Challenge #1 Limit grocery trips to 2/month
In my previous post I mentioned limiting grocery trips to 2/month. As of now I have already made 4 trips… Oops. I plan on making another trip before the 13th so that will bring the number of trips up to 5 which is 150% higher than I anticipated.
Original plan was to go shopping once on the 13th and once on the 27th or 28th of February.
Challenge #2 Each trip should cost no more than $150 and it should last at least 2 weeks.
I have made 4 trips, they should add up to $150.
- Trip #1 Walmart (Feb 13th) $150 – $54.79 = $95.21 left
Total= Groceries (54.79) + Other (25.21) =81.85
I am posting my receipt here. Note that the underlined items are not groceries.
- Trip #2 Dollar Tree, Aldi (Feb 15) $95.21-($2+$37.92)=$55.29 left
- Trip #3 Kroger, Costco (Feb 17) $55.29-($14.15+$10.89)=$30.25
- Trips #4 Meijer, Kroger (Feb 18) $30.25-($3.36+$70.88)=-$43.99
We went out to eat once and it cost us additional $48.
Grocery Budget: -$43.99-$48=-$91.99
It is clear that without a grocery list and a meal plan I can not achieve my goal of cutting my food budget to $300/month. Two weeks into the challenge I have spent $241.99 out of the $150 I was planning on spending. That is 62% over budget. I have $58.01 left until March 13th. Can I do it?