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$20 grocery challenge

February 8th, 2012 at 09:32 pm

My oldest niece called at 10:00 last night and hung up at 1:05. I didn't mind because I'm a night person. She was excited about her new classes and what she's learning and wanted to share.

She told me she's been sick for 2 weeks an spent all her grocery money on cold medicines. I told her I had several bags of groceries for her and we plan to go up this weekend to see her. As we were talking I opened my pantry and asked her what kind of things she needed. From the pantry I pulled, several cans of soup, canned beans, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, spaghetti sauce, salsa, tuna, salt, canned chicken, sunflower oil, mustard, salad dressing and canned peanuts.

Next I went to my linen closet and pulled out cough drops, cold medicine, cough syrup, lotion, body wash, toothpaste, shampoo, liquid soap, 3 boxes of kleenex and 9 rolls of cottonelle toilet paper. I always have lots of cold stuff on hand that I buy when it's free. I haven't had a cold in years - knock on wood Smile

In my cleaning closet I pulled out disinfecting wipes, sponges, tilex, furniture polish, Tide, and a roll of paper towels.

I have a big box and 3 big bags of stuff to take right now. I doubt if it cost me more than $10. But I plan to take $20 and see how many other things I can get that I know she needs/wants. The problem is there aren't that many good sales or coupons right now, so some things will have to be full price. She wants ketchup, pickles, peanut butter, spices and pasta, I plan to challenge myself to see what I can do with $20. Peanut butter has really gone up in price, I haven't seen a good sale in awhile.

I finished reading the library book The Valcourt Heiress by Catherine Coulter. Romance - very good.

11 Responses to “$20 grocery challenge”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You are an awesome aunt! It sounds like you have a great relationship.

  2. Mary Ann Says:

    Sounds like you got some good deals. I hope you will find some more great deals to get with the $20..

  3. Miz Pat Says:

    I hope she feels better

  4. rob62521 Says:

    What a loving aunt you are! Hope she recovers soon.

  5. Amber Says:

    Wow would you like to adopt another Neice? Smile you're a great aunt

  6. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    How kind of you.

    I agree with you about peanut butter. It's really gone up in price. I heard that it would so I have stocked up. In fact I think I heard it here. But I don't have enough to cover the next 6 months. Good luck with your visit.

  7. snafu Says:

    kudos for listening, being so kind and generous with your time, supplies and love.

  8. M E 2 Says:


    You ARE a good aunt! My nephews, who are all under 18, are the lights of my life and I try to spend quality time with them if/when I can. All of their parents are somewhat ....... self-absorbed, I'd guess you say. Kudos to you for being there.

  9. retire@50 Says:

    wowitsawonderfullife - I have enough of my kind of peanut butter for several months, which is natural and crunchy, unfortunately she only likes creamy peanut butter, something about the texture bothers her for crunchy. Otherwise I would just grab some from my pantry.

  10. baselle Says:

    Ah, the Aunt Food Bank. Good for you. You've given her enough of a head start so if nothing else she can get the peanut butter in a couple of weeks.

  11. LuckyRobin Says:

    The prices on peanut butter are really disturbing to me, as it's the go to protein for so many people that can't afford much else. I was shocked when I had to buy some a couple weeks ago (I used up my huge stockpile).

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