Several weeks ago I signed up for a contest for a chance to win a $1000 grocery card. Here’s how it works: for four weeks, you spend $25 per week per person in your household for groceries. At the end of the contest, you submit your grocery receipts and you’re judged on how creative and healthy you managed to be with your enforced budget. I sort of forgot I entered until I got an email from the contest sponsors reminding me that the contest begins today. These are the rules (sorry, I’m sure you’ll be disappointed to learn it’s too late for you to sign up).
To participate in the contest, the three of us can spend a maximum of $75 a week in groceries. To put this challenge in perspective, it is very easy for us to spend about $125 a week in groceries. I’ve been trying to spend less money at the grocery store for the past six months, but it’s been hard. It’s helped that I’ve started clipping coupons and paying more attention to sales, but we’ve never come close to $75 a week for groceries.
It turns out that $25 a week per person comes to $1.19 a meal (assuming three meals a day and no between meal snacks, which is a pretty big assumption). And to put that in perspective, $1.19 is less money than I spend on a cup of coffee at work. Well, shoot. Am I doomed to fail? Is it wrong to feel really hungry just at the thought of participating in this contest?
So how about you? Do you know how much money you spend on groceries per week? Do you think you could spend just $25? If so, please tell me how!