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I have a point for this, I promise, and I'll tell you all about it next week. But for now I have a burning question - what do you spend a month on food?
Posted on January 9, 2010 7:43 AM
Um, for the two of us, we probably spend about $500 a month on groceries, and maybe another $150 on going out. I'm gluten-free so my bread/baked goods/certified g-f oats is a good chunk of that.
suze | January 9, 2010 8:40 AM
We spend about $400 for our family of 5. Plus, we eat takeout quite a bit on weekends and that's probably another 150-200.
C @ Kid Things | January 9, 2010 9:46 AM
We usually spend in the ball park of 500-600 on groceries for a family of four and then an additional 50-100 eating out.
Sarah | January 9, 2010 9:51 AM
My grocery budget is around $500-600/m for the four of us. We don't eat out too often.
Kelly | January 9, 2010 9:59 AM
Too much . . . .$500 for one adult and two kids, plus take out stuff?
Lesley | January 9, 2010 10:13 AM
Too much . . . .$500 for one adult and three kids, plus take out stuff?
We probably spend $400 for the 4 of us - since the twins are just sucking us dry with formula right now. Those are the big trips - then there is probably another $50 - $75 on quick trips for this or that.
We don't PAY to eat out much - our eating out is at my parents or my husband's parents...that's probably once a week.
So...long comment made short: roughly $475 a month for 4 of us.
Janene | January 9, 2010 10:18 AM
$400 a month for 5 of us easily and that is because I have been cutting back.
tuesday | January 9, 2010 10:38 AM
Now that I've switched to the less expensive grocery store, I've cut our grocery costs in half without having to sacrifice too many of the brands and NONE of quality I prefer to buy. (I just have to suck it up and brave the crowds but it's SO TOTALLY WORTH IT).
Now I spend between $400 and $450 for the 5 of us.
chatty cricket | January 9, 2010 10:46 AM
We have $500 budgeted for food/household, so that includes diapers, shampoo, etc. So I would say, probably $400 for groceries alone. We don't eat out often, and if we do, it comes from our 'fun' money. The best eating out is when we go with my parents - they always treat us, spoiled adult children that we are!
Sam | January 9, 2010 10:54 AM
Me, Husband, 2 yr old, budgeted 400 dollars a month groceries, 250 on going out, Dallas Texas. (as I think location counts on all budget matters)
Rachel | January 9, 2010 11:18 AM
We spend around $400 -- though that does not include The Husband's lunch/cigarette money of $200 per month or my Starbucks addiction which is another $30 monthly.
Kelly | January 9, 2010 11:18 AM
For the two of us, probably $500.00. We eat in now a lot and do not go out very often.
Maribeth | January 9, 2010 11:25 AM
We've been known to spend over $1500, when we're not paying attention to how much we're eating out. Insane, right?
We try to keep it around $800 for groceries and eating out. We have a family of 4.
Amy | January 9, 2010 11:27 AM
About $400-$500. We only do take out Friday or Saturday night(pizza) and almost never eat out.
Lisa | January 9, 2010 11:38 AM
A month? Close to $1000. And we really don't eat out. And we don't buy meat.
Mr Lady | January 9, 2010 11:47 AM
Between $400 and $500 a month. That includes non-food grocery items like shampoo, diapers, contact solution, etc. We order takeout once or twice a month, and I can't remember the last time we went to a restaurant.
caroline | January 9, 2010 11:52 AM
Our budget is $400, but with formula and poor menu planning against us, it can sometimes inch above that.
Jennie | January 9, 2010 11:53 AM
new reader here!
I spend ~$150 on groceries at a discount store for 1.5 people. I buy food for my snacks/breakfasts/lunches but dinner food for the boy and I.
lisa | January 9, 2010 12:21 PM
I guess it's about 500 dollars a month for 2 adults and one toddler. We are mostly vegetarian at home and we are using cloth diapers. I would like to save more money by cooking at home but takeout is just so convenient.
We live 40 miles from NYC.
bouncy | January 9, 2010 12:32 PM
For me & 20 y/o son, probably $350 a month - plus another $150-200 to eat out. I hate to cook, and am not good at it, so we buy a lot of "convenience" food- and eat out as often as possible. . .
