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    MYO I also count as "grocery" things I buy like paper towels, TP, aspirin, vitamins, etc. I buy a lot from CVS because they have a good rewards system. I take most of my survey rewards as CVS gift cards. It's nice to have "free" $10 to spend at CVS and they take manufacturer coupons as well as issuing their own coupons.

    I do most of my own baking but I have discovered the bakery mark-down racks. Safeway is pricing at 99 cents and that is hard to beat for 6 bagels or a dozen dinner rolls.

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    $228.54 and i just got a huge amt at Aldis so it wont be much more. DD gone and DH has been here less than 2 weeks this month thru the end. And wont be back until March rd. I did pay for a dinner out and pizza but that is the entertainment area. I made $160. in points so I say $68.54 this month plus all that stockpile.

    Dcpa-my downfall $1. per coffee cake.I'll get 4 and freeze them. Oh I forgot I am getting .99 a pound green grapes. Cant resist that price. I eat them fresh and frozen. Too much juice around already??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myo74 View Post
    Hi There - I am not sure if it's cool to post questions here, so if not, please let me know. Anyway, I just wanted to ask...how do you manage to feed a family of 5 on $300 a month? Is that just food or do you count other items as well? We are a family of four plus a couple of pets and I spend about $300 a week!
    Hello! I didn't see your post, sorry! So, first my kids are 8,5,1 in age. Although my boys eat a LOT (the older two). We have one dog, and his dog food is not counted in our grocery budget. Nor is diapers or wipes counted. However everything else is. We were able to do $400 a month last month pretty easily, so this year I tightened the belt.

    We achieve this a lot of different ways but here is the majority of them:

    We hunt/Fish for food
    I stockpile when things are on sale
    Any meat we can't provide I buy in bulk
    I always cook from scratch- no processed food. We hardly eat out
    I buy off brands of literally everything
    I garden and a lot of our canned/frozen veggies is from that. It's still a lot of work, but pretty much free to me.

    Hope this helps!

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    Ok so hit the groc today and now I'm closing out. I spent $90. But got 5 trays of tri-tip steak 66% off at $2.97. I will freeze of course. So $40. there and 6 salad dressing for their $1.99 special on wishbone and 6 Sargento cheese slice pkgs also to freeze.. So i closed out at $158.64 in actual cash and spent $160. in earned CC points. So i am going to drop the groc. budget down again to $350. and aim at $300. Dh is supposed to be home more. MYO do you have a Kroger,Kroger gas station,and a CC to use just to get points. I save literally hundreds every year. The groc. and pharmacy allow me to get .60-1.00 average off fillup per gallon saving up to $12. a fillup usually. Then buying the gas adds points too. Of course you must pay it all off just like if you went food shopping w/ a check-if anyone still does that besides my Dmom.
    Still giving DD over $200. a month in food and this month about $300. from the freezer and dry pantry. I love that i cover her rent w/ this. Everyone is happy. So I now have a family of 7.lol to feed.

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    Shopped this morning and I will close the month out also. $1 left in food budget. Ha! I have been budgeting $180 for 2 people (includes paper - which we don't use much). I also don't count when DH shops for stuff he likes (cookies, his preferred sandwich stuff). I do take cooked food to my parents when I visit. Sometimes mom gives me $ towards their food.

    March budget still $180.

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    $287/$300 goal and I am done for February!!!

    We still have quite a bit of canned produce, and our carrots and celery in the freezer is lasting us. Our onions have started to sprout and I need to dedicate a day to dice them and freeze them so I can prolong them even further. I seem to figure out our "amounts" of things we need to grow to get what we want for a full year.

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    Do not plan on doing any more grocery shopping until March so I figured up amount spent $89.73 couldn't believe I came in $3o.27 under budget have been cooking more out freezer and pantry.Went over on hba products by $7.55 but for March want need as much for hba.

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    I shopped tonight for burger and bought a bunch more. Should have gone to drive thru for the meds.
    3/1-$62.52

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    3-1 spent $18.68 on food and $8.76 on hba today.

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    Went over a bit in Feb but since I was under in Jan I'm still below budget combined. Going to keep it at $250 for 3 adults food only.
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    Jan grocery 129.57/275.00
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    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
    put away, throw away, give away
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    Just barely started this month and more than half the budget is spent.... but.... I shopped the mega meat sale which I don't normally do but couldn't pass up those prices. Total for the weekend about $155
    Terry

    Jan grocery 129.57/275.00
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    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
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    3-8 spent $43.57 on food today and $1.96 on hba

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    Hit Kroger for 3 Corned beef at $2.99# and 2 5# bags of potatoes. Got a lot of clearance and some stuff for the other household we are helping. Spent $114.37 added to $62.52=$176.89 They have Classico sauce at $1.49/5 mix and match. So i got 5.

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    My average is currently at $134 a week, finally down a little! Unfortunately that is just before a planned auction trip on Tuesday so it will go straight back up.
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    Grocery goal starting 8/2018 $200 weekly. Average so far $625
    Grocery goal for 2017 $125 weekly Average so far $141...yeah that was a bad year.
    Grocery goal for 2016 $110 weekly. Average so far $134...gave up after baby was born.
    Grocery goal for 2015 $115 weekly. Average met $107
    Grocery goal for 2014 $100 Weekly. Average met $105

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    I have spent less than $50 this month because hubby seems to go to the store every other day for stuff he wants to eat. Today he bought a 4 lb beef roast. Let's see - that will be 16 servings??????? Just 2 people living here......

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