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6/1/09 7:32 P

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I would also like to try this again. I did not do well at all last month and need to get back into tracking my spending.

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6/1/09 5:14 P

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I did fairly well; a couple of weeks better than others.I've really gotten serious about couponing, even printing some off a computer site a couple of times. I'm going to continue working at this through June. My plan is to use up most everything in the freezer, not only to save on buying but also in case of summer hurricane or power outages.

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6/1/09 4:50 P

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Well I did a bit better, but I'm like you, I was very disappointed that I didn't do better. I managed to save about $35.00. I'm with you in that I'd like to do this again. I think this is like a muscle that we have to exercise! So let's keep it going for the month of June too. I'm still working on my inventories and have decided that I'm NOT going to go grocery shopping until I absolutely need to!! I have a list going of things that we're out of or almost out of and those are the ONLY things that I'm going to buy when I stop at a store and I'm only going to stop if I'm already there. No special grocery shopping trips!!

Good luck everyone,
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6/1/09 2:05 P

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OK, time for me to report on this challenge, for the month. Unfortunately, the difference in my savings only came to a savings of $25.72, but at least it was in the right direction. I was a bit disappointed, because I really was conscience of my spending and it STILL came in close. I guess maybe because I'm always conscience of my spending. This was a good challenge. Thanks. I'd like to do it again this month. Try to hit my personal best!

How did everyone else do?


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5/10/09 4:24 A

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You are doing great. I'm not doing so well with this challenge. My daughter's husband lost his job and we are having to help them out.

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5/9/09 4:26 P

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My computer was out of commission a few days, but I have been remembering to do this challenge. So far this month, I have only spent $32.50 on groceries (for two people), skipped eating out altogether,and have been using up what's on hand. I've made the regular contributions to church, boughten two cards and some herb plants from the schools ag dept. for .50 each. They will pay back big time. I have refused to go shopping with my friend and haven't had to buy gas for the car or mower yet. I didn't even have to pay to have my computer repaired; the highly recommended friend of a friend repaired it free of charge. How great is that! All in all, I'm doing well.


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5/7/09 2:36 P

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I need to get busy on this. I put it on my to do list and it's making it to the back burner. Keep pushing me!!!!

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5/7/09 6:41 A

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I know that I've been MIA these past few days. Sorry. Work is hectic right now and I come with barely enough energy to fix dinner, clean it all up and then go to bed!! I run a college bookstore and this week is finals week which means the kids are all bringing their books back to the bookstore. Way too much to do! The bookstore looks like tornado hit it! LOL. Anywho,,,,,,

I'm still working on getting my spreadsheets filled in. This has been a REAL eyeopener. I can see that I have way too much stuff and that I just keep going out and buying more!! On one e-mail list I'm on, a lady was telling us that she uses boxes or containers and puts each weeks meals in one box. Then she only has to decide which of the meals for the week to make when it's time to make dinner. I thought this was a great idea so searched through the house and found some containers I already had and put them to use in the freezer. Found out that I have MANY meals more than a month. Unfortunately for me, I did this after grocery shopping. I'm going to keep going with the challenge through the summer to help us use up some stuff, clean out the cupboards, fridge and freezer. I think this will help me get more organized and save money in the long run. Time to go start getting ready for another day of sorting, tagging, pricing and shelving books!

Hope everyone's week is going well.

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5/5/09 8:56 P

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my husband and I eat down the freezer every few months. That means we only eat what we have on hand and only buy fresh veggies and milk.

Usually we eat lots of soups and it saves us quite a bit

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When sales of good steaks are slow, the Safeway here cuts up these lovely lean steaks and sells them as 'stewing beef'. I bought a few pkges, marinated the meat, then weighted out servings and put them on skewers, and BBQ then freeze for quick meals. Cost per serving of beef $1.

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5/4/09 12:29 A

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I'll give it a try!

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5/2/09 9:58 A

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I thought of another sheet or two that I am going to add to those inventory spreadsheets. One is going to be for personal items (deodorant, toothpaste, mouth wash, etc., etc) and the other is for paper products (TP, etc) and cleaning supplies (laundry soap, dish detergent, bleach, etc.) As long as we're tracking here and seeing how low we can go, I want to make sure that I don't make any unnecessary purchases.

My goal today, after getting home from work is going to be to fill out those inventory lists, get them posted where I can readily look at them or find them, (without them being too obvious), grab my sale flyer's, plan my menus and make up my grocery shopping list so that I can hit the grocery store first thing in the morning.

Boy was that a run on sentence!! LOL Have a great day everyone!

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5/1/09 7:08 P

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I just wanted to take a moment to mention to everyone when you are looking at those sale flyers try to use a little imagination. I happened to notice that the little local grocery store that is on my way home and is normally way to expensive for me to shop at had boneless pork roasts for sale for 1.99 /lb. DH and I stopped in on the way home and they had just one left in the case. It weight 9.59 lbs and cost 19.06 all together. I was debating if I wanted to go ahead and get that one package when I happened to notice that two shelves up there were boneless pork chops in packages with tags on them for $3.59 /lb. I mentioned to hubbie that we sure could save some money if we bought that and cut it ourselves. Duh! The butcher would cut it. We got 10 packs of 4 boneless pork chops each for $19.06 and they would have cost $34.43. So we saved $15.37 on that one purchase. We needed to stop at a store anyway and get some milk because we were all out and couldn't wait until I go grocery shopping on Sunday. WhooHoo! So far I've spent only $35.20 but saved $15.37!! I'm stoked

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I already tally my grocery receipts! I don't have an inventory though & this is proving problematic. I'll start there. I've already been doing something like this since January, shortly after we moved to our new home. Was I surprised to see that for once, I'm thinking like you! That's a good thing - you seem so very organized & I really want to be. We managed to get the food budget down but utilities are just impossible sometimes!
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That's a great challenge and I can't wait to see how low we can go/spend in the month of May since that is Mother's Day and also my birthday month. I am willing to give up going out to eat for those days but I always buy flowers for Mother's Day for the altar at church so I won't be able to forgo that expense. One thing I can do is to buy a potted plant and then plant it in my yard which is better than buying cut flowers that only last about a week. This will be a fun month indeed!

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4/30/09 9:52 A

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I'm in. I sent you my email addy to get the spreadsheet.

This will be great:)

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Thanks Cindy, good idea. I'm going to add the eating out part of it as well.

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This a challenge for the month of May. How low can you go or how little can you spend during the month of May? Let's start this with just one specific area. Since food is one the larger items on our budget let's start with that one. Look back through your check book or records and see how much you spent on groceries for the April and maybe March. That will give you a pretty good idea of what you spend monthly, especially if those two numbers are pretty close together. Now, go get those store flyers and any coupons you have stashed away. Get or make up a refrigerator, freezer, and pantry or cupboard inventory. If you don't have one made already, just e-mail me your regular e-mail address and I'll share mine with you. It's an excel spreadsheet and really easy to use. Then grab a calendar and a piece of paper and plan your menu. Remember that you can be very flexible with this. Just note that you have 31 days to plan for. These days include Mother's Day and Memorial Day. Check your schedule and see what/how many days you'll be eating somewhere else. Then get to planning that menu and your grocery list.

This should be fun. I'm off to check my checkbook and Quickbooks and see how much I've been spending on food! I think I'm going to also add in lunches out, etc. And see if I can get those down or out for this coming month too!

Cindy

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