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barbszy 12-30-2008 11:49 AM

Grocery Challenge 2009
Welcome to the Family Corner Grocery Challenge!

Grocery prices are going up and up, and we are all trying to keep our food bills DOWN!

Here's where we set a goal for our monthly budget and then track to see if we can beat that goal by spending less.

Everyone can participate! Just state your budget goal for the month, how many in your family, and what your grocery budget includes (food only, or do you also include pet food, non-food items, health & beauty, etc.)

barbszy 12-31-2008 01:25 PM

I'm resolving this year to keep better track of my grocery expenses.

My husband wants me to stock the pantry FULL, so I am budgeting $750 for January. This will take me through the "can can sale" at the supermarket and allow me to stock up as much as possible. January has fabulous deals on canned goods in many stores.

We have a family of 5 including 2 teens. Our budget includes "health and beauty," cleaning and paper products, but not pet products, stationery or medications.

jeandeanette 12-31-2008 06:56 PM

We are a family of 4 but our oldest son is not home most of the time. I will include all food, health and beauty aids, cleaning etc. I won't include eating out. Since tomorrow is a holiday dh got paid today so I have already shopped.

Goal for Jan-400.00
Spent to date-103.13
Left to spend-296.87
Store and coupon savings-25.21

RobertaD 12-31-2008 08:44 PM

Will have to go back to $350 for the budget I don't think I can do two months back to back at $250. This includes family of 4, with 2 dogs, and I count paper, cleaning, pet food, health items.

Shopped already for January total includes Kroger & Petsmart & Angel Food Ministries $170.02

Total Budget $350
Spent $170.02
Coupons used $89.97
Store Sales $60.47
Budget balance $179.98

Roberta Dunaway

kathymac 01-01-2009 09:20 AM

I need to get back to budgeting and tracking our grocery expenses. We are a family of four (2 teenagers!) and one large chocolate Lab. I include food, cleaning, pet food and health and beauty. My goal is $500.00 for the month.

I wish you all luck meeting your goals!


happymomof4 01-01-2009 05:59 PM

My January Goal will be $600. This includes 4 people Dh, myself and 2 teenage girls. I include all food, pet food(1 dog and 1 cat), all paper, cleaning and health products.

barbszy 01-02-2009 08:54 AM

Drat, my budget also has to include when DH decides to invite his 3 TEENAGE cousins over here for breakfast and spends $45 on meat, specialty "egg whites" and other stuff. :wallbang: 3 pounds of bacon was eaten here this morning!

Remaining in the budget, $705.

RobertaD 01-02-2009 11:19 AM

LOL I feel for you Barb. My DH can eat a pound of bacon by himself so I always have to do two pounds.


rupie 01-02-2009 01:46 PM

Hi all! I need to get my grocery buget back under control.It is just me and my DH . The only extras (besides food)I buy are non food items ,household products,and health and beauty aids. I need ways to save money!!! $750.00 a month for 2 people is ridiculous!!!! Help!!

barbszy 01-02-2009 03:48 PM

LOL, there was a typo in my above message which I have now fixed. DH invested $45 into breakfast today, NOT $5....

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