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Playing the Grocery Game

May 13th, 2007 at 06:47 pm

A friend recommended that I play the "Grocery Game." At first, I thought this involved play money and buying little plastic houses until she set me straight.

I'm not too keen on the whole concept of buying processed food and I really don't need 10 pounds of apples or 10 sticks of deodorant (OK, well maybe I do....). But I decided that for a 4-week trial period that would only cost one buck, it was worth checking out.

I have my groceries delivered, so I first checked to make sure I would still qualify for all the deals. I did, so today when the Grocery Game folks published their weekly list of deals in my neck of the woods I promptly highlighted all the non-perishables that were worth stocking up on.

Before I even added these items to my cart, my grocery bill for the week would have been just under $50. This posed a problem since the store only delivers on orders of $50 or more. When I've been short previously (a rarity, but it has happened), I've added a case of water to get the bill over the $50 mark. (Yes, I drink bottled water, but that's a whole other posting....)

Today, though, I started adding a few of the deals I found playing the Grocery Game. I threw in 2 jars of grape jam (one can never have enough sticky fingerprints around the house), 2 jars of picante sauce, and some anti-bacterial soap.

My entire bill came to $53. Not bad for a family of three and two hungry dogs. We'll have to see how the Grocery Game goes as far as ultimate savings. I'm not completely sold on it, but should I start craving picante sauce mixed with grape jam maybe I'll change my mind.

6 Responses to “Playing the Grocery Game”

  1. yummy64 Says:

    chili sauce mixed with grape jam makes an amazing sauce for meat balls that is great as an appetizer and I bet would be great on rice.

    So try the picante sauce mixed with grape jelly on meatballs Smile
    Bet it would be pretty good (or wuss out and add 1/3 picante, 1/3 ketchup and 1/3 grape jelly)

    Yeah when I was told this recipe I thought the person had lost it too!

  2. Vapors Says:

    I looked at the grocery game site a while ago but I didn't shop at the stores they offered in my area. But I do save a lot of money when shopping. I cut coupons every Saturday morning. I try hard to only buy stuff that's on sale that I also have a coupon for. And I buy as many as I have coupons for. Obviously veggies and meats don't offer coupons, but I do try to only buy what's on sale. I generally will save 35 to 50%.

    Do they deliver the groceries for free? Do you not have time to go yourself? Could you save more going yourself?

  3. compulsive debtor Says:

    In addition to not having time to go to the grocery store (I work 2+ jobs), I am a compulsive shopper so going to the grocery store is not a good thing. I would rather pay the $10 delivery fee than go to the store and spend $50 extra on junk we don't need.

  4. compulsive debtor Says:

    Chili sauce and jam .... Hmmmm.... Now you have me intrigued. The groceries are being delivered tonight. I might just try your recipe.

  5. mbkonef Says:

    Just curious about that recipe - post if you do try it. It sounds weird enough to be really good or really bad - can't decide which.

  6. homebody Says:

    My MIL used to make little meatballs, cook the meatballs them dump them in a crockpot with a jar of grape jelly and a jar of chili sauce. They were definitely tasty.

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