happy first of may!
i don’t know about you, but for me, may kicks off the summer season. it is blissful to think about the upcoming four months of summery weather that lie ahead [september first = autumn, in my book, and we have to start thinking about the return of colder temps - ick].
last year this month, i conducted a personal grocery challenge. at that time, my goals for the thirty-one days of may were simply to track my grocery spending and use coupons/take advantage of sales. i wanted to get a grasp of where i was at – it was an eye-opening experience!
this year, i’m reinstating the grocery challenge, but with a twist. here is the theme for this month:
if it’s not on sale, i am not buying it.
and here are the rules and
escape clauses details!
- i will only buy groceries that are at a specially reduced/temporary sale price.
- i can shop at any store. between valumart, zehrs, sobey’s, food basics, shoppers, bulk barn, the health food stores, etc. [yes, specialty stores do have sales! i scored a box of envirokids peanut butter panda puffs for $2, the other day, at eating well organically!] i have many easily accessible shopping options at my disposal, and it will be easy to hit any of these stores at pretty much any time.
- coffee and carbonated water are exempt. i need my
diet coke substitutemorning java and i need my bubbly. the good thing is that some brand of carb h2o is very often on sale somewhere. and i have a well-stocked pantry of instant coffee. [oh the irony....it is not lost on me how much money would be saved by drinking diet pop in lieu of water and coffee...eesh].
- i can mooch all i want. watch out mom and dad, sil ana – your cupboards may be ransacked – haha! free handouts are allowed.
- i am going to try to come in at under $400 total grocery spending for the month. for some of you, this may be a high amount, for some of you a low amount, it matters not, but according to my tracking, this is a feasible budget to aim for.
- if i end up spending less than $4oo, the extra money gets specially marked in my disney fund [so, for example, i can say, "this is the tshirt i bought with my may grocery challenge savings!"].
- money spent during coffee shop outings with friends is exempt because this falls under ‘”entertainment” in my budgeting system.
the hypotheses that i hope to prove:
- you can eat healthfully while purchasing only sale priced goods
- you can save a lot of money by reading store flyers and searching out sales
- you can enjoy a wide variety of products even when only buying sale items
- it’s ok to deviate from the norm: for example, i always use lite catalina dressing on my salad. what if it is not on sale and i have to try something else? that’s ok!
- you can save a sh!tload of money by shopping this way. or will this theory backfire? will i see that x is on sale and buy it just because it is a deal??
this is going to be a fun – and funny? – experiment. the worst case scenario: luckily, cereal and milk are always on sale, somewhere!
i think i’ll do a once-a-week update for the month of may about the challenge….so, stay tuned!
bland/boring question: do you like grocery shopping? i do! dad does! mom does not!
nosey/prying question: how much do you spend on groceries a month, and do you think this is a lot or a little? it is probably a good thing that whole foods is not in my ‘hood (although we do have the indy vincenzo’s which is very similar) – i love that place and would have no control on spending, if given easy access to their products!