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post #41 of 195
I'm in
post #42 of 195
i'm in. does the few items i sent dh out for tonight count in sept spending?
post #43 of 195
I am in! I was planning this already. Our food bill is OUT OF CONTROL!!!! We live in CA, but still it is way over the top I need a real overhaul.: :
The house needs food desperatly, so tomorrow I will go on my first trip out with a clean slate.
post #44 of 195
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Originally Posted by DannyJulian89
Ruthiegirl - I could have written your post! We are a family of four and normally spend about 400 dollars a month (more if DH goes shopping with me!), and my goal is $350 this month.
Awesome! I think we can do it. Do you meal plan? I have been going over my favorite recipes and thinking out good combinations that take advantage of leftovers. I was freaked out a bit by the $350 limit, but now that I look it over, I think it very do-able. Lean, but do-able.

Good luck!
post #45 of 195
I am going to include only food, not toiletries or anything else we buy at the grocery store. I'm a little scared to see how much we are actually spending now. We are doing NT and buying mostly organic now, so we are spending a lot. But anyway, we start today!
post #46 of 195
Thread Starter 
Well day one is good for me, $0. We drove up to see my grandparents 2.5 hrs away. I packed water and snacks for the car ride. We ate lunch at my grandma's, she made yummy homemade vegetable cheese soup I put chili in the crockpot before we left this morning, so I am good for today. I don't think I'll be going to the store till tuesday or wednesday, we'll see.
post #47 of 195
We spent $25 at Sams on lunch stuff for DH and kids. And my husband is picking up milk and eggs from the grocery store so i'll add in whatever that costs.

We're so broke, I get to use my pantry and get creative this week.

Aisling
post #48 of 195
I am in! I already wanted to do this. We have been eating out WAY to much! I have just recently started cooking a lot and eating out way less and also buying healthier food.
I had to go to the store this morning, so for me that would be $62 at Publix, and that was only a few hours into the new month.
I am in SC.
post #49 of 195
I did my weekly shopping and spent $48. I think if all goes well, that I will not need to spend any more until next Friday. Not bad considering my cupboards are pretty darn bare.


September food budget $350, spent $48, have $302 remaining.
post #50 of 195
DH just went to get some produce and fruit plus some distilled water so that is all to track so far. Also last week we stocked up at a huge sale at our store- chicken, country ribs which I made into pulled pork, and some other staples so it should help also w my pantry challenge.
post #51 of 195
I'm in too. Does anyone have any suggestions for healthy frugal cooking (any cookbooks)? I can't plan meals to save my life and then end up with lots of frozen stuff that is not the best for us (though I try to stick to the organic section and buy Kashi frozen dinners or stuff like that).

I swear we spend close to $600/month for 2 adults and one 15 month old. Its just crazy. I think we spend $80/month on milk alone.....perhaps its time to get a cow : or at the very least a goat!
post #52 of 195
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Originally Posted by mom2olivia
I think we spend $80/month on milk alone.....perhaps its time to get a cow : or at the very least a goat!
I remember that when dd1 was that age, she drank milk like crazy! We met halfway- gave her the organic and us the regular and now I drink soy milk.

Now that she is older, she drinks less milk than when she was between 15 mos and 3 yrs old.
I guess it will repeat itself when Maggie comes of that age.
post #53 of 195
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Originally Posted by mom2olivia
I'm in too. Does anyone have any suggestions for healthy frugal cooking (any cookbooks)? I can't plan meals to save my life and then end up with lots of frozen stuff that is not the best for us (though I try to stick to the organic section and buy Kashi frozen dinners or stuff like that).

I swear we spend close to $600/month for 2 adults and one 15 month old. Its just crazy. I think we spend $80/month on milk alone.....perhaps its time to get a cow : or at the very least a goat!
frozen dinners kill my budget!

I am trying OAMC this month (I will cook the food over the course of the weekend though.lol. it's hard to do it all in one day with 2 toddlers! )..here is what I am making;

veggie lasagna, vegetarian shepards pie, bean & cheese enchiladas, sweet potato burritos, pizza beans, bean burgers, pizza crusts, 2 types of soup, waffles, cannoli's, muffins and cookies. and maybe one other main dish that I have yet to decide on. I may be overdoing it but my 2 kiddos eat ALOT!

ETA- have you thought of trying to make soy/rice milk in a soymilk maker? it's like .25 for a quart for organic soymilk to DIY!
post #54 of 195
can you share your sweet potato burritos and bean burgers??
post #55 of 195
bean burgers recipe
http://www.recipezaar.com/10653

sweet potato burritos

2 med sweet potatoes, peeled and cooked/mashed
1 can bloack beans,draine & rinsed
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic minced
squirt of braggs, salt & pepper
flour tortillas

saute onions and garlic in olive oil 3 min. add black beans,braggs and a touch of water. cook on med-high for 3-5 min. season to taste. remove from heat. roll equal amounts of black beans and sweet potatoes in each burrito. you can add shredded cheddar cheese if you like, but it isn't necessary
post #56 of 195
Well, I already blew it on my first day. We had a playdate with a new friend and her mom and sister today and I had no idea what they would eat, so I ran to the store and ended up spending $60 That does include a bunch of bags of frozen Cascadian Farms veggies I found on sale and stocked up on, but still. I think I will also be participating in the Pantry Challenge this month

Mom2olivia, I keep a few things on hand in my fridge at all times to help avoid the frozen dinner/eating out thing (notice I say "help" avoid ). I always have bread (I bake my own in the bread machine if necessary), Horizon American cheese, frozen veggies, eggs, whole wheat tortillas, black beans, and cheddar cheese (Cracker Barrel is always on sale for $1.99 somewhere, so I stay stocked up). If I haven't managed to pull together a real meal, I make grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches, bean and cheese tortillas in a skillet on the stovetop, fried eggs or scrambled eggs and cheese on bread, or what have you, with a frozen veggie or fresh fruit on the side. It's definitely not the MOST frugal we could possibly be, but it's healthier and cheaper than eating out or frozen dinners.
post #57 of 195
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Originally Posted by hlkm2e

Anyone else curious to find out what they really spend on food?
I already know, and it's scary.
post #58 of 195
Thread Starter 
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I'm in too. Does anyone have any suggestions for healthy frugal cooking (any cookbooks)? I can't plan meals to save my life and then end up with lots of frozen stuff that is not the best for us (though I try to stick to the organic section and buy Kashi frozen dinners or stuff like that).
There is a cookbook called "More with Less" by Doris Janzen Longacre. You can probably get it at your library. It is written by Mennonites and is about eating better with less resources using whole foods and grains. It has lots of great recipes.
post #59 of 195
Well, so far I'm at $2.82. Dh was still hungry after he ate his lunch at work yesterday, so he went to McDonald's and bought a couple of burgers.
post #60 of 195
Okay, my first shopping trip of the month...

$42.77

I cook/bake almost everything from scratch and most of our veggies are either from our garden or the farmer's market. I'll be making a trip there (the FM) on Wednesday so that will probably be another $10 or so for the week.
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