All You Magazine Grocery Challenge and Subscription Giveaway

grocery-challenge-200I have a very cool challenge to share with you today: All You Magazine is asking readers to participate in the Grocery Challenge.  What’s the Grocery Challenge about?  All You Magazine wants to see how put your shopping smarts to use and spend $25 or less to feed each family member WEEKLY!

How generous is that?  I KNOW lots of you are already doing that.  If you are not, then this is the perfect challenge for you, because you can challenge yourself to do this and have a chance to win some pretty cool prizes in the process.

Here are more details about this challenge:

:::  You need to start by registering for this challenge so that you can be an active participant and get credit for and track your efforts.

:::  The challenge lasts five weeks starting on July 13th through August 17Th.  During this time period the challenge is not to spend more than $25 per family member per week. Household supplies and toiletries do not count toward each weeks total. You can spend less by growing, bartering or using stockpiled food to supplement your meals. BUT, if you wish to take a break from cooking and eat out or order take out the cost must go toward the week’s total.

::: You can use the Spending Log provided by All You to track your spending but make sure to keep all of your receipts during this period. if you are chosen a finalist you will be asked to submit them. So, find a shoe box to keep those receipts safe during this five week period.

How will the winner be chosen?

::: All entries and exit forms will be judged by All You’s editors, based on the following criteria: Staying within contest spending guidelines (50%); creativity and ingenuity (25%); and healthy choices (25%). All You will select 10 finalists, from whom a winner will be chosen on or before August 24, 2009. All finalists must submit grocery receipts. Incomplete and/or inaccurate entries and entries not complying with all rules are subject to disqualification.  Check the rest of the contest rules here.

Exactly what could you win?

::: One Winner will receive a $1,000 grocery card and a year’s supply of Knorr side dishes and will be featured in All You magazine and the CBS Early Show in December.

I can’t tell you how much I would love to hear that one of my readers is the winner of this challenge!  And I just know it is so feasible.  You can count on my help providing you with the hottest deals during that time period to make sure you stretch those dollars to the max!

PLUS to get you started on additional savings I am giving away TWO one-year subscriptions to All You Magazine.  You guys know I love All You magazine and the coupons you can find in it.  What a better way to get ready for this challenge than by giving you a chance to get access to these coupons for FREE!

How do you enter this giveaway?

  1. Leave me a comment sharing that you have joined the All You Grocery Challenge and are ready to get started prepping for this challenge.
  2. Share the  news about this challenge and giveaway with friends and family by sharing it on your blog, Twitter or Facebook.  Make sure to come back and share that link with me in the comment section.

This giveaway ends July 7th at 9PM CST.  U.S. residents 18 years and older only please.  I will pick two winners and contact them at the time the giveaway ends.  If after 48 hrs they don’t contact me back I will select another winner.

Good luck!

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  • Yup, I’ve signed up!

  • I joined the challenge–a piece of cake for those of us who know how to coupon! I only spent $190 for my family of 6 for all of May, including diapers and household! There will be some stiff competition, though, because I know I’m not the only one! 🙂

  • Michelle

    I joined the challenge.

  • I’m signed up. My budget is already under that…though not as thrifty as Jessica. Good grief…that’s awesome!

  • I have signed up. I am excited about this!

  • Jean

    I signed up. I am ready for the challenge 🙂

  • Monica

    I signed up for the challenge and am ready to roll!

  • Diana

    I signed up for the challenge!

  • Nan

    Signed up! Thanks for all the great savings tips.

  • EvaG

    I joined the challenge today. I actually have to feed 7 mouths everyday which gives me $175 a week to spend but I will try to do it for $100 or less a week. A free subscription to All You would definitely help! Thanks for the great giveaway! grogereva2 (at) aol (dot) com

  • Signed up and ready to go 🙂

  • Rachel Cooperrider

    Ok, totally would love to do the challenge, but we’re going on vacation during that time…and I won’t be grocery shopping. We’ll save up for some eating out during that time, but it would be tricky to stay on that budget (easy if I were home). Wish they could do it at a better time of year.

  • Sarah Milbrandt

    I just signed up for the challenge! I’m so excited and can’t wait for it to start.


    This will keep me focused on saving money! Thanks~ I’m in too!

  • sarah

    I joined! The only tricky part will be Hubs work lunches…hopefully I can get him on board!

  • Shelly

    joined the challenge!

  • Robyn

    I have joined the All You Grocery Challenge!

  • Jill

    I joined and am looking forward to the challenge!

  • Marcia

    I joined. This will be a great time to use up some of my stock. That will help make sure that nothing gets out dated. Nothing get me more upset then when I don’t use things up before they go bad! Ok the other thing that gets me that upset is when I let a coupon for something free or almost free expire!

  • Tracey M

    I joined! I can’t wait to see all of the great ideas that we come up with.

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  • Deb Herbert

    I’ve joined the challenge – shouldn’t be too bad since you can use a stockpile.

