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    Is everyone ready to commit to a grocery budget challenge for 2014?

    I live alone and support two dogs. I also have a brother and friend whom I help out with food. I eat mostly organic but cook most things from scratch. I'm setting my grocery budget at $600 per month for 2014. That includes eating out (which I only do a few times a year.)
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    My monthly grocery and house hold cleaning and bath product average $191.92 for 2013.So since I have a large freezer full and pantry full I am going try for $150. a month except the months I go to sams. E ating out not included in that.

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    Oh boy! I need to really cut down on grocery spending. We are on a very limited income right now....and groceries are sucking a huge chunk of our money. I have been trying to get back into couponing...but with food it's really not a help since most coupons are for prepackaged junk foods that I don't buy anyways. I do shop at Aldi's and other discount grocery stores. I just need to find a way to stretch my dollars more. I am grocery shopping for 4 people. Two teenage boys, my boyfriend and myself. I am going to aim for $500 or less a month...Not sure how well I will do with that...but I am going to try

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    My goal for 2014 is $120.00 every 2 weeks.

    It includes: cleaning and laundry supplies, HBA,
    cat food and litter, paper, and food.

    This last year I have been loosely spending $160.00
    plus extras, not really trying to budget, so it will be
    an interesting experiment.

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    This next year is a major belt-tightening, pay down debt year. I have two full freezers, a full fridge, full pantry, and two full book cases of food. Budget is set at $100 a month, which is mainly for fresh produce and the occasional meat stock up.

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    I've been very lax in tracking my grocery spending this past year, so I really don't know how much I've been spending.
    But starting now, I will track every penny.
    I hope to keep grocery, pets, and household supplies under $200 per month.
    That doesn't include eating out - I do that very rarely.

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    I have had an awful time in 2013 sticking to a budget of 100 per week. Feeding 4 adults, 2 of which are BIG eaters. So for 2014, my goal is to limit to 100 per week, not including HBA, pet or eating out. In addition I want to resume couponing for HBA and pet items and try to get them at dollar store or less prices. This will be quite a challenge since the family thinks items like diet sode and propel flavored water are necessities.....hold on to your hats folks....It promises to be a bumpy ride!
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    My biggest expense, by far, is fresh and frozen organic fruit. I make a lot of fruit smoothies because they are easy on my stomach, good for my health, and taste good. I only eat dessert on very special occasions so my daily smoothie is my dessert. I know I can stick to the budget if I write down everything I spend each time I go to the store. It also helps to be accountable to this group.
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    I'm in for a goal of $500/month. That's for a family of 4 humans, 6 dogs, 2 cats, a rat & guinea pig. So pet expenses are a killer!

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    Not sure what to set my grocery budget goal for in January. 3 adults and 1 pet. I do know I can decrease spending in this area this year. I'm not eating pork or beef due to high blood cholesterol level. I will be buying more fresh fruits and vegies. Snack foods, fast food, eating out all will be reduced to rare occasions. Soda still a problem area for me. Processed foods will be reduced. Waste minimized. Occasionally buy groceries for dd who doesn't live at home. Son lives at home part time. Respite care clients spend the day and night on irregular schedule. Minimal food in refridgerator, freezer, pantry at this time.
    My plan is to limit shopping trips to twice a week, to stick to a list, to plan my menus based on sale ads, and to cook appropriate quantities.
    One of my problems is that I cook too much food and then there is waste. Leftovers are ok for one day but after that it just doesn't get ate. I've also found frozen leftovers don't do well here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumplett View Post
    I'm in for a goal of $500/month. That's for a family of 4 humans, 6 dogs, 2 cats, a rat & guinea pig. So pet expenses are a killer!
    I only have two dogs and they're small but they eat Blue Buffalo and it's expensive. I also buy them Yak chew sticks and Blue Buffalo treats. It's their health care that took a toll on me these past 2 years. Ace broke his leg just before Thanksgiving and had surgery with a plate put in. Last year Cricket had a dental with 7 teeth pulled.
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    I garden and I try to can and put up my veggies in the freezer. I am going to try to spend no more than $200 per month for my husband and myself. I coupon and plan menus according to what is on sale that week.

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    I also had a difficult time sticking to the grocery budget in 2013. But with some major belt-tightening currently underway and lasting through this next year, I am committing to track our grocery money closer than ever and sticking fast to $300 per month which includes stockpiling, HBA, etc. for two adults and two children.

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    I'm going to post my weekly and monthly totals here so I can be accountable.
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    I will also be keeping track:

    Budget is $120.00 for every 2 weeks

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