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    Default Grocery challenge-October

    I went shopping today for a couple of things. I got some free stuff, and a few really cheap things for our upcoming trip. I'm hoping to trim the budget this month, because we'll be away. I really need a good meat sale to get me set for November.

    3 Swanson frozen dinners
    Palmolive dishwasher soap
    2-2 liters of green 7 up
    1 gallon apple cider
    3 pkgs Double stuff oreos (paid .69 for them after coupons!)
    2 Uncle Bens flavorful rice
    sparkle napkins
    Huggies convertible trial size
    Tetley round tea 80 ct
    8 cans Campbells Chicken noodle soup
    8 cans College inn broth
    2-8 pks Sparkle paper towels
    TOTAL SPENT $23.27!!!!!

    Spent: $23.27
    Goal: $200.00

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    well I am staying with a goal of $200.00 fot his month I have to work on mys tockpile this month and I have been hanging on to some valuable coupons for it. I went to the store early today and found some great deals on marked down meat. I spent $20.00 so I have $180.00 left.

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    I'm so glad this thread is already started!!! I stayed under my goal of $200 for September and am already starting to spend my October budget of $200 again.

    Today we hit some sales, that combined with coupons, got us some great deals! We were able to get cereal for .50-$1.00 a box (Cheerios and Kix)~thank you Sheila for the coupons!!!! We also found some lunchmeats that the store was selling 2/$1.00, but they were discontinuing them and had .50 off on each package (can you say FREE!). We got all 5 packages that were left. 10 pound bags of potatoes were .77 each and 1 pound bags of shell on shrimp were $3.97 each (okay, this a a huge splurge item for me). Cheese was also on sale along with sugar, so I stocked up. I spent about $31.00 today, but am very happy with myself!

    Goal: $200
    Spent: $31
    Left: $169

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    I am so shocked that I was able to come in under for September!

    I'm going to try for $150 again this month. I sent dh to the store after some pasta that was on sale 2/.89 and gave him (2) .30/1 coupons. He brought home 20# of macaroni noodles for $2.90 and also some Spaghetti sauce.

    Total so far $8.81

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    Originally posted by dz_blonde_girl
    I am so shocked that I was able to come in under for September!

    I'm going to try for $150 again this month. I sent dh to the store after some pasta that was on sale 2/.89 and gave him (2) .30/1 coupons. He brought home 20# of macaroni noodles for $2.90 and also some Spaghetti sauce.

    Total so far $8.81
    Way to go Ron!!!

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    Man, the end of september didn't end so good. We had a friend over and my husband went out and bought a BUNCH of alcohol/juice to be able to make her drink...but I have to admit it's the BEST alcholic drink i've ever had!
    There were a few other things we spent too much on I think...I'm guessing we spent about 230-240$ but I was too tired to add it up.

    October I want to come in anywhere under 200$.

    So far we've spent about 10$ and that's just all on coke's and one box of cereal. I've been sick so I haven't been up to a restocking shopping trip yet. Actually I was going to get charmin t.p. super cheap today but instead had to get a couple rainchecks. both of my ralphs were completely out!

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    This is going to be my first time taking this challenge. I had a horrible month of Sept. Over spending buy at least $100.00. I am going to try to come in well under budget which is $300.00. By accepting this challenge I will come in under that. As of right now I have spent a total of $61.73. I shop every 2 weeks. I can not go anymore than that, as I am running around with 3 children all day. We homeschool. Therefore we have lessons during the day of band, piano, and musical and in the evenings we have ballet and tap. So my time is stretched. I think we should come under budget, because we are going on vacation in 2 weeks and shouldn't need much groceries.

    Sorry for the babble

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    Sherrie,
    We also homeschool and I understand completely about all the running around for lessons. We keep a snack box filled with crackers, granola bars, etc. and always have water bottles in the car to fend off the munchies and thirsties! If I know that we will be out during a meal time, I'll pack sandwiches and fruit to take with us. This really helps to cut down on the eating out for us.
    My crockpot gets a workout on those days when I know I'll be busy or away from home. I also cook in bulk, so I have meals in the freezer or fridge ready to go. Another thing that has saved us so much time and money is browning up ground beef when it is one sale and then repackaging it into 1 pound portions in ziplock bags to freeze. This way I always have ground beef for casserole, soups, tacos, etc. ready to go and cut down on my cooking time when I'm in a rush.

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    Thanks for the tips. I really need to start keeping snacks in the van, instead of starving my children until we get home. As they say I love to say no! It's not that I just can't see wasting the money on fast unhealthy food.

    Thanks again

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    Wow seem like a long time since I've participated in the grocery challenge.We definately need to stock up this month,we are low on a lot(except canned veggies)This months goal will be $225 for us.I'm also stocking up on some baking items.

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    Oh yeah forgot to add we spent $83 of that at ingles last week.They had some awesome sales so I stocked up!

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    Ack, I think I spent my entire budget yesterday!

    I got 20# of hamburger (on sale? for $1.25/#, best price in quite a while and we were OUT!)
    2 cases of diapers
    3# box of cheese slices
    1/2 gallon of French Vanilla Creamer (my weakness)
    15 jars of baby food (NO! NOT BABY FOOD!)

    $90.81 ACK!!!
    I got a $2.50 rebate check.
    My grand total as of Oct. 6 is $97.12

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    I went to ShopRite again yesterday. I saved $34.04 with coupons. I have saved $66.14 this month so far with coupons!

    This visit included some sale chicken and beef. I spent $64.01, bringing my total spent to $87.28.

    2 jumbo packs boneless chicken
    1 family pack ground beef
    1 oven stuffer roaster
    20 pack of tp
    3 boxes pizza rolls
    2 fajita kits
    1 taco kit
    2 boxes Count Chocula (I'm in heaven, lol)
    2-10 pks juice boxes
    Huggies trial pack
    microwave popcorn
    3 boxes freezer bags
    laundry soap
    2 bags Chex mix
    2 boxes pasta
    Sweet baby rays
    Quaker toastables
    2 gallons milk
    lunchmeat
    Vienna fingers

    Goal: $200.00
    Spent: $ 87.28
    Left: $112.72

    Coupon savings: $66.14

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    I came in at $302 and change, so was over by $2. This month could get ugly, because I will have TWO big shopping days in it. I am at about $260, but only need to get the basics for the next two weeks.

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    Time to update my totals again! I spent another $7.25 at the store, but did manage to walk away with quite a bit for that.

    2 loaves of multigrain bread
    1 jar of grapefruit juice
    1 package of hash browns
    1 2 pound bag of baby carrots
    1 carton of cottage cheese
    1 package of premium german franfurters
    and something else I can't remember at the moment

    all this with no coupons!

    Goal: $200
    Spent:$38.25
    Left:$161.75

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