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Shopping list for both weeks of SNAPcut Challenge up

Check out this printable grocery list that shows what I bought for both weeks of the SNAPcut Challenge Encore! It shows what two people in North Carolina could buy on the pre-November 1st weekly SNAP benefit of  $84.46 and then on the cut benefit of $79.86. 

Improvements. I've added a column that shows the changes in unit prices over the two weeks. The unit prices are now more clear, too, so you can more easily compare my costs with yours. For example, you can see that in week one, 5 ounces of fresh organic spinach cost $3.38 or 68 cents an ounce and in week two 10 ounces cost $4.98 or 50 cents an ounce, with a savings of 18 cents an ounce. (Supporting members can also sign in to download the Excel spreadsheet so they can modify it to make their own lists. The spreadsheet makes it easy to track your own local and organic purchases, unit prices, and overall costs.)

What's different now that my budget is down $4.60 a week?

  • 7% less organic, down from 31% to 24%.
  • Zero local, down from 2% taken from my pantry to a flat and sad 0%. (It turns out that I had to put back the lone local purchase from week one: a bag of cornmeal, to make up for not saving half the cabbage for the second week.)
  • Frozen and dried replaces fresh for quality reasons. Last week, the kiwis were so soft I had to make them into sorbet. The oranges tasted bad and were a lot of work to peel. For week two, I opted for more raisins and for the ready-to-use splendor of frozen blueberries.
  • Frozen replaces fresh because of price, too. Frozen peas and corn replace fresh peppers and green beans.
  • Modest splurges are gone, from jalapenos to tri-colored rotini.

What changes are you making during week 2? What did you fight hard to keep?

Reader Comments (2)

this is good list... Thanks for this list.


Nov 24, 2013 | Registered Commenterrose-marry

Thanks, Rose-Marry! Please let me know if you have any suggestions for making it better.

Nov 25, 2013 | Registered CommenterLinda Watson
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