Post # 1
My husband and I try to keep it at $125 a week, and that doesn’t count the once a week that we eat out. However, if we make a special recipe or something, that usually goes up. We do shop sometimes at WF, TJoes, local co-ops, but not always. Honestly, it’s a major struggle to stay within our budget every week. I’m also vegetarian (and he is too, when we’re at home!) so maybe that makes it more expensive?
I’m curious what others spend…
Post # 3
@QueenOfSerendip: I would think being a vegetarian would make it cheaper! We eat very healthy, but eat a lot of organic, grass fed beef or bison. Organic chicken, etc. Good quality meat is expensive. we spend probably $150 a week
Post # 4
Also – Comment below if you eat out a lot/ never eat out/ anything else that might impact! 🙂
Post # 5
@Krpink: I definitely think if you buy high-quality meat, it would be more expensive. Kudos to you BTW! However, a lot of our friends just grill a couple hot dogs for dinner, or throw a whole chicken (non-organic) into the oven. It’s harder to come up with a variety of meals as a veg, and usually more ingredients are needed to flavor food.
Post # 6
@QueenOfSerendip: I think we spend too much. He eats like a hog. I’m surprised half the stuff even makes it home from the grocery store. Wish I had his metabolism, if I ate like that I’d be a whale!
Post # 7
I usually aim to keep it around $125-150 & most of the time I do… IF I go by myself. If I send or bring Darling Husband with me, he’s notorious for throwing random crap in the cart. I’m sure some of you can relate to this!
Post # 8
When we buy groceries, we are usually around $60 for 1 weeks worth of food. If we buy for 2 weeks worth, it’s around $100. But if we do buy for 2 weeks, we end up eating out 3-4 times, bringing it up to about $150. We try to do two weeks, though because it’s just much easier with his long hours and my class schedule.
Post # 9
We budget $40 a day for the both of us. We’re non meat eaters too! And yes, organic produce is so freaking expensive, especially where we live now… Back in LA the farmers markets were full of affordable organic produce for 1/2 the price of WF. Oh and our favorite grains (farro) are more expensive than say a thing of rice.
ETA: We don’t eat out a lot in MN, but LA we ate out pretty frequently.
Post # 10
We spend around $50-$75 a week for the two of us. We shop at local grocery chains, WF, and TJ’s. We buy a ton of fresh veggies/fruit/meats/cheeses etc. and not very much packaged or canned items. We eat out maybe 1-2 times a week (mainly one lunch and one dinner on the weekends). We eat breakfast at home, and for lunch we pack a lunch to bring to work, and dinner we eat at home. I do coupon, a little, but our local store won’t double coupons anymore so there goes all the good deals. We start every Sunday morning making a list of dinners for the week, and from there make the grocery list. This helps a ton not buying other junk that looks yummy!
Post # 11
Average between $200-$300 per week. We buy organic.
Post # 12
We spend between $175 to $200 family of 4.
Post # 13
I spend about $100 every two weeks, only because I don’t cook as often as I would like due to my work schedule. That also includes paper products and toiletries.
Post # 14
Darling Husband does all the grocery shopping and he budgets $350 a month – that doesn’t include eating out, but it does include household items like shampoo, paper towels, etc. So about $85 – $90 a week. It sometimes comes in a little under for the month – but one week might be $125, another week might be $50. We menu plan at the beginning of the week.
Post # 15
@QueenOfSerendip: We try to spend around $125, too. We don’t shop at WF or TJoes just because we don’t have them in our area (I wish!), but I eat a lot of ‘healthy’ food and almost entirely all fresh food (no packaged/processed) so we also struggle with keeping in our budget. We do make a lot of meals so that is where the price tends to go up. I would love to get by on $50-70 a week, but honestly I don’t know how that would realistically ever happen for us!
We go out an average of 3 times week.
Also, I know food costs vary sometimes by location. When FI’s family comes to visit us from the Midwest they always comment about how much more expensive the food is in our Northeast area.
Post # 16
Depending on the trip (whether there is alot of meat ect) It is usually between $70-$100 per week with us going out maybe once so about $150 altogether at the most.
I would suggest trying to find a local market as locally grown produce is cheaper and healthier. We are lucky to have alot of farmers around so in the summer we spend $20 and get tons of fresh veggies for the week.