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Can local savings bloggers out-save The Salvation Army? (video)

Added on Monday, March 7, 2016

(Watch videos) – How many groceries could you purchase with $30?

Right now, The Salvation Army is in the middle of Minnesota’s largest food drive of the year – Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign. The campaign runs through April 1 and all Minnesotans are encouraged to give to their local food shelves.

One of the best ways to help our food shelves is by donating money. Through our partnerships with food distributors, The Salvation Army has triple the buying power, which means we can provide even more groceries for our guests. We wondered though, could our discounts be matched by practicing smart shopping techniques such as minding the sales and using coupons?

That’s the question we posed to a pair of local Twin Cities bloggers that focus on living simply and saving big.

We put Heather and Lisa to test to see if we could truly provide the most groceries at the best price. They were given three guidelines: purchase groceries equivalent to two days worth of complete, nutritious meals for a family of four, one meal needed to include meat and stick to a budget of $30 or less.

We’ll be the first to admit, supplying a family with two days worth of meals is no easy task, but our bloggers readily accepted our challenge. See how well they did by watching the videos below.

Video: Heather Shue

Heather is the author of the blog Simply Save where she writes about saving money, simplifying life, minimalism, and living with intention. She’s passionate about finding the balance between planning for the future and enjoying the present. (Read about her experience with our challenge.)

Video: Lisa Baker

Wife and mother to two young kids, Lisa is always seeking great deals and better, affordable ways of enjoying life with her family. She created her blog Twin Cities Frugal Mom to talk about frugal living and share her experience being a mom.