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Posted by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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For a family of four we spent $400 each month last year. And every 2-4 months another $80 - $140 on meat (it was $140 every two months, then I got smart and found another market and cut out red meat. Now it's 80Lbs of chicken for $80-$90 and that lasts 4 months)

I've decided to challenge myself to cut back more this year. Finances are SUPER tight right now, but DH does not want me going back to work until I finish nursing school. He says my degree is most important and we will cut back where we need too. So I'm trying to do it on $200 each month, with $25 going into savings to buy that meat package every 4 months. I feel like it's going to be easy with the way prices are now, but I hear all this talk about things going up.

Is your budget going to suffer severely if prices go up, or will you adjust your habits to account for it?

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by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:27 PM
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by Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:38 PM

My budget is $200 a week but I don't spend it all unless I am stocking up on meat. And my in laws are giving us their old freezer cause they got a new one. So i will be able to really stock up soon on all things frozen. Right now I just have my freezer on our side by side fridge. So once I stock up on things I will be spending less and hopefully be able to cut our weekly budget some and put more in savings.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

There's 6 of us and we spend about $100 a piece a month plus non food and pet supplies.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Family of 4 - I spend about $400/month give or take.

by Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

I spend about 300 a month. I'm trying to cut back but it's hard for me really. & if prices go up, IDK what we will do.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Family of 5, 2 children with food allergies, we spend around $550 a month. I try to stay around $125 a week. I do allow a little extra for good sales.
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by New Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Once I get my budget in check I'll probably bump it back to $400 to get the sale stuff too. That's alot of what I was doing before, it was alot of stock up stuff.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 1:46 PM

I'm trying to get our grocery budget back under control after an insane Nov/Dec. For our family of 5 - youngest is 12 - I'm aiming for $85/wk, including meat.

Essentially, I'm aiming for about $350/month.

If you already have a well-stocked pantry, I can see doing $200/month, mostly on produce, for a little while until you need to refill. Good luck!

by Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I try to keep it under 80/week ofr our family of 3 (our daughter is only 8 months). Most weeks I can do it, ubless I am stocking up on a few things.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Family of 5 and we spend anywhere from $400-$600 a month. 

by Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM

My budget is $50 - $60 a week. I rarely go over that.

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