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#1 of 132 Old 12-01-2007, 11:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Last month we kept track of our grocery spending together. It helped me stay on budget and also gave me ideas for saving money at the grocery store. So I'm starting the thread again.

Feel free to share how many are in your family and what your goals for the month are.

Please keep food and household/hygiene as separate spending categories.

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i'm in. we have 3 peolple, but we host the holidays. somehoe i spent about double our grocery budget (normally 600) last month so this month i'm trying for 250 in an effort to pay some of that back. my tally will include our pets - 4 dogs, many budgies, saltwater fish, freshwater fish.

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I'm in. We spent over $400 stocking up on organic milk and chicken last month before my coupons expired so I have some staples covered. I'm wondering if we can get as close to $100 as possible for December.

There are 3 of us - 2 adults and a 2 and a half year old. DH comes home for lunch but DS eats lunch at school.
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There are six in our family; 2 adults, 4 kids.

My grocery budget is $100/week or $500 for the month. (It's more this month because there are 5 weekends and that's when I shop)

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I am in for this month also!! Except we are leaving for a week and I am not going to count our eating out as part of our food buget..

So, that said, I am hoping to spend about $250 on grocerys this month. I need to buy some baking supplies, so I cushioned a tad. We are tight budget wies this month so that # is a little lower than normal.
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36.99 - grassfed beef and 3 doz free range eggs (the kind that wander around and the kids shoo back into the coop at night)

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We have $160 for groceries until Dec 14. It will last and we'll probably have some left over.
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2 adults, 1 2.5 yo, 2 mo

nursing both

week 1= 3.13 Aldis tortilla chips, tortillas, fr onion soup mix
week 2= 3 month stock up coop sale for baking staples, beans, vitamins so it will be high and my pantry & freezer will be literally bare come saturday when i go

i have 200 for the month to include said stock up

ETA: DD is gluten, dairy, soy, egg and corn free. Sigh.

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I'm in. We spent over $400 stocking up on organic milk and chicken last month before my coupons expired so I have some staples covered. I'm wondering if we can get as close to $100 as possible for December.
How do you stock up on milk? Seriously we go through so much milk and I'd love to stock up when it's on sale.

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We are a family of four, 2 soon to be 2 year olds, DH and myself.

I would we happy if we spent $500 this month on groceries. We are having a party with about 30 people so we will see.

Today I spent $107 but I need to look over the receipt and subtract a few household items.

I haven't been posting but I have been watching several threads here and I am doing so much better with shopping. I am stocking up when items are on sale but only when the sale is really good. One store I shop is always seems to be out of sale items, even on the first day of the sale, so I have been getting rainchecks, something I never would have done before.

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How do you stock up on milk? Seriously we go through so much milk and I'd love to stock up when it's on sale.
I bought organic milk on Monday. It does not expire until December 25 so I bought 16 half gallons as that is what the top shelf of my fridge will hold.

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Hello there again. We are family of three omnivores, and we buy primarily organics. Last month I spent just over $400 including a very expensive Thanksgiving. I figure we won't go over $500 this month but that includes a fair bit of entertaining. Also our main goal right now is to eat more fruits and veggies...before October we had been eating 3-4 servings of fresh produce most days of the week and I would like to have that closer to 8-9 like we used to. We have made a lot of progress towards that goal, and figure we would rather over budget than under budget for the costs associated with more fresh veggies.

So far this month my total is zero but we are still feasting on the TG leftovers and we got a CSA box on Thursday that was in last month's figure.

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So far this month: $46 from the community coop

4 - 4 oz. Boneless Pork Chops
1 lb. Lean Ground Beef (85/15)
1 lb. Sirloin Beef Tips
2 lbs. Chicken Breasts (bone in)
Fresh Fruits (3 varieties), about 3 lbs
Fresh Vegetables (5 varieties), about 5 lbs
Stone Groundʼs Artisan Wheat Bread
16 oz brown rice
Farnsworth Cider Millʼs Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
Colosimoʼs “American” Style Skinless Link Sausage
Stone Groundʼs Butterflake Rolls
Nutty Guys 1 lb. Pistachios (roasted, salted)
Sweet Potatoes
Navel Oranges
1 lb. Pistachios (roasted, salted)
1 lb. Almonds (roasted, salted)
1 lb. Cashews (roasted, salted)
1 lb. Swiss Trail Mix
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I'm in. There are 4 people, three bumpus hounds, two cats and a hamster here. Aiming for $250 for all store bought household supplies, including TP & dog food because I am too lazy to subtract it all out Besides, a lot of our stuff does double duty (like baking soda and vinegar). I might go over this month because I hope to make some other baked goods/homemade items for Christmas.

Today is the second, so far for the month I have spent $0. I did buy cat food & litter on Friday at the feed store, as well as milk & other things we needed until DH gets paid again, but I am only going to count what falls within the calender month since there are 5 full weekends in December.

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How do you stock up on milk? Seriously we go through so much milk and I'd love to stock up when it's on sale.
Well... we don't consume that much milk in the first place. Maybe one and a half gallons a week? The organic milk I got was from Target. The half gallon ones have a longer expiry date than the gallon ones and I just bought as many as I had space for in the fridge. The ones I bought expire Dec 30th. We'll probably have finished them before though because I have 6 half gallons left only.

I bought 2 weeks of vegetables today at the asian grocery store. Will update tally after I've entered everything into a spreadsheet.
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Wow. You guys do really well with your grocery bills.

