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7/19/14 2:59 P

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No but I really should. We have fallen away from having a budget for groceries and need to get back to planning/making a list.

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7/8/14 10:46 P

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I only buy what is on sale and don't throw food away so my grocery bills are not a big source of stress. I live on my own so find that sometimes I get sick of the same thing, trying to use something up, but I can usually freeze left-overs or use them in a somewhat new way.

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5/23/14 8:13 A

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Not a habit I have! My beloved MrV does a good 99% of the shopping for the two of us. He just gets the best buy on what we use & calls the shopping trip a success. My shopping day is the first Wednesday of the month when Albertsons give those of us fifty-five & older ten-percent off our bill. emoticon

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5/12/14 5:19 P

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Ususally. When I don't, watch out!

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5/12/14 11:03 A

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Mostly yes. :)
There are times that I am not tracking my grocery expenses because my mind is busy for lots of other things in the household and at work.

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5/21/13 10:57 P

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4/9/13 5:04 A

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I never tried a spread sheet, but I do set a dollar amount and stick to it. Right now we are able to spend $8 per person per day. This includes all food and personal items (like shampoo, TP, etc). Even this budget has to be cut sometimes because of suprise medical bills. I have been unemployed for over 4 years and my husband was unemployed for 2 years, so we learned what we have to cut to make it through to the next week.

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4/3/13 5:53 P

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dEBJAE, I am single also and spend WAY TOO MUCH per month

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4/3/13 5:52 P

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Shielda, that is a great idea.

I have to cut somewhere also

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My short term goal would be to menu plan for the month, go shopping for the week, and budget with a set amount for each week in 4 envelopes. I had a drastic cut in household income, and I have to somehow plan, instead of buying on a whim. I also do not want to have to tell my daughter "no" all of the time to her whims. I really liked being able to give in once in a while, but now I will not be able to.

I would Love the idea of having a garden of our own, but I don't know how I will do it because I live in an apt. My landlord did say a few years back that I could have a garden, but I would be afraid of people raiding the garden ((not taking just a few here and there)) I did consider container gardening, but I'm not really sure how to do it ((but I would LOVE to learn)). My mom had these long wooden boxes perfect for this, I will have to ask her if she has access to more for me!!



I'm opening a new page of a new chapter in my life!! Boy, it feels great!!


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3/27/13 12:06 P

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I really need to get back to buying what I NEED and not what I want.
I am pretty good, but could do better.

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3/27/13 11:20 A

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I have been pretty bad with tracking my grocery expenses. I am putting myself on a budget so I can start being much more stringent with my spending.



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2/9/13 5:41 P

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I usually make the next weeks meals from what is on sale

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1/30/13 5:26 P

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We have a budget for everything. so yes we track our grocery expenses. It is 4 of us in the family & we spend about 500 a month. I shop the sells & coupon. however, I am not a coupon crazy person. No offense 2 any1. I dont buy 20 boxes of cereal at a time. lol

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1/27/13 1:41 P

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I don't right now because my pantry and freezers are stocked to the gills with food that I purchased when I saw super deals on items. So I think I'm going to just be buying produce and milk from my local farmer's market each week until I can use up all of the food I already have before it goes bad.

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1/22/13 2:18 P

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yes, and it is HARD. We have a grocery budget of $60/week for 2 people, which seems to be more than enough most of the time, because we always have stuff left over from the previous week that we didn't get to use. i try to make meals stretch and eat leftovers rather than cooking a new meal.

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1/21/13 9:29 A

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I just started I now shop with a list and stay within my budget

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1/20/13 7:03 A

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I have in the past, but certainly need to again. Thanks for the nudge...getting right on it!

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1/18/13 11:23 A

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I do track my food expenses and have for several years. All I care about now is how much I spend all together on food, so I charge all my food and restaurant meals on one credit card that I use exclusively for food. I can check it every day to see how much I've spent on food for the month. I'm on a fairly restrictive food plan where I do not eat products with sugar or flour. I have friends who follow the same food plan who think they spend about half as much as I do on food. They don't keep track. I'm a thrifty shopper, so I suspect they just don't have a good idea of what they spend because they don't track.

I used to keep track of food categories on quicken, but my quicken broke and I never replaced it. The categories I had were: meats, dairy, fresh fruits, frozen fruits, fresh vegetables, frozen vegetables, junk food, take out, meals out, food for company, pot lucks.

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Yes just started this month.

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4/20/12 5:37 P

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No. I always shop sales and use coupons, though.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

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2/29/12 1:23 P

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no. I just make sure I am always making good choices

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2/27/12 4:39 P

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Tracking your grocery expenses by using a spreadsheet format sounds like a great idea! I haven't done that, but I think the majority of my grocery budget goes for fruits/veggies and also dairy products (especially greek yogurt, which we eat a lot of). Because I have a tight budget to stick to, I don't buy much chicken, fish or beef...in fact, I usually only buy one package of chicken (or other meat) each week.

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I used to track every penny we spent and categorized. Thank you for the reminder! Good luck with your tracking.

It's okay to be tempted, but being tempted doesn't mean you have to give in. The more you say no to the temptation, the stronger you'll become.


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2/26/12 8:19 A

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This is something I have been struggling with. Since it's just me, I know I spend too much and need to figure out a way to cut back. I have just been procrastinating because I know it's going to be a pain. Great post though...I hope we get some good responses!

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Lately I've been thinking of where the bulk of my grocery bill goes so after shopping today, I started a spreadsheet. I typed up all my purchases and divided them into categories (fruits and veg, dairy, meat and poultry, etc.). I also listed their unit, unit price, quantity bought and total price. I then sorted it by category and totaled the sums per category...and (*drum roll please!) bulk of today's bill went to home and beauty products (toiletries mostly) followed by seafood and then by meat and poultry.

I'm not completely satisfied with the format of my spreadsheet so if anyone out there has an organized format, please share! emoticon

Tracking tips are very much welcome too!

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