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Grocery Challenge Challenge yourself to stay within a monthly budget that you set. Share your progress with others doing the same thing.

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Old 08-01-2008, 03:32 AM
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We do that too, in fact I am getting to the end of my beef. We bought a whole one at the beginning of November, but we did give a little bit away to my in laws. Now we are down to roasts and stew meat. This year a neighbor is splitting it with us.

I talked to the farmer and the packing house is backed up (it's not a big slaughterhouse, they do appointment only and only have room to slaughter one at a time), so we may not be able to get another till around Christmas. I guess with the county fair (they auction all the beef from the 4Hers) and deer season, they have set aside slots on the calendar for that so hopefully some of those won't get filled. The farmer told me he has started reserving 2-3 spots per month "just in case" because of the back up. I hope it happens earlier, I can't bear the thought of eating grocery store meat again LOL
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:51 AM
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OK it's official, August has begun. I went to the grocery store today and had to buy pop and peanut butter. Luckily I had a $10 gift card I had earned during a special promotion, the pop and the peanut butter were on sale.

Total $15.07
gift card -$10.00

total from budget $5.07

$650.00 budget
-$5.07

balance of budget $644.93
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:33 AM
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Spent $5.04 at the grocery today. Just keeping count, since I am going to count "up" this month and see where I top out.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:15 AM
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I bought toiletries at the chemist, and washing powder at the local grocery store today.

Chemist: 13.83
Grocery: 2.15
Total: 15.98

Budget: 250.00
Balance: 234.02
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:30 AM
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Spent $27.31 today. Needed to get a couple of ingredients for crock pot roast, also bought ingredients to make Wendy's Pink Lemonade Cake. I bought a generic olive oil as it was much less expensive, I just hope it's good :-P

previous balance of budget $644.93
less $27.31

balance of budget $617.62

When I told my husband about this thread and that I had set my budget at $650 I thought I was nuts. We'll see where we end up. I don't think he really realizes how much we spend on groceries, pet food, cleaning stuff and toiletries!
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Old 08-03-2008, 10:32 AM
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I'm going to combine July & August together since a lot of what I've bought in the last 10 days of July is for August. So will do $700 total for July/Aug up a bit since we are eating more at home.

Went to the Pizza Supply Store bought 5 lbs pepperoni for $17.25 and Krogers spent $127.73 (took DH and he added at least $25 to the bill LOL) plus had bought $9 of spices at 50% off, saved $47.02

Budget $700 July/August
Spent $529.82
Coupons $114.96
Sales $198.35
Balance $170.18 for August

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Old 08-03-2008, 01:32 PM
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I am going grocery shopping tomorrow but we needed buns for sausage tonight, so I ran to the store in town here. Of course hubby wanted ice cream for tonight, AND of course his dad (who is visiting) doesn't like the same kind, so I had to buy two tubs of that. Grabbed some chicken too. Total was $19.24.

previous balance of budget $617.62

less $19.24

balance of budget $598.38
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:09 PM
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Barbsky--thanks for the idea. Last year it came to $1.38 a lb when we got all the meet. Not a bad price for the amount of beef I got. I still have ground beef and a few roast left.

Goal is $600.00
Spent today $135.94(got 48 items)
coupons $3.50


Left to spend $364.06
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:23 AM
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OK went grocery shopping, didn't need any meat though. I spent $55.37 at Aldi and 50.47 at WalMart.

previous balance of budget $598.38

less $105.84

balance of budget $492.54

I am keeping track of how much I am spending per category too so I can see how much I spend on food each month.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:36 AM
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ugh, forgot to buy softener salt and fill my water jugs! Had to go back :-P

previous balance of budget $492.54

less $17.38

balance of budget $475.16
 
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