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    Today I sat down and totaled what was spent on groceries in February. The good news is that I came in under my budget of $300. I spent $268.98 (including dinner for company 3 nights). Next, I decided to total how much was spent eating out. The bad news is that we spent $441.01. That included 2 meals because we were out of town. All I can say is "ouch" and we will really need to do much better.

    This month I am going to keep my grocery budget the same and try to spend 1/2 of what we spent last month ($220) dining out.
    Last edited by BeachFun; 03-04-2012 at 06:02 PM.

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    Hi all,
    I would love to join you. Have been spending way too much of food and family at my house. Time to lower the bill and put more to debt Trying to get through the week with only spending $20.

    March - $400 (This is a big jump so we will see, but needs to be done)

    Spent - $148.35

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    Hi all, it's Wednesday and I have not even spent my $20 yet. Things are getting tight. I am out of butter and eggs so I know I will need them. I ment to get some today, but I don't know if I can make it to the store We will see, way too busy.....

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    Hi all, So ended up at the store and spent $30, but got a lot. I am making Tarragon chicken Saturday and it calls for wine so now on the list will be a bottle of $3 wine (I know very expensive ha) anyway doing ok, went over but close so very happy about that Hope everybody else is doing well.

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    I've been WAY under budget for the year so far, still going to keep it at $250 for April food only. I hope we start to see good sales on bbq supplies.
    Terry

    Mar grocery 87.66/250.00
    Feb coupon 2.20
    YTD grocery 687.99
    YTD coupon 68.10


    New Recipe 10/24
    Items repurposed
    Twenty wishes 0/20


    as of 3-4

    1. clean/organize linen closet 2. organize/purge medicine cabinet 3. make at least one new recipe a month 0/12 4. learn to make 3 items from scratch 5. tame kitchen freezer 6. read To Kill A Mockingbird 7. watch Gone With The Wind 8. limit on-line game time to 30mins a day 9. write a letter monthly to MIL 10. make AND mail Christmas cards 11. repurpose 3 old items into something new 12. participate in monthly photo hunt 13. make 1 rag quilt 14. use exercise bike 4x wk 15. lose 3lbs a month 16. make work plan for camper 17. learn to back-up camper 18. participate in 1 SOTF get-together 19. complete dental work needed 20. say I Love You to loved ones daily

    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
    put away, throw away, give away
    at least 5 items a day

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    Was under budget again in March only spent $136.52 even a small stockpile help keep budget down.

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    Ok my new challenge this week is to spend no more then $75. That's to include Easter dinner as well. God wish me luck. Trying my best, but things are tight right now......I can do this

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    My challenge for this is $140.00 per pay period:

    Includes:
    HBA
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    Vitamins, probiotic, joint juice
    Cat food and litter
    Dog food
    Stockpile

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    I had to raise my gas budget, so added another $10 into groceries as well. New budget for 2 weeks is $150.00.

    So far I have spent $113.00

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    I have spent the $150 budget both pay periods, however
    I had a lot of "stockpile" involved. Mine was totaled by the split.

    Next payday, I am hoping to spend 130.00.

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    Hi all,

    Have $40 to get through the week for food. This is what I have planned all from Costco then use up what ever I have in the frig:

    Dog food $26
    Flour $8
    Eggs $4

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    Hi all I'm new to this challenge - but here's my goal for the rest of this month:

    $525 this includes lunches, dinners, cleaning supplies, petfood, paper products etc!

    FYI this is a HUGE reduction to what I usually spend and if I told you - you would cringe - but we do eat 90% organic and I personally am going back to eating paleo
    Kim - Single mom to one 15 year old High School

    I have restarted so many times I am now BROKE
    Grocery Challenge June 220/720 - I'm new and trying to just do this slowly
    A Pound a week challenge 2/40


    I'm Working on it!

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    Spent $172 today,,,, stocked up on Juice for DD shouldn't need any until July
    Kim - Single mom to one 15 year old High School

    I have restarted so many times I am now BROKE
    Grocery Challenge June 220/720 - I'm new and trying to just do this slowly
    A Pound a week challenge 2/40


    I'm Working on it!

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    Hi all,

    Hope everybody had a great Mother's Day I was going to get mom a gift or gift card and thought about it. Instead I got her flowers and a card. Saved a lot of money Don't mean to be cheap, but have to stick to the budget you know. Did end up spending more on food. Mostly my mothers day dinner (buffalo wings). Oh well, still did well. This week I think I want to see if I can get away with spending no more then $25. Wish me luck

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    To catch myself up with this thread, I will post my monthly spending on groceries. There are 2 adults in my household and 4 children (every other weekend). We feed the kids 17 meals a month approximately.

    Spent/Budget - Over/(Under)

    January $224.50/$252.00 - $27.50 Under
    February $211.11/$200.00 - $11.11 Over
    March $117.45/$188.00 - $70.55 Under
    April $243.28/$188.00 - $55.28 Over
    May $157.13/$188.00 - $30.87 Under (so far)

    I coupon a lot! I buy things on sale and stock up so that we don't have to buy things full price. When I go grocery shopping, I buy sale items and then I buy perishables for the week (milk, bread, fruits, veggies)

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