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    no groceries today 0$/$300

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    I am ready to join. I just did the last calculations for 2014 and came in at $105 average per week for groceries, pet food/litter, and paper/cleaning products. This year I am adding in otc meds and increasing our goal to $115 per week. Our family is 2 adults, 3 boys age 6, 3, and 21 months, a medium size dog and a cat. I do not include eating out or special food for birthday parties in our grocery budget.

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    I have a healthy stockpile already - so I'm aiming for $150/January

    We are a family of 4 with 2 large dogs and one cat. I have a good supply of dog/cat food already, so I hope to make it all of January.

    With my $150, my goal is $20/week for the warehouse type pantry in town + milk, eggs, cheese, fruit.

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    ~$450 a month, food only, for 2.33 adults(accounts for my parents staying with us part of the year)& 3 kids. So about $85 pp.

    We're about 30% organic with produce and 95% organic/local/ethical/sustainable with meat and seafood which of course costs 2-3X conventional stuff. I eat Pescatarian(vegetarian who eat seafood a few times a month) now and the family is Flexitarian(less than one serving of meat a day average).

    I am so bummed that my food co-op doesn't have a branch near me anymore. I was getting a big box of organic stuff for $25. Now I'd have to drive over 30 miles round trip for a box. All my savings would be eaten up in gas. Boo!

    In addition, I have $50 a month set aside for homemade dog food, along with her supplements.

    Let the games begin!~

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    First trip to Walmart - $51.68.

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    I'm in. With the way the economy has been for the past few years, I am now having to work with an income of half of what I used to make. It's okay though, it's working. Just not able to save much, so hopefully nothing major happens. Knock on wood. LOL. For a family of 4, 2 adults and 11-year-old twins, I am having to work with a $200 per month budget. I'm a stocker though, so it seems to work for us. This month though, I am well stocked on meats and miscellaneous so I am trying to clean out my pantry somewhat and go with a $100 budget. I have spent $6.00 so far and that was on clearance baking chips and clearance candy for Christmas. Good thing is, went to my parent's house today and they gave me all of the fruit they received in a huge bushel sized Christmas basket. They only ate a little of it, so we are set on fruit for a couple weeks. 3 kinds of apples, oranges, grapefruits, a LOT of fruit. After this month, we will be back to our $200 monthly budget and will definitely need to stock back up.

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    $9/$300 necessary groceries only

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    hey,
    I am at $30/$300 so far.

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    1/5 First time to buy grocery this year $46.47 out of $150.$103.53 left.Out of 19 items only about half was food and water.

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    Big spending over the weekend. I simply have to shop WITHOUT DH with me. UGH
    Spent 82.08 out of the grocery budget. Reviewed the receipts and realized close to half were wants and not needs. We really need to adjust our thinking as DH procedure is slotted for early Feb which will be the start of no paycheck for him
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    January 2015
    Grocery challenge 400.00 goal /0
    Menu planning -31 days goal /0
    Christmas 2015 50 month goal/0
    Swim with Dolphin Fund 100 month goal/00
    Bedroom carpet and redecorate fund 100 month goal/00

    Time Goals
    Watch netflix House of Cards but limit total TV viewing to no more than 2 hours per day
    Stitching project - pillow cases
    Attend Yoga class once per week - Jan goal 4 sessions minimum


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    Drink water - January goal = 2 8 ounce servings daily for 31 days/
    Sleep - retire no later than 11 in bed as opposed to on chair
    Exercise 3 times per week = Jan goal 12 sessions
    Walk 10K steps per week = 3 times per week= Jan goal 12 sessions

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    Learn to perform one task on Smartphone or use one new application on phone
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    Every little tiny bit helps to get rid of that debt

    Success is not determined by how smart we are, It is determined by the decisions we make

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    Well don't feel bad Mamaw. I'm at $171 CAD already and it's only Jan. 5th. Most everything has been a need though. But some of it is stockpiling the sales on right now. That includes cleaning supplies. Dish detergent was 2 for 1. Toilet bowl cleaner was 50 cents off a bottle, limit of 2. But the stockpiling...frozen berries were $5/600 gm, instead of the usual $7. Seems food is very expensive here.

    DH and I had a talk about things. I suggested we try and live on his retirement income now. He has to retire in 2 years. He doesn't want to do it with the boarder in the house. He thinks she will be a hindrance. But if we cannot do it with the extra money floating around from the boarder, we sure cannot do it on our own! I think he is just too embarrassed to tell the boarder "no, we don't want to spend the money". Especially when it comes to her picky eating. I've about had it with that aspect of having boarders.

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    I accidentally posted this in the wrong thread! Whoops!

    Sent DH to the store for little things. Expected $20. He spent $35.

    Up to $167/$400.

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    I'm not sure how often we're supposed to report it (this is the first time I've participated in a challenge) but I'm at $127, so far, for the month, but I have enough food, OTC meds, paper and cleaning products to fulfill my menu plan and household needs until the 21st. I will need to go back to replenish fresh fruits and vegetables and some dairy. I'm also going to two stores every time they post their sales circulars (Wed. and Fri.) to buy what they're "giving away" to take advantage of sales and to add to stockpile. Bacon this week is $2.99 a pound; boneless chicken breast is 1.49. Being in the stores that often is part of the challenge. I ALWAYS see something else we "need." So, I'm learning to stick to my list exactly! So far, so good, at least it's an improvement of the way I used to shop. . . which makes this challenge so beneficial to me. Thank you for the accountability. :-)

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    Spent 156.80/640 over the weekend for groceries. I'm aiming to spend less next week. My goal is to come in less than 640 for the month.

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    ~OOwl, you report as often as it takes to keep you motivated.

    I usually report 2x a month, to record my total for the previous month and lay out the goal for the next month and then again with 7-10 days left in the month. That way I know how much I need to stretch to make my goal. But that works for me. ~

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