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    I did my first shopping today. I know it isn't January yet, but I needed food for Jan. 1st meal and today was pay day.

    I hope this will be most of a month of groceries (with the exception of sending DH for a few perishable items).

    6 pounds chicken breast
    10 hamburger patties
    smoked ham
    fish
    potatoes
    olive oil
    chocolate powder for milk
    rice
    grits
    ketch up
    eggs
    4 sodas
    chili
    black eyed peas
    spaghetti sauce
    salmon
    mexican rice
    3 packs of buns
    beef stew
    tomatoes
    2 bags of fries
    mixed veggies
    2 packs sliced cheese
    country ham
    hot dogs
    chicken patties
    lasagna
    pizza

    paper plates
    all for $110

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    I really need to do this one. I currently spend $400.00 per month to feed 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and a frog. I would love to see the amount drop. Hopefully this will keep me motivated!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menifeemom View Post
    I really need to do this one. I currently spend $400.00 per month to feed 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and a frog. I would love to see the amount drop. Hopefully this will keep me motivated!!!
    It's probably the frog who is driving your grocery bill up so high.

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    Menifeemom I really need to do this one. I currently spend $400.00 per month to feed 2 adults, 3 kids, 2 dogs, 2 guinea pigs, and a frog. I would love to see the amount drop. Hopefully this will keep me motivated!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    It's probably the frog who is driving your grocery bill up so high.
    hahahaa! Good one.

    To be honest I didn't think that was too high an amount if you are including pet food. Watch that you don't buy too cheap of dog food as that can run into vet bills if they end up with allergies.

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    Actually, no, it is great if you include pet food. I don't purposely include it in mine, but my guys also get a lot of "real" food (i.e, raw), so that tends to get factored in. I don't include canned/kibble/pellets/etc in my target budget.

    (And no pet frog, but I do have a pond, and based on the sounds coming from it in summer, I suspect I feed a lot of freeloader tadpoles.)

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    I want to keep it at or below $250 a month for 3 adults, food only and $50 a month for pet food and supplies, HBA and paper products. My goal is to keep it below this amount and any left over will carry over to the next month to be used for great sales and stockpiling.
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    OK. Budget to the point we can see what's available for groceries. It will be $400CAD/mth. for 3 adults. It's high because our boarder likes to eat food from home (Korea), which is more expensive. Thankfully her mom sends care packages every now and then!

    I spent $22.48 today on groceries.

    .79 for a can of tuna...2 cans
    $2.48 for 4 red peppers (snack!)
    $1.28 whole wheat bread
    .97 bunch of spinach
    $1.23 broccoli crown
    $8.68 pure vanilla extract
    $6.26 pomegranate juice

    Came home and routed through the fridge to make room for things. Found a head of lettuce I'd totally forgotten about! Geesh! No wonder my grocery bill is high! I have plans for it...

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    I am in for $150. a month for food and hba since i have a lot in pantry and small freezer about half full,dont care for a lot of meat.
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    I've got to get back to tracking. Price creep is killing me, along with the amazing shrinking package sooo....I'll set Jan at $600 just for food.

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    I think I'm going to try not to include hba in mine, but it might be a pain to track. When I shop at Aldi it's usually over a hundred but that sometimes includes, trash bags, paper plates, laundry soap, etc. So I"ll just subtract that. Plus I really want to know exactly how much I spend just on food.

    I'll include cat food because they count as my kids to feed.

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    I am in! We have been horrible with grocery spending, d&*m Target. I am shooting for a budget of 400 a month including baby food, diapers, and pet food. I think its doable as long as I stay away from that "never get out of here for less than $100" Target!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladybug96 View Post
    I am in! We have been horrible with grocery spending, d&*m Target. I am shooting for a budget of 400 a month including baby food, diapers, and pet food. I think its doable as long as I stay away from that "never get out of here for less than $100" Target!
    Isn't there anywhere else nearby to get the groceries? Or do you just prefer the one-stop shopping of Target? I'm in Loveland, I use King Soopers for groceries and Target for household. Sometimes dollar store has good deals too on both food and stuff.

    You know where I'd love to blow my budget? Whole Foods....man its a good thing we don't have a Whole Foods in Loveland yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krbshappy71
    You know where I'd love to blow my budget? Whole Foods....man its a good thing we don't have a Whole Foods in Loveland yet.
    Some people call Whole Foods, Whole Paycheck.

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    Okay, right now I'm spending around $400 a month, eventually, I'd like to spend half of that. However, realistically, that won't happen until I get a bigger stockpile, coupon more, and have a bigger garden. So, My goal is to spend $350 a month, without stockpile goods, but I will try and include HBA (and we buy in bulk frequently) and the pet food.

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    peanut - Mmmm....Korean food...I hope you are getting a taste of some of those care packages!!

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