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Old 06-21-2005, 07:54 AM   #16
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I was shocked at how quickly buying food eats up (no pun intended) your budget. After the first couple of months where I did a lot of stopping after work for things here and there, I've learned to go one one big trip once every month, which isn't such a big trip considering it's just me, lol.


I'm with the others here in saying Option 1 seems like the best bet, just for the "no kids" part of it alone.
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Old 06-21-2005, 07:57 AM   #17
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Have you considered getting a 2nd job? Maybe that might help a bit.
Once I start school I won't have time for a second job.
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Old 06-21-2005, 09:57 AM   #18
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OK, the best way to save money -
Buy a Sunday paper every week (if you don't already) , take out the ads, they are your friend.
Go thru the coupons and clip clip clip. Don't just get the obvious stuff, clip out a ton, clip out things you may like to try.
Do your shopping at a store that doubles coupons (there is a Ralp hs near you yes? I know there's some near Chicago somewhere....)
Get whatever Club Card the store offers, it is also your friend.
If you go to Ra lphs, they double coupons everyday of the week, and when used with the Card it is

The reason it is good to clip a lot of coupons, (after a few weeks of Sunday papers, you'll be really set) is that way you can stick closer to just buying the things on ad. When something is on special for the Card holders plus you can use coupons (which are doubled) it's amazing how much you can buy for a much smaller amount than if you paid full price.
Another reason to clip things you might not normally buy is a lot of things will at some point only cost like a buck. Esp. new items, they want ppl to try it so the stores already have it on a good sale but with your coupons too it's really cheap. And a great way to stock up on snacks and munchies.

Last week my roomate sot $300 in groceries for only $150.
I am on a super tight budget so I can't spend that much, so I usually spend about $50 on groceries when they normally would have coast around $100. Generally that will last me about a month. You'll get better the more you do it, but after the first time you'll be so happy when seeing how much money you save you won't ever go back lol

And it's good you've started cooking, that is a great idea.

Also - Are there any Dollar stores around you? In big cities they usually have fantastic ones with stuff in it you may not have expected. And a great place to buy pencils/pens/paper/notebooks for school.


It is possible for you to live on $300 a month (compared to me, you sound like a Rockafella lol)
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Also - Are there any Dollar stores around you? In big cities they usually have fantastic ones with stuff in it you may not have expected. And a great place to buy pencils/pens/paper/notebooks for school.
I the 99 cents store!





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I drive a small car that gets about 23-25 miles to the gallon, so gas is typically at least $25 every 2 weeks.
Holy shit!

I spend at least double that. And I have a car that's great on mileage.

You must live close to your job.
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My commute is 10 minutes on a bad day.
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My commute is 10 minutes on a bad day.
Hah!

Mine's an hour on a good day.
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