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#61 of 132 Old 12-06-2007, 07:19 PM
 
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We spent $136 yesterday. That's our total for the month so far.

$136/$400
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Dec 1: $0
Dec 2: $0
Dec 3: $17
Dec 4: $0
Dec 5: $0...but $10.21 at McDonald's
Dec 6: $182

I bought hopefully the entire month's worth of food, except for milk:

Bananas
Black beans
Red onion
Penne
Brown and wild rice
Cucumber
Fresh mint
Florida's Crystals sugar
Whole wheat Ritz crackers
Baby lettuce salad
Nutella
Chicken lunchmeat
Yogurt
Curry ketchup
Milk
Angus tip steak
Mozzarella, Havarti, Swiss, and Mexican cheese
Capers
Whole wheat bread
Wheat Thins
Sauerkraut
Cod
Donuts
Feta (import)
Frozen spinach
Salsa
Lasagna noodles
Basil pesto
Basil tomato sauce
Cereal
Cocoa
Butter
Bagels
Garlic sticks
Ricotta
Diet soda
Frozen meatballs
Ground lamb
Frozen chicken breast
Chocolate chips
Green onions
Beck's beer
Ramen noodles
Real maple syrup
King Arthur's whole wheat flour
Whole wheat and plain tortillas

This was at both Meijer and Kroger.
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New totals:

$102.42 Groceries
$93.81 Household
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Still $0 and it's the 7th!!! Woohooo!!! Although I have a feeling dh will urge me to go this weekend since my fridges are pretty barren, lol! Pantry is pretty nicely stocked though, but may still need a few things.

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Went to the store yesterday and spent $37.67. I bought:
organic oranges
organic pears
bananas
organic fingerling potatoes
2 bottles annies salad dressing
multigrain bread
4#s organic coffee (buy one get one special)
orange juice
2 doughnuts as a kid bribe

Last night dh stopped at the store on the way home and spent about $21.00
he bought:
blueberries
blue cheese crumbles
half n half
5 12 packs of soda for our new years party (buy 2 get 3 free)

So we have spent about $60.00 of my hopefully $200.00 house and grocery budget.
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First time to the store this month. Had to buy a few things for mil's visit. Spent $15.41.
Got milk, half and half, bread, yoghurt, cough drops, and a couple food bars.

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So far this month I have spent 112.61.

I don't have a list of everything I purchased, but I bought everything I needed for my December "non-holiday" meal plan. (through 22 December for 5 people)

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Went to HEB with DS and picked up 2 gallons of organic milk. We're not out of milk yet but at $3.50 a gallon, this was definitely a good price. The milk expires on the 21st so we'll definitely finish it by then. We're set for milk for the rest of the month!!!

Also picked up some organic ground beef so that I can make shepherd's pie and 4 lbs of organic oranges at $4.99.

The current total is now $102.39.

I need to pick up some organic carrots and celery over the weekend but I think we're doing okay so far.
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Here's what we've spent so far in the grocery category. These totals include only food items (we separate out in our budget software):

12/1 - Mills Fleet Farm - $9.77 (we buy nuts, seeds, dried fruits there)
12/1 - Piggly Wiggly - $29.15
12/2 - Costco - $101.68

Total spent so far - $140.60
Remaining in December grocery budget - $459.40
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Our complete household, food, and misc budget is 600 a month, excluding gas. I'm curious to see how much of that is food. I am on a complete cash basis, and I meticulously save my receipts. But I don't compartmentalize between food and household. This probably isn't a good month to test this as I'll be trying to eak out more Christmas gifts than usual. But here goes:

Dec 6 2.00 school hot lunch (They are each allowed one day a month)
Dec 7 35.97

I got:
ice cream
qt of eggnog
1 lb of yogurt
1 loaf of bread
15 lb potatoes
4 organic mac and cheese
2 18 oz oatmeal
sweet corn soup
milk chocolate bar
fancy pasta (I'll give it as part of a meal gift-new baby)
multigrain tortillas
3lb of onion
9 apples
2 organic apple strawberry sauce
sour cream
cottage cheese
cookies (almost gone while sitting here, two left)
malted milk
1 dozen eggs
ground black pepper

Right now my fridge is fairly empty, but my freezer and pantry are pretty good (once I get tea and flour)
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OT, but Kathirynne, that is such a great sig link

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2 doughnuts as a kid bribe
SO glad I am not the only one who gives in to this!

