Apr 202011

So, how did I do?

I think I did pretty darn good!

When you are really, really conscious of sticking to what your plan is, it really makes a difference in the shopping experience. (Heck, this can be said for a lot of things in life, eh?)

Lets take a look at my list first.

Not a huge list for it being 2 weeks since I went shopping.

There are a few things on there that don’t get bought very often, but they are part of an overall shopping experience, so I will not make an exceptions for them.

The question mark by the onions?  Well, we really didn’t need them but if they were decent looking and a good price, they were to be considered, so I threw it on the list.

The one thing I couldn’t find was the Sucanat.  Totally bummed me out!  Love it more than brown sugar.

Now, lets look at my receipts.

Sorry the print turned out so small.  If you want to get a good look at what I bought for the “condemn or approve” round, you’ll just have to click on the picture to enlarge it.

This is full disclosure, baby!

OK, now you are going to see that there were a few things that I bought that weren’t on my list.  Here’s what they are and why I bought them:

  • Ham Salad – Forgot to add something for my lunches for work.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Forgot to put on list for Lemon Bar recipe I want to try.
  • Banquet Fish Dinner – Again, lunch for work.
  • Townhouse Crackers – We were low on these, plus they would go great with the Ham Salad if the kids wanted some for snacks when they came up this weekend.

That’s it, only 4 items that weren’t on the list.  Dang, that’s pretty good for me (and of course, I’d forgotten to eat before I left, but I didn’t let that get in my way… yay stomach!!).

Even though the rules say that an item is OK to buy if I knew that I was getting low on it, I am not going to justify any of these items.  I know I could, but then I wouldn’t be learning from this little experiment, now would I?

So how am I going to rate my first week?  Well, kinda hard to do without some sort of scale to go by (yeah, kinda forgot about that part).  So let’s remedy that right now, shall we?

1 = Pathetic

2 = You Could Do Better

3 = Getting Warmer

4 = Oh, So Close!

5 = Shopping Goddess

Now that that’s established, I give myself a 4.

I was very close and restrained myself from putting things in my cart that I probably would have because we would have used them, but we didn’t NEED them.

And on a personal note, $90.55 qualifies as Happy Dance material right there!

OK, it’s your turn now.  How did I do?  Be honest, because that is what I’m looking for here.

If you’d like to try the challenge yourself, let me know and I’ll link up your page so others can see how you do too!

  8 Responses to “Shopping Challenge Results 4/18/11”

Comments (8)
  1. Good job, Mom! I give you a 5 because whenever we’d go grocery shopping in Winona, we’d buy at LEAST 6-10 things we didn’t NEED, but WANTED!

  2. LOL. No potato chips? How can a Rooney survive 2 weeks without potato chips!
    I think you did good too. You deserve that 4 rating.

    I went Sunday and spent $130.00 but got two hams. So much of the stuff I haul home is liquid. I’m thinking of buying a CO2 cylinder and trying to make my own carbonated beverages. Know anyone who has
    done that with any success?

  3. Oh, he has potato chips, Roxy. I buy them in bulk online from Michael Seasons every couple months. And as far as the CO2 for carbonated beverages, Rick was just doing some research on that because he read about it on one of the blogs I have listed. I’ll try and find which one it was and get back to ya!

  4. Thanks Chris! It is so easy to throw extra things in the cart because you want them LOL. I highly recommend everyone trying this at least once just for the experience and how much you really have to “think” about what you are buying. Kinda fun for me… almost like a personal game, ya know? (You know how competitive I am, and I hate to lose 😉 )

  5. I’ve done this and it’s helped me quite a bit! Of course, I haven’t done it in a while and I probably should 🙂 I definitely give you a 4.5 on this Mom! And Roxy, I have heard about that stuff on the radio. I searched and here’s the link I found: http:/~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney/~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooneywww.sodastreamusa.com/~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooney~sandyrooneystore.aspx?gclid=CIzQiJWmrKgCFQnrKgod0D1OIQ . It’s something getting VERY popular these days!

  6. Care to join the challenge with me Nichole? It would be lots of fun… right? 🙂 And thanks for doing the research on the soda question for Roxy!

  7. Oh yeah, it would be TONS of fun lol Maybe the next time we go shopping I will do that. And you’re welcome for the research, I have heard the commercials for it on the radio a bunch. Especially around Christmas time, there was a ton of them.

  8. Hi all,

    I did a little research on this “Soda Stream” LOOK OUT! It is very proprietary at least regarding the CO2 cannisters. Very expensive to replace, most of the complaints derive from the shipping charges and other misc. complaints. These can all be viewed on their website.

    I did find a valve adapter for a commercial CO2 cylinder that one can substitute for the soda stream one. Although, these are not cheap. From what I read Soda Stream has the best system for quickly carbonating water, but once again, they make very good residual cash off of the sales of the replacement CO2. I understand one can get the syrups for the beverages very reasonable, but if I were to consider this I would have to have the commercial CO2 adapter and the Soda Stream dispenser. These would require an intensive installation procedure on the home install with holes being drilled to accommodate the lines for the CO2 canister.

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