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Old June 13th, 2012, 07:57 PM   #41
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Wife and i spend about 150-200 a month. Sometimes it lasts even longer then a month
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Old June 13th, 2012, 08:02 PM   #42
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Wife says we spend 5-600 a month. She hates going grocery shopping though. Never used any coupons. 2 adults and a 6 year old daughter.

I normally don't eat out, we do get pizza once or twice a week though depending on what the kid has going on.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #43
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I bought the cow too but then she tried to die after giving me this bundle of stink! I think she knew what a rotten little turd he was gonna be so she tried to bail on me! Thats where it pays to have good insurance! I showed her!
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To the other guy buying formula, you shoulda laid the smack down on that shit. Unless she's running a dry well theres no excuse for feeding that poison to your little one. If she just doesn't want to have a kid hanging off her tit she doesn't belong birthing kids. Or at the very least, hook her up to the pump and store it.
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Old June 13th, 2012, 10:17 PM   #44
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Me, wife, buddy that live s in the basement and 26I month old boy. Spend 90-100 a week.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 12:06 AM   #45
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To the other guy buying formula, you shoulda laid the smack down on that shit. Unless she's running a dry well theres no excuse for feeding that poison to your little one. If she just doesn't want to have a kid hanging off her tit she doesn't belong birthing kids. Or at the very least, hook her up to the pump and store it.
You didn't do your reading! She tried to die!!!! I mean that exactly how it sounds! She could not brest feed cause she was about to die! After 7 months we are still fighting it but winning now!!!!
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Oh yeah, I guess you're right. I thought there were two people in this thread talking about formula but I see they were both you now.

Still finding it humorous that you "showed her" by having good health insurance.
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We are in the $600 a month club. My wife and I and our 2 daughters ages 8 and 4. It varies a bit month to month, but usually only by a $100.

$1200 seems excessive. How much fresh food is being thrown out? I know my wife will occasionally buy too much fruit or vegetables, and it pains me to see it go bad and get tossed.
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Old June 14th, 2012, 05:07 AM   #48
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I think she gets her spending and cooking habits from her mom. Usually cooking too much, piling left overs in the fridge only to make a new dinner tomorrow. A lot gets thrown away. I can't take most of it to lunch either because i have no way to cook it. I'm mobile all day. She usually makes my son a separate dinner out of a box and makes ours after he goes to bed. I completely disagree with it, but would be arguing daily about issues i don't agree with.

I'm suspecting a shopping habit. Maybe like said earlier, shopping at Meijer, and adding other stuff in the basket, or using debit and getting cash back? Fuck, i don't know. I just know that i should have a lot more money than i do and this is the tip of the iceberg.
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Its allowance time.
Serve it up with a side of tough fuckin shit and tell her if thats not enough spending money... "Get a JOB"
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We spend about 100-200 bucks a week for my wife, 4 year old son, and myself, some weeks are less bout most times it around 100 bucks,
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Anyone care to share how you shop? What stores, types of food, etc?
it's time for me to be more involved in our shopping.
And about her getting a job, that has been a challenge for years now.
She is a high school drop out with no skill. This equals a minimum wage job for her. The cost of child care and fuel would eat up most of her paycheck. She also feels she is above working as a waitress, etc. a little queenie syndrome there.

Again, horrible to say, but the best decision i could have ever made was to pick a partner that was a equal contributor and not another dependent. I already pay $700 a month in child support on top of supporting a household alone financially. I am not a money tree and I'm wearing out quickly as i get older.:banghead:
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Sounds to me like it's time to sit down with the wife and talk about your marriage as a whole. If she's a high school dropout, so what? You chose to marry her with a life long commitment. But with that, she could use some education. Sit her down and talk about your household budget, expenses and goals for the future. Talk about vacation. Talk about a new house or a new car for her. Show her how money works. Explain to her that if you can't get your budget under control, your son won't go to college, the vacation is on the rocks, etc.

The bigger concern I see is that you are publicly bad mouthing your wife. To me, I sense a regret that you ever married her and are looking for a way out. This is your second marriage and you are already complaining. Time to get your house in order or you're going to be paying out to a second alimony payment. Do you love her and want to stay married? Then sit down and educate her on how it needs to work.
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$800ish per month, but usually this is due to my compulsive purchasing at costco, and then 1/2 the stuff ends up in the garbage.

Costco has awesome salads.

