grocery budget?

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grocery budget?
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Sat, 06-13-2009 - 3:14pm

Hi everyone!

I have been on a few money-saving sites where they talk about how much each family spends on groceries. But, I'm noticing that the budget can really vary from region to region. I was wondering two things:

1. What is your grocery budget in terms of a percentage of your overall budget? We spend about 8-10% of our budget on groceries. What is yours?

2. I'm curious as to what dollar amount you spend, particularly if you live in CA. I live in southern California, where things are rather expensive. We have 3 children, 2 adults (one nursing baby, no food yet), and I'm spending between $500 and $600 a month. What are you spending? For those who are in CA, is this a good amount or am I spending too much? I'm really trying to lower it these days.

Thanks again!!
Melissa

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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 12:51pm

We have four adults, one infant and have another adult and a toddler over a couple times a week....we try to stay under $125 a week, but sometimes do around $150...but that includes formula and diapers

your budget sounds pretty realistic, especially considering California has a high cost of living

Sherry


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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 6:06pm
Thanks for your responses. I have been reading these blogs and articles about how to spend $60 a week on groceries, but I just can't seem to go that low with our family here. I have 3 kids plus one nursing baby, and my husband and I. I try to use coupons and match them when I can w/ sale prices, but maybe I should shoot for lowering it gradually if I can, rather than so drastically, like maybe only $10 or $15 a week and see where that gets me. Our budget is just food right now, too, not other household items. Thanks so much!
Melissa
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Sun, 06-14-2009 - 6:18pm

Well we live in central MN so cost of living here is WAY cheaper.

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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 9:38am

1. What is your grocery budget in terms of a percentage of your overall budget? We spend about 8-10% of our budget on groceries. What is yours?


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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 11:22am

I'm in S. Cal and my budget for groceries is $600 per month for three of us. I am also including some cleaning supplies, and dog and cat food in this total.

Frankly, I spend less than almost anyone I know on groceries. But then again, that's hard to tell because lots of people just don't track their spending. But based on what they tell me, I know I'm spending less.

I could cut mine further, but we like soda and I buy at least $10 of Diet Coke in bottles a week, and at least 2 other 12 packs per week, so soda is almost 10% of my weekly budget. (Oh god that hurts to write that down. But I'm a Diet Coke addict and I offer no apologies.)

I also have a pantry full of food and a freezer that's decently stocked. So this is a good working amount for me.

HTH,

Laura



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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 5:23pm

We're in the Chicago area.

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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 6:18pm

I use what the Federal food stamp program allocates to a household our size as a guideline (the full amount, based on no income).

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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 6:49pm

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Mon, 06-15-2009 - 10:19pm
We live in pricey Seattle, and spend $140.00 per week on 4 adults.
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Tue, 06-16-2009 - 10:56am

I'm in Southern CA and last year spent an average of $230/month for a family of 3 (including a toddler who eats very little). This year we have been closer to $260, probably a combination of price increases and DD eating a little more.

Our grocery budget includes occasional soda and some convenience foods (we eat these once or twice a week when things get hectic). It does not include going out to eat, which we do once a week. It also doesn't include cleaning supplies, personal care, pet food, or alcohol.

I feel like I work fairly hard to stay within our budget. Yours is very similar per person to ours, so I think you are probably doing great.

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