My grocery/food budget thread

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  1. chrissymama

    chrissymama Amity's Focus Member

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    The other thread was getting tricky for me to follow, so I'm going to start my own thread here. We got paid Friday 1/14, and will get paid again on Friday 1/28. I'm going to use this pay period as a learning experience, and will set a goal towards the end of these 2 weeks to use in the future.

    I think I'm doing pretty well with groceries, but eating out is another story all together.

    Friday 1/14- Harris Teeter- $71.31
    (kale, onions, clementines, wine, organic eheeses, yogurt drinks for kids, diapers (nighttime), dish soap....)
    -milk and eggs co-op $18.75 4 gallons milk, 1 dozen eggs
    Starbucks hot chocolates for me and kids- $7.76
    take out for me and dh- $18.57

    Saturday 1/15- UGH.
    lunch out- 29.14
    pizza- 32.21

    Sunday 1/16-
    Costco- 111.00 (ravioli, conditioner, tillamook sliced cheddar, organic butter, colby-jack, pretzels, giant cans of diced and crushed tomatoes, decaf coffee, fage yogurt, bread, chicken thighs, boneless/skinless chicken breast)
    Harris Teeter- $62.70 Sent dh and he spent more than I expected him to. (bread flour, Adobo, soda, dry pasta, salt, straws, juice, oxy clean, wine, ground beef, deli meat)

    three days in and already about $100 in eating out. horrible!

    We should have almost everything we need for breakfasts, snacks and dinners for 2 weeks. We will need to refresh some produce and some lunch meat probably before next payday.

    Breakfasts- bagels, toast, eggs, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes, bacon, cereal
    Lunches- sandwiches for the kids and dh, leftovers or quesadillas for me.
    Dinner-
    -Rice and beans twice (once each week)- with avocado, salsa, sour cream, cheese and tortillas
    -Spaghetti with meatballs
    -Ravioli with tomato sauce
    -Chicken fajitas
    -church dinner on both Weds nights
    -homemade pizza
    -something with chicken thighs
    -some kind of soup and homemade bread
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    I'll play. I'll come back later with my info.
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    Okay. I've got $95 to last me until Feb 4th. I spent $29 of that last night at Kroger, so $66 left.
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    chrissymama Amity's Focus Member

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    Groceries so far...
    Friday 1/14- Harris Teeter- $71.31
    -milk and eggs co-op $18.75 4 gallons milk, 1 dozen eggs
    Costco- 111.00
    Harris Teeter- $62.70
    Harris Teeter- $13.52
    Harris Teeter- $55.30
    coconut oil (Vitacost)- $25
    Harris Teeter- $45
    Costco $55
    HT $45

    ... $502.58

    -eating out-
    Starbucks hot chocolates for me and kids- $7.76
    take out for me and dh- $18.57
    lunch out- 29.14
    pizza- 32.21
    weekly lunch out- $30
    impulse stop- $17
    lunch out- 24.
    dh's lunch out- 20

    178.68

    TOTAL- $681.26- EEK! Must do better.
    I am stocked up pretty well, but I didn't meal plan particularly well, so there are a few odds and ends, I'm still going to have to get.
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    Spent the rest of my grocery money yesterday at Whole Foods. I have a Walmart gift card for $15 to get me through the next couple of days if I absolutely have to get something. I'm proud of myself for not digging into my other envelopes to get money. My pantry is getting pretty bare though.

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