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Subject: Re: Montly budget to pay off CC's Date: 7/6/1998 5:44 PM
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Thank you everyone for the great feedback!

I am absolutely amazed that other families can grocery shop on less than $400 a month. I would love to know how to do this! I hoisted my grocery budget on this board because it is my second largest expense after housing. Unlike housing or automobile expenses, I have nothing to measure grocery expenses against.

Maybe the problem is that neither my wife and I know how to grocery shop. Neither of us did this growing up. Maybe the Motley Fool should open a section of very basic finances like buying groceries. I'm sure I'm not the only one in this situation.

It sounds like we are doing the right things. We never buy junk or processed foods, we use coupons, and we buy things on sale.

When it comes to buying in bulk, I can't always. My house is very, very small and there is no room for boxes of detergent. I can't buy perishables in bulk because they will go bad before I can get to them all.

I went to Sam's Club once. I was unimpressed. It looked like great place to go broke saving money on things I don't need.

Most coupons are worthless to us. They are mostly issued by national brands for overpriced junk that I would never buy in the first place. I don't buy boxes of cereal, chips, snacks, ice cream, whipped cream, and other garbage. Why can't I find coupons for a bag of apples?

My wife and I drive 100 miles (RT) to WalMart once every other month to stock up on non-perishable consumables such as toothpaste, base cosmetics for her, socks, etc. This is defiantly worth the trip.

I would love to hire someone to take me grocery shopping and show me how to buy two weeks of groceries for less than $250. I think it would be an excellent investment. I don't see how it is possible. Every time I go in to pick up some milk and a couple of things my wife forgot to buy, it seems to cost me $20-$30.

Perhaps I should save my grocery receipts for the next two weeks and post them here for others to analyze.

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