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January 16th, 2011, 09:33 AM
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Hi Ladies =)

My name is Tam and I am a SAHM to Summer 2.25 and Ashton 6.5 months.

We are moving back to Australia in November and we want to buy a house... the house I want and what we can afford are completely different... so we need to save as much as we can to get our deposit up so I can get the house I want

Anyway the stores I frequent are Safeway and Target

How much should a family of 4 need per week on groceries? DS is breastfed and cloth diapered we have started solids but I have been making my own baby food.

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January 16th, 2011, 09:45 AM
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Welcome!

I have a family of 4 plus a small dog, and my weekly grocery bill is around $100-$120 on average now--and that includes diapers, wipes, dog food, etc. I do not have to buy toiletries since I have a big stockpile of those things. My grocery bill includes mostly things I cannot save on now, like meats and produce. We are trying to go as organic and unprocessed as possible as of this year, so my couponing will unfortunately suffer in the savings department--but our health will improve. I use to spend no more than $50 a week for over 6 months.

With a little one who is BF and CD'd, and depending on your flexibility with foods/brands, you could very well spend no more than $75 a *WEEK* and even get it lower. It also depends on the prices in your area, and whether your store doubles or triples coupons. If you have a Walgreens or CVS nearby, you can save a ton on toiletries, cosmetics and more! A lot of us build our stockpiles from there.
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January 16th, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Welcome!

I have a family of 4 plus a small dog, and my weekly grocery bill is around $100-$120 on average now--and that includes diapers, wipes, dog food, etc. I do not have to buy toiletries since I have a big stockpile of those things. My grocery bill includes mostly things I cannot save on now, like meats and produce. We are trying to go as organic and unprocessed as possible as of this year, so my couponing will unfortunately suffer in the savings department--but our health will improve. I use to spend no more than $50 a week for over 6 months.

With a little one who is BF and CD'd, and depending on your flexibility with foods/brands, you could very well spend no more than $75 a month and even get it lower. It also depends on the prices in your area, and whether your store doubles or triples coupons. If you have a Walgreens or CVS nearby, you can save a ton on toiletries, cosmetics and more! A lot of us build our stockpiles from there.
thanks for the reply!!

Yes I forgot to add I have a Walgreens and a CVS too.

$75 a month?!? jeepers... how in the world did you do that? I went to Safeway last night and spent $140 and that won't even last the week

I don't think our store doubles or triples coupons

I am about to run out and grab todays paper!

I usually buy whichever is cheapest.. like last night name brand was cheaper per oz than store brand.

We live just outside of San Francisco so its pretty pricey!
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January 16th, 2011, 10:44 AM
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Welcome to the board! Always glad to see new faces! I love going to www.pennypenchergazette.com. There are lots of printable coupons there. This board is full of people who have lots of great information on saving money!
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January 16th, 2011, 11:59 AM
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Ohhh, welcome! Another one from my playgroup! I think we all do things differently, i don't really stockpile, but a do keep a stocked pantry with at least one extra of my staples. I try to buy my groceries on sale WITH a coupon, buy produce on sale, and buy most meat at Sams Club. Our family of five can make it with $100 a week although we often spend less. And sometimes we spend more stocking up ect. too...this week was more like 140 because we bought lots of meat for the freezer.
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January 16th, 2011, 01:51 PM
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thanks for the reply!!

Yes I forgot to add I have a Walgreens and a CVS too.

$75 a month?!? jeepers... how in the world did you do that? I went to Safeway last night and spent $140 and that won't even last the week

I don't think our store doubles or triples coupons

I am about to run out and grab todays paper!

I usually buy whichever is cheapest.. like last night name brand was cheaper per oz than store brand.

We live just outside of San Francisco so its pretty pricey!
OOPS! That was a typo. I changed it. I meant $75 a week!

The key is to pay careful attention to all the sales, including for stores you wouldn't normally shop, because you can be surprised when a sale comes around for a store that is typically more expensive. My Kroger store's normal prices are the most expensive in my area, but their sales are almost always the cheapest, especially since they double and triple coupons. I believe Safeway is similar to Kroger, but they may or may not double--it depends on the area.

If you have a Walmart, you can price match all the other store's sales all in one place.

If you find something that is a "rock bottom" price, buy a couple more than you would normally--typically 8 weeks worth if you have the room. This can save you hundreds of $$ in the long run, but it's up to you whether or not you wish to stockpile.

Walgreens and CVS can be a bit tricky to learn, but the savings can be amazing!
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January 16th, 2011, 02:07 PM
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OOPS! That was a typo. I changed it. I meant $75 a week!

The key is to pay careful attention to all the sales, including for stores you wouldn't normally shop, because you can be surprised when a sale comes around for a store that is typically more expensive. My Kroger store's normal prices are the most expensive in my area, but their sales are almost always the cheapest, especially since they double and triple coupons. I believe Safeway is similar to Kroger, but they may or may not double--it depends on the area.

If you have a Walmart, you can price match all the other store's sales all in one place.

If you find something that is a "rock bottom" price, buy a couple more than you would normally--typically 8 weeks worth if you have the room. This can save you hundreds of $$ in the long run, but it's up to you whether or not you wish to stockpile.

Walgreens and CVS can be a bit tricky to learn, but the savings can be amazing!
oh phew because I was like What the heck do we eat for $75 for the month LOL ramen?!? LOL

no Walmart here (it's banned LOL) the only grocery store besides Safeway is Whole Foods, Cost Plus (never been there), Lunardis and Nob Hill Foods and the usual Target and Costco
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January 18th, 2011, 05:05 AM
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Welcome Tam!

We have a family of 3 plus two large dogs, and our current budget is $100 per week (including diapers, toiletries, dog food, etc). I shop Target a lot, because you can combine manufacturer coupons with their store coupons (I print some directly from their website and every so often, they send me a coupon booklet in the mail).
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January 18th, 2011, 09:02 AM
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welcome to the board.

the ladies here have a bunch of information
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