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    I did not plan on doing my grocery shopping today but with the snow and brutal cold coming our way I wanted to get it done while the weather was still decent. I spent about $39 and saved almost $22 using coupons.
    Terry

    Jan grocery 129.57/275.00
    Jan coupon 1.00
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    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
    put away, throw away, give away
    at least 5 items a day

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    Day 5 of no spend on food. Should be able to make it another week, I hope, without buying milk or eggs. Eating out of pantry and freezer. I have so much stocked up now that I have a plastic tote on deck to store freezer items that wouldn't fit in the two freezers. Overflow of pantry items stored in other area. Had too many coupons to use up before they expired. My life is going to change after this..coupons don't seem to be as big anymore..that will hit me hard as I am a "coupon queen". My children tease me and say if I don't have a good coupon for it I won't buy it. They're right..it is my big money saver.

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    DH picked up gallon of milk at gas station yesterday, than he bought a coffee and a diet coke.
    I reminded him 1) that we already have soda at home (he forgot) 2) we have coffee at home (he says he ran out of filters) 3) we are trying to reduce grocery budget.

    He agreed it would have been more frugal to stop at grocery store and get the milk and filters for the coffee pot. I like to use my debit card when filling my tank with gas to avoid the temptations in the convenience stores.
    Spent $7

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    Hi all,

    I'm in as well. We get food/toiletries every 2 weeks only and pay cash. 6 people. So far so good, lol....
    - $200 for 2 weeks $400 total
    - $40 to stockpile (maybe living off pantry come June)
    - mostly organic, Grass feed, No-GMO
    - we eat Atkin's/Paleo/Primal
    - adding to home garden this year

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimB View Post
    DH picked up gallon of milk at gas station yesterday, than he bought a coffee and a diet coke.
    I reminded him 1) that we already have soda at home (he forgot) 2) we have coffee at home (he says he ran out of filters) 3) we are trying to reduce grocery budget.

    He agreed it would have been more frugal to stop at grocery store and get the milk and filters for the coffee pot. I like to use my debit card when filling my tank with gas to avoid the temptations in the convenience stores.
    Spent $7
    Noted DH used a doubled up paper towel for his coffee filter this a.m. -

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    I really need to work on this - count me in. I will start today with a weekly budget of $100 for 4 people. This will include groceries only. I'm hoping I can whittle it down and also include paper and H&B too. Let the games begin!

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    Spent $45 on chicken, tp, and some other necessities. Not doing too bad for the first week...yet.

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    I ate out 1/1-1/3 due to traveling. But now that I'm back home all meals have been at home. The only thing I need to buy this week is coffee creamer. I've also packed 3 lunches for the week so that's a good start!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimB View Post
    Noted DH used a doubled up paper towel for his coffee filter this a.m. -
    Love it! That's a good lesson.
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    Went to the grocery store yesterday. Used coupons and bought sale items. Spent $37.68 and saved 35% or $21.04 Menu already made for this week.

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    I went to Publix this morning to get the refund on my pork. Got back $19.72. It was supposed to be credited back to my credit card but there were some computer issues so she just gave me cash. I won't put that money back in the bank to apply it to our grocery budget so I'm just going to leave my weekly total where it was which was $190.09.

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    I am shooting for an average grocery budget of $350/month. We are a family of two adults and one 4 1/2 pound dog. This will include all food, hba and paper goods purchased at the grocery store, costco, target, etc. This does include dog food purchased at grocery store but not pet supplies from petsmart.

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    Made my first trip to the store this year and bought a gallon of skim milk and bananas for a total of $4.09. So I have $70.91 left for the month. I really don’t think this will be an issue as far as the amount for this month due to having such a large stockpile of frozen and non-frozen foods, household supplies, cat food and H&B(I hope to be under budget). We seriously have 3 freezers (2 regular & 1deep) FULL of meats, soups, frozen casseroles , lasagna, chicken, fish, breakfast foods I’ve premade, almost 2 deer( cut into roast, tenderloin and burger), ham, eggplant parm, cooked and separated burger & chicken, precook taco meat, bacon and who only knows what else . Honestly the list could go on and on and on. My goal is to refrain from spending on groceries for 2 months. I will only buy the few perishable items such as produce and milk for 2 months and then reassess the progress towards eating our stockpile to determine the next plan for the grocery budget starting in March.

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    I am going to change my grocery budget
    back to $160.00. With this diet I am eating
    totally different foods. They are frozen for
    the most part, so they are more expensive
    than homemade meals. However, they make
    the diet very easy, calorie controlled, and
    pretty good tasting.

    What I really need to do now is to make sure
    I actually use the money set aside and not
    add to it. I have already started my grocery
    list for payday.

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    DH bought sale chicken and pork steak while at work today along with some other items, $25.00. Total for January $47 so far (includes Dh portion of my birthday dinner out)

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