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January 24th, 2009 at 09:45 pm

Today I made some more progress on my budget. I have to work on it in increments as I get overwhelemed by all that I want to do with it. I think of things periodically throughout the day that I want to do but when I actually sit down to do them I can't remember one of them lol.

I went to Costco and got some groceries. I spent $136 on mostly groceries, some of it was personal care items and snacks and water for my son's youth group, but all in all, I have dinner planned for next week. I just need to get a few produce items tomorrow and then I will be good to go. I really need to learn how to shop the sales. I bought steaks and a spiral ham at Costco. The steaks will provide enough for 2 dinners as will the ham but still, those 2 items alone cost almost $40. I figure its still cheaper than going out, but on the other hand it is still more than I want to spend for dinner at home.

I suppose an outlay of money is required in order to get my freezer stocked. I will watch the ads to and try to plan meals around whatever is on sale. Still, can I do this AND keep my grocery budget at $400 or less per month?

I read a blog the other day where the women fed her family dinner on $5 a day. How crazy is that? I live in California and I don't think that is even remotely possible. Maybe it is and I just don't know how to do it.

3 Responses to “Baby Steps”

  1. Smiley2009 Says:

    Wow $5 a day what where they eating Ramon Noodles lol or something that seems impossible.

  2. homebody Says:

    We love those spiral hams. As a matter of fact I just finished off some leftover (from the freezer) bean and ham soup made with leftover ham from Thanksgiving weekend and beans my FIL grew in his huge garden.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Costco. Do you have a Winco near by, those are the 2 stores we shop at almost exclusively.

  3. Little L Says:

    Smiley2009,
    Yes $5/day. Go to 5dollardinners.com. She eats pretty well but she also uses lots of coupons that are doubled I believe. Unfortunately, stores don't double coupons where I live.

    Homebody,
    There is a Winco but I'd have to drive about 10 or so miles to get there... not worth it in my opinion. We do have a FoodMaxx, which I believe is a similar type store. I need to shop there more often. Problem with that store though is that their produce is sometimes old.

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