Thursday, March 08, 2007

Iron Chef Moms question

Ms. Moneydummy makes me laugh. She wants to know how our lower-carb lifestyle will affect the budget and why I opted for a no-stockpile handicap.

Amy and I chose not to include the stockpile in the interest of fair play.

After all, I have $2 organic New York strip steaks in the freezer! The wild card factor of next week's sales will also make my job more exciting.

Seriously, we devised the rules so readers would be encouraged to try either strategy.

You can save money right away--you don't have to amass the perfect pantry, drive two hours to the nearest Aldi, or sort every coupon in the recycling dumpster first.

As for menu differences, I'll just have to roll with the punches. We'll probably relax the carb restrictions a little, too.

Readers can take the overall quality of food into account as they study the numbers. My goal is to match or beat what I would have normally spent at Aldi--only doing it with the grocery sales of the week.


Amber said...

I'm anxiously looking forward to the outcome ... when I'm doing good I use your method ... shop the super sales and stockpile.

OK ... for the no-stockpile handicap ... how about the basics ... like flour, sugar, condiments etc?!?

Gini (Hallquist) Young said...

This sounds extremely fun! Be sure to check out if you're really getting into this! I save literally hundreds of dollars every month using this strategy! Love it! And I love Aldi too.

Jenn @ Frugal Upstate said...

I'm lazy, so I just do the Aldi's and Save a Lot method unless I see a great sale.

Anonymous said...

This is such a great challenge! I don't have an Aldi near me, but I'm a true devotee to PriceRite, which is my local equivalent (I think). I use a combination of both methods and am excited to see the results for the week. Wishing you both frugal fun!!