  • Kristin

    I signed up for the challenge, too! It’s just me, DH and our 15 month old but sometimes feeding the two of them healthy food they like can be hard, so I’m approaching the challenge from that angle, since keeping our food expenditures under $75/week shouldn’t be any trouble at all.

  • Jessica

    I have signed up !!! I can’t wait thank you so much for all your work !!! I really enjoy reading your blog daily it has saved my alot of money. Thank you again!!!

  • Beth

    I’m all signed up and excited about the challenge. Should be interesting and fun!!

  • Theresa G

    Looks like fun! I signed up. My budget is below that at $60 for a family of four.

  • Tiffany

    I just joined the challenge! I am excited to get started!

  • sandy

    signed up

  • Theresa A

    I am so in……I have joined…

  • Daiva

    I signed up. It will be a big challenge for me, but hopefully it works out. I really need to cut down on spending on the groceries.

  • Terri

    I’ve signed up!

  • Lisa Augustine

    Thanks for the info. I signed up for the challenge!

  • Jacqueline in Atlanta

    Ready to go with that challenge. I am signed up.
    I only spend about $300 for our family of four unless we eat out, which is rare, especially right now while my hubby is laid off. $1000 would be great!

    Thanks for having the giveaway. I am an All You Subscriber and would be delighted to have two more years.

  • Shared on facebook, too!

  • Becky Borntreger

    Thanks for letting us know about this contest. I signed up right away!

  • I just signed up today. Thanks for the info!

  • I signed up for the challenge and I blogged about it. Do I need to leave two comments about it mercedes? here is my post.

    ****Mercedes Here****

    Hi Carol,

    Yes, you neeed to leave a separate comment about it to count as a separate entry.

  • Karen Smith

    Signed up and looking forward to using things out of my cabinets.

  • Jessica

    I signed up, and am so excited to start this challenge! I have learned so much from you that I am now confident that I can do this! Thanks so much!

  • Teresa

    I am signed up. I know I can do this. I will have a whole bunch of raspberries that will be ready during this time. That will make it a little easier.

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  • kara

    i have entered the all you challenge! it will be fun to see if we can do it! it’s just my husband, daughter + myself so $75/week should be plenty – though we do tend to go out to eat every week. i think i may challenge myself more + try doing it for $50/week! i love your website – thanks for all the help!

  • I’m all signed up! My budget is for 3 adults, 1 teenager, 1 preteen and one 6 month old. Well, the baby’s breastfed, but he still counts. 🙂

  • Lana

    Signed up-it will be a challenge since we will be on vacation for one of those weeks and we like to eat out 3-4 times that week. I love a reason to clean out some of my stockpile though.

  • Adrian

    I signed up for the challenge.

  • Jaclyn

    I have signed up! I always enjoy a challenge with spending less & using coupons. We are a family of 6 & I only spend a total of $60 a week on food, toiletries & cleaners. I do not count diapers or wipes in that, although I have gotten a great stockpile of diapers for $3.00 & under! Whoo Hoo! One I have sepnt $60 I am done until the next week. Some weeks I have only used $10 to buy milk, bread & produce because we have so much food. This will be a fun & EASY challenge. =)

  • All ready for the challenge. However, the dog food will not be a part of this even tho she is a part of the household. It should be interesting for sure. Looking forward to winning the All You Magazine as well.

  • I signed up about a week or so ago!

    Can’t wait to get started on this 🙂

  • Melanie Jackson

    Perfect timing! My hubs and I are starting the “Total Money Makeover” and my budget for groceries is $125 for a family of 5!!

  • Tyree

    I joined the challenge (although $25 per person is more than I think I’ve ever spent per person per week 🙂 At least it will curb my desire to eat out so often!

  • This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing this, Mercedes. I just signed up and can’t wait to get started with the challenge! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • I love the challenge of this. I signed up! I have the coupons and sale papers right here.

    queenoftheclick at yahoo dot com

  • I joined the challenge and I posted a link to your post ont his on my Facebook page

  • Tia

    I joined the challenge!

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  • Sheryl

    I’ve signed up for the challenge!

  • Joy

    I’ve signed up! The challenge starts the week we leave for vacation, so we’ll see how that goes.

  • Lori

    I joined, and I am excited to give it a try!

  • alyssa

    I am signed up! WooHoo

  • Kerri

    I joined the Grocery Challenge! Thanks for the chance to win the magazine!

  • Kerri

    And I posted a note about it on my Facebook – here’s the link:

  • Jennifer

    I joined the challenge!

  • I joined the challenge, and I would love to win a subscription to All You!

  • Keli

    i joined the challange. 🙂

  • Kristen R.

    I signed up… this challenge is awesome, and I know there is a lot of competition for this! I budget $200/month for everything for our family of 5, and can’t imagine spending $500/month. I can’t wait to see the winner of this.

  • Sarah P

    I joined the challenge. I already spend under 25/person, but would like to cut our grocery budget even more. I think this will be fun. Thanks for the giveaway

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