Zero to Stockpile Challenge – Cindy’s Shopping Trip – Everything for $12.83

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When I was planning this shopping trip, my goal was to try to get the laundry detergent for free after the Saving Star Rebate (still working on that), to get more corned beef to feed my family for this weekend’s birthday celebration (Pat’s bday) and to get a few veggies and fill in with some things I needed right away.

My list for items I need to stock up on is pretty short and those items were still not a good enough price for me to purchase them right now. I do see a trip to Costco next week for paper plates and napkins!

I shopped at ShopRite, Rite Aid, CVS and Target. Before I even headed into Aldi, I was at negative $0.36 after rebates. It was like I couldn’t spend money if I wanted to this week. Trust me, I never want to! After picking up some items I needed at Aldi, my total cost for everything was just $12.83. Crazy right?!

But, I’m not done for the week. My plan is to head back to ShopRite to get more corned beef, more laundry detergent and buttermilk that I need for the most delicious Irish Soda Bread ever. I don’t see myself spending more than another $10 which would put me at just $30 for this week.

Because I get these questions when I post my shopping trips, I’m going to try to answer some of the most common questions/comments now.

  1. Why didn’t you do this deal or that deal?: The point of the Zero to Stockpile Challenge is to show you that you don’t have to do every single deal out there, and you especially don’t need to be carrying more than one store loyalty card. I’m doing the deals that are important to my family. Yes, I may do a deal if it makes me money but sometimes I don’t have all the coupons, ecoupons or rebates available to me making it, not as great a deal for me. And, so I just skip it.
  2. There was a coupon/rebate for that, why didn’t you use it?: I don’t have all the coupons available for every deal for a few reasons. First, maybe my inserts didn’t have them. Second, if it’s a printable, I might have reached my limit on the prints. Third, for rebates, I might have already used the rebate or I don’t have the rebate available to me. There are times when the deal is good enough even without coupons to take advantage of it. I don’t want to pass up a great price on something just because I didn’t have a coupon.
  3. That item was available at a lower price at such and such a store. Why did you buy it at a different store?: Probably one of the main reasons I bought it at the store I did and at the price I did is because I didn’t want to or have time to go to another store for that item. While I’m known to run into stores for one deal, it’s usually because I’m passing that store on my regular errands. If that is the case, I’ll do the deal at the other store. If I have to make a special trip just for one item, it’s not worth it to me in time and gas.
  4. Why do you buy so much meat? Won’t it go bad before you can use it?: Your freezer is your friend. Stocking up on meat when it’s at its lowest price is one of the best ways to save money on your groceries. Most meats can stay in your freezer, if packaged properly, for up to a year. That’s plenty of time for me to eat up the meats I buy.

Remember, this is real life shopping. I’m not shopping for a great blog post picture or for a great Instagram picture. This is my real life shopping, big or small, perfect or imperfect.

Here are the items I still need to stock up on. Some of these items I already have in my stockpile but would prefer to have more:

  • Canned Tuna
  • Paper Plates (hoping for next week)
  • Napkins (hoping for next week)
  • Tomato Paste
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Foil
  • Band-Aids (possibly next week)
  • Dental Floss

Hope your stockpile is getting bigger and your grocery spending is smaller.

Be sure to visit the Zero to Stockpile page so you can read all about this Challenge I gave myself and how you can do it as well.

My Budget Tracking

Here is what I bought and how much I spent. You can see my progress by viewing the following documents:

If you are unsure why I increased my budget or why I donated my entire stockpile, you can read more about that here.

This Week’s Shopping Trip

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Pictures of My Current Stockpile

A note about my stockpile pictures. I did some reorganization of the stockpile. If you remember, I had one big closet (the one with the wire shelves) that I used for paper products. Switching over to rags and cloth napkins has now freed up a big amount of space in that area of my stockpile since I don’t need a huge paper towel or napkin stockpile.

So, I turned that space into an overflow area of, not as often used, items from my kitchen. Mostly serving pieces and appliances I don’t use all the time.

I felt pretty confident combining everything into 3 shelves since I’m in week number eight and have the majority of items stocked up on.

Updated after this shopping trip!

Left: Freezer
Center: Beauty Products, paper (left side)/Cleaning Products, paper (right side)
Right: Food

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