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    Kim
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    Default Rethinking the food budget

    When the food bill for two people exceeded $75 week, something had to

    change. Organization is tough for me since I tend to overdo it and get

    frustrated, so online lists are my friend. I save them to my computer,

    delete items I don't use and put in my own.



    Flexibility is the only thing that has saved me. If a loss leader

    price on ham or roast, two items that can be pricey, I buy as much as

    the store allows. This probably means that I'm over the limit for the

    WEEK, so it comes out of the budget for the MONTH. It's much easier

    for me to subtract from one large number for the month than to start

    over every week with a smaller number.



    Any amount that you have to purchase to get the loss leader price can

    easily be made up from items you keep in your stock. Canned goods,

    spices, baking goods, paper products, etc. and any ingredients you

    will use to make recipes with your loss leader.



    Maybe I'm preaching to the choir here, but maybe a newbie will get

    something from my experience.








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    Debbie
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    <FONT face="Arial" color="#0000ff">I wished there were more stores nearby when it comes to looking at lost leaders. We do most shopping at Aldis and then next nearest store is a Giant which I tend to think is pricey. I have to drive in the opposite direction and several miles to get to another store. We are down to 2 people and I am working on keeping it at $40 to $50 so I can stock up also for the Winter months when the electric is up and we have $30 if we are lucky per week. I will be making my own bread I beleive then for sure.
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    <FONT face="Arial" color="#0000ff">Debbie
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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kim
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 3:59 AM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Rethinking the food budget





    When the food bill for two people exceeded $75 week, something had to
    change. Organization is tough for me since I tend to overdo it and get
    frustrated, so online lists are my friend. I save them to my computer,
    delete items I don't use and put in my own.

    Flexibility is the only thing that has saved me. If a loss leader
    price on ham or roast, two items that can be pricey, I buy as much as
    the store allows. This probably means that I'm over the limit for the
    WEEK, so it comes out of the budget for the MONTH. It's much easier
    for me to subtract from one large number for the month than to start
    over every week with a smaller number.

    Any amount that you have to purchase to get the loss leader price can
    easily be made up from items you keep in your stock. Canned goods,
    spices, baking goods, paper products, etc. and any ingredients you
    will use to make recipes with your loss leader.

    Maybe I'm preaching to the choir here, but maybe a newbie will get
    something from my experience.

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    Suzi McMullen
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    I too am re-thinking the way I buy food entirely. In my case I have to go to the bank twice per week usually. I get checks coming in here and there and they must be put in the bank right away so that they get cleared as soon as possible. All the stores we go to are over near the bank. But our problem has been that we run out of things we can only buy over there and when we go shopping we forget things. Then we have to go back and it's hard or nearly impossible to do all the little runs to other stores when we have a house full of kids at home left with one personor maybe we have them all with us and that's even harder. So my goal is to stop all the wasted gas from wasted trips and to buy smaller amounts in the stores so we don't get too tired and rushed to do the other errands.

    I will be buying aprox 200-220 per month through Angel Food Ministries. The church is right up my street so that's going to help a LOT. I have a freezer and I'm clearing space to keep foods we don't need to be in the kitchen. So my new closet full of food will become like a pantry we can shop from when we need something.

    Thanks to one of you I discovered Amazon Food Subscriptions yesterday! I'm so stoked. I sat for hours pouring through the items to pick out things I feel are a good buy for us and I have some things coming monthly, some every other month and some every 3rd month. This will take a lot of pressure off when we are the store. We won't have to buy over 200 dollars worth of things. Some of the things we most often forget will be bought through amazon now. Some will be stock piled until I have to pull it from my list and add something else. And how cool is it to have it dropped off on the front steps! No getting 3-4 kids in and out of their seats, watching them through the store, pushing and pulling one cart of babies and one cart of food!

    I wish I could eliminate the regular stores all together. But I HATE save-a-lot yogurt and our cat litter is only available at Walmart. So I think I can get down to Walmart once per week. I am TERRIBLE at going there and getting something I don't need. So I think I'll send my 18 year old for these items because she owes me money and is helping me to pay me off.

    With my new plan I think I can slash our household food/paper/pet budget from about 1200 to around 700 per month. That's a 500 dollar tax free raise!

    Suzi



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    Lucy Anderson
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    Default Rethinking the food budget

    One thing that works for me... (Because there are stores that are bad for

    me, too!!!)



    You know how much cat litter costs..... carry that amount of CASH into

    Walmart with you. Leave the cards at home. You will suddenly have a

    tendency to only come out with cat litter.







    On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 5:59 AM, Suzi McMullen <smcmullen@kc.rr.com> wrote:



    > our cat litter is only available at Walmart. So I think I can get down

    > to Walmart once per week. I am TERRIBLE at going there and getting

    > something I don't need. So I think I'll send my 18 year old for these items

    > because she owes me money and is helping me to pay me off.








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    Suzi McMullen
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    Well, it's not a problem after today! These crazy people stopped carrying my cat litter. I told them today I am saying goodbye to walmart permenantly! UGH.

    Suzi
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Lucy Anderson
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 11:06 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Rethinking the food budget





    One thing that works for me... (Because there are stores that are bad for
    me, too!!!)

    You know how much cat litter costs..... carry that amount of CASH into
    Walmart with you. Leave the cards at home. You will suddenly have a
    tendency to only come out with cat litter.

    On Wed, Jul 30, 2008 at 5:59 AM, Suzi McMullen <smcmullen@kc.rr.com> wrote:

    > our cat litter is only available at Walmart. So I think I can get down
    > to Walmart once per week. I am TERRIBLE at going there and getting
    > something I don't need. So I think I'll send my 18 year old for these items
    > because she owes me money and is helping me to pay me off.





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    copacobana5424
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    I agree with carrying cash. This has helped me eliminate many

    unnecessary items. Lisa








  7. #7
    Kim
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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Suzi McMullen" <smcmullen@...> wrote:



    There are lots of shopping lists online with all the necessities. Why

    not copy to your computer and print it out. Keep it in the kitchen and

    circle or highlight each item as you run out. Then just take the whole

    page with you when you go to town. I have one on my fridge under a

    magnet, so it's hard to miss.








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    Suzi McMullen
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    Most of my problem is just running out of steam. I get tired long before I get through a list and since it takes me to so many different parts of walmart I buy extra.

    I could very easily take only cash with me. It would take some doing because I put all my cash in the bank and only spend with my debit card. I do that so that I can go back and really track my spending. BUT, I can see why it would be good to do it the other way.

    Suzi
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kim
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Wednesday, July 30, 2008 6:59 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Rethinking the food budget





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Suzi McMullen" <smcmullen@...> wrote:

    There are lots of shopping lists online with all the necessities. Why
    not copy to your computer and print it out. Keep it in the kitchen and
    circle or highlight each item as you run out. Then just take the whole
    page with you when you go to town. I have one on my fridge under a
    magnet, so it's hard to miss.





 

 
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