I realized this morning that I have not done an update on how our June 2016 Grocery Budget Challenge is going. So far I think we have done pretty well. Upon the last update I had $106.67 left for the month. I have since gone shopping for things that we needed and also stumbled upon some great stock up deals too! I debated on buying them but figured I could cut back on something else if needed.
We shopped at both Walmart and the Dollar Tree. Combined total for both stores came out to $52.47, leaving me with $54.22 for the rest of the month. I was able to offset the cost of the stock up items with coupons. I used coupons that I had printed off going through Swagbucks and will get 10 points per redeemed coupon. I saved $18.00 in coupons alone. Most of my stock up items were things that were on clearance or sale, which netted me even further savings.
Our garden is supplying us with lettuce, strawberries, raspberries, green onions, and tons of cherries at the moment. So many cherries! We have been picking like mad and so have our kids. We've given a bunch away already and are asking our friends and neighbors to please come and pick some for their families also. I would say that a conservative estimate would be that we have harvested about 17 gallons of cherries within the past 2 days. I don't know what that works out to in pounds but I do know that the cheapest we have seem cherries selling around here is for $2.98 a pound.
I'm pretty confident that I will be able to stay within our challenge budget for this month. It's the 20th already and we have our volunteer work this week which will give us more free groceries. I am trying to plan meals around what is in the freezer, garden and pantry for the most part and have gotten pretty creative when I have run out of something. ;) I think the $54.22 remaining will be more than doable! :)