We are a family of 7 (dh, me nursing our 7 mo old, then four kids 10, 8, 5 and 3). We eat 95% organic, and my dh and some of the kids eat meat - maybe once a week. And barely dairy - maybe a gallon of milk a week, if that and one hunk of organic cheese for nachos or to sprinkle on pasta.

We spend over $800 month, actually probably closer to $1000 if I was honest and counted everything. We usually order through a co-op but haven't been the last few months due to how my husband gets paid - don't know if we'll have $ to pay for the food on pick up day.

I'll be stalking this thread for how to cut back. I'd love to spend $100-150 week.
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I'm trying for $300 this month. We are a family of 4 with 2 more on the way. A 4 year old and a 1 year old who eat the same amount.

I have a decent amount of meat already in the freezer. Also, I have most of the baking supplies I will need for the holidays. I'm not serving the meal at Christmas, so I won't need to spend any extra for that really.

Mostly just milk, cheese, produce, and bread is needed this month. And whatever staples we use. We eat primarily organic and/or local.
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I just made my list for the first shopping trip of the month. I kept track of my spending last month until the last week or so -- then lost count thanks to having 28 people here for Thanksgiving and my husband making a few runs to the store. Trying again this month...

There are 4 of us -- 2 adults, a 5 year old and a 3 year old. I'd be thrilled to spend $100 a week which is $500 this month since I shop on weekends.

Don't think I've ever actually made that goal, but we'll see.

Also, we're picking up our organic meat order next weekend which will be around $300 -- but I'm not including that in my total since we only order every 3-6 months.
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My family is two adults and one nearly two year old.

I am shooting for $225 this month. We will see. I foresee a lot of black bean and cheese burritos.

Dec 1: $0
Dec 2: $0
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I'm in again. We are 7, 2 parents and 5 kiddos. Goal is to keep it under $400 for the month.: No shopping yet...
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Just got back from my first trip of the month. My total before coupons and sales was $163.63. I more than cut it in half

I spent $77.86 total: $68.06 on food and $9.80 on household (diapers & aluminum foil).

For $68.06 I got:

bananas
apples
tomato
apple sauce
apple juice
orange juice
pistachios
1/2 pound turkey lunchmeat
a couple slices of pepperoni
1 frozen mixed veggies
fish sticks
2 boxes of pasta
2 boxes of macaroni and cheese
Texas Toast garlic bread
Townhouse crackers
10 Balance bars (snack/meal replacement)
2 loaves of bread
4 boxes of cereal
1 yogurt cup
1 dz eggs
butter
16 boxes of waffles
pancake mix
syrup
peanut butter M&Ms (me)
Pop Tarts (ew, yum)
2 containers of ice cream
2 boxes of cookies


So I'm at:

Food: $68.06
Household: $9.80

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I just added up what I spent on groceries last month and it was $505. I think my goal of $300 is still a good one. I am looking pretty good for the next few days, but by the end of the week I'm going to need to make a produce/milk run.
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I would love to join this month. I am expiramenting with a new strategy and this would be a great way to see if it works. My goal is $400/month. I really feel this is realistic for the number of people we have (2 adults, 2 kids, and I'm pregnant) and the food costs in our area. On Nov 29th I went to Costco and spent $121.29.
$87.00 was food. I am counting this towards Dec b/c I shouldn't have to shop before Dec 13th. I got:
Milk
pears
cranberries (I freezed and bake with them)
carrots
bread
cheese
lettuce
organic eggs
cereal
rotiserrie chicken
clementines
bananas
sugar snap peas
organic frozen green beans
um...what else? I can't remember. I also have my freezer stocked with dinners. So basically I am just buying for breakfast and lunch and veggies/sides for dinner.
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Went to Trader Joe's and got:

tortilla chips
salsa
shredded mozerella cheese
frozen chicken breasts
vanilla rice milk
organic chocolate milk

Spent $23.24

So I'm at:

Food: $91.30
Household: $9.80

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I'm aiming for $300. That's about what I spent last month - I think I came out to about $325, but I bought a lot of baking supplies, plus large Turkey for T-day, and large Ham for Christmas.

Should be easier to do, as dh is tdy for a week, and we tend to go veggie while he's gone. So, I shouldn't have to buy any meat, except maybe some lunch meat, atleast until next week.

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I'd love to join in. I'm heading to the store tomorrow. I'm pretty much out of almost everything, even tuna:. I'm sure I'll spend a good penny, but I'm hoping to keep it under 500 this month for a family of 5. I have very picky eaters and they like good food
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20.95 today for dd's spry tooth gel. i'll be doing groceries tomorrow.

current total = 57.94

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Can I join ? We are a family of 6 but the new one is only nursing . We have 2 adults , 8yr old , 4 yr old and almost 3 yr old to feed . I won't get to shop till Wednesday but I should not have to buy much as We are eating at the church 2 night this upcomming week and we eat at bible study on Mondays (I bring dinner once ever 2 monthes ) . So I am at $0 right now .
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First Trip of the Month:

$14.59 Household
$94.44 Groceries
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We upped our grocery budget from our normal $450/month (family of 4 - 2 adults, 1 16 y/o boy, 1 3 y/o girl - mama is pregnant) to $600/month for December. We like to splurge on some special foods during the holidays and we generally spend more this month.
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