Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Grocery shopping is fun again


Just over a month ago I was perusing through blogs and I found that my friend Kelley posted about a site called The Grocery Game. She took a picture of the food that she bought one week and she said that she fed her family of 7 for about $50 a week give or take a few. That was enough to get me interested. I knew that I was spending too much at the grocery store for a while now, but I didn't know how to fix it. I was usually spending $120/wk with an additional stop at Costco every other week for another $100 or so each trip for our family of 3. For the last 6 weeks I have been a participant of the grocery game and I love it so far. It is based on stockpiling and not "need" shopping. It gives you a list of all of the items on sale at your local grocery store and then lists the coupons that make them rock bottom deals. For example, I bought a jumbo pack of huggies last week for $5 after the sale and coupons. After 12 weeks of buying items and rock bottom prices, you are supposed to really only have to go to the store to buy MAINLY produce and milk! It took a few adjustments, but I am finding that I am buying SO MUCH MORE FOOD, for less money. Yesterday, I spent $93 at Albertsons and saved $105.

14 2-packs of Gerber baby food, 11 jars of baby food, rice cereal, jumbo pack of huggies, jumbo pack of huggies wipes, 8 rolls of TP, 3 chicken/hamburger helper meals, 5 LBS of ground beef, 5 LBS of fresh chicken breasts, cool whip, 3 jello pudding, 3 cans of albacore tuna, 3 packages of beef franks, jelly, 2 jars of PB, 4 cans of broth, 2 taco seasoning, 3 ranch mix, crystal light on the go packs, 2 6-packs of jello, 2 boxes of ready to eat bacon, 2 jars of mustard, scrubbing bubbles shower cleaner, 4 cans of fruit, 2 cans of tomato paste, 2 packs of turkey meat, 2 boxes of ice cream treats, 24-pack of arrowhead water, ziplock bags

This is also a great way to get some food storage going! The site also encourages you to go to Costco once a month for your eggs/cheese. Thanks for sharing Kelley!

8 comments:

Kelley and Jeremy said...

Wow! That's awesome! It's addicting, isn't it?! :)

Porter Family said...

does Lindsay know?? :) Nice job, Karina.

Amanda said...

cool so where is the website so I can try? Email it to me or something! I do try to save for all five of us and seem to do a good job but would love to see great deals.

Marci said...

Yeah I want to know the site too. Yes it may just be the two of us but saving money ALWAYS helps.

lisa said...

That is so cool. I'm trying this coupon thing too. Let me know when there is a good deal out there. I did the Walgreens rebate thing last month and got lots of free things.

Tara said...

This is the kind of thing I WANT to do, but never seem to be organized enough to actually DO it. :) You rock with your mad money saving skillz!!

charlotte and clarke said...

Hey Karina, I ran across your blog and I was so excited to see your beautiful family. Your daughter is adorable. I hear you on spending to much grocery shopping, I should hop on to this game- I need it. Take care girl!

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