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Whew!  I’m glad this 4 week cycle is over this week because I’m seriously over budget.

The good news is that the freezer is stocked with meat and some freezer meals, so tightening our budget and coming in under budget to make up for this cycle’s excess should (hopefully) be easier..

This year, I’m aiming to spend $6,500 total for food for my family.  That amount includes groceries only, NOT toiletries.  We rarely eat out, so the food I buy to prepare at home is what we eat.
Since my husband is paid bi-monthly, the goal is to spend no more than $500 every 4 weeks.  (I don’t calculate the amount spent on a monthly basis but on an every 4 week cycle.)
We try to eat organic veggies and fruit as much as possible, and we try to buy meat that is grass-fed and organic.  We have multiple food intolerances, with the biggies being gluten, corn, and dairy.

Here’s what we bought from April 17th to April 23rd:

Fry’s – $18.76

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Sprout’s Trip #1 – $14.43

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Sprout’s Trip #2 – $31.21

The cereal was on sale and was for my mom.  She loved it and ate it every morning at breakfast.

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Sprout’s Trip #3 – $48.78

It was Cuddle Bug’s birthday this week.  She wanted sushi, so rather than paying $100+ for the whole family to eat out, we did the next best thing.  We made our own sushi at home with smoked salmon, seaweed, cucumber slices, and avocado.  Yum!  (Not so good for the grocery budget, though.)

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POW WOW – $10

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TOTAL this week: $123.18

TOTAL for this 4 week cycle: $839.81

Remaining for this 4 week cycle: $-289.81 (My mom will be here to visit for 2 weeks this grocery cycle, so I am including an extra $50 in this 4 week cycle to accommodate for that.)

Remaining from the 1st 4 week cycle: $8.65
Remaining from the 2nd 4 week cycle: $1.76
Remaining from the 3rd 4 week cycle: -16.40

Remaining from the 4th 4 week cycle: -289.81

Total Deficit or Surplus for the Year: $-295.80

A Recap of This Series:

Week One $241.72

Week Two $185.88

Week Three $59.80

Week Four $28.95
TOTAL for Cycle One: $516.35 (My mom stayed with us for a week, so we raised the grocery budget to $525 to compensate.)
Week Five $378.48
Week Six $57.47

Week Seven $53.80

Week Eight $8.49

TOTAL for Cycle Two: $498.24

Week Nine $323.25

Week Ten $106.62

Week Eleven $40.28

Week Twelve $46.25

Total for Cycle Three: $516.40
Week Thirteen – $271.56

Week Fourteen – $360.39

Week Fifteen – $84.68

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