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I don't agree about the coupons. Roughly 70% have all been things that I can use. I don't normally eat chilli that often, but if Hormel Chilli is 13 cents a can because I used a coupon when chill was at it's lowest price at Ralph's then I'm going to get it.

Plus if the coupons are for products you don't use but are for people you know. YOu can call them up and ask them if they wanted you shop for them...hey it's extra money lol....actually it's devious n/m LOL...but it works for me...

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2/7/07 11:33 A

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I have the same problem with coupons, Cindy -- they're always for stuff I don't normally buy/don't need/wouldn't use! emoticon

The first thing I did to cut down on my grocery bill was to find the cheapest place to shop here in town. There really can be a big difference, even in stores only blocks away from each other! Our budget went from $150/week at the local IGA, to between $100-125/week at the local super Wal-Mart, for the same items. When I have time, I also go to our local Aldi for staples like milk and bread, which is CRAZY cheap. Take the time to shop around, even bringing along a little notepad to write down prices of the same items at different stores (or just study your receipts)....it could really pay off for you!

We are a family of 5, and I have THE pickiest eaters on the planet. If I were to follow SP's menu recommendations, they'd never eat! emoticon So I stick to making stuff I know we all like, but I try to adapt it a bit to make it healthier. For example, we still eat burgers once a week, but I've modified it a bit....I use the 96% lean ground beef now (a little more expensive, but not crazy), I don't put cheese on mine anymore (I load up on veggies and a little BBQ sauce), and instead of serving fries with them, I serve a salad or raw veggies (which was tough for me initially -- I thought burgers and fries HAD to go together!). emoticon It turns out you can still make just about anything, if you can find ways to modify the meal (and control your portions -- this has been big for me!). I know with my family, I've got about 5-10 items I know we will all eat....I stick with those most/all week, and try new things only occasionally (again, sticking with things I know they might like). This way, you're reducing your frustration (with a family who won't eat what you've made), and keeping your budget under control with things you know are affordable.

Also, there's lots of great recipes online! I've found a lot just by looking around. Here's a couple good sites to check out: www.eatbetteramerica.com; www.recipesource.com; www.cooksrecipes.com. My DH is diabetic, and I've got a lot of great diabetic-friendly recipe sites too, if anyone wants to know those. Even if no one in your family is diabetic, don't let that scare you away from their recipes....they're just super-healthy, and always very flavorful (you end up using a lot of different spices rather than salt and butter and stuff).

It may take a little research on your part, and you may never be able to keep your budget down as low as those families who are willing to eat nothing but cheap and healthy stuff, but as long as you've got it as low as you can for you, you're doing great! emoticon

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2/5/07 1:54 P

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I did the challenge here and managed to come up with a menu in the price stated, but that is not normal for us and I wouldn't normally feed my family that way as it wasn't particularly "healthy". I usually spend between $100 and $125 per week on groceries for three of us. I don't buy a lot of extras and there is not much wasted...the majority goes to fruits, veggies and meat. Meat takes the biggest chunk of the budget. Always looking for new ideas, but coupons aren't much of an option for me...they don't seem particularly popular here in Canada and most of the coupons you get are for toiletries and junky items I don't normally buy, not the basics.

I'd love more ideas of cheaper but healthy meals that are fussy eater friendly.

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1/29/07 3:07 P

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Have you used couponmom.com

They have a listing of store coupons that are in the sunday paper at a store in your area like Ralph's, Vons, Albertons. Plus it gives u a list of store deals that aren't listed, plus there are deals & sale prices in a listing that come in junk mail for the stores or even with the paper.



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1/29/07 2:58 P

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They got me! When I went to add Saturday's purchases to my price spreadsheet this morning, I realized that the salsa that said it was on sale was at the same price I had paid the last time I bought it. They just moved it to the end of the aisle and put a big "savings" sign next to it. Tracking prices is definitely going to make me a smarter shopper.

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1/29/07 2:33 P

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Thanks!

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1/29/07 2:29 P

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Yay! Great job!

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1/29/07 2:20 P

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I spent $80 on groceries for myself that should last at least 2 weeks or more! and I paid in cash!

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1/29/07 10:26 A

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Oops once a month i will buy the skinny cow ice cream chocolate bars.. they have 100 calories and they work on my sugar cravings. They are sooooooooooo good!

