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.Wow . . . that was an eye-opener for me. What state do you live in? My understanding is that it cost more to live in some states/cities than others. We live in the middle of KS.

Well howdy, neighbor. I live in the middle of a state next to yours, in FlyOver country as well!

So, $500 a month? Actually really good. Already. So yeah. If it's $500, you have no wiggle room on it.

I spend about $500 for a family of 5 plus 2 dogs, and my husband I have a freezer full o' bambi I'm using as well.

I'd say you can forget about the groceries for now. The very very most I would recommend would be to track grocery spending just to be SURE it's only $500 a month, but honestly I wouldn't even really begin to wonder what I was spending money on unless I went over $600 a month for 5 people. And even then, I'd likely just make myself watch sales better - I would in no way really cut back.

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