may grocery challenge: update #3

i had an a-ha realization during this, the third week of the great may grocery challenge, and i am interested to know whether you have ever found this phenomenon to be true, too: whatever the event, be it your work day, a marathon (ok, any distance of running race, actually), a plane ride, a crafty project…it is the 1/2 to 3/4 span of time that is the slog zone. if you are going to lose momentum, interest and steam, it is going to be during this 50-75% completion mark. agree? disagree? thoughts???

while i wouldn’t say i became disheartened from may 15-21, i will admit the project was not quite as *!fun!* as it was for the first two weeks. i did not want to give up or drop out, it didn’t reach that extent at all [i tell you blogging is the best way to stay accountable] but i just wanted to buy a da*n apple in 30 seconds, without thinking and planning, already!

here are assorted randoms from week #3 (may 1-7 is recapped here! may may 8-14, here!):

~ a drought no more: i was paging through last saturday’s paper when an ad for central’s grocery deals caught my eye – lettuce, $0.99 each. i shook my head and rolled my eyes and refocused on the page just to make sure it was not a too-good-to-be-true moment. yippee!! no need to beseech dad to get me lettuce this week! last tuesday, i hopped in the rav and excitedly drove over to central [luckily, it is nearly in the ‘hood. you can read about my visit to this indy local grocery institution during last year’s grocery challenge here!].

the best sight of the whole week!

…and then i spotted a delightful surprise!

can you believe that?!! ORGANIC broc, TWO for a dollar??!

frankly, i don’t make a point of buying organic, but i welcomed the sight of “organic” + “special” on the same sign – sweeeeet!!!!

~ a lucky find: i ran out of glucosamine this past week. to be honest, i stocked up on vitamins in april, knowing that supplement purchases would spike my may grocery bill. but, i obviously overlooked the nearly-empty glucosamine bottle. guess what? shoppers had glucosamine on 40% off! plus, the bottle was bonus size -> 360 tablets for the price of 300! thank you, jamieson brand and shoppers drug mart!!

~ a yesno~yesno~yesno raging debate: i also ran out of protein powder this week:

what, you don’t keep saran wrap, AA batteries, empty plastic bags and protein powder all on the same shelf??!

i dislike drinking protein shakes. but i love, ♥ love ♥, LOVE mixing protein powder with just enough water so that it is of icing or pudding consistency and then eating it with a spoon or spreading it on an apple. yum! now, i could have replaced my pro powder while staying within the rules of the grocery challenge because i can get the powerbar brand at the store, thereby making use my employee discount, thereby saving $$. but even with my discount, that tub is still over $20, ie not that cheap. the unfeeling rational side of my brain argued that when breaking down the cost per serving, other quality protein sources are a lot cheaper (hello, $1 tuna). but chocolate protein tastes so goooood!, whined the emotional half of my head. at present, that tub is still on the store shelf. but, that could change…today! or later this week! i am wavering…

~ a worthwhile splurge: i am blaming manager paul entirely for causing me to make this unnecessary purchase:

chocolate flavoured almonds!!

paul casually mentioned last week how much he was enjoying cocoa roasted almonds. well, once he said that, i could not get the thought out of my mind! must find! must try! and wouldn’t you know it, in valumart, i spotted said almonds…on sale! now, even on sale,they were still $5.69 for that container (and i could have gotten regular ol’ plain almonds on sale for about $2.99 at shoppers), but paul was not kidding – these are absolutely knock-out delicious! [this happy find cancels out the crappy date squares bust from week #2].

~ a mooched meal: saturday brunch over at mom and dad’s before i went to work!

a mixed-berry medley; a slice of leftover pizza; a few potato chips; homemade rhubarb crisp. thanks, ‘rents!

~ a veritable bonanza: valumart has the best cereal sale going on this week that i have seen in years. there’s gotta be at least ten different varieties that i like (plus others i don’t like) marked down. some are  2/$5 others are $2.99 or $3.99 per box – it’s a joy to behold the shelves. hmmm, still ten days left in may…i think it is worth the investment to stock up!

~ a new water: president’s choice has introduced a collection of carbonated waters:

$0.79 per bottle – on sale!

that flavour is fantastic! but what is that red fruit on the bottle, with the blueberries? i dunno, but the water is extremely refreshing!

~ a close call: sunday morning, 5:45 a.m., all of a sudden the power went out. this is not a rare occurence – our building frequently gets a blip where we lose electricity (just long enough so you have to reset all the clocks) but on sunday, the power was STILL out when i left for work at 8 a.m.! i was getting pretty concerned about my fridge and freezer goods – what if the power is out for hours upon hours, and i have to ditch everything??, i despaired. thankfully, the power returned at 8:04 a.m., i was told, so i didn’t end up losing approx $25 of groceries. whew!


and that’s it for week #3! we’ll review week #4 next tuesday, then do a final monetary tally and analysis [the plan is to buy the last of may’s groceries on may 30th so that we can find out if i came in under budget ON the last day of may].

i think we’re over the psychological hump – the end is nearly in sight!

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  • Lisa  On May 22, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Great update! I think you’re right about the time thing—when the novelty wears off from a new challenge, you have to find a way to keep it feeling “worth it” till the end. I’ll be honest, I had my goal of not weighing myself in 2012….and had absolutely no urge or intention to do so….until this week. Then I was like, screw it, I’m weighing myself. So I did. (and the sky did not fall)
    But…I guess I didn’t even make it to the halfway mark before the “threat” of my challenge wore off. Oh well! I have yet to admit it on the blog though. Lol.

    Your challenge is really making me wonder if I could bargain shop! It frightens me a bit to think of trying 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

      thanks for sharing about your own project, lisa! yes, so you did not make it half way…but a year is a lot longer than a month!! maybe you could modify the shopping goal to something like spending x dollars in a month or ONLY shopping at a certain store (ex: trader joe’s) – i have toyed with the idea of ONLY shopping at health food stores…but man, the grocery bills would be astronomical, if that was the project!!

  • Johanna B  On May 22, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    The strange fruit is a pomegranate. They’re weird but tasty. I love the cocoa almonds but they tend to disappear from my snack drawer too quickly. I so agree about the “slog” during the time period you mention. Never fails!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      thanks, johanna! i will never forget what a pomegranate looks like, now! i am not sure i really want to try one… glad you know what i mean about the slog time! i think i’m past it, now!

  • strivingcynic  On May 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I think Fran is right! Looks like a pomegranate to me and it is often combined w. blueberry.
    I know I get disheartened or want to quotation some point, but i’ve never thought about if it’s at a similar point.
    It looks like the challenge has been pretty successful for you!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 22, 2012 at 8:55 am

      ok, thanks for seconding fran’s suggestion, zo – i believe you both are right. thanks! i just need to stay on track for nine more days…i am itching to buy NON sale items!!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

    I LOVE the idea with the protein powder/pudding used on your apple or whatever. I really need to get some protein powder but it’s always so expensive as you say. I worry about getting enough protein, being vegetarian. I’m trying to make a concious effort to get more in. Homemade rhubarb crisp at Mom and Dad’s did you say?! Love rhubarb! Could the mystery fruit on the water bottle be pomegranate? It’s a little hard to see the pictuure, but maybe? Have a great day, Cathy!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 22, 2012 at 8:57 am

      thank you, fran, for solving the fruit mystery! i think you are right! i have never had pomegranate in my life, so that explains my ignorance, haha! choc pro powder is just the best – i really like myoplex brand, too, but it’s even more expensive. i love my mom’s crisps, i usually dislike rhubarb but this time, that serving hit the spot! i should give you the recipe!!

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