OP, could your wife be getting cash back at the grocery store and spending it on blow?
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Old June 14th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #54
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12-15 gallons a week? That's impossible to even comprehend. I don't think I could fit 15 gallons of milk in our fridge.
we had 4 boys and my dad, we'd go through a gallon of milk at the dinner table, another at the breakfast table, and another throughout the day, my mom bought milk twice a week 6 gallons at a time at a minimum.



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Its a temporary cost. The expensive part is baby food and formula. Once your past that phase your cost of food goes down a lot.
Temporary cost? my 6 year old eats almost as much food per meal as I do. I eat in the neighborhood of 3500-4500 calories per day. I am guessing his little 45lbs ass is eating nearly 2500 per day. He hasn't even started "growing" yet. I can only imagine.
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sounds to me like it's time to sit down with the wife and talk about your marriage as a whole. If she's a high school dropout, so what? You chose to marry her with a life long commitment. But with that, she could use some education. Sit her down and talk about your household budget, expenses and goals for the future. Talk about vacation. Talk about a new house or a new car for her. Show her how money works. Explain to her that if you can't get your budget under control, your son won't go to college, the vacation is on the rocks, etc.

The bigger concern i see is that you are publicly bad mouthing your wife. To me, i sense a regret that you ever married her and are looking for a way out. This is your second marriage and you are already complaining. Time to get your house in order or you're going to be paying out to a second alimony payment. Do you love her and want to stay married? Then sit down and educate her on how it needs to work.
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We are a family of 4 and spend less than $400 a month but I use coupons and watch the sales and if its not a good deal I don't buy it. Usually shop at meijers since I hate Walmart and use Mperks and all the coupons I can find. I once had $130 in groceries in my cart that after all the coupons and sale prices I walked out the door for $35.
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HO LE SHIT.... for my family of 2, we sped 300-500 every 3.5 - 4 MONTHS!
Kids must be fucking expensive!
how much food are you growing?

are you re-using toilet paper?



family of 4 here, 12 year old son and a 9 year old son in the mix. no convenient off-brand stores in the area, and no warehouse clubs that are convenient - so a lot of paper products/toiletries are purchased at walmart for what little savings can be wrung out. $150/month minimum in toilet paper, deoderant, razors, toothpaste, contact lens solutions, etc

$150/week minimum at VG's for produce, meat, milk

I stopped going out to eat more than a handful of times per month a while ago. Lateral file here at work in my desk has a mini-pantry of bread, peanut butter, jelly, pretzels and the mini-fridge I brought in from home has yogurt, pudding, cheese sticks, lunchmeat, etc.

the more produce you eat, the total price seems to go up exponentially - we buy a LOT of fruits and veggies, even frozen for making smoothies and it adds up with a quickness.
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Anyone care to share how you shop? What stores, types of food, etc?
it's time for me to be more involved in our shopping.
And about her getting a job, that has been a challenge for years now.
She is a high school drop out with no skill. This equals a minimum wage job for her. The cost of child care and fuel would eat up most of her paycheck. She also feels she is above working as a waitress, etc. a little queenie syndrome there.

Again, horrible to say, but the best decision i could have ever made was to pick a partner that was a equal contributor and not another dependent. I already pay $700 a month in child support on top of supporting a household alone financially. I am not a money tree and I'm wearing out quickly as i get older.:banghead:
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I shop where the deals are.
Walmart... as shitty of a place as it is, is hard to beat for dry goods, dog food, hygene, detergent ect.
Meat usually comes from meijer or plumbs.
whiterhino makes some very good points in his post, i agree that this goes much deeper than the grocery bill.
You two need to sit down and talk. Ultimately, it is up to you to get your house in order, the same way its up to you to pay for all of this. She can only prance around with that crown on her head if you allow it.
I cant help but think that she could use a job to help her learn what it is to bust your ass and have little left if its not used wiesly. If that whole job thing doesnt pan out that an allowance needs to be the cure. She can only spend what you give her and cash is the way to go. Its physical in that you can see it dwindle as you spend it, not to mention there is no intrest payment on cash.
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We spend a few hundred every month (maybe $300) for a family of three. That doesn't include any of the paper products or cleaning supplies, but I still don't understand how some people spend so much on food. We do not buy much pre-made or processed food at all and when I go to the store, nearly everything I buy is generic (my wife hates that!) so I am sure that makes a difference. And then neither my wife nor I are big on steak so that probably helps too, but still...

The most expensive thing we get at the store is a 6-pack of beer every few weeks.
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