3jaysmom | January 9, 2010 12:47 PM
close to $1,000....we're a household of six...plus a dog...and a fish.
Lujza | January 9, 2010 12:49 PM
i can't wait to hear the explanation. My food budget for the family of 4 is $50 a week. I almost always accomplish it, I pay attention to the sales and use coupons. Plan my menus around what is on sale, etc. My goal is to bring it down until I get to $40 a week, but I am not sure it is going to happen.
Side note, my MIL was sad to hear she would be losing her favorite neighbors.
stacie | January 9, 2010 1:08 PM
We are a family of four and spend probably four hundred a month on food, maybe a little over on months when we eat out or get takeout every weekend.
Sarah | January 9, 2010 1:14 PM
A lot lot.
Like probably $800. Maybe more if you include beer and wine.
Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah | January 9, 2010 1:28 PM
Probably $200 a month on groceries, $150 on going out/ordering in, for a total of $350ish. 2 adult vegetarians, no kids, much beer.
pseudostoops | January 9, 2010 1:41 PM
Interesting to read others' comments! We (hubby, me and 2 year old daughter) spend ~$500/month just on groceries and maybe ~$100-150/month on eating out.
Melanie | January 9, 2010 2:50 PM
For me & my daughter (who is 8) I spend about $300 - $400 a month. That's a lot of fresh fruits & veggies, deli meat & cheese (no prepackaged), and occasionally ground turkey. My soy milk is expensive and so is the soy ice cream I'm addicted to ($6 for a pint). I also buy a lot of Diet Pepsi. I drink about 3 or 4 cans a day, it'd be nice to get that out of the budget. We hardly ever eat out, and when we do, it's usually with family that picks up the bill. And I'd say we spend maybe $20 a month on takeout (pizza), and I spend $100 at Tim Horton's every month (WOW!). My monthly amount seems huge if you consider I eat breakfast on the go, never eat lunch and the girl is only home 4 nights a week. Wow. Curious to see what your follow up post is about.
js | January 9, 2010 2:53 PM
800 - 1,100
But, I live in Canada's most expensive province and Canada overall is more expensive than the US.
Also, I only buy organic meat (have you seen Food Inc?) and eggs. Half the fruit and veggies are organic (I go by what's recommended to buy organic).
I have a small heart attack every time I shop.
mandy | January 9, 2010 4:02 PM
I spend about $400 a month on our family of 3.
I spend about $50 a month to feed our tortoise.
So $450 or so.
We NEVER eat out during the week and usually only once if that on the weekends.
Mar | January 9, 2010 4:17 PM
Probably about $500, including $60 a week for take-out.
Kate | January 9, 2010 5:12 PM
I think for a family of 2.5 (plus another one that's cooking....so I'm eating for two) we spend between $400-500 a month. I'm trying to do a 2-week meal plan to keep me out of the grocery store (those quick trips add up so fast!) and I'm *hoping* we can be in the $300/month range before baby #2 comes at which time I'm sure we'll be back on formula for another $30-50 a month.
We probably spend $100 a less on eating out a month. We love coupons, deals, gift cards & being taken out! ha!
Oh - and I'm in Duluth, MN...and I love reading other people's comments on this!
carrster | January 9, 2010 5:50 PM
Minimum $500 a month. Most of the time, it is $600-$1000. Family of 3. We eat very well and can afford it, but we buy quite a bit of organic stuff and we eat meat 5-6 times a week.
One Mom's Opinion | January 9, 2010 5:53 PM
As much as $800 or as little as $400 depending on when I need household/cleaning items. We live in Louisiana, where salaries are lower but groceries and gas cost as much as in Dallas or Houston, and where you have to send your kids to private schools. Go figure! Family of 4, 3 cats and a dog.
texxla | January 9, 2010 6:00 PM
me, hubby, 3 yr old & 1yr old (vegetarians to boot!)
$800-$1100/month. holy shit, how do you people get by on $400/month!!??
betsy | January 9, 2010 8:04 PM
Our budget is $400 and we usually go over a tad, but not by much... and that's for two adults and three kids... now granted, we are on WIC for the kids, so if I factor that in? It's more like $500
Corinne | January 9, 2010 8:57 PM
Right now, I don't have a very good handle on it to be honest & this # doesn't include newborn in dipes & on formula. But I also have a 2yr old still in dipes. Family of 5 total.
