How much do you budget for groceries?

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Registered: 08-13-2007
How much do you budget for groceries?
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Thu, 08-22-2013 - 1:38pm

I have the hardest time finding a good amount to budget for food each month.  How much do you budget (and for how many people)?  What items do you include in your 'food' budget (paper products, dog food, etc??). 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 9:26am

I have been thinking about that this week as I am setting up a new budget for this fall now that DH is getting a steady paycheck again and we seem to finally be on the same page for financial goals.  We have 2 categories, eating out and groceries.  DH travels and is on the road a lot, so as much as I hate how much he spends eating out, it can't be avoided right now.  On average for the two categories combined we spend about $1000 a month for 5 people, but ODD is going off to college in a few weeks.  That does include most paper products, toiletries and personal care products.  We also buy a lot of organic foods and all natural products for health reasons.  I feel like that is a ton and it needs to be parred down, I do do menu planning and cook quite a bit from scratch, but my goal is to reevaluate over the next few months and see what we might be able to change to get that amount down some.

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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 12:20pm

The 3 of us get by on $500 a month for groceries, paper goods, toiletries, etc.  DH is probably 50% of that budget.  Me and DD13 could get by on half of that.  :)  I am in the states, in the NW. 

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Serenity
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Registered: 08-25-2006
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 12:23pm

I should add that I could easily spend more, but found that I was getting too many fresh items that were going bad before I cooked them. 

I shop at Winco and sometimes Walmart, not Safeway or Albertersons, etc.  The prices are signifcantly lower.   That $500 could easly be $700 at Safeway. 

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Serenity
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Registered: 04-08-2008
Fri, 08-23-2013 - 8:01pm

I'm in an expensive part of Canada. We add toiletries, diapers, cleaning products (sundries) into the food budget. We spend $1100/month for 2 adults and 2 children. I hesitate to type "young children" as they eat almost as much as I do. We also spend about $200 month eating out.

I know I can get that down and am doing little things every month to that end. This month we learned how to filet our own fish so we can buy whole frozen fish instead of filets. Last month, we cut the eating out budget from $400 to $200/month.

Every little bit helps!

Dee

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Registered: 08-13-2007
Mon, 08-26-2013 - 12:00pm
We spend about $200 per week for a family of 5. That includes all paper products, pet foods, toiletries, etc. I use a lot of coupons too. It just feels like it is a lot! I really wish I could get a good stockpile going so that I could really cut down on how much we spend. This doesn't include eating out or trips to the stores in between grocery shops for things that are forgotten, needed, etc.

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Registered: 07-18-2008
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 7:30pm

I am in Michigan and with 3 dogs and two cats and three adults we use between 100 to 125 a week.  Sometimes I buy in bulk and freeze what I can, I also like friday making my own salsa and freezing it to use in chilli, or in dips, and other things.  If you can get a crock pot and make enough like to freeze half of what you make then you will save in the long run when you don't have to buy as much.

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Registered: 07-18-2008
Thu, 08-29-2013 - 7:30pm

I am in Michigan and with 3 dogs and two cats and three adults we use between 100 to 125 a week.  Sometimes I buy in bulk and freeze what I can, I also like friday making my own salsa and freezing it to use in chilli, or in dips, and other things.  If you can get a crock pot and make enough like to freeze half of what you make then you will save in the long run when you don't have to buy as much.

President DanTrans llc

Writing romance adventure novels.

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