Tuesday, August 3, 2010

July Budget Review

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I'm not a regular grocery shopper. I buy stuff before I even need it, matching manufacturer coupons with store sales. This way I'm able to "shop" from my own pantry and pay a fraction of retail with items I use. No, we will not use all those fruit roll ups this month, but we will use them this year. When I make meals for us, I menu plan around what we already have on our shelves and in the freezer. There are occasional items I have to pay full price for, but they are the exception as I build up my food storage with stuff we actually use, all for less then I used to spend just to get us by every month. Want to learn how I do it? Check this out.

Retails: $575.46
Total Spent: $184.90
Percent Off: 68%

This month in addition to perishables like milk, produce, and yogurt, I was able to stock up on diapers, marinades, body wash, toilet paper, toothpaste, cheese slices, frozen chicken, gum, glue sticks, bleach, dog food, juice, soy sauce, spices, mac and cheese, paper towels, pasta, mustard, pineapple, tissues, cheese, pasta roni, qtips, cream cheese, margarine, popsicles, chips, rolaids, miracle whip, frozen pizza, breaded chicken, razor, paper plates, ribs, pretzels, sugar, koolaid, artichoke hearts, tuna, canning lids, salt.

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