Sunday, March 14, 2010

March grocery challenge: Update 2

Well, this week's grocery and household supplies total is $163 -- better than last week's total of $214, but not great. So far, we're on track to spend $829 for the month, just $30 less than our average month's spending. Not too brilliant, considering how much work is going into this! We did have a ink printer cartridge thrown in there, along with a birthday gift -- but there's always something going on, so I'm including it in the total anyway.

This past week was kind of a lousy sales week -- although I did pick up 3 "big" 12-roll packs of bathroom tissue for $6, two bottles of olive oil for $4 each, and string cheese for $2.50 (normally $3.49). So far, the coming week looks better. Target is selling four boxes of Kellogg's cereal for $1.25 each (after the free $5 gift card) -- which ends up actually being closer to $1 each if you throw in one of the many coupons for Kellogg's cereal. And you can actually make $1 by buying Colgate Total toothpaste at Walgreen's; they're offering a coupon for $3.99 off your next shopping order, making the toothpaste essentially free -- but if you apply the $1 off coupon from last week's paper to that purchase, you actually come out ahead.

My sister in Milwaukee reports doing quite well with her strategic shopping efforts -- she called to say that she spent less than $200 on her last shopping trip. Not bad for a family of eight!