My educated guess is $400-$500...
I want the income of people who spend 800-1000, I can totally see how that happens.
Very interested to see where you are going with this!!
Jane in Pa | January 9, 2010 9:38 PM
Right now, I don't have a very good handle on it to be honest & this # doesn't include newborn in dipes & on formula. But I also have a 2yr old still in dipes. Family of 5 total.
My educated guess is $400-$500...per month
I want the income of people who spend 800-1000, I can totally see how that happens.
Very interested to see where you are going with this!!
Loved reading everyone's answers. We are a family of five, and spend between $800-1000.
Molly | January 9, 2010 9:46 PM
Not including eating out (which is take out Chinese 4 X a month and lunch at panera 3x a month)
Groceries- approx $500 per month family of 4, BUT- oldest son in college- so really 3.5 people)
Tina G | January 9, 2010 9:48 PM
I'm loving reading these comments. We would like to spend around 400-600 a month, but most months it is over $600 for our family of 3 (2 adults, 2 year old). Last month, however, it was a dismal $1000 b/c I was hit super hard with morning sickness and nausea and we ate out a lot and had a lot of quick trips to the store for cravings and convenience items. When I get it down closer to the $500-$400, I am religious about shopping the circulars each week, only buying the loss leaders at the different stores (lots of different trips), feeding my freezer (buying lots of what is on sale), and we don't eat out more than a few times a month. It gets bad when I don't plan and don't reign in the convenience foods. We do a CSA in the summer, and that helps with our summer bills, but somehow we still manage to spend way more than I think we should. (Oh and we eat meat, lots of vegetables and fruit, and I'm gluten free and we have other food allergies which drive the cost up).
wavybrains | January 9, 2010 9:51 PM
About $700, 2 adults, 2 kids. Maybe another $150 in eating outside of the house.
Brad | January 9, 2010 10:28 PM
We usually spend about $600-800, depending. We try to stick to a limit of about $150 a week, but it's probably more like somewhere between $150-200. However, we also eat mostly organic/all natural, which is obviously more expensive. We eat out once a week. Usually on Fridays. I don't count that in our grocery budget though. That's separate from eating out, since eating out is kind of a luxury.
statia | January 9, 2010 10:58 PM
About $400 a month for the 4 of us - down from a billion when the youngest was still on formula and baby food.
Michelle Smiles | January 9, 2010 11:15 PM
I budget $700 a month for our family of four (2 adults, 2 kids) plus 3 indoor (litterbox) cats. We also budget in $100 a month for eating out but don't always spend it all. *We live overseas and the cost of food here is a bit higher. Like, I spent $8.50 on 5 apples at the last trip to the store. I estimate that if we lived in the US I'd be spending $500-600 a month instead.
Heather @critter chronicles | January 10, 2010 1:21 AM
For my husband and I, I budget $400-$450. Our twins are 16 months, and I budget $200-$250 additional for them. If you include cat food and pet grass, our total monthly budget is $700-$800. We only buy organic, and don't have Trader Joe's, so the cost is pretty high. We are in Tampa, FL.
Tess | January 10, 2010 9:12 AM
We're just adjusting from two incomes to one as my husband now stays home with our young toddler. To start, I budgeted $400 per month on people food, $30 per month on dry and canned cat food. We rarely go out. In the past four months though, we've averaged closer to $250-$300 per month for the three of us. We usually plan a two-week menu, and do a larger shopping trip twice per month. On the alternate two weeks, we just buy staples like milk, yogurt, coffee, cheese, etc. My husband worked really hard last summer in our garden and plot at the community garden. Then he canned/froze/stored a bunch of vegetables. I think that this and that we're switching from eating meat is a big reason that we're spending less than originally budgeted.
Somewhere in the Midwest | January 10, 2010 10:25 AM
Oh, and this is my new favorite recipe from a blog we like: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/tempeh-curry-recipe.html.
I keep forgetting the cilantro and I use yogurt instead of cream, but it's still delicious!
