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    Default December 2008 Grocery Challenge

    Well I really blew last months grocery budget. I will try again this month including everything, even out to eat. I am going to raise the budgetted amount $80 though to $400. I've dropped my gas budget from $320 to $200 though so even with upping the grocery spending I am still up $40. Out to eat shouldn'tt really be a problem this month. There are however, the holidays to consider.
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    I'm in again, but for $600. I am hosting Christmas dinner, and it is prime rib. $$
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    I'm in for $500 that is the amount for the $25/week per person. But that will be for pet food and HBA also.

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    $260 for us (3 people, 1 dog, numerous cats)

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    $320 for the 3 of us. BUT I am going to do some stockpiling with quite a bit of it. We are also running thru EVERYTHING in our freezer first. The only thing I will buy before we empty freezer is meat if we find deals. Well, I will get some veggies and stuff like that - DUH!

    We won't get our $320 food stamps until the 12th, but we have enough meat to last till after that time.

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    I am going to join in my first grocery challenge! It's $400 for my family of 5.

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    This thanksgiving really blew my budget for Nov., but since christmas we are not eating at home I will shot for $400. That is for 2 adults and 2 kids. It helps that I eat at work alot so I might even get it lower.

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    I am in again this month. Since I didn't go WAY over last month I am going to stay at $300 for the three of us.


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    I'm going to be in on this one! I seem to be all over the place with my grocery budget, but did well last month after raising it to 100/month for me, FDH and kitty, addedd LOTS to the sotckpile too.

    For my December groceries, my budget is 120. This will include extravagent snacks and goodies for FDH and I when we go away for a couple of days for our first Christmas Eve/Day on our own... I feel it's better to raise my grocery budget for one month only and include those things in it, then stick to the previous budget of 100 and then blow loads on the goodies cos' it's not part of the budget, it doesn't matter!' If that makes sense...

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    I'm in for another $400 this month.

    We are going out of town for Christmas, so we won't be eating here at least five days out of the month. I want to cushion those five days and buy the same amount I bought last month. We realized we were struggling with meals because of eating out of the stockpile, plus the burn element in the oven went out earlier this week. We're fixing that element, though, this weekend.

    Last month was good, only went over by $3. I had a few non-grocery buys (like a new spice rack and some other stuff) which is what took us over by $3. I plan on a meal plan for the entire month that takes full advantage of frugal meals and leftovers more than I did last month.

    I'm in!

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    I really can't do this challenge while building up my years stockpile and dealing with dh taking a hit on his pay this December.

    All I know at this point is I have $150 for the grocery store.

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    I'm in again also, for the usual $300. I still have $150 to go this month. I'm getting so stocked up I'm finding it harder to spend my whole budget which is what I hope to accomplish by the end of next month. I'd love to just have to pick up milk or some little odd/end thing.

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    I'm in for $300. I will do my big grocery shopping next week and we need a lot.

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    I'm up for a challenge!

    $300 -- while still adding to a stockpile.

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    $430 for us...
    I figure with each month, we can only get better at this.

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