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I spend about $35 a week to feed my self, my fiance spends any where from $50-70 a week for himself.
That does not include all the take out he eats.

my shopping list:
pita bread $2
natural peanut butter $4
2 pounds of bananas $1
7 apples $3
7 peaches $4
2 lbs carrots $1
2 celery $3
oatmeal $1.50
milk (skim or soy) $1.50
frozen strawberries $1.50
boca burgers or any veggie burgers on sale $2.25
canned tuna $1
2 onions $1
romaine lettuce $3
chickpeas $1.50 (uncooked)
brown rice $2


its not the best diet, but it is foods I love and enjoy!!
I try to use coupons when I have them, but I buy a lot of market basket brand stuff and it is cheap!
I buy my produce daily at stop and shop. Their produce prices are not that bad.


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1/28/07 6:41 P

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I hadn't thought about keeping track of the what we're saving with coupon mom. Another good idea. We probably won't be saving just yet since I'm just trying to figure out what actually is a good price for our favorite foods. I've never paid much attention.

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1/28/07 4:42 P

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I don't think he has any symptoms, other than a craving for sweets. His mother's been after him to check his blood sugar, too.

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DAYSCOUNT don't forget to save those sundy paper copuons and those junk mail sale/coupon ads so you can coordinate when you do the shopping at the lowest prices!!

Also, let me know if your saving money off it...are ya keeping a ledger about how much you spent before vs. what you spent now w/ coupon mom.

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Donna, My husband was diagnosed as diabetic in 2006. He is 47 and his diabetic father died of a heart attack at 51. DH's diagnosis was enough to kick start his healthy living. He has lost 40 pounds and exercises every day. Does he have any problems with being lightheaded between meals? That was the symptom that got our attention.

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1/28/07 8:38 A

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Feeding the kids' friends and too much junk food are definitely two of our main problems. We have $125 budgeted per week, but often go over that. I'm currently tracking the prices of our favorite foods to make sure I buy them in larger quantities at cheaper prices. Thanks, CouponMom and those who posted that info on this board. I was very excited to find pepsi products cheaper than we've ever seen them yesterday. Yes, I know I'm cutting down on diet soda, but I'm not giving it up completely, and now I have several weeks' worth in stock at the cheapest price ever.

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1/28/07 12:31 A

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Yeah ya should talk to him about the diabetic thing.

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1/27/07 11:27 P

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That makes sense now. If I fed all my kids' friends, we'd be even more broke than we are now. We'd probably lose the house! I guess that's where the phrase "eating us out of house & home" comes from, huh?

Arnold, my DH loves junk food & sweets, too. He's bad especially bad the past year or so. He's put on a lot of weight, & I swear he now has the shape of the Grinch! He needs to stop this, too, because both of his parents are diabetic, & he's 41 now, so it could happen to him.

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I see...it's your growing kids and your growing kids' friends too LOL..

LOL @ your puting hubby


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2 teenage boys (one left home a little over a year ago), and a growing hubby emoticon . But off course alot went to junk food (my husband loves candy and anything sweet) and just not writting out a list and getting whatever!

You all will be proud to know that I budgeted $450 for groceries for the month of Feb and we went today (which I count as Feb since I was paid Friday and it goes towards the 1st bills) and spent only $72.25 out of the $100 budgeted for the week! My hubby was frowning (pouting) when we left...didn't let him get any junk food only healthy stuff, mostly from the outside parameter of the store. Will be shopping weekly as this seems easier anyway!

I know I look back on the past few years and wish I had all the money we spent on groceries. However, there is nothing like coming downstairs on a Saturday morning to 6-10 boys and girls cooking breakfast! We felt better knowing our kids were at home, even with friends in tow, than out running the street. And hey, we actually got to know all thier friends and became second parents to many of them, who still keep in touch.

Anyhow, that is how we spent so much money on groceries, and that... is the rest of the story!

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500 on groceries that's like 2 1/2 months of food here!

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I'd like to know what is bought on the weeks when you'd spend $500. That's probably closer to what we spend for a month for 3 people -- & DH eats a lot!

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300 a week on groceries? What the heck are you buying lol....problem with me is I can't just get up and go to the store...my car died...and rather than spend what money I am saving cause I am still without a job I'd rather save it and collect interest...so anywhere I go I have to either take public transportation (which costs money), walk (only to places that are within 15 minutes), or get family to bring me and the only person besides me that has a car in my family is my sister...and we're kind of not speaking to each other.

