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That's gonna leave a mark

Okay, even though my goal is to spend $200/month on groceries, I budget $250 a month so that I can stock up at Sam's club every few months for random things that run out.  Or if I don't go to Sam's club then I will stock up on meat or something in other ways. For example, I bought part of a cow from a farmer thinking it would end up being cheaper. Boy was I wrong. I spent $250 and it came out to around $5 a pound. (it was about the best beef I'd ever had, but we can't afford that right now) Then Zaycon foods came to town and I bought 40 pounds of chicken breasts for $65. That was back in October and I'm just now down to my last 4 breasts. I also have zero other meat of any kind. My freezers are empty.

I went to sam's planning on buying at least 10 pounds of chicken and hopefully finding a deal on some other meat as well. The chicken was a great price ($1.77/lb - unheard of here) and they had an okay price on ground beef so I went ahead and bought that too.…

Pantene Conditioner (family size) for $1.27!

If you have Amazon prime then you get free shipping
-(we got 6 months for free with my husbands masters degree, we signed up for "student")
-or you can sign up for a free 3 month trial with Amazon mom HERE

or you can add extra items to your cart to reach $25 for free shipping.

1. you need to go to THIS link to clip your $3 coupon. You will need to be signed into your account for this to work.

2. I opened a new window and went HERE to add the Pantene to my cart. It's a 2 pack for $5.54. go to check out and after the coupon your total should be $2.54 for 2 packs of conditioner!

That's only $1.27/bottle for a HUGE container.

January - week 4

The last shopping trip of January!!!

Here are the goods:

Total spent is $46.57.
It doesn't really look like a lot probably because two of the dinners for this week is a bean based dish and I have a lot of dried beans already.
Meals for the rest of Jan:
24 - sloppy joes with oven fries and fruit (sons request) 25 - ham and egg biscuit sandwiches. hence the 5 dozen eggs in the picture. 26 - spaghetti with garlic bread and peas (daughter's request) 27 - kidney bean casserole with cornbread 28 - grilled stuffed burritos 29 - leftovers 30 - chicken lo mein  31 - leftovers or sandwiches
That concludes my January month with a total of $195.56!!!!
wheeeeeeee! I was really not sure if I could do this or not, and I've noticed that I've had to stop the impulse purchases. Most of the time I will buy a thing of twizzlers or some ice cream or whatever because it looked good and it was only $2! But all those $2 purchases add up.  I am about out of bread but instead of buying it again …

January - week 3 (& a CVS trip)

Here are the goods for this week:

CVS (which doesn't count in the grocery budget because they are household items)
Above are part of the buy $30 in items and get a $10 cash card.  diapers $9.49 - $3 coupon here wisk - $4.99 - $1 coupon here dawn .99 just to get me over $30 total was $30.05 or so and I had $8 in coupons. I paid $22 and got $10 in a gift card back! it's like I paid $12 for all the above.
$ tree. I bought these DVD storage things to get our crazy DVD collection under control. I'll show you the finished product when I'm collected more holders. It's going to be good.

Okay, here are the groceries. $60.79 for this coming week and it was a little high because I threw a going away party last night that I had to make a chocolate cheesecake for and some corn salsa. (yum) We were also completely out of fruit and snacky things for my kids school lunches.

Meals for this shopping trip. January 17 -  leftovers 18 - party food! 19 - BBQ pork sandwiches 20 - dominic…

Week 2 of January

Hmmm, not sure why that first picture is sideways, but this is what I got today.

Total spent was $59.15. If you take out the toothpaste and toothbrush then I'm at $54.55, but I'll just leave it at $59.
I'm trying some new recipes and the pork shoulder alone was $13!!!!! yikes.
THe meals that we are planning on are as follows for the next week-ish are:
Jan 10 - hamburgers 11 - pork roast with veggies 12 - shredded pork w/ slaw sandwiches 13 - zuppa toscana with rolls 14 - hoppin' john (basically a black eyed pea stew served with rice) 15 - leftovers 16 - chicken and rice roger (a casserole my grandpa makes)
And to get us through the 16th of January, I've spent $88.20.
By the way, this is really hard. Ever since we moved and our income has gone up, I've gotten used to being at the store and thinking, "yeah, apples are on sale, we need some apples." or "OH, we for sure need some yogurt because we are out." or "HEY, I would love some twizzl…

January - week 1

This is week 1 of shopping, and I came in at $29.05.

I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but I have fruit and frozen veggies, and a lot of chicken in the freezer.
Here are the dinners that we have for the first little bit of January.
January 1 - Kidney Bean casserole with cornbread. (this is basically your beans and cornbread meal) 2nd - hot dogs and broccoli 3 - chicken, cauliflower, and cornbread dressing (christmas leftovers from the freezer) 4 - dominican rice and beans 5 - bean lettuce wraps and pears. 6- Chicken pot pie and rolls, salad 7 - Chicken alfredo with bowtie pasta 8 - leftovers 9 - chicken tacos

and that's all I have for now and I do have all the ingredients for the above right now.
I've got to get planning the next 10-ish days or so and make a shopping list. I won't have as much on hand for that trip so I know I'll be right up close to my $50 allotment.
I'm excited to see what I can do!