I feel like I am doing pretty well... although it is only the 8th and I am just about through my whole budget already. That pretty much normal for us though. I used to do one big shopping trip a month, and I guess it is hard for me to get back onto doing little, spread out trips.

Yesterday I went to Aldi's.

I got;
10 lbs potatoes
milk
corn flakes
snack crackers & cheese crackers
3 mac-n-cheese
onions
pancake syrup (2)
baking mix (2)
shake cheese
5 lbs sugar
2 packages of beef hot dogs
chocolate coins & snowmen (for the kid's stockings)
canned peaches
2 bottles salad dressing
2 tins cranberry sauce
frozen grilled veggies
3 cans mushrooms
2 lbs butter
lb kelibasa
tortillas
tortilla chips
4 lbs assorted cheese
6 little yogurts
apples
pinapple
4 loaves wheat bread
1/2 & 1/2

total; $72.98... left in budget- 115.18

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Grocery Tally (Includes toiletries & cleaning supplies):
12/5 $63.73

$63.73/$400.00

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New totals:

$226.34 Groceries
$120.47 Household

Grand Total So Far: $346.81

I'm hoping to keep it below $600 for the month. I better slow down. There's a lot of month left.

This thread has inspired me to also keep track of our eating out (rare) and gas expenses for the month. I've got a spreadhseet going for all 4 categories. I use Quicken so shouldn't really need the spreadsheet but sometimes my husband uses his business card (our business so still our money) or cash to buy gas or eat lunch and those are not in Quicken.

Sadly, this will be the first month I've ever calculated the total in all 4 categories.
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Food at home:
$108
Food out:
$32

Household:
$0
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$236.53 Groceries
$122.47 Household

$359 so far...
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I'm in. It has been a while since I kept track. We moved about 3 months ago and now I'm getting back in the frugal stage again.

12/1- Trader Joes $40 (majority of this is goats milk for DS)
12/3- Winco $185.23
12/3 -Costco $126.45 (included one christmas present)
12/4
12/5
12/6- Sam's club $88.84 (Diapers ($27, hot chocolate, donuts, gifts)
12/7
12/8

We should be good for 2 weeks. The total so far included supplies for christmas baking for gifts (cookies, granola, fudge).


Total: $440.52
monthly plan $600
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Happy to say it is the 7th I have still only spent a total of 83.12/500. Since the first week is up, I am ahead on my budget (or behind in spending it depending on your outlook). So far holding true to our commitment to ramp back up our veggie and fruit intake. Today we have had three servings of fruit, and 5 of veggie. We decided to increase the size of our CSA box for this next week slightly. That will be another $8 a week but it should mean we need no veggies outside the CSA box at all, except for the requisite bag of onions.

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This month I'm committed to only shopping once per week on Sunday. It was kinda hard this week to wait because I was craving certain things on certain days, but I made it! For the second week in a row I came in under my estimated budget of $100 per week. I spent $70.81. I bought a bit more packaged food than normal because dh will be gone most of the week so it will just be ds and I. He's quite picky so I decided to take a week off from making two meals everyday and I'll just eat what he's having! I also was able to get some baking supplies for gifts, candy canes to hang on the tree, and chocolate to help ease my pregnancy cravings!!!
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Food at home:
$108
Food out:
$54

Household:
$0
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I spent $35 yesterday at Whole Foods replenishing the fruits and veggies. Strawberries, blueberries, grapes, bananas, lettuce and some organic american cheese slices.
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I'd like to join. Right now we are only two humans and two kitties. I try to keep our grocery budget to $125/mo. as our income is very low. Unfortunately we did get food from restaurants early in the month because I just couldn't bring myself to cook after losing my mom, but I think I'm OK now, even if it's just simple stuff like taco rice or what have you. I'm having a hard time staying to budget this month because I'm so drained I'm much more susceptible to buying things I want but don't need.