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Okay Sheepingly, no excuses! Getup, shower, and straight to the store! emoticon

Actually, I am with you. Ran out of fresh fruit, which I eat every morning with yogurt and all bran cereal. Had to eat cereal with milk this morning before going to work (I am lactose intolerant, skim milk is okay in very small amounts). Plan on going after work with the hubby.

We actually have a list and a budget of $100 per week (there are 2 adult, 1 teenage boy). So it is a struggle to stay within budget. We have spent as much as $300-500 every week or two for the last 10 years! Just goes to prove that you can teach old dogs new tricks!!!!!! emoticon

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1/26/07 1:21 P

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I have been eating way over my calorie count lately and I know i'm gaining all my old weight back. I need to get to the grocery store so I won't be tempted again!

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1/25/07 3:41 P

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I grew up with a brother who ate at least twice what I did & never gained weight. He used to have hamburger eating contests with his friends & stuff like that, too. I could smell what he was eating & gain weight. He can still put away the food at 46, but he's pretty active & has 3 young kids at home.

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I know it's annoying...grrr...

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Now that's really not fair!!!

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My bro isn't very active..he's a couch potato and eats everything but doesn't gain a pound.

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I agree. It's just not fair. My husband looked just like my son when I met him, but as he's gotten older, his metabolism has slowed down, and now he struggles with his weight, too. I think it has a lot to do with physical activity, though. My son is very active, always doing something outside. My husband was until he injured his knee playing softball. Three knee surgeries later, he just can't seem to do as much as he used to. As soon as the physical activity stopped, the weight gain started.

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Why is that though....why can they eat junk food all day and not gain a lbs.

But if I even eat let's say 2 slices of pizza a week I gain weight fast.

Grrr.

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My son is a beanpole, too. He won't have any trouble with the fat content.

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so does my brother he's always been like 5'8 - 5'9 and is around 145lbs - 155lbs.

Skinnnnnnnny and he eats for 3 people lol

My nephew is 9 and about 4'7" and eats more than I do and he's average sized for a 9 year old lol and I'm like geezus he eats for two adults.

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I don't eat them myself, & my son is thin. He's 27 & still doesn't "gain weight".

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Ramen noodles are fatty...but for a growing son it could be needed because they don't seem to gain weight lol.

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Thanks. I practically lived on ramen during college (well, ramen and employee discounted McDonalds). I don't think my son has ever tried them. I'll have to get some because you're right, they're incredibly cheap.

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MYDAYSCOUNT,

check my post entitle CUTTING COSTS there is a free e-book about getting groceries for less...takes a while to implement but according to the book you can learn how to get things 50% off or more. So maybe you can cut that 125/week to 60 a week...

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When my son was about that age & his appetite picked up, we found out he liked that Ramen noodle soup. We'd buy it by the case & let him eat all he wanted. You can get a case of it for about $6. You might want to see if you can find some cheap foods like this for him. Just a thought.

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1/25/07 11:32 A

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Wow! I'm obviously doing something wrong. Our weekly grocery budget is $125, and I have trouble staying under that. That's for me, my husband, and our 16yo son. I realize our son is a growing boy with quite an appetite, but I'm definitely going to have to put some focus here. Thanks for the challenge. I'll work on it and get back to you.

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OK, so here is my method of meeting this challenge. I have a slight disadvantage, in that I am paying Ontario prices for groceries, which is a bit higher than most US stores. So I made a few assumptions...

One, I have some staples on hand, like seasonings, margarine, etc...things I don't run out of every week.

Two, I'm cooking for a family of three and nobody is fussy (LOL)

Three, I get 15% exchange, so my budget is $46 Cdn

So the menu is:

Breakfast daily, Irish Oatmeal made with milk and a half grapefruit for me and DD (DH won't eat them)

Lunch is either left overs from dinner or sandwiches made with left over meat from dinner.

Dinners are:
Monday: chicken leg quarters (1 each + 1 to cut up for sandwiches)
Tuesday: American goulash or some form thereof
Wednesday: Kraft dinner, green salad and stewed tomatoes
Thursday: Grilled cheese with salad and a frozen veggie
Friday: Chili

Shopping List:
oatmeal - $3
milk - $4
grapefruit - $5
bread - $2
4 chicken leg quarters $8
cheese slices - $3
tomato - $1
lettuce $1
kraft dinner $1
2 lbs ground beef - $6
noodles $2
tomato sauce $1
chili seasoning pkg $1
canned beans $1
canned tomatoes $1
pkg of frozen veggies $3

That's $44 cdn.

