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Grocery Challenge – End of Week 4

We stopped by Macey’s Thursday night to buy some little things – some apples, because no one had good fruit on Monday, a handful of shallots to make veggie bouillon and chicken stock, plus a quart of plain yogurt because it was on sale and it just sounded good. Plus, I was having cookie cravings and I remembered this recipe I wanted to try that needed yogurt.

We spent: $6.42
Remaining budget: $9.73

We didn’t really intend to come in so far under budget. It just worked out that way. Unless something comes up tomorrow, it looks like…

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Grocery Challenge – Beginning of Week 4

Finally, it’s the last week of the Grocery Challenge. We went shopping yesterday, mainly because I needed to go renew some library books before they were overdue today. It means we missed the sales, but it’s a small price to pay.

Surprisingly, we didn’t buy all that much. We weren’t able to get much in the way of fruit for breakfasts, save for one cantaloupe, so I think there’ll be another shopping trip later this week. Onions are finally coming down in price, so I have hopes for repeats of last fall’s 25c/lb onion crops. I hate paying $1.50+…

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Grocery Challenge – End of Week 3

We’re almost through this challenge and this is the final week. I hope you’re enjoying this series! Next week, I’ll return to my normal recipe posts but it’s been nice to talk a little about shopping frugally and menus.

However, I won’t be able to write very much this week because my senior project is so very close to being done that I’m devoting almost all of my writing energies towards it. Let’s put it this way, I hope to hand it in for review by Tuesday! It won’t be done on Tuesday, of course, as I’ll probably have…

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Grocery Challenge – Halfway Through and My Thoughts and Tips

I really wasn’t sure if we would be able to make this far. We spent almost our entire budget in one day last week and this week. I was positive we’d forgotten something.

Something I’m learning with this challenge – I do not need to worry so much when I’m going to be doing the grocery shopping again in about three or four days. I would feel differently if we didn’t have so much food in the pantry and freezer that we can make all sorts of meals — being out of one or two ingredients, while inconvenient, is

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Grocery Challenge – Week 3, Days 1 & 2

We’re starting to use up some stuff in the pantry now but by choice, not by force. Last night, we went to Walmart to buy some household products, like paper towels and scrubbie sponges, neither of which are counted towards our grocery challenge budget (thankfully). We picked up some sour cream though, since they have the best price.

We spent: $1.90
Remaining Budget: $48.10

Today is Shopping Day, so we headed out fairly late to Winco and Rancho. Unfortunately, today was not the day Rancho got all its good produce in — some of the sales advertised in…

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Grocery Challenge – Week 3 Begins

The absolute worst part of this challenge to date: Running low on eggs.

On Sunday, we learned that we go through more than 18 eggs a week. We usually have two cartons of 18 eggs on hand, but I didn’t realize just how many we ate each week until we cut back to picking up one carton each week for the challenge. Apparently, we go through about twenty to two dozen eggs each week. Wow.

Of course, it doesn’t help that we’ve used/will use a bit more than half a dozen eggs just today making crepes and omelets…

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Grocery Challenge – End of Week 2

Halfway through already!

We were once again under budget by $3.03, having spent $46.97 all in one day, so we decided to pick up some leeks at Walmart to make some more veggie bouillon this week.

We Spent: $2.31
Remaining Budget: $0.72

Not as good as last week, but pretty damn good considering we went through Winco without our calculator and hoped that what we were picking up (a lot of coupon-deals that we normally don’t buy) was going to fit into what we had left after Rancho. So I’m pretty happy with our progress…

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