I have a budget of 650 each month for groceries and household items.
Household includes diapers,wipes,laundry detergent, cleaning supplies. We do not but paper products at all. I buy a 20 pack of washcloths at Walmart for 4.00 and when they get bad I toss em and buy more!
I do have money that rolls over but not always and if I do we put it towards a bill or gas money.
I do use lots of coupons and try to get the best deals!
I budget $100 a week but that includes everything, pet food and supplies, ckeaning stuff, paper stuff meat, veg and groceries (and all our stuff seems to be much more expensive here than over there). Anything left rolls over in to the next week for bonus items, like if we need more milk or bread, a treat etc. I used to budget some money for an 'allowance' for me each week, but now have dropped that cost from the budget and just use whatever is left over from groceries and petrol.
We usually alternate weeks between a BJ's trip and a regular supermarket trip. (For just 2 of us, there are things it just isn't practical to buy in economy size!) For BJ's weeks it is usually about $75-$100 (because we get our cleaning products, as well as food items). Supermarket weeks are usually around $50. That does not include pet food, which we buy at the pet store.
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We shop weekly and our budget is $75 and that includes paper products, cleaning supplies etc.
Toiletries is budget of only $10 a month and dog is only a budget of $20 per month for food.
Daughter Rileigh Ann arriving January 2012
I give myself a maximum of $60 a week at the grocery store. I try to come in under that as often as possible, because we make an occasional trip to Costco for certain items that isn't included in that, but it's definitely worth it for things like diapers, toilet paper, etc.
One thing that I've found really helps with the grocery bill is making meals ahead and freezing them when I find something on sale. For example, if I find a good deal on ground beef, I'll make and freeze meatloaf, meatballs, the filling for shepherd's pie, etc. It saves money and I love it when I just have to pull a meal out of the freezer instead of cooking that night .
I thought I was doing really well until I saw how little some of you are spending. We spend $300/week. This includes all household supplies (TP, detergent, cat food/litter), groceries, eating out/pocket change, plus anything we need to buy for the house from a new kitchen timer to a mattress for the kids.
Also out of that money comes $20/week for private drum lessons for Caleb, $20/week to drop in the basket at church, $10/week for my exercise class. This is why we recently raised from $250 to $300. Basically everything but clothing, which we budget separately because we rarely buy any. It also does not include the kids' allowance money, which they get once a month.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
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