Post # 92
A friend used to share her shopping excursions with us, she had gotten good at the extreme couponing and was excited to share her tips. $150 a month for two adults, 3 kids and a dog. It impressed me to try my hamd. My fiance jokes about the time I spend planning a grocery trip, but every penny saved goes to the wedding. Other than what’s been said already, learn to price match. Wal Mart and Target both do it, as long as you can show them the ad. Also there are lots of apps for coupons, sales, etc. It may take longer to shop, but when money’s tight you do what you have to do.
Post # 93
@fascinated: Oh, he would be all over a smoker. Unfortunately, we live in a apartment right now.
Post # 94
We spend WAY less than that too. We try and grow all our own veggies, right now just in our small apartment we have a bunch of different types of tomatoes, carrotts, peppers and lettace going, which is super healthy and natural and VERY cheap. Also you may just need to choose lower cost items that last a long time. For example a bag of brown rice or a bag of whole kernal popcorn will last us at least a few weeks and costs very little
Post # 95
I normally don’t spend more than $100/week for 2 of us, I love to cook, we live in an area with a fairly high cost of living, and I don’t clip coupons or pay any attention to sales. What I do is plan the meals, always go to the store with a list, and we eat leftovers. I’ll also use leftovers to make something different. You can grill a flank steak and use it for steak salad one night, and fajitas another. If you roast a chicken you can use the leftovers to make chicken salad. I also freeze leftovers if I make lasagna, soup, chili, etc. I pull it out of the freezer in a couple weeks and have an easy homecooked dinner and the only effort is defrosting. We also eat a lot of rice…I make it several different ways and it really goes with most everything.
Don’t let the $100 budget scare you. You can do it and you can do it well. 🙂
Post # 96
I def think its doable. We personally keep it under 75 and I’m a health addict lol. What really irks me though is that he’s picked the number and is GIVING YOU CASH? you’re not a ten yr old that needs boundaries and a set way not to mess it up. You’re an adult! Come up with a budget together by looking up prices and planning meals together and then take the frickin card and go. Sorry but that just would not fly with me.
Post # 97
Um, my Fiance and I have $100 a week budget for everything- including toilet paper, dog food, laundry soap, etc.
It’s totally doable.
Do you coupon? Learn!! You’ll easily be able to stay under $50 a week if you’re on top of it.
If you’re not interested in that, shop at Costco. Meal plan beforehand, accounting for what is in season (i.e., don’t buy grapes in January or oranges in July), and make a list. At the store, keep track of the expense of everything you put in your cart. Easy as pie.
Post # 98
Our budget is $200 for the month for groceries. We don’t eat out much, so we don’t keep track of those expenses at all. To stay within budget though I only shop for groceries basically once a month (minus buying milk twice a month or so). I go to one grocery store that offers 15% off on every first Tuesday of the month and buy like $200+ worth of groceries and use my membership card and get 15% off. I also try to buy sales items if I can since that keeps the price down. I bought 6 cases of soda, a ton of meat, fruit, a big block of cheese, 8 bottles of pasta sauce, 3 packs of pasta noodles, 3 things of cereal, allergy medicine, and some other stuff I’m forgetting for $190 this month. My cart was packed, but I was within budget. So it can be done. And I live in Canada, so the prices for food are a little higher here.