Somewhere in the Midwest | January 10, 2010 10:27 AM
Probably about $400/month if you don't count eating out and school lunches for two kids.
Jessa | January 10, 2010 10:33 AM
Between $400 - $500.
3 boys (1 adult 1 teenager and one 2nd grader)
And I'm STILL eaten out of house and home by end of each week.
pamalamadingdong | January 10, 2010 12:04 PM
2 boys (13 & 7) 2 adults we only eat out once a week and we pack lunches 450-500 a month.
steff | January 10, 2010 4:15 PM
600-700$ a month Canadian - but this includes diapers/toddler food/ baby food and formula.
sleepynita | January 10, 2010 6:09 PM
I think about $600 a month for a family of four if you include the occasional takeout/starbucks etc(very similar to you guys, two adults, four year old girl, an almost 2 boy; maryland burbs). We eat a lot of organic.
I am oddly riveted by everyone else's answers!
Laura | January 10, 2010 6:39 PM
This is embarassing. For our family of four and cat, my guess would be about $600 - 700/month in groceries (includes mostly organic produce and meats & seafood, which are often from Costco)and another $600 in school lunches (they take from home about half the time), my husband's lunches and family meals out. I've got to stop going to Harris Teeter and start sending lunch every day!
Kate M | January 10, 2010 7:46 PM
About 600 for a family of two. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, so we had to increase our budget about 50 a week to accomodate gluten free foods.
BunnyBear | January 11, 2010 7:27 AM
About 600 for a family of three. I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease, so we had to increase our budget about 50 a week to accomodate gluten free foods.
We have a budget of $50-$60 a week, which I normally manage to stick pretty close to ... I shop what's on sale, "feed" the freezer, use coupons (most of the time, I haven't gone through them in a few weeks though so I need to get caught up!) We're in Columbus, OH and we've got 3 adults (my brother lives with us while he's in college), 2 kids, and I'm 5 months pregnant. I think we typically spend another $50 a month on eating out (mostly lunches with friends). I can't wait to see what this is all about!
Karen | January 11, 2010 8:46 AM
About $500 no matter how many folks are living here (has been anywhere from 4-6). But after watching Food, Inc., that amount is going up a bit to accomodate the increased cost for organic foods.
Pammer | January 11, 2010 8:50 AM
I could throw out what I guess to be the answer, but now I just HAVE to look. I will consult my online banking (food NEVER goes on credit card, house rule) and get back to you. I haven't really analyzed our spending in at LEAST 6 months. Long overdue.
Sabrina | January 11, 2010 9:12 AM
Well, this is embarrassing. About $1200/mo. AND we get take-out about 1x a week.
Please keep in mind, we are a family of 6 and two of them are teenage boys that eat their own body weight every day. I kind of miss the days they survived on goldfish and air.
heidi | January 11, 2010 9:40 AM
We spend about $400 a month for my husband, myself and my 1 year old. We go out to eat maybe every other week and that adds another $40-$70 per month.
We cook a lot and experiment with different recipes and I try to choose ones that have more less expensive ingredients. There is a magazine: Clean Eating that had a bunch of good inexpensive meals in the current issues. My two favorites I got out of it were Quinoa and Goat Cheese Meatballs and Curried Squash and Spinach over rice.
We try to stay pretty natural: mostly organic produce, natural chicken, organic milk for my girl and not organic dairy for us. We're fortunate that my aunt and uncle have an organic farm and every time we visit my relatives (every month or two) we get a few weeks of grass feed beef and home raised pork and in the summer tons of organic veggies. So that definitely cuts down our costs.
I'd like to go 100% organic but money is tight.
alexa | January 11, 2010 10:02 AM
Approximately $100 per week, family of 4 with two very picky kids that eat the same few things every week (so we buy in bulk). The amount is higher on weeks we need pet food or unusual amounts of paper products. We rarely eat out, at the most it would be $20 at a drive through on our way somewhere.
Meg | January 11, 2010 10:16 AM
We spend about $300 in grocery money per month and around $100 on eating out. This is our average now, but in years past the eating out was way closer to $400 and the grocery closer to $100.
Mutt | January 11, 2010 10:25 AM
I long stopped keeping tabs on what we spend! It's probably somewhere around 400-500? For just us and a 21 month old. Add another 100 or so for eating out and ordering in. So $600?
