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#1 of 195 Old 08-22-2006, 07:05 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I keep meaning to track my food spending for a month, but never do it. So, maybe if a bunch of us do it together it will motivate me. I'm not going to try to do anything special, just follow my usually sales. I am going to try to not overbuy, meaning use my pantry. But I will stock up on good deals and such. I will also keep track of eating out costs.

Anyone else curious to find out what they really spend on food?
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YES! Count me in. Are we tallying total grocery store expenditures, or food only? I only use one CC to shop (5x rewards), so that part would be easy. Or food alone this time?

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I'm in. Next month I really need to lower our grocery bill. Or course this month we've been eating mostly from the stockpiles but I have plenty to go another month I think.
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I'm in too. I have been wanting to do this to. I really want to limit my spending in September so maybe this will motivate me.
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I'm going to do just food, but you could do whatever you need to know. It will just be nice to have somewhere to list it and keep track and be accountable.
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I'm in. We are just starting our first real budget (and beginning Dave Ramsey's plan) so I'll be really watching my food spending!:

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me too! Great idea mama!
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I'm in...and I'm gonna track DH too, he's in serious denial over how much $$ he spends on "eating out"

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I'm in, too! I've been trying to keep our bill at $300 for 2 adults and 2 little ones. The last 2 months have had birthday and graduation parties to buy food for, so that went out the window.

We're in Ohio, btw. I'm interested to see the price differences from one area to another.

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I started tracking since the 15th of this month. We've had a budget but haven't stuck to it or monitored it. It's $500/month. My youngest DD and I eat constantly, but being a vegetarian, at least I save that way.

I'm definitely in for Sept!

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I'm all for it! My husband just loaded Microsoft Money onto our computer, so hopefully that will help us tracking our food spending.

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I'm on Ohio, too. Let's put our state or location in our posts if it's not in your user name so people can compare place to place.
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I'm in. I also have microsoft money that I normally use but had to get my laptop serviced and haven't done it in 3 months. Also have had extra mouths to feed all summer. September is perfect to get back on track!
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I'm in..DH is deploying, so he'll be home we'll have a party one weekend, then he'll be gone, so ours will be a bit wonky...we're in IL.

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Can I join even if some of my food money comes from food stamps? $440 a month for a family of 5 should be enough but we're eating a lot of drive-through meals (I'm exhausted from being pregnant with 3 kids) and pizza and convenience food and I'm hoping to motivate myself to make more meals at home. Right now I think I'm spending close to $200 on extra food.
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Everyone is welcome . The purpose of this thread is to hlep everyone track their food spending for one month. We all have different budgets, eating habits, allergies, diets, etc. This thread is just to keep each of on track for our own knowledge. Does that sound good to everyone?
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Sounds GREAT@@!!! Thanks...sus
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I'm in! I start tracking my food expenses every month and am never diciplined enough to keep up with it.
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This will help me to avoid buying lunches.

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Bumping! I saw a similar thread start up, is everyone getting ready to track?

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I'm in! We get a co-op share once a week of organic produce, so I can share with yall what we get each week! I'm always so excited because it's different every week, and it's like getting presents! I could check to see what it will be on the www, but it's more fun this way!

Oh, and I'm in Houston, TX and I shop at two different stores (as well as the co-op)
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I'm in for sure. Our eating out is out of control and needs to change. I did some tracking form our CC (points) and checking.

I'm in CA and it is really expensive
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I'm in, subbing.

I can already track to the penny since I have quicken. But I want to know detailed where it goes. maybe I'll do a spreadsheet of different subjects- meat, veggie, fruit, snacks, dairy...

"The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly out distances us."
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Sweet--I had planned to start this this month anyway, so I'm definitely in. I have huge ambitions to track price of different categories and whether things are local and/or organic, as well.

Does anyone have any recommendations for (free, Mac OSX) software for this, or should I just try and do a spreadsheet?

For the record, I'm not tracking eating out. We don't do it that often and we have a separate category for it since it's a treat for us. I'm also not tracking DH's occasional Starbucks visits. He can create his own darn spreadsheet for those.
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now I am thinking of dividing it by the sections in the grocery store- produce, dairy, meat, deli etc

"The true joy of life is the trip. The station is only a dream. It constantly out distances us."
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I'm in. I have overspent on food something terrible during August, and i need to get back on track in September.
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I am so glad it's not September yet. I have been SO bad lately.
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I'm in! My dh & I were just talking about this. We are in Ca, it's expensive, and if I want to be a sahm (well, I baby sit a little) I have to break a lot of bad habbits...and pay off $25k in debt...Lets do it!

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I'm glad its not september yet either! I'm being awful this month! except last week I MADE myself stay on track.

I'm in the south btw.
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Dh and I had already committed to do this so PERFECT timimg.

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