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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 09-30-2009, 08:53 AM
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My October Budget will be at $500 again this month. This seems to be a good $ amount for our family.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:21 AM
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Spent $43 this week

Budget $200 family 4, 2 dogs
Spent todate $205.44
Coupons used $104.04
Store Savings $138.96
Balance $(5.44)

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Old 10-01-2009, 03:29 AM
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October $500 budget

Spent $214.57 bought 92 items
Saved on Coupons $7.40
Pick 5 Savings $12.05

Total Spent $214.57
Total Saved $19.45

Left to spend $285.43
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:45 AM
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To the best I can tell my September total was 616.31. My coupon and store savings total was 72.69. I am not pleased with this amount at all. It shouldn't be so much for our family so my October goal is to get it lower if possible.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:01 AM
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I'm going to keep our budget at $200 of October as I have enough meat for the month and need to eat it up before it gets old.

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Old 10-04-2009, 05:20 PM
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Total to date-170.23
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:33 AM
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I spent more than I planned to and more than I should have last month. I think I will go with your idea Jean and just try to reduce from last month's total. So far this month I have spent 20.33 on groceries and 8.12 on non food items. Dh and I just did a shopping trip to the city last weekend. I've got that one down to once a month now and fill in locally once a week usually for fresh milk, veggies. We don't have anything like Target, Walmart, etc. up here so I have a running list for that stuff that is on the once a month trip, plus I go to the big grocery store (WinCo) down there once a month. Prices in my area are higher being a small resort community. My extra freezer is full (a blessing), if it was not I would stock up on bread, milk, etc. at the cheaper prices in the city also but I have no where to store it. I'm still trying to master this bread maker of mine, it seems to not like me very well but I am persistant and will keep trying. I read that different flours react differently so I bought yet a different one last week, haven't used any yet. I would like to get away from store bought bread but so far the stuff I make at home isn't good enough.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:35 PM
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Jacki, in my experience with bread machines, if you bake the bread IN the machine you have to be absolutely meticulous about measuring, type of flour, etc. But if you just make the dough in the machine on the dough cycle, then turn it out and bake in your regular oven, you don't have to be quite so precise. I bake regular loaf bread at 350 or 375 for 35 minutes. Just shape, place in prepared pan, rise 1 hour, and bake.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:41 PM
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My budget for October will be $400 for the five weeks in October. I count the Fridays, because that is when I get my check.

Oct 5
Spent $72 groceries & Dogfood.
Oct 5 spent $23 on veggies for salad to take to a girlfriends house on Tuesday and picked up some for home.

$400 -95= $305 for the month.

All my savings goes our Saving Account, along with any rebates or paid survays I answer.
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:50 AM
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Thanks for that tip Barb, I will try just making the dough in the machine and then oven baking and see how that goes.
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