there’s not much of anything that is helping. I’m a little cranky. But being sick has its advantages, as I am going to use it as my excuse as to why I forgot to post an update on last week’s $40 grocery challenge. How about that for writer’s liberty? I do have good news though…I actually made my goal of spending only $40! I don’t have a photo to show because it was simply: a whole lot of fruit and vegetables. Red grapes, asparagus, spinach, carrots, apples, oranges, and lots of bananas. Everything else we needed for the entire weeks was already at our house in my nice, little stockpile.
We had great dinners like turkey burgers and sweet potato fries, seasoned pork roast and steamed broccoli with homemade cheese sauce, apple pie waffles and bacon, and spaghetti and homemade meatballs. And when I spent the last $1.00 I had on 2 lemons to squeeze into herbal tea to soothe my throat, I was quite proud of my week of spending.
Week #4, however, is a different story. I am finding that I can go just about every other week and manage to make it within my $40. As I write this on Sunday night (to be published on Tuesday), I have already spent more than my $40. Blame it on my discombobulated brain because I’m sick, blame it on my need for some sweetened condensed milk to make homemade coffee creamer. You could even blame it on Bubby and his insane need for 4 “nanas” a day. Talk about rationing fruit. Good grief. But any way you look at it, the budget was blown this week and it was only day 1. However, I DID get some good shopping in at Albertsons with doublers. Here’s a few things I picked up:
- 2 Hormel seasoned pork loins for $4.99 each. They are usually about 10.00 a piece.
- 2 packages of Dannon yogurt for less than a buck.
- A large tub of Country Crock spreadable butter for $1.99. I was a little iffy on this. Generally we try to buy real butter or Smart Balance, but I took a chance.
- About 8 Zone Perfect protein bars for free.
And then at Walmart, I picked up a very large assortment of fruits and vegetables, some milk, eggs, and my sweetened condensed milk. I have to say that I really don’t like shopping at Walmart for my produce. I’d rather shop locally and organically, but our budget doesn’t allow for a lot of freedom in that area. Thankfully, in our little town this week, asparagus is on sale for $1.29 per pound (cheaper than Walmart!!!). I’d like to get a few more pounds of that as we roasted some last week and it was delicious.
So, I’m pretty much battin’ 500 in the area of success in my grocery challenge. And that’s okay. I decided from the beginning that I wasn’t going to be hard and fast with the rules. I was going to make sure that my family had what they needed to be well fed with good food. Have any of you jumped on board and started a grocery challenge for your family? Leave a comment here, or head over to my Facebook page and tell me about it. Pictures are always welcome!