So far:
8th: Meijer $43.87 we got
Bagels
Egg nog (indulgence)
3# onions
2# deli ham
big bag of cat food
12pk soda (an addiction I am trying to break, very slow going)
3 boxes crackers
lettuce - enough for our salads for a week
smoked salmon cream cheese (an indulgence)
5 cans tomatoes
Garden Vegetable chips (had free coupon)
3 jars spaghetti sauce
8# bscb tenders

9th: Trader Joe's $10 (put change in jar so it's not exact amount)
Brie (another indulgence)
capers, big jar
Lox (indulgence again but it makes me $4 worth of happy)

My shopping list for this week includes CVS - no really great deals but going to stock up on cola as it's 4/$9 and we have enough bottle/can returns to cover the cost practically. Meijer shopping list is pretty basic, as we are basically pretty set right now with canned and frozen veggies both from the CSA this summer and from the store, as well as a lot of chicken, shrimp, enough hamburger for chili that will feed us 8-10 times, and DH's dad got a deer so we can get some venison at no cost. I am in desperate need of restocking my rice supply - I've got one pot's worth left, and I always buy the 20# or so bags from the Japanese store since that's the rice I really prefer. So that will be $15 or so this month.

Total so far then is $53.87. Oh plus like $8 on HPTs

Edited to add that I feel like I should be able to trim this budget more if I could just give up some of the indulgences and do more planned leftovers.
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12/1- Trader Joes $40 (majority of this is goats milk for DS)
12/3- Winco $185.23
12/3 -Costco $126.45 (included one christmas present)
12/4
12/5
12/6- Sam's club $88.84 (Diapers ($27, hot chocolate, donuts, gifts, membership fees)
12/7
12/8
12/9
12/10 Trader Joes $36.60 (Goat Milk for DD $29.90, banana's, cereal, half-n-half)

The total so far included supplies for christmas baking for gifts (cookies, granola, fudge).

Total: $477.12
monthly plan $600


new total:
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Grocery Tally (Includes toiletries & cleaning supplies):
12/5 $63.73
12/8 $14.04
12/9 $8

$85.77/$400.00

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Dec 1: $0
Dec 2: $0
Dec 3: $17
Dec 4: $0
Dec 5: $0...but $10.21 at McDonald's
Dec 6: $182
Dec 7: $0
Dec 8: $0
Dec 9: $0
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We're two adults and I'm really hoping for $100 this month. Plus an extra $10 for another bag of rice and toor dal, I imagine.

Yesterday I spent $25 for this week. I can't find the receipt, but I got organic fruit (bananas, a mango, oranges and tangerines), organic veggies (celery, carrots, tomatos, a bell pepper, an onion, potatos), two packets of tea biscuits (the biscuits were my indulgence for the week, but they were on sale for 70 cents each), 4 yogurts, 2 cans of organic garbanzo beans, 1 can of organic black beans, 1 big can of organic tomatos, frozen corn, frozen spinach, and a box of pasta. I think that was all.
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242.09Groceries
156.13Household
398.22Total So Far
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Today, spent $12.39 at the groceries.
Total so far $27.51

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$83.12 previous total.

Add:

(Costco sized)

Smoked Salmon
Cheese- 2 kinds

for $36.12

so 119.24/500 for the month so far.

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I spent $102 at the store on Sunday. $95 of that was food and $7 was cleaning supplies.

So I'm at:

Food: $186.30
Household: $16.80

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For just food so far I have spent:

previous total $107
today - stores $180
misc milk etc. $15

total = $302

It's only the 10th but I think I can still make my goal of $500 for the month.

I really didn't mean to spend that much today and I'm feeling kind of bad about it. I have stocked up more than I usually do and I feel like we can last a while on what we have. I am having a party right before Christmas and I have been buying some food for that so that I don't need to get it all at once. Last year we ordered the food we served but this year I am going to try to make it instead so in the long run we are not spending as much.

The one thing I hate including in that total is DH's Diet Coke addiction. It really puts a dent in the budget but if I don't buy it for him then he buys 20oz. bottles for $1.50 each. It's ridiculous!

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