The cost of Groceries depends a lot on WHERE you live.
I am in Canada, we pay a lot more here for Groceries than in the USA… and some parts of the USA pay more than others (trucking costs, climate, growing season, etc)
Mr TTR and I are older, and semi-retired, we don’t have a lot of other costs any longer (such as a Mortgage) so we spend a good portion of our monthly household budget on food, and we eat well.
As a general rule of thumb we spend aprox $ 200 every 10 Days… so about $ 600+ a month and that is strictly for food items. And for items that we eat at home… we also have a good sized Eat Out / Entertainment Budget as well.
And we have another seperate budget for “other” household items like Paper Products (TP, PT, Kleenex), Cleaning Supplies (Dishwashing Liquid, etc), Beauty & Drugstore Spending (Soap, Shampoo etc). We make seperate trips to other stores for those kinds of things, because the Grocery Store charges too much for them IMO*
* In Canada a lot of these items I buy at Chain stores like Shoppers Drug Mart and Canadian Tire. Because not only are they generally cheaper than Grocery Stores for these items, but ALL of these stores (notice I didn’t mention WalMart)… have Customer Loyalty Programs (which are a big thing in Canada with Canadian Retaillers) … so I get points / cash back on my purchases… and that can really add up over time, to the point that often I get these items completely for FREE !!
Overall, items are more expensive in Canada to begin with… including Groceries.
This comes down to a variety of things such as a shorter growing season, more items being imported, and the fact that we have a system in place (Price Control Boards) so that prices stay within reason for all Canadians across our vast … and sometimes remote parts… of our Country (so the guy in Canada’s North can afford to buy groceries too)
So for example, we all as individuals pay fractionally more for milk here than you all do in the USA.
If you want to eat well and spend less, then the trade off is usually one has to put more time and effort into the process… be that thru Menu Planning, Shoppping the Specials, Coupon Clipping, Visiting Various Stores, etc.
Loblaws my favourite Grocery Store in Ontario, has recently introduced their own Loyalty Program… and I now earn points on my purchases. We’ve been a member since mid May and we’ve already earned more than $ 200 in FREE Groceries. That is awesome, means I will earn back aproximately $ 400 to $ 600 annually on stuff I would buy any how.
Hope this helps,