It’s check in time! I signed up for The Grocery Game a little over a week ago and have had two shopping trips. Let’s see if the cost of TGG is worth it…
*** Updated to include Krogers and CVS savings!!
Last week I went shopping to Krogers and Food Lion.
Total value: $72.07
Total spent: $54.58
Total value: $54.58 (I just realized that’s how much I spent at Krogers – weird!)
Total spent: $35.32
Overall I spent $89.78 and saved $36.87 last week!! After my trial period of 4 weeks @ $1.00, TGG will be $20 (3 stores) for 8 weeks. My savings in one week almost paid for 16 weeks of TGG. WOW!
This week I’ve only been to Food Lion. I still need to hit up Krogers and CVS*. Here’s where I’m at so far.
Total value: $73.34
Total spent: $37.63
**** UPDATED ****
Total value: $158.66
Total spent: $82.43
Total value: $66.32
Total spent: $44.65
ECB Earned: $12.49 (this is CVS cash I can use on our next trip)
Total saved: $34.16
Clipping coupons, TGG… worth it?? I think so!! TGG is all about stockpiling on the good deals. You need a pantry or a closet and a chest freezer would be a good idea. Several of my friends live in apartments and the thought of stockpiling might make you run for cover. But consider the possibilities… Paper goods can be stored on a patio or outdoor storage closet, check for hidden space under beds and in the tops of closets and finally – a chest freezer! I’ve seen quite a few on Freecycle and even some on Craigslist. Buy a small, cheap one and stick it in the corner of your living room or dining room. Cover it with a pretty tablecloth and throw a framed picture and some candles on top. The savings are worth it!
*Krogers and CVS are on the list for tomorrow so check back and I’ll update this post with the savings from those stores.
**If you do decide to try TheGroceryGame would you please use me as your referral? Just use my email addy: andi (at) theguzzos (dot) com.
****UPDATED: So far this week we’ve spent $164.71 on groceries, toiletries and paper goods. It looks like we’re spending just as much as we were before until you look at the amount of goods purchased. We’re bringing home 3x-4x more. This is part of our stockpiling. For example, at CVS I was able to purchase shampoo and conditioner at $.99 each. I bought four big bottles which will hold the kids over for quite a few months and will elimate having to buy it at full price when we run out in a month. One of the other really good deals I got was 8 cans of Lysol air freshner for only $.70 each. The only thing I’ll need to buy for the kids’ lunches is bread – the rest we have stockpiled for a few months. As we get more coupons in our stash and get a good balance in our stockpile I expect our weekly cost to go down.