Good question though, I should look at our spending trend.
Iris | January 11, 2010 11:15 AM
Just taking a rough guess here, but I'd say $400/month for my husband and I. But he eats enough for three people, and we eat a lot of meat. That still seems like so much, though, doesn't it?
Angela | January 11, 2010 11:48 AM
Between $500 and $600 for two of us, but that includes eating out.
We're a DINK, foodie household and we love to entertain, which means I KNOW we spend too much on our food every month. But we also buy very little processed food, and all that produce gets expensive in a hurry.
Megan | January 11, 2010 11:52 AM
Missed this the first time around. We spend between $200-$400/month for two adults (one who is pregnant and one who eats like he is) and a toddler. The actual amount varies depending on our income-desperation. $200 is doable but requires a lot of extra prep (making homemade bread and yogurt, cooking dried beans vs. canned). $300 is more comfortable. $400 is luxury, buy anything level. I actually don't think I've spent that much in a long, long time. We never eat out.
Is it wrong that I find this topic fascinating?
Alias Mother | January 11, 2010 12:48 PM
I'd have to echo pretty much everything Megan said two comments above. My husband is a chef, and we entertain often. We're DINK, no kids, eat out a few times a week, eat tons of produce, and try to buy organic, local, etc. as much as we can. Sooo, with that said, including meals out, I'd say ....EEEPS...$700-800 or so a month. YIKES.
This summer we're participating in a farm share and also growing our own garden, so it should be way down.
Caitlin | January 11, 2010 12:58 PM
Six hundred a month. Two vegan adults. Two cats. Two dogs. This includes all cleaning supplies, personal as well as household. Also includes 30 a week my husband needs for lunches and energy drinks. We eat out together once a week, sometimes less. I spend 40-50 a week on produce at the farmers market. I make an effort to buy local but don't stress about organic. We live in Detroit.
Andrea | January 11, 2010 1:08 PM
I'd also like to add that I, too, am fascinated by these comments. After reading them I realized that the number I gave includes most toothpaste, shampoo, and other hygiene/beauty products, as well as paper goods, cat food, and some other household stuff.
Caitlin | January 11, 2010 1:14 PM
We spend $1000+ on groceries per month for 4 of us. I love to cook (and eat) and so we're always at the store for something.
If I plan my menus in advance, we can cut this amount back to about $800 but not much more than that.
If you add in my breakfast out every day, we're at about $1100 a month.
Wow...that seems really indulgent all of a sudden...
zanie | January 11, 2010 3:40 PM
About $200 or less for the two of us each month. And that includes household stuff too like cleaners, and toilet paper, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc. So maybe all told like $140 on actual food, and then we budget another $50 for eating out.
I am also fascinated by this. Really really fascinated.
Dani | January 11, 2010 6:30 PM
So after reading the comments I was fascinated and I am TERRIBLE about tracking this sort of thing BUT I just signed up for mint.com and it automatically categorizes your spending. I freaked out noting that I spent $1153 on food/grocery in dec and that doesn't include cash at the farmer's market (about $20-30/week) BUT then I remembered that I threw a party for 50 people including a lot of wine in december so that is skewing things. And I'm realizing that I use the grocery stores to get cash back so each bill has an extra $20-40 that is not necessarily grocery (although often spent on farmers market)
According to last October (a more typical month than the holidays I would guess) we spent $541 on grocery and less than $100 on bars/coffee/eating out. That probably mostly includes the $20-30/week at the farmer's market for produce.
Bottom line? About $600 grocery (including alcohol ;) and $100 other food for a family of three, me, hubby and preschooler. And if we throw parties, add a boatload of money.
Melissa H | January 11, 2010 8:19 PM
My grocery budget is around $150 a week, so depending on how many Sundays are in a month around $600-750. (Although if I don't pay attention and plan well, it can get much higher.) We eat a lot of produce and I try and do as much fresh stuff as possible, so that drives up the bill. Oh and we live in SoCal and have a family of 4.
Steph | January 11, 2010 9:57 PM
For the 4 of us (plus 2 cats) we generally spend $700 a month. That includes eating out, the latte-and-a-pastry budget, and hot-lunch once a week for each of the kids. I've factored in our CSA membership, which is a once-a-year $700.
