may grocery challenge: update #4

greetings, friends!

well, here we are – this is the last entry for our regular tuesday updates in the great may grocery challenge series.

week #1!

week #2!

week #3!

reminder: on thursday, i will share the month’s final grocery bill. [my last may grocery store outing will happen today so that i have time to review my receipts and think about what i want to say about this project!].

here are the thoughts from this past week, may 22-28:

~ stupendous: i managed to go three whole days (monday, tuesday, wednesday, last week) without setting foot in a grocery store – that has gotta be close to a personal record.

~ silly: there is enough cereal in my cupboard to sink a ship. and the cereal sales are still going strong this week at all area food stores. it’s irksome that i do not need any more cereal because i would love to take advantage of deals such as this one at food basics:

love the “buy more, pay less” incentive!

~ clueless: i honestly have no clue if i have spent $200 or $600 on groceries, this month. i am going to be just as surprised as you when i tally up how much money has been spent. i am really excited to see the total!

~ craving: here is the eclectic request list that i gave emailed dad-the-scout for his trip on thursday to the market:

  • a choco chip muffin
  • skim milk cheese
  • white button mushrooms
  • a head of lettuce (**this last one was simply for the laughs: dad as lettuce supplier has become the joke of this project!*)

~ focussed: this week’s vehicular voyage saw me head up to beechwood zehrs:

i so very rarely shop at zehrs these days!

guess what SALE item i was searching out?!…

not as good a price as at central’s sale!

i stocked up with enough lettuce to see me through the end of the month. next time i buy rabbit food, it will be anywhere at any price (likely food basics: even at regular prices, they are still the cheapest).

~ sweet!: nicole (unknowingly) contributed to the cause!

yum! a cupcake made by nicole for her sister’s bday!

~ icky: i bought a tin of water chestnuts and a tin of baby corn as accoutrements for salads. well, one serving of each, then my taste buds turned themselves off. let me tell you, you get a lot of water chestnuts and baby corn in those little tins…

any thoughts from your own may grocery purchases? i never resorted to kraft dinner!


today is a special day – it is dearest mom‘s birthday! we marked this celebration date on sunday with two fun outings – recap tomorrow!

file photo, may 2012, pre-shopping outing, of course!

mom and her newest bff, celebrity restauranteur chuck hughes, in montreal, april 2012!

mom: you are one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlest ladies (yet you still possess spunk and gumption) on this earth. you are my favourite shopping partner, confidante, and i love you to pieces. enjoy a most wonderful day today (perfect timing that you are in TO to see little e and cutie c!) and all the best in the coming year. xoxo!

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  • Dorry (@dorrybird)  On May 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    happy belated birthday to your precious mom! I hope she had an amazing day. our grocery bill for May was pretty good, I think! I’ve always spent a lot of money on groceries because I eat so many meals at home – this month in NYC has been about finding the best deals at our neighborhood grocery stores.

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

      thanks for the bday wishes for mom, dorry! she had a wonderful day! you are so lucky to be able to explore around nyc for groceries – i bet you have found some unique spots, and also independent stores (vs chains).

  • Lisa  On May 29, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Great grocery update!

    Happy Birthday to your mom!!

    I am clueless about my grocery totals for this month too, but I’m not gonna tally it …if I do, it might make me feel like I should budget—sometimes ignorance is bliss for me 🙂

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 29, 2012 at 7:18 pm

      thanks, lisa! and i agree – ignorance IS bliss! it’s fun just to shop for what you feel like, regardless of whether it is $1 or $10!!

  • strivingcynic  On May 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Happy birthday, Cathy’s mom!
    My may grocery shopping was weird between not buying some things but trying to have other things because we were going away but also wanted to make sure certain foods were there for when we came back! Then there was uk shopping (fun to see different products)…
    It’ll be interesting to see what your final tally is!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      oh, it would so fun to grocery shop in the uk!! i bet there are some very interesting products! and i’d be interested to see the price comparison in items like milk or cereal vs over here. it is always a challenge to use up perishables but not run short when you know you are going on vacation…but i bet you still had some girl guide cookies to come home to, right?! haha!

  • Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count  On May 29, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Happy Birthday, Mom!!! We know you are a terrific lady because you raised a terrific daughter!! Enjoy your birthday. In our family we get to celebrate for a Month, so I suggest you try that too!! Cathy, looking forward to the grocery challenge update. I couldn’t stick with just sale things. I might try a challenge for June. It gives me a few days to get my thoughts together. You have the Best ideas!!

    • 1970kikiproject  On May 29, 2012 at 6:46 am

      thanks for your kind words, fran! mom is going to have at least a week’s worth of celebrations…i am sure she would be fine with one month! i love how your family is way into bday celebrations, too – that is excellent fun! i am genuinely excited to see the final results of the grocery challenge, too! and i have another idea for june…we’ll talk about that on friday!

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