Week 1 Update
I’ve done a pretty good job at not spending money this first week of the January No Spend Challenge! I knew my weak area would be staying away from the little grocery that’s just out my back door. I’ve been known to head over there three times in one day. It’s just too convenient sometimes. This week, I only went ONCE! And all I bought was $1.55 bag of frozen peas so we could make fried rice. Success!
During the week I also bought 3 dozen farm fresh eggs - $6.00 – from the local feed store. They are so pretty! And they are so much healthier than commercial eggs.
Finally, this morning I had to buy groceries. We are out of most fresh produce and I’m not willing to compromise health by not buying fresh fruit and veggies. I had intended to go to Aldi, but I got there an hour before they opened. Seriously? I’m not a morning person! How did that happen??
Since Aldi is right next to Walmart, and I needed to return something anyhow, I went over to Walmart. Here’s an example of how price-matching can save you money.
9 grapefruit – Walmart price = .84 ea / price match = .29 ea
2 pineapples – Walmart price = 2.98 ea / price match = .99 ea
3 avocados – Walmart price = 1.48 ea / price match = .88 ea
cabbage – Walmart price = .88 lb / price match = .39 lb
bananas – Walmart price = .54 lb / price match = .44 lb
15 oranges – Walmart price = .50 ea / price match = .20 ea
grape tomatoes – Walmart price = 2.48 ea / price match = 1.48 ea
pears – Walmart price = 1.17 lb / price match = .75 lb
I bought a few other things too that I did not price match. My total before price match was $48.83. After price match, I paid $24.04, or a savings of 45%! Not too shabby! And it involved no coupon clipping! I also made a life-long friend out of the cashier who was amazed by my money saving abilities. I left her the sales ads I used to price-match from so she could do her own shopping after work.
After Walmart, I did dash quickly into Aldi and picked up a gallon of milk and bottle of wine. I wanted some pomegranates, but they were out. Bummer. I spent $5.72 at Aldi.
For January, I have $127 for groceries. I spent a grand total of $37.31 the first week so I have $89.69 left for the rest of the month. We’ll see how it goes. So far so good. I have not been tempted to buy anything from any other stores – and haven’t been to any any how.
If you’re participating in any of the challenges, how are things going for you?