[The CSA has been the single most helpful thing in keeping us to our budget: I plan our meals for the week around what we pick up from the farm; we eat out less because every meal is accounted for; we're not making multiple trips to the store every week to pick up fresh produce. And is is an absolute delight to go to the farm every week.]
nrbp | January 11, 2010 11:48 PM
I keep coming back to the comments on this thread. Now that I am feeling better, I am resuming my thrifty-ish ways. I went to my favorite local grocery store this a.m., toddler in tow, and ad in hand. Now, this is the "expensive" store here, but they have the best organic meats and local produce. Literally every item I bought other than a pack of juice boxes as a toddler bribe was on big sale. $82 which included nearly 20lbs of local meat, and local milk, local potatoes, apples, and other produce. Had I just gone in without a plan like last month, I could have dropped closer to $200 (ahem, last month). Cost Co on Saturday = 150 b/c I had list + coupons. Last month it was close to 250. For us, having a list seems to be the big difference between spending a freakin' grand on groceries and spending more like $600 which is still a lot. But, I have to say, I love this thread so much, because it nice to see that there are others who occasionally range into the absurd numbers along with us . . .
wavybrains | January 12, 2010 2:19 AM
About $250/month for two adults and two boys, ages 4 and 3. That includes food and other regular household items (soap, toothpaste, paper towels, etc). I really only go shopping about once a month and preplan our meals for the month. We only eat out once a week (or less) and that is about $60/month.
amandak | January 12, 2010 11:35 AM
For two adults and a four year old I average $170/week at the grocery store. I also spend about $40.00 a week at Target or Walmart, but that is toilet paper, laundry det. etc. so not "technically" groceries. We rarely eat out. We do eat very well. Steak or some type of beef atleast once a week. We have lots of condiments (that add up) for dishes like Shrimp Pad Thai (i.e fish oil and peanut sauce). Also included in the $170 is about $10 worth of produce for my pet rabbit- endive, broccolli, carrots, apple etc. I absoulutely love conversations like this and am looking forward to all the comments.Thanks Beth.
Mama Leone | January 12, 2010 2:30 PM
Two adults living in a midwestern metro area - not sure of the exact sum, but probably $400-600 month on average. That amount doesn't include cat supplies, but does include non-food items such as paper products, cleaning supplies and some health/beauty. We eat out (cheap takeout, pizza, sometimes fast food etc) multiple times each month because I am lazy and/or bad at meal planning. I am definitely going to keep closer track of our food spending now for both budgeting purposes as well as curiosity!
lws | January 12, 2010 7:15 PM
This is very interesting to me since I am so interested to hear more about people who plan menus in advance, shop strategically with coupons and find the time to cook regularly. We both work and have a 2 year old. Husband does not like to plan in advance and likes to just have options around. He is also not a big dinner person and doesn't want a big meal each night which is great for me since I don't enjoy cooking and we don't get home until 6pm. We also are both trying to eat better/lose weight so we are trying to have better stuff around. I would say we spend between $50-$75 a week in groceries which is mostly food for my son's lunches (our daycare does not provide meals), and my lunch stuff. I buy breakfast at work each day. DH eats lunch out each day. Dinners are usually cereal for us and my MIL feeds my son when she picks him up. We eat out almost every meal on the weekends. So we probably spend at least $150 each weekend on food but that includes paying for my IL's meals since they do so much for us. We go to Costco once a month for paper goods and produce mainly, and that's usually about $100. Plus random Target trips that add up. So, we spend way more than we should, we don't really track it, and we still complain there's nothing to eat at home. After reading what everyone else said, I clearly need to get a handle on all this!
Laura | January 13, 2010 9:51 AM
I'm a little late on this but...we were somewhere over the Atlantic.
I manage about 300 a month on groceries for a family of 4-5. Some of it depends on if Kris is home or not. The kiddos eat lunch at school and I have terrible "forgot to eat" habits. Sometimes I make a sandwich for lunch. Sometimes I remember that I haven't eaten and make some cheese & crackers as a snack a couple of hours before dinner.
