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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Ok, I had a good start earlier this year, but fell off the wagon pretty quickly. Then it was birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day, more birthdays, etc. And my best friend is REALLY bad about wanting to go out to eat. A lot.

Well, she gained a bit more weight than she liked, so now she's wanting to start dieting and exercising too. So now my kryptonite is getting encased in lead, because between her, my hubby, and another good friend, I have some real-life accountability.

I'm still making progress on adapting my household into a "real food" lifestyle. I never realized how many common things in my kitchen won't work. I'm still using what I've bought, but as stuff is being used up, I'm being careful with replacements. Mostly working on phasing out certain condiments at this point.

On the bright side, I have 2 deep freezers (one stand-up, one chest) that are full of fresh, gulf-caught fish (courtesy of hubby's favorite hobby) and beef from an FFA fundraiser, as well as chicken breast and porkchops bought on good sales. I shouldn't have to buy meat again this year, except for things like holiday turkeys and some occasional breakfast meats (ham, bacon, and sausage).

Along with watching my calories & my hubby counting carbs, I want to cut our grocery budget. With the meat all stocked up, I'm going to try for about $100/week for our family of 3. This will include our raw milk ($6/gallon, every other week), fresh free-range eggs ($4/dozen, about 2 dozen a week), bottled waters (the water at work is nasty), and all the usual (produce, condiments, other dairy, etc.). Food and supplies for the pets, and diapers/pullups aren't counting for this. I'm also wanting to get as much of our food organic as possible, so the local Farmer's Market is my friend. Its too bad that I DON'T get food stamps, because they have a program to lets you get $2 of food for $1 of food stamp...

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MARIARISS 6/18/2013 9:26AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan. We are a family of four and spend 100 or less on groceries every week. Some tips 1) plan the weeks meals and make a list, so you only get what you need. 2) Stick to the outside of the grocery store, the veggies, fruit, meat, dairy. Once you get in the middle of the store it is pretty much all processed foods. 3) Compare prices for each product. Say you want milk, look at the different brands and compromise name brand for cheaper brands (unless the cheap brand is just gross.) Good luck!

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