Grocery Challenge: A couple’s challenge

I know ya’ll are like, “YOU PROMISED ME PIZZA!”  (that was said in the angry Chris Farley voice).  I’m sorry.  I have failed you twice now.  I promise we really made pizza and it really was awesome and I really will post about it.  Jonathan was playing around with the pictures using his fancy shmancy camera, which I don’t know how to upload onto my computer…sooo it might be a few days.  In the meantime, back to our regularly scheduled shenanigans. ——————————————————————————————-

Living with a significant other has drastically changed my grocery habits, and not for the better.

We spend soooo much money on food!  I mean, really!  What. the. hell.  We have been shopping like money is raining down on us…approximately 130 bucks a week!  Yikes!  I simply cannot use enough exclamation points to establish the ridiculousness of this situation!

So I am bringing back my personal grocery challenge.  The new goal is to spend less than 60 bucks a week on groceries.  That means some drastic changes need to happen around here.  But it’s doable, right?

This week’s shopping came to $97 bucks.  A tiny bag of pine nuts was $20!

I took a picture of the pine nuts next to a fork to show the scale:

So, this day marks the first day on a long journey of grocery savings.

I cut coupons before every big trip, but I always wind up using only 2 or 3 at a time.  What is your secret to using up coupons?  Any great coupon sites I need to visit?

-Mads

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8 thoughts on “Grocery Challenge: A couple’s challenge

  1. Oh, the joys of grocery shopping. I know that I only buy what I need for that week’s meals. I also try to mix up the familiar with the new – so, I’ll only try one new recipe per week, not many, which helps to progressively build up the pantry with nice things while not overwhelming the budget.

    • I think that’s a solid approach. If I get overzealous in making new recipes I always have waaay too much food on my hands.

      Freezing big batches of food in small containers has been really helpful so far, but it also makes me think we need a deep-freeze.
      Also, there is something infinitely more satisfying about fresh produce…

  2. $20 for a bag of pine nuts?! Are you out of your mind?! 😉 I’m not a big coupon person unless it is for one item (not multiples) that I would normally buy. I just saw a coupon to save $0.50 off FOUR. Please. I struggle with the weekly trips, too. I’m happy if I keep it under $150, and that’s with a “big trip” done once a month. I remember when I used to get everything I needed for under $50 a week. Sigh. Those were the days.

    • I am, in fact, out of my mind. We wanted to make another batch of pesto (the batch we made using walnuts was not good)…only after the fact did I realize how insane the cost was! That will be our last homemade pesto for a long time.
      Our piggy bank fund is now going toward pine nuts instead of vacation 😉

    • It does take extra time and effort, but the feeling is so good when you’ve saved 40% or more! I just need to figure out how to do that while feeding two hungry mouths.

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