Aliens in the Apple

Grocery challenge: week 4. I’m done!

Franci 1 Nov 2010 Food Frugal fun Grocery challenge

Let’s just say I’m glad to have life returning to normal! It was a good little exercise in sticking to a budget (or close to, anyway), but I don’t think I’ll be doing that again any time soon. To be honest, if I literally had only $25 a week to spend on groceries, I’d be visiting food pantries for help! As I’ve said before — I could only do it because I already had some food stocked up in my cupboards and a few things in my freezer. I didn’t have loads (I don’t have room for loads!) but certainly enough to help us get through this last month! Now the challenge will be to restock without breaking my usual budget!

But I guess you all want to know by just how much I went over. :-)

As you’ll remember, I had $10.50 left to spend on groceries for the last week of October to be able to meet my $100 challenge for the month. I didn’t make the challenge, I’m afraid to say, but I didn’t exactly go over by too much.

Here’s what I bought the last week:

fruit & vegetables — $10.82
gallon of milk — $3.39
butter — $3.29
cheese — $4.58

cream cheese — $0.99
cream — $1.59
bacon — 4.69

(The last 3 extravagant items were for things I made when we had guests over. :-))

Total for week 4: $29.35

Total for October: $118.85

Crazy stuff. Thanks for keeping me accountable. I’m glad it’s done!

Comments (6)

Hannah 1 Nov 2010 at 10:37am

‘Course it might be more possible to achieve $100/mo. where the cost of living is lower, but congratulations on getting as close as you did with the options at hand and with guests in your home at least twice!

Joan Brauning 1 Nov 2010 at 10:59am

I would say you did very well! Better than I could.

Susanna 1 Nov 2010 at 10:41pm

Franci, thank you for wanting to treat your guests like royalty!:) We had such a great time last night and the food was delicious! I think it is so awesome that you are willing to break the budget to be hospitable! That is a great witness and so glorifying to God…THANK YOU!:)

Hannah 2 Nov 2010 at 2:37pm

Why are the fonts different pre- and post-comment, I wonder (straight quotes vs. curly ones). The above should have been ” ‘Course.” Did it work this time?…

Hannah 2 Nov 2010 at 2:38pm


Franci 2 Nov 2010 at 2:52pm

Heh, don’t worry, Hannah. I won’t think less of you if your quotes are curly. :-)

And thanks!