Shopping Superstars: NO Spending Spree Week Three

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Farmer's Market Produce 6/11

It’s the end of week three in our NO Spending Spree. We’ve got just one more week to go, and I’m thinking we could extend the no spending another month entirely! But since my birthday and a trip to Colorado are coming up, we would not be able to go without spending. But, I have no doubt that our groceries could last us another month aside from produce, milk, bread and eggs purchases.

I picked up more milk to take us through the next two weeks (the last ones lasted us two weeks), and I went to the farmers market this morning. I got local organically grown potatoes for $1 per pound! You better believe I snatched up 15 pounds of those babies. I’ll be making up some mashed potatoes and possibly even some potato chips!

I also got all those cucumbers (8) and squash (6) for a total of $5. The best way to save money on produce and ensure that it’s organically grown is to eat local. And it helps your community!

Money spent on produce: $20
Money spent on milk: $24

This week was a struggle for me personally. I had the strongest urge for sushi and pizza a few days ago (no I’m not preggo, so don’t even ask!). But yes I survived without those things, and rather enjoyed saving the money it would have cost us to go out to eat.

We enjoyed free blockbuster and redbox rentals (and remembered to take them back in time!), visited a local farm and played for free at a fast food play place (no fast food was consumed!). The kids enjoyed puzzles, coloring, playing with their toys and in the back yard. I could get used to this NO Spending Spree…

How did you all do this week? Go ahead, show off all those awesome deals you got! Please link directly to your posts, and I ask that you do not link to giveaways or posts mainly promoting affiliate deals. Let’s encourage one another with our thrifty ventures. No giveaways please. Thanks!

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8 Comments:
  1. I must say that you generally have some really good ideas/deals. This month is our only big vacation this year. Heading to NY to see my father-in-law who I haven’t seen in almost 7 years. We’re also taking one of our 3 year old grandsons with us because he hasn’t met him yet. So won’t be doing any gardening until we get back. Did plant a couple of tomatoes and peppers, so will see how they turn out when I get back.

  2. However, I will only be home three days…then it is off to MO to see my second oldest son graduate from Military Police training in the Army

  3. Great job on staying the course on not spending this month. I do have to say that I don’t feel that using a fast food play place without making a purchase is kinda like stealing. The play place is a bonus for buying food. Just my opinion. When I could not afford to take my kids to a fast food play place, we would pack a lunch and head to the park. Or ask a friend with a pool if we could come over.

  4. Do you incorporate birthdays and vacations into your monthly budget? That has been the biggest challenge for us. We try to write down the amounts we spend on friends and family for gifts, birthdays, Mother’s and Father’s days and other holidays, so we can better budget for them the following year. Sticking to the gift budget has been a true challenge.

    • Yes I do Tracy. I get a lot of gifts at rock bottom prices when I find them, and add them to a gift stockpile I keep in our office.

  5. Kudos on passing up sushi when you had the craving! Sushi cravings are like no other, and once I get it in my head… I have to have it :)

  6. You mentioned the best way to save money on produce and ensure that it’s organically grown is to eat local…. we live in SW MO and a lot of our local farmers still spray selectively (especially the Amish) so if you want to eat organic, you need to ask the individual vendors at the farmers markets if/what produce is truly organic :)

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