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 Post subject: Re: Best Budget Blogs/Books/Resources
PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2014 5:49 pm 
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Bridgettebakes wrote:
I don't know what we are buying either. I have some receipts but not enough to pin point why we are spending so much. But I like the idea of saving them to see what we are spending so much on. I had no idea we were spending so much until I looked at my reports on my budgeting system. I feel like we should be able to afford three meals a day for the much. When I meal plan, just dinners cost $100 in groceries here. It's upsetting. So I guess I could do three meals a day for $600 but that still seems extreme. My goal for November is $400 for the month.

My suggestion would be to track everything for a month and figure out what you're buying. It's hard to solve a problem if you don't know what it is. This is really anal, but when I was budgeting really strictly, I kept a spreadsheet and recorded EVERY item I bought and how much I spent on it. I had it broken down into categories with subtotals, so I could see how much I was spending on produce, grains, condiments, etc. I got burned out on that after a few months, but I learned a lot and adopted some good habits that stuck (for instance, not buying something if I have a functional equivalent in the pantry already... like if I want quinoa but I have millet, I'm going to eat millet instead).

Along those lines, I find that I save a ton of money when I "shop" my pantry first, and plan meals around what I already have.


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 Post subject: Re: Best Budget Blogs/Books/Resources
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2014 5:55 am 
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I also try to actively "shop the pantry" til it is pretty much bare- usually before I travel (since when I am away the Mr. doesn't even open the pantry), but now that I'm not traveling for a bit I will have to do it soon. I really try to get things down to zero, just to keep stock moving and avoid having that same bag of lentils be there for 3 years and host a bug colony. It also lets me get a decent cleaning done and occasionally make some awesome discoveries [hey look! the missing jar of marmite!]..... and it is a good reminder of what NOT to buy (when I find 4 bottles of coconut extract, because I can never remember what ^$!&(* extract I need when I go to the baking supply place).

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 Post subject: Re: Best Budget Blogs/Books/Resources
PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:46 pm 
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I just wanted to bump this thread as it offers great advice. I'm moving and starting a new job soon and will be looking to save money where I can. I see lots of delicious stews and bean/nut loaves in my future :)

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