Frugal Friday

Clever title, huh?

Ethan, Audrey and I went to Walmart this morning. It’s about 25 minutes away, but it’s a much better value than our local grocery store. I do want to support the local businesses. I think our neighborhood’s Glenn’s Supervalu is great, but we need to be more careful about our money. I think our compromise will be that we may buy produce there. Walmart doesn’t have a great produce department. Anyway, I digress.

I want to talk about how we can save money on our groceries. I planned out our menu for the week and I just spent $91.24. That includes $10.65 for a two-week supply of diapers. We are a family of 4. Since Ethan and Audrey are little, maybe they should only count for 1/2 each. Does that amount sound reasonable? I would like to keep it between $70 and $80 a week.

If you don’t mind sharing (and you can do this anonymously in a comment), I would love to hear:
1) How much you spend a week/month (however you break it down).
2)A typical week of menus for your family.
3)The number of people that you’re feeding.
4)Money saving tips.
5)Anything else you think would be relevant!

*** Edited to Add***
We have a printout on the wall by our upstairs computer of Dave Ramsey’s “7 Baby Steps” regarding getting out of debt and saving money. If you haven’t seem it, these are the steps: 1)$1,000 in an emergency fund, 2) Pay off debt with debt snowball, 3) 3-6 months expenses in savings, 4) Invest 15% of income into Roth IRA’s and Pre-tax retirement plans, 5) College funding, 6) Pay off your home early, 7)Build wealth and give.
My renewed interest in saving money has to do with the fact that I really want us to work on step 3. Perhaps I should have mentioned that to my husband!

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