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Grocery Shopping – Second Week of January 2018

Grocery Shopping – Second Week of January 2018

One of my goals for the first quarter of 2018 is to spend no more than $350 on groceries each month. This does not include household supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc. The first week of January, I spent $108.14. Setting this goal and documenting my progress has been an interesting exercise. Based on my spending in the second week of January, it looks like we will go over $350 for the month. Initially, I was disappointed by…

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Grocery Shopping – First Week of January 2018

Grocery Shopping – First Week of January 2018

One of my goals for the first quarter of 2018 is to spend no more than $350 on groceries each month. This does not include household supplies like paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, etc. Looking back on 2017, we spent an average of $388.85 per month on groceries. Not bad, huh? Well, these figures are deceiving. Although I budgeted and tracked spending in 2017, I was a sloppy accountant. We buy a lot of groceries at Sam’s Club and I…

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Cutting Eating Out by 70 Percent

Cutting Eating Out by 70 Percent

I recently spent a couple of hours going through our bank and credit card statements for 2016. Our accountant needed information on our medical expenses for our taxes. Although we spent nearly $15,000 on out-of-pocket medical expenses due to complications surrounding Aidan’s birth, what was more shocking was that most purchases on every statement were for eating out or coffee. We must have been very hungry and tired in 2016. Out of curiosity, I decided to go back through our…

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