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    Default Grocery Shopping HELP! ;) & Continued Budget Info!!! LOL

    Hey all;

    Im trying to figure out this whole grocery bill thing. What I am
    trying to figure out is how to grocery shop!!!! LOL Im horrible at
    it. I try to do the "specials" but I always seem to spend so much!
    For example, yesterday I go to Safeway (here in CA) and buy the

    3 x .67 = $2.01 Pedigree Little Champion Dinners
    1 x 3.50 = $3.50 Snausages Dog Treats
    1 x 4.50 = $4.50 Marie Claire Magazine
    1 x 3.50 = $3.50 Motts Strawberry Harvest Apple Sauce 6 Pack
    4 x 4.19 = $16.76 Canned White Chicken Breast
    1 x 16.95 = $16.95 Tide

    And bamm, I spent like $47 bucks on nothing.

    My diet is somewhat regimented. I eat on the "Body for Life" plan
    which consists of 5 to 6 small meals per day. What i usually do is
    have breakfast of some kind. Then 3 times during the day I have a
    small serving of protein (usually the cans of white chicken) and some
    kind of small carb. Usually yoghurt or applesauce, etc. When I cook
    for myself (which is rare). I LOVE to eat dinner out. If I do cook, I
    tend to go the "prepared" food route. With maybe a frozen pizza. Or I
    will buy those frozen season veggie packs and I will add chicken or

    I tend to always have a lot of prepared foods in my freezer yet, or
    even lots of pasta mizes etc in my cabinet. But I dont really eat @
    home at night very often. I usually dine out which generally costs me
    somewhere between $5 - $12 bucks. So Im buying all this food
    intending to eat at home - but not.

    Someone mentioned I must be single! LOL And I am. Ive got this
    active, expensive lifestyle I really cant afford on my current
    income. Like the Direct TV thing. I think I watch 1 show a week.
    Gilmore Girls. Thats it. Unfortunetly for me I am locked into a one
    year contract. *sigh*

    I do like the idea of movie night. Or a "themed" night. Hawaii NIGHT!
    I can already see that one happening.....*eyes widen* LOL

    I usually buy my shoes @ Payless. But my clothes are from Abercrombie
    & Fitch (Very expensive...)

    Yes, my gasoline bill is very high. CA gas prices generally range
    from 1.69 and upwards. I rarely see it below $1.69 a gallon. I drive
    to and from work (round trip) about 30 miles. I also tend to visit my
    parents on the weekend which results in driving abother 30 miles. I
    could try to cut back on driving by walking when I go out to eat. Or
    things like that. *ponders*

    Oh yes, and about the credit cards & misc other bills. That is
    towards paying them off. I no longer have cc's because I have FAR to
    much debt. They are all cut up. Let me say that again FAR TO MUCH. I
    am paying slightly above minimums. Also paying medical bills, etc.

    So, wow, I typed a lot again. So hopefully that kind of lets you know
    where my money goes. I know where it goes, its just a matter of
    really sticking to and following the budget.....

    Erin *learning, hopefully*

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    Default Re: Grocery Shopping HELP! ;) & Continued Budget Info!!! LOL

    > 3 x .67 = $2.01 Pedigree Little Champion Dinners
    > 1 x 3.50 = $3.50 Snausages Dog Treats<

    I think I'd start with cutting fluffy's bill down. There are over
    200 Pet Food/Treat Recipes on my site

    > 1 x 4.50 = $4.50 Marie Claire Magazine<

    Um.. Library Card.

    > 1 x 3.50 = $3.50 Motts Strawberry Harvest Apple Sauce 6 Pack<

    MYO and freeze it ahead of time. It will have a whole lot of flavor
    and about 1/10 of the carbs (no corn syrup in Homemade applesauce)

    > 4 x 4.19 = $16.76 Canned White Chicken Breast<

    Good Gods, you could raise a whole flock of feathered critters to
    eat at that price! All joking aside... you seriously could buy 7-8
    lbs of boneless skinless chix breast at that price.

    Take Care,

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    Default Re: Grocery Shopping HELP! ;) & Continued Budget Info!!! LOL

    > Im trying to figure out this whole grocery bill thing. What I am
    > trying to figure out is how to grocery shop!!!! LOL Im horrible at
    > it. I try to do the "specials" but I always seem to spend so much!


    First thing you need to fix is your attitude... you're not horrible
    at it, you just probably never learned how to do price comparisons,
    make grocery lists, etc. There's nothing wrong with it! I'm 34 and
    I'm *still* learning! =)

    Take it in baby steps and don't try to solve your problems over
    night - you didn't get in your situation that way, and it's not going
    to be fixed that way. And while many of the budgeting/financial help
    sites will tell you the same basic information, you need to have it
    work for YOU or it won't work at all. So try this for 1 week, that's
    all... if it doesn't work, or needs tweaking, try again on next
    week. For this week, starting today - keep track of what you eat,
    and maybe make notes of what you liked a lot and what you really
    don't care for. Just do that every day (I don't know if you're doing
    a food diary or not) Now, I know in the Body For Life books there's
    sample meal plans for the week. On Sunday/Saturday/whatever day is
    your 'relax' day, look at your 'journal' of what you've eaten. And
    then look at the meal plan. Is there something that you can stand to
    have 2 times a week, maybe for dinner one night and lunch a couple of
    days later? Is there a snack you really like and can plan to have for
    several days? Get out your calendar or just a piece of paper and
    make a list for each day of the next week and map out what you may
    want to eat for that week. [You're probably thinking "I don't know
    what I want to eat next Thursday" but it'll get easier, trust me!] If
    you know that you have plans one night with friends, be sure to
    include that and not have a meal planned for yourself at home -
    that's why the food goes bad because we fail to plan for those things.

    Now that you have a list and a plan, check what you already have on
    hand and then make your grocery list. One of the tough things is to
    stick to your list and not deviate! It takes control, but YOU CAN DO
    IT! I keep a magnent paper pad on my fridge and as I'm getting low
    on other supplies - paper towels, toothpaste, etc., I write in on the
    pad and use that for my grocery list.

    When you get home keep your weekly meal plan posted somewhere so you
    know roughly what you're going to have each day. Again, keep a list
    of what you eat, and then come your planning day, you'll have
    something to go from.

    I know you can do this - heck, if you have the commitment to stick to
    Body For Life, you have it in you to take control of your financial


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