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    Have desperately been trying to tighten the food budget. Feeding 4 adults (me and DH and 2 grown kids) and 5 animals, this seems to be the biggest expenditure for us and where we waste the most. I am trying to do a menu for 2 weeks and actually stick to it! Then i can grocery shop for the needed items and mostly stay out of the stores except for basics like milk and produce. My 2 week trip today came to almost $200 and I almost lost it. I don't know why it bothered me so much, if I go every week and spend $130, I'm coming out ahead like this, it just feels like soooooo much. We eat out maybe 2 times a month as I get soooo sick of cooking. Got BRBQ sauce for price match for $1.00 usually $1.68, so I bought 12 bottles, gave my DH a good laugh!!!! Any suggestions of how to improve my menuing skills will be appreciated.

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    If you can, I'd put those two grown kids to work in the kitchen to give you a break from cooking now and then.

    Actually $400/mth. is very good for four adults and 5 critters. It would be twice that where I live, and we don't have any animals to feed. I'm assuming you're in the US and working with US dollars. I'm in Canada, but even factoring in the exchange rate you're doing better than we are. We feed 3 adults, no pets on $700/mth. But it is a special diet. That influences price a lot.

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    Pulled spaghetti sausage out of the freezer - going to make lasagna.
    pulled sausage out of the freezer. Going to make patties and fry them up today to make quick easy breakfast sandwiches.
    Picked a pepper this morning to put in my omelet.
    Not sure what else will get done today as it will be another 1-2 weeks until I get my next day off work.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    Ate before I worked a t the animal rescue today and took coke,water and a banana
    Ate more soup at home for dinner
    no money spent except gas used.

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    # an hour of overtime pay
    # staying home eating left overs.
    # thinking ahead for Christmas gifts. I know what resident I will choose to buy for at work, I have some jewelry that I got 2nd hand that I don't use and she will love. She loves to dress up and still puts on her makeup at 90+ years old. My mom and dad always want us to give donation to charity of our choosing. That was done already last month. I still buy them each a smaller gift to open. My grandson is so young, he will have as savings account opened in his name.

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    What a busy day!
    Made the lasagna (12 meals) and 8 breakfast Sandwiches as planned.

    Also made the crack slaw I found on the thread about feeding 4 on less than $5. 2# coleslaw, 1# sausage, minced garlic and ginger...with a splash of soy sauce. Packed into 5 lunches.

    Cooked a huge pan of macaroni, hamburger, onion, garlic, and tomato sauce and I added some water to thin it as the noodles soak up a lot. 10 more lunches.

    Also baked the hm garlic bread that was in the freezer.

    Walked to the grocery store instead of driving. Clerk gave me a 1957 dollar bill in my change. It was way cool to see it! Yes, I put it in my safe.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    I forgot some stuff........I also tossed leftover mashed potatoes and 2 containers of salsa in the freezer so I wouldn't have to throw them out.

    Used leftover ricotta cheese I had in the freezer in the lasagna.

    I think that's it.
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    All meals at home today, leftovers for breakie and lunch, made supper from scratch.

    Not much frugal happening here. I did pay some bills and updated finances.

    Made a long distance call to my DSIS#1. She called back and we talked for half an hour on her dime.

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    Since last post

    Haven't stepped foot inside a store yet
    Using what's at home for meals. Have some things I need to get used in some way
    No extra driving.
    Entertainment has consisted of TV, reading and computer.
    Trying to keep lights off when not a real purpose.
    Using bits and pieces of things in fridge to get them gone so I can do a GOOD clean of fridge
    Still using Walmart type bags for trash whenever possible
    No money spent for 3 of the days this month so far

    Nothing really new but at least I'm consistent
    Bank of America is THE godfather of Hell with Wells Fargo running neck and neck. When the world ends the only things that will be left are cockroaches, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Not necessarily in that order. The order remains to be seen.

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    Driving straight to and from work.
    Brought all food with me
    Working 12.5 hours
    Started carrying a small note pad with me to document all spending. Even though I'm paying off debt and saving $ I could be doing a lot better!
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    Today...

    ~ leftovers for lunch.
    ~ someone in to check out the piano we're selling.
    ~ sorted through my big box of rug hooking backing, pulling out stuff I'll never use...thinking about selling it or tossing it.
    ~ made banana loaf from old bananas.
    ~ reading library book.
    ~ connecting with frugal friends online.

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    Worked. Visited grandbaby. A month old already. Ate at home, leftovers. Ordered a Discover Wisconsin Calendar for $2 , free shipping which my mom will love for Christmas- or anniversary if it arrives by Dec.2

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    no gas,ate at home,no shopping even internet

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    Driving straight to and from work.
    Brought all food with me
    Working 12.5 hours
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    DD was saying her Bf and her split netflix and we can use it too. Hmm.
    Went to Ollie and got a few hardcovers for $1.99-$2.99 new and current Iris Johansen and Stephen King. also a couple fix it and forget it cookbooks for $2.99.

    They also had T-fal larger cookie sheets for $8.99 never seen them less than $10. anywhere. Got a large and small pet feeder for water so we can stop kicking the bowls?? May put this aside for Christmas??

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