Thursday, September 24, 2009

Feed the Family for $75 Challenge ~ Last Week

Well, I did the last of my shopping for this month's challenge. This has been a hard week. We have had doctor and therapy appointments every day. We have eaten out fast food twice with coupons, but I still count this a huge success. 

This week's shopping ~

Sam's Club ~

spinach, strawberries, cherry tomatoes,two heads of lettuce, two containers organic ketchup, big bag of carrots, 10 pound bag of potatoes, big bag of corn chips, red grapes, green grapes, Total ~ $52.12

Ingles ~

big bag of cheese, two jars of spaghetti sauce, bag of dog food, two tubs of Smart Balance margarine with coupons, bananas, two bags of candy corn, Total ~ $28.24

Grand total for this week $80.36

Grand total for the month~ $322.92  Hooray!

Reflections ~ I am very low on food and ideas. Right now I feel like getting through the next 6 days is going to be really hard. Hopefully, I will get some inspiration soon to make the next few days easy going. My savings really came from making my own cleaning supplies and laundry detergent. Also, the kids did not miss juice at all. I was surprised about that. Amazing Savings (dent and scratch store) is very helpful to me, savings-wise, while the local Ingles is not. My "emergency" trip to Ingles produced very little food for almost $30. I will continue shopping this way but will increase the amount to $100 a week so I can take advantage of sales and stock up a bit.

Blessings, Dawn


  1. I've been SO impressed with this series of posts. Seems like my grocery bill just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I really need to take the time to plan better (and shop without the toddler!) :o)

  2. What recipe do you use for laundry soap?

    You are inspiring me to find a scratch and dent type of store here. Do you think it would be much less than Wal-Mart?

    You got me thinking with this challenge.

    My own challenge this week is to eat from what we have in the freezer and see how long I can go without going to the grocery store :)

  3. Hey, I saw that you were one of the four people, including me, that was online at this ridiculous hour of the morning, and I just wanted to pop over and check on you. I forgot to get a few grades out to students on last night, so here I am trying to do it before church time.

    God bless you.

  4. Have you read Tightwad Gazette or Miserly Moms? Lots of ideas there too.



  5. Sounds like you did really well this month, even going organic!!


  6. I am so excited that you were able to keep up on your gluten free/dietary needs while cutting your budget...I think that is HUGE...

    You have inspired me to try it as well!