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barbszy 05-31-2008 03:48 PM

Grocery Challenge Summer 2008
Welcome to our Grocery Budget Challenge!

Anyone can participate--just state your grocery budget for the month, and then track your totals to see if you can beat your goal.

Let us know how many are in your family and what the budget includes. For example, does your grocery budget only include food or do you count in:
meals out
paper products
cleaning products
pet food & products
greeting cards

Join us as we encourage each other and share tips for keeping that grocery budget on track.

Navy wife in Missipp 05-31-2008 04:44 PM

Hi I am new, I spent over $700 last month. Family of 4, dh, dd,and dgd (17). I am going to try for $600. This month. This includes, paper product, personal products. I want to thank all for coupon sites and info on creating a price book. Looks like I got my work cut out for me this month. Wish me luck.

jeandeanette 05-31-2008 06:34 PM

I haven't tallied it up for May but I was over again. I just can't seem to ever stay within my budget no matter how high I set it. Some of the extras was for dh and yds camping trip but not enough to take me over so much. I am not sure yet what to set my goal for. I need to think about it. Mine is for a family of 3 sometimes 4. It includes all food, canned dog food, health and beauty products, otc medicines but does not include eating out or dh and ds hobbie expenses.

Barb and Roberta, way to go on coming in under for May.

Navy wife, you and I will just have to keep on trying want we? Again, its good to have you here. Good luck to all of you on feeding your family good food at a lower cost this new month.

RobertaD 05-31-2008 07:17 PM

I'm going to stay at $300 for the month only because we are going on vacation for 5-6 days. But will need to bump it up in July as dd1 wont be eating at school.


barbszy 06-01-2008 03:39 AM

I am setting my June budget at $600. The kids will be out of school, so they will be eating all 3 meals at home, and with friends visiting, I'll be feeding extra kids sometimes. So I'm setting it high and hoping to beat it.

My family includes 2 adults, 1 teen boy, 1 12-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.

My budget includes food, paper products, cleaning supplies and "health and beauty" but not medications, eating out, birdseed, and greeting cards.

Johnnysgirl 06-01-2008 06:53 AM

I will be lowering my budget this month for a couple reasons, one I way over spent in May, but also because I just did some major shopping last week and the freezer and cupboards are stocked pretty well and most will be used for June and not May when I bought it. I usually set $400 as my goal for dh and I and this is just food, no pet food, hba or anything else. This month I will try just $250 as I have enough meat to last all month and most canned, pkgs. items I need. Will fill in with milk and fresh produce and exceptional sales and see how I do. Then in July I will probably have to go back up.

happymomof4 06-01-2008 06:19 PM

My goal is $600.00. We have 5 people in the house(3 adults and 2 teenagers). My budget includes food, paper, cleaning, health, dog and cat food. It will include the supplies for the 1 camping trip this month. It doesn't include gas, eating out(we don't do to much) or clothing.

kathymac 06-03-2008 06:55 AM

I have gotten completely off track with grocery shopping for the past two months, and it is time to rein myself back in. I am going to do a pantry, fridge and freezer inventory today.

My budget is for a family of four (2 adults, 2 teenage girls), paper & cleaning products, health & beauty, and dog food. I am thinking I will set my goal at $600.00 this month as school is out and there are often "extra" teenagers at my house.

I wish all of you luck with staying within budget this month. I will definitely be needing your support this month.


barbszy 06-03-2008 10:17 AM

Spent this week: $107.

Remaining for the month: 493.

Navy wife in Missipp 06-03-2008 10:41 AM

Hi, did an inventory this morning. Freezers, upright, roll-out in garage refrig and freezer section of side by side. Checked pantries (3). Made a list of what I need to stock up on. Now working on menu for next two weeks. I am going to military commissary tomorow (with a list). Have everything ready to start my Price Book. So I am well on the way to try and save money! Here I go...

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