Week Two shopping on the pantry challenge was a success due to shopping in the middle of a snowstorm.
This week as I expected there were no good sales on baking supplies, canned goods or meat. I did a lot of stocking up on these items in the fall. One store did have a sale on bagels which are a big staple in my running DH's diet. The day I shopped for groceries was the same day that we had a snow storm and near white out road conditions. I live here in town and the grocery stores are only a few blocks away so it wasn't any trouble for me to get to a store. I knew that the one grocery store that marks down produce would be having those mark downs due to the bad weather and people staying home and not shopping. Well, as anticipated they did. I spent a total of $33.71. Here is a picture of what I purchased and I have decided to detail what I spent on each item. (As to the background, yes I am peeling off the wallpaper in the kitchen to eventually paint the walls.)
Dole Salad Mixes ($1.44 each), marked down zuchinni (49 cents), marked down mushrooms (49 cents), marked down red and green peppers (99 cents), marked down bunches of broccoli (39 cents per bunch); Sara Lee Bagels (sale for 99 cents); fresh pineapple ($1.99), cantaloupe ($1.58) Clementine tangerines ($4.99); cabbage (33 cents lb.), ruby red grapefruit (4/ $1.00); Buddig deli meats ($1.00 after coupon); pasta (77 cents); tomato soup (3/$1.00); Chinet comfort cups (free with a coupon), salt (39 cents), Hawaiian bread (day old - $1.49 and then used a $1.00 off coupon), Nestle cocoa (2/$1.00), ziploc containers (3/$2.00 and then used a $1.50 off coupon), Italian bakery bread - 69 cents; Potato Chips ($1.50); Cottage Cheese (99 cents); American Singles ($1.69 on sale and then used 50 cent off coupon), Grapefruit juice ($1.50).
Well that is the total. We have eggs and milk on hand and I will probably need to go and buy some more milk on Monday. I appreciate that one of the grocery stores in town does mark down the produce for quick sale. Because of that we have had a lot of fresh vegetables and salads. Clementine tangerines are so good and I enjoy when I am able to get them. Many people wonder about nutrition when you spend less on groceries. I think I have been able to provide my family with fresh fruits and vegetables without breaking the bank. Of course it does help to have a grocery store in town that does mark down produce. The trick is to balance the mark down produce with the produce that is on sale at a good price and to make sure you get those items used up before they spoil. When I am at the grocery store I can easily adapt our menus to what is on sale.
So far this month I have spent a total of $58.75. My budget is $150.00 for the month. The cost of living here in Iowa is a lot lower than other areas of the country and I know that with planning and will power I will be able to stay within our budget.