Now if I could only get my family to eat that stuff. LOL



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1/16/07 5:34 P

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Well how many people are in the family? If it's just me:

M to F - cereal (b), turkey/cheese sandwich (l), banquet meal (d) snacks: fruit and triscuits, water for drinks

Ingredients:

Cereal: 3.99
Milk = 2.39
Bread: 2 loaves for 99cents
Cheese: 3.70
Turky: 89 cents for 12 slices
Triscuits: 3 boxes for $5
Apples: 6 for 3.00
Banquet Tv Dinners: 10 for $10

I did it woo hooo

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Pay off Debt [CT: $35,422.14 ]

Drop down to 135lb.

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godess..you kick butt

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1/14/07 5:05 P

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First of all, I don't do the shopping, so I'm not up on the current cost of food items. I make out the list, then DH checks the ads & coupons & does the shopping. He's pretty good at sticking to the list & basically only modifies it to "fit" the ads & coupons.

Second, we have a freezer full of food. We have all sorts of meats, lots of homemade bread, TV dinners, pizza, frozen strawberries, frozen veggies, homemade frozen pies ready to bake, 2 large trays of cookies from when I made Christmas cookies (I plan to get one out at Easter & the other during the summer), beans, ice cream, & some other stuff.

We also have a food pantry with lots of soup, spaghetti sauce, pasta, cake & bread mixes, frosting, some other dessert items, peanut butter, jelly, popcorn, baking supplies (sugar, floor, salt, baking powder, etc.), & some other stuff.

We're pretty much stocked up on non-food items, too: paper products, cleaning products, cat & dog food, & so on.

So, basically, for us, we'd just have to go for the perishable items, unless we actually ran out of something. If we had money "left", we'd get some sale items. Our perishables might include: bananas, milk, eggs, margarine, & so on.

Actually, we've been talking about "eating from our freezer" for a while until we can afford some larger grocery bills. As I've reported in other threads, we're having difficulty making our income meet our expenses, & the grocery bill is definitely an area where we can cut.

Good post!

Donna (Upstate NY)

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1/14/07 2:56 P

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I checked the weekly sales ads, and came up with this to feed myself and my daughter:
For breakfasts:
1 dozen eggs 1.19
1 box low sugar instant oatmeal 1.50
For lunches:
1/2 lb low fat ham 1.99
1 package 2% cheese slices 2.50
6 cans soup 3.00
For dinners
6 chicken breasts (@.99 lb) 5.00
One head of lettuce 1.19
1 tomatoe .75
6 cans assorted vegies 3.00
1 bag rice .99
2 boxes pasta 1.19
1 bottle fat free salad dressing 1.50
1 lb ground beef 1.99

staples and snacks
1 loaf whole wheat bread 1.69
1 tub promise spread 1.50
1 gallon milk 3.29
2 cantalopes 1.98
1 jar peanut butter 1.50
salt .50
pepper 1.00
1 jar lowfat mayo 1.50
1 jar mustard .49

That comes to $39.74. And I think I could feed us for 5 days on that. Wow, that took some real planning (using left overs, stretching meats, ect) Since I am trying to lose weight and my daugher is diabetic we can't just live on hot dogs and mac and cheese (that would be MUCH cheaper lol) It really made me think about my grocery budget, which is usually about $75.00 a week. I need to do this more often :) Think I might challenge myself to keep it at $50 a week for a month and see what happens.



Edited by: GODESS6042 at: 1/14/2007 (15:11)
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wow...i need to do that..problem here is i eat different than the hubby...lets see..
monday..hamburgers
tue,,,,tacos
wed.... salad and chicken
thur...chicken sandwiches and soup
friday...salad tuna helper made with left over chicken

so shopping list would be..
.3 lbs burger
corn tortillas
2 chicken breasts
2 tomaotos
1 ounion
1 tuna helper
lettuce
2 tomatoes
1 tomato soup
salad dressing
bread


did i do it?????? emoticon

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Thought I'd get you started on a new challenge just for fun. This idea came from a friend. I can't wait to see how everyone here at the forum would deal with this challenge.

If you only had $40 and it was Monday morning and you had to make up meals to last for five days(Mon-Fri) on it, what would you spend it on at the grocery? You can't include anything you already have inside your freezer or pantry.

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