Grocer Challenge, week 1

image imageHere are some fun pics of the cash I had leftover from week 1! I totally surprised myself with how much I had leftover. My Prince Charming gets paid every other week. So this past weekend was the equivalent of the “end of the month” – i.e. not a lot left to spend on groceries…and guess how much we had leftover?? $33!!!!

I may do a different charity each week; I haven’t decided yet. This week, I gave the money to the girls to put in their rice bowls for the poor. They had a lot of fun with that!!!

I am excited for the rest of this challenge!! Are you joining us for the Grocery Challenge? How much did you save this week? Share below in the comments!

~ Savvy Food Mama


IT IS A BLOGGY CHALLENGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am a Christian, and I practice the season of lent. It is a season of penance, often looked at as a yucky or distasteful thing to give up things you like. I think about it differently. I look at it as a season of love, and love is a work of art. Sometimes I give something up for the sake of love – sometimes I add something extra in. And, it starts tomorrow…

Last summer, I grocery shopped a little differently. Each week, I only bought what we ran out of, or what we needed. I did not buy bulk (other than toilet paper) and I did not stock up on sale items. I did not buy impulse items ~ fyi, as a gluten-free eater, this is hard to do. Companies continue to develop their gluten-free products, so there is almost always something new out. I usually budget about $100/week.  When I shopped this way though, I found that I was spending about $30 less/week. Not all the time, but very often.

I love to give ! It is one of my very favorit-est things ever! So, for lent, I am grocery shopping this way (no impulse, no bulk, no stocking up).  With the extra $ I save, I am going to give it away to charity. ..I haven’t decided yet which one – I would love to hear about charities you love! Post in the comments please!

And I want to invite you to join me on this grocery challenge!! I will be updating you here on how much I saved. Want to come along??

If you are joining this, please comment below – I want to hear from you. And you can invite your friends by sharing this on Facebook.

~ Savvy Food Mama