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Optimizing Our Grocery Bill – Part 3

Last week you saw Gina and I go over our goal of spending $100 per week on groceries by $12.51. Welcome back! This week was an interesting one.

We’ve had multiple suggestions to try the Instacart – Aldi combination, so we went for it.

Initially, I was hesitant to try Instacart because I know prices tend to be slightly inflated, there’s a delivery fee, and you’re expected to tip. But, we had a referral code from a friend that saved us $10 on the order.

With the referral discount, we managed to spend just over $75 this week. Most of the groceries came from Aldi, the rest from Walmart Pick Up.

If you’ve read my recent post about spending time to save money, you know that I’m willing to spend a little extra money in exchange for more time spent with my family.

This Week’s Breakthrough

Without the $10 discount, we still would have only spent $85. On top of that, we saved close to TWO HOURS of shopping time by using Instacart and Walmart Pick Up!

If we are able to keep our weekly spending under $100 per week, we’ll be spending around $400 per month compared to the $600 we were spending before starting this series.

Spending $400 per month and having our groceries delivered would feel like huge success. So let’s hope this trend continues!

This Week’s Shopping

I didn’t plan to publish our entire grocery list for a third week in a row, but I wanted you to have the ability to compare Instacart prices with 1) my last two blogs about groceries, and 2) your own grocery receipts.

So here it is, our spending for the week using the Instacart-Aldi combination and Walmart Grocery Pick Up.

Instacart-Aldi

Almond & Dark Chocolate Protein Bars – $1.95
8oz Flat Leaf Spinach x2 – $1.35/ea
Organic Salsa – $2.09
5lb Bananas @ $0.38/lb – $1.90
1lb Strawberries – $2.99
3lb Gala Apples – $2.99
1Gal Vitamin D Milk – $1.69
16oz Liquid Egg Whites x3 – $1.89/ea
Cucumber – $0.55
Zucchini 20oz – $1.75
3 Green Peppers – $2.55
1lb Asparagus – $2.85
16oz Roma Tomatoes – $1.45
12oz Frozen Broccoli Florets x5 – $1.35/ea
12oz Frozen Peas – $0.89
12oz Riced Cauliflower – $1.89
12oz Frozen Brussels Sprouts x3 – $1.25/ea
12.5oz Maple Syrup – $6.59
8oz Tomato Sauce – $0.29
30.5oz Ground Coffee – $5.19
3lb Sweet Potatoes – $2.85
16oz Almond Milk Coffee Creamer – $2.19

Total after fees, tip, and $10 discount: $61.67

Walmart

12 Pack Sparkling Water – $2.76
16oz Olive Garden Salad Dressing – $3.12
Panera Poppy Seed Salad Dressing – $3.98
Bob’s Red Mill Baking Flour – $3.88

Total: $13.74

Walmart Pick Up requires a minimum order of $30. There were a few other items, but they weren’t groceries.

Conclusion

I certainly don’t expect to spend just $75 each week on groceries. I think we’ll have some weeks over $100 and some under.

With that being said, optimizing our grocery bill is about finding a balance between money spent and time saved, which is exactly what we did this week.

Check back over the next couple weeks and see if the Aldi-Instacart combination survives an entire month and helps us optimize our grocery bill!

Series Round Up

Week 1: $91.71 Spent at Aldi, Costco, Walmart
Week 2: $112.51 Spent at Aldi, Costco
Week 3: $75.41 Spent at Aldi, Walmart

If you’ve never used Instacart before, I highly recommend giving it a shot! By using this Instacart Referral link, you’ll be saving both of us $10 on our next order. Thanks for your support!

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