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Old 08-22-2009, 07:52 PM   #11
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does your bill contain absolutely nothing other than food. if you add in paper goods and t.p. is a must, i don't think it can be done. i spend 300.00 a month on average just for me. but that is everything . i spend a lot on baking supplies, but cooking is my hobby. pet stuff as well. over counter meds. cleaning supplies etc. i eat well but still use club card to save money.

good luck, how old are you? what do your parents have to say about you living alone if you are over eighteen. would seem to me to be up to you
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Old 08-22-2009, 08:32 PM   #12
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.......if I'm at burger king .
First thing you HAVE to do is give up eating at restaurants. PERIOD.
No more fountain drinks, no more sodas from the machine, no bags of chips from
the machine.

Contemplate... a 2 liter of Diet Coke is almost always less than a 20 ounce.
If you have to have a soda fix during the day, buy bulk and bring your own from
home.
Spending $1 a day on a soda is $30 a month... 1/3-1/4 of your entire food budget.

Ditto buying ANYTHING at a restaurant.

You need to research the grocery stores available to you. See if any of them do markdowns on close dated food.
The Krogers near my house does it every day at about 5pm... and I get there on time, LOL! It's a huge savings on foods and especially meats, which I get half price.

You should make a game of it and see if you can get by ONLY buying things when on sale.

Spend a week and write down EVERYTHING you spend money on, even if it's a quarter for a penny candy. Then see where you can save a buck here and there
for food!

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Old 08-23-2009, 01:02 AM   #13
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does your bill contain absolutely nothing other than food. if you add in paper goods and t.p. is a must, i don't think it can be done. i spend 300.00 a month on average just for me. but that is everything . i spend a lot on baking supplies, but cooking is my hobby. pet stuff as well. over counter meds. cleaning supplies etc. i eat well but still use club card to save money.

good luck, how old are you? what do your parents have to say about you living alone if you are over eighteen. would seem to me to be up to you
I'm 36 babetoo, and the reason the folks ask me to do this, because I will have no more help from SSI, foodtsamps, and the family,
and I will be cut off ssi but not my health insurance though! Oh sorry I forgot to add $100 is after all the paper goods and misc stuff.

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First thing you HAVE to do is give up eating at restaurants. PERIOD.
No more fountain drinks, no more sodas from the machine, no bags of chips from
the machine.

Contemplate... a 2 liter of Diet Coke is almost always less than a 20 ounce.
If you have to have a soda fix during the day, buy bulk and bring your own from
home.
Spending $1 a day on a soda is $30 a month... 1/3-1/4 of your entire food budget.

Ditto buying ANYTHING at a restaurant.

You need to research the grocery stores available to you. See if any of them do markdowns on close dated food.
The Krogers near my house does it every day at about 5pm... and I get there on time, LOL! It's a huge savings on foods and especially meats, which I get half price.

You should make a game of it and see if you can get by ONLY buying things when on sale.

Spend a week and write down EVERYTHING you spend money on, even if it's a quarter for a penny candy. Then see where you can save a buck here and there
for food!

Grilling Fool, Thats a good idea man. I will most certainly try that!
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Old 08-23-2009, 08:32 AM   #14
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or do what my son is doing, his grant/college loan is enough to get a meal pln at the college. He's living off campus, but wants to make sure he's getting enough to eat, so he's purchasing a plan where he can stop in to the dining hall (lots of choices, good food, all you-can-eat) once a day, at least during the week.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:58 AM   #15
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or do what my son is doing, his grant/college loan is enough to get a meal pln at the college. He's living off campus, but wants to make sure he's getting enough to eat, so he's purchasing a plan where he can stop in to the dining hall (lots of choices, good food, all you-can-eat) once a day, at least during the week.
Wyogal, I may actually decide on on CMU instead of of fullsail, they have same exact program and I've found out I can do CMU better then fullsail money wise, And CMU actually have the exact program I was talking to you guys about in a different thread! Where I would be able to come in with my laptop, brainstorm for a few hours with the rest of the people in the meeting and leave. I guess it's a graphics desinger

And I can get a meal plan that has 150 meals per semsester for $1,800 I don't think that's too bad, right?
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meal plan that has 150 meals per semsester for $1,800
That is $12 a meal.

At three meals a day, 50 days.

i'm not excited.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:11 AM   #17
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That is $12 a meal.

At three meals a day, 50 days.

i'm not excited.

What do you mean?
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:26 AM   #18
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The meal plan doesn't sound like a great deal.
Convenient, but expensive.
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:32 AM   #19
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The meal plan doesn't sound like a great deal.
Convenient, but expensive.
Well GF, I wouldn't have to worry about paying for it, I will be able to use part of the pell grant for it, and pay for it, that way!
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