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    My goal will be to stay under $300.00. This includes food, paper products & toiletries. We are a family of 2 adulst, 2 kiddos.

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    My goal will be to stay under $300.00. This includes food, paper products & toiletries. We are a family of 2 adulst, 2 kiddos.

    Brenda

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    I'm going to join this challenge--a first for me.

    I'm going to aim for $250.00 in groceries. We don't have any pets, and this is for 2 adults, and 2 teenage boys. But, my pantry and freezer are well stocked. Basically, I will continue to stock on good deals, and buy perishables that I can't stock up on.

    The only way I know to save on canned goods is to can your own, if possible. I can lots of tomato sauce and tomato"chunks" for chili, spaghetti, and such. It's healthier and cheaper--practically free.

    Good luck, all!

    Rejena

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    I'm in! Will set my budget for $450 this month. I need to make a trip to the warehouse store for the large pkgs of cheese, eggs and cat litter.

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    My 1st trip for March cost me $21.16.

    March Grocery Challenge: $21.16/$300

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    My goal is $200.

    So far I have spent $73.37.

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    I did well last month

    $150 for dd and I including everything we need
    $100 to buy stuff to send to dh

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    I made my first trip to the store last night to pick up some coffee and milk. I spent $4.53. My budget is $250. Trying to stay under this month. Last month, I think I set it a little low and I didn't do so well.

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    I'm going to set my budget at $100 again this month, food only. I'll be making my first trip to the store tomorrow. This is our first month living without my income so we have to stay within budget now!

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    Well, I don't really know what we spend on groceries in a month so I'm going to set it at $200 for the month for our family of four and see what I can do to stay as far from that number as possible. I have a pretty well stocked freezer and pantry, but I also need some big ticket items (things that usually last three or more months) to buy so we'll see. Does this include toiletries and pet food as well?

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    For the month of Feb. I spent $402.45 on groceries, not including the animals. My budget is $500.00/mo. so I guess I did well but we also felt it. That was probably squeezing the nickel a little to hard.
    My egg money is building nicely. The hens are starting to lay more due to the increased number of hours of daylight and I've picked up a new egg customer at the hospital where I work. I just take in all the extra eggs we get and they all sell.
    I'm not putting that money on debt though because when the county fair is here we like to go and blow that "extra money" without worrying about it.

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    Does this include toiletries and pet food as well? [/B]
    I think that is a personal choice each person is making when they set their limit. Some people are including pets and miscellaneous and some aren't. For example, my limit is $200/month, but I am including pet food. If it were just what I spend for me, it would be closer to $40/month! However, just to keep it confusing, I am NOT including livestock food, such as hay and chicken food.

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    Thanks. I imagine hay and chicken food add up quickly We had horses when I was growing up and I think my mom spent more feeding them than she did us.

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    I made a trip to the store yesterday. I spent $21.05, including sales tax. We pay tax on EVERYTHING here. They always add the tax before deducting coupons, of course. I did get a few bargains, on fruit, cottage cheese, and some ground round. I rarely purchase any beef, but it was $1.99 a lb., and decided to surprise DH by making a meatloaf. He loves my meatloaf. I also bought some Wonder Wheat bread for 50¢ a loaf after sale/coupon, All Bran Yogurt Bites cereal for 19¢ a box after sale/coupon, and two FREE packages of Keebler Grasshopper cookies. The deal on Keebler and Kellogg's was like this:
    Buy ANY four Keebler's/Kellogg's brand cereal and cookies, and save $6.00 instantly on your shopping order.

    The All Bran was on sale for $3.00 a box, I purchased two, and used a coupon for 70¢ off each box that was doubled up to $1.00, bringing my total for the cereal down to $2.00 a box.

    The Grasshopper cookies were on sale for $2.19, and I used two coupons for 55¢ off one, which my store doubles up to $1.00.

    So it was:

    2 All Bran at $3.00 each $6.00
    2 Grasshoppers at $2.19 4.38
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    Total before coupons 10.38
    Minus coupons (doubled) - 4.00
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    6.38
    minus $6.00 off order -6.00

    Equals .38 plus tax!!!!

    My amount saved with all coupons (not counting the $6.00 off store promo) was $15.50

    My total savings was $29.76 (includes store sales/promos and coupons) on this shopping trip.

    This brings my total for the month up to $25.58. My budget is $250.

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    Default I'm in!

    I have goaled myself to spend less than $200 on groceries this month. (For a family of 1 adult, 2 teen-age boys, 1 pre-teen boy, and 1 kindergarten girl.)

    So far, I have meals planned for the next two weeks, and I already have everything on hand that I need to make them, so NSN! (No Shopping Necessary.)

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