Monday, April 30, 2007

May Grocery Challenge

Try as I might, my grocery bill constantly is constantly inching up. This month was worse than most as I didn't have the energy to stay on top of it all month. I need to challenge myself to have a turn around month. And, this is the month to do it.

Off the top of my head, in the freezer we currently have the following meats:
2 chuck roasts
3 whole chickens
4 pork chops
1 pork roast
10 lbs b/s chicken breasts
10 italian sausage links
4 lbs ground beef
1 lb pork sausage
2 lb kielbasa

Combine that with all the pasta, rice (20lbs) and 3lbs of potatoes we have left. I think we have plenty of food for the next month.
So, I have made out my list of what we have to buy this next month and it still comes to nearly $200. That is so scary. This is what I am allowed to buy:

4 gal of milk @ $2.99 each (this is the cheapest price in the area)
5lbs shredded cheese (~ $11)
3 containers Formula (~ $60)
Diapers (pullups for EM, overnight for K and 1 pkg for Junior)(~ $20)
2 lrg containers Yogurt ($5)
3lbs frozen veggies ($ 4)
Lrg Bag Fish Sticks ($7)
2 loaves sandwhich bread ($2)
lrg tub cream cheese ($3)
3 lrg Apple Juice ($10)
1 container powdered lemonade ($2)
20 ct tortillas ($2)
Dr. Peppers (my vice) $22 (8 12-packs on sale and will last until next sale)

Since we are going to be at the mountain house this coming weekend I am also giving myself permission to spend up to $20 on cheese from the Cheese Factory.

We are going to use up what we have in preparation for fresh eating in a couple of months. And, just to give us a break from the grocery store for awhile.

Wish me luck. I don't have shoe and clothes buying issues - I have grocery shopping issues.


1 comment:

Melora said...

Grocery shopping kills me too, and I'm always depressed when I read about how other people feed really big families on half what I spend. We eat ground meat, hot dogs, and chicken when we eat meat, and mostly store brands. I feel like I'm a frugal shopper, but still that monthly amount is much higher than I want it to be. My only spending vice is books and, recently plants, but I've cut way back since I'm not working. I wish you well in your efforts, and enjoy reading your thoughts on the topic!

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