(Closed) For those with no kids, how much do you spend on groceries?

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We spend a lot. I think it partly depends on where you live (Boston, DC, NYC, San Francisco, etc. are going to be more expensive) and also where you shop and what you buy.  We probably spend about $100 a week, give or take. We cook at home and don’t buy processed food for the most part, but we spend a lot on vegetables, fruits, spices (SO expensive) and meat/fish for Fiance (I’m vegetarian).

Post # 15
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Newbee

We spend about $120-$130 a week for the two of us.  We usually eat out 1-2 meals a week too.  So we do spend a lot on food!! 

Post # 16
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Honey bee

Wow, we spend $450-500 a month for the 2 of us, and we don’t eat out very much. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We spend 6-800 dollars a month for two of us. We buy organic product, no processed foods, etc.. so we spend a quite a bit more. We also don’t eat out.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

$70-$100 per week

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

We actually spend about $50-75 a week and I shop every two weeks, with a weekly trip to replenish produce/perishables.  We have a discount grocery store nearby that gets “off” products from manufacturers that cannot go to a regular grocery store (ripped box lid, misprinted label, etc).  I can get boxes of Cherrios for $2, cans of veggies for $.25, bottles of tea for $.30, name brand shampoos for $1.50… I absolutely LOVE this store!!

I also go to regular stores for things I can’t get there, because their stock rotates… you never know what you’ll find!  We really lucked out with this store, but I know they exist other places in the country.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

If I plan out our week of meals ahead of time (which I do, but I tend to get swamped at work and don’t get it done…sad face!), I can keep it around $90.  But I do notice that come Thursday and Friday, the produce is running super low at home.

We eat out once a week and we bring lunch to work every day. 

Tip: when in doubt, always have eggs for breakfast for dinner:)

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Way to damn much. We buy as cheap as possible and eat out too much. Usually we spend about $100 when we go shopping in one big swing but we usually go back for a billion little things we forgot or suddenly decide we want.

Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA

I have no idea how much we spend on groceries.  We go shopping about once a month and pick up perishables whenever we need them. I do all the cooking, so I put anything we need in the cart and then DH pays for it.

We’ve done grocery shopping like that from the very beginning. It was really hard for me the first few times we went grocery shopping… At first I’d put something in the cart and look at him to make sure it was okay. Then he finally just said, “you’re doing the cooking. You know what you need and want, so don’t worry about it.” 

 

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Don’t feel bad, my food budget is $700/month for both of us ($350 for groceries) and I always go over. Oh farmer’s market how I love you, but you’re so hard on my wallet.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

holy majority of people in this thread spends so little on food. What am I doing wrong haha.. we spend about 100-300$ a week on groceries I make everything from scratch, but I’m also gluten and lactose intolerant so that makes some items a whole lot more expensive. depends if we hit the farmers market or costco;  cause costco bills are always expensive.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

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@lthai: lol.. I was thinking the same thing. We don’t go to costco, but there’s this great little market near our house of all organic meats, produce, and other stuff.. we spend about 150 dollars there each week + I stop at the normal store for odds and ends a few times a week.

Post # 26
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Honey bee

I’m happy when we spend $100 or less, and its just us two. We eat a ton of produce and only buy whatever meat is on sale. We usually eat out once a week and we bring our lunches to work everyday. I also coupon and shop based on the weekly ad. I have no idea how to get our bill lower!!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I currently don’t shop right now, but this is one thing I am concered about when we get married. I will be keeping a very tight budget and cooking most meals. working on creating a cookbook with lots of recipies and thinking about this. 

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We