What I usually do is about a $200-$250 big haul once a month and then make a small run for milk & bread every week.
It is a little higher in the summertime when the kids are home from school. But I think I do pretty well.
Compared to what I used to spend. For many years I was the self-proclaimed "frozen food queen". I didn't buy anything that wasn't frozen or come in a box and require nothing additional added to it that was more difficult that opening a can of tuna. And veggies. I always used can veggies.
At some point, I figured out that I was actually good at cooking. I just wasn't in the habit of it. Mom never let me in the kitchen as a kid, so I just never cooked. I baked.
I save a TON of money now that I actually prepare decent meals and we rarely eat out unless I'm just really tired and have some extra cash lying around.
Holly Reynolds | January 13, 2010 11:34 AM
Two adults, two big kids (12 and 14), 1 dog, 1 cat. This includes all cleansers and health and beauty aids. $800/month.
Christine | January 13, 2010 3:19 PM
At least $800 excluding take out and the health food store for our family of 4.
Trying to go gluten free and organic which has increased expenses, but we're oh so worth it.
valerie | January 13, 2010 7:38 PM
Running about $1500/ month now for groceries (so that includes sundries). Basically that is what I spend at the grocery store, drug store, and Costco. Family of 5, 3 of whom are teenaged boys 6' and over. Unbelievably, it was close to $3000 when I decided to start tracking it about a year ago, so we've cut back quite a lot. We almost never eat out, and I love to cook and do so a lot on the weekends, but I do rely on Costco-type dinners on worknights more often than I'd like. It would be a lot less if hubs wasn't such a meat-and-potatoes guy.
This is in Silicon Valley. Oh, and that includes alcohol.
Inga | January 18, 2010 5:40 PM
We spend somewhere around six hundred on a family of five (two adults, one four year old, one two year old and one four month old that nurses exclusively.) We're ovo-lacto veggies, too, but we buy mostly organic (I would say 90 percent, though I did just pick up that conventional pineapple that was on sale and really smells quite nice) and we buy local, nourishing foods whenever possible. Our eggs are from a local farm, I'm a big believer in green smoothies (soooo expensive to make but cheaper than buying smoothies somewhere else!) and fermented foods (saurkraut, kombucha, etc.) I know people who spend somewhere around 800 a month on food (mostly meat eaters who only buy quality meat--that can add up as far as I can tell.)
A chunk of that is entertainment food and eating out (like, coffee shop trips, family dinners out, picking up a quick lunch from the Indian restaurant, etc.) We buy very little in the way of packaged foods. Trader Joe's trail mixes sometimes sneak in the house, as do some yogurts (YoBaby, you are evil), fruit leathers, ubiquitous organic chocolate milks in single serving sizes, chocolate chips that somehow disappear the same day they arrive in the pantry, etc. Nobody's perfect, eh?
I should also note that we grow a lot of our food in the summer and we're trying to turn almost all of our backyard into a permaculture (fruit trees, grape vines, and annual vegetables and fruits.) Hopefully that will redirect our food budget and make a significant impact on it this summer.
Ashley | January 19, 2010 7:41 PM
We spend $400-$500 a month for a family of five. I have the worst anxiety about grocery shopping so I do it all at the beginning of the month (thank god for the freezer!) and then make a milk run in the middle of the month. I hit the grocery store and Costco to stock up but I am finding as we are buying more and more organic we are eating less and less meat and poultry because it is so stinking' expensive.
Michelle Pixie | January 22, 2010 9:10 PM
Wow. We are a family of four: one kid eats only plain pasta/pizza/ritz crackers, and the other is only 15 months old. We spend about $1000 a month. That includes paper & cleaning products, toiletries, and we probably spend another 100-150 on eating out. I am veggie, hubby is meat lover, and he loves to cook, and I am terrible at planning meals, it just feels like such a brain drain at the moment! I would love to only spend $400 a month, and still have organic/fresh stuff. How do you folks do it? We live in St Louis, and food prices have risen a lot in the last year, and do seem pricey compared to other places I've visited, but there must be something we can do.....we did grow herbs (successfully), tomatoes and a few other veggies last year, but it didn't seem to make a dent in our grocery bill.
Clare | January 23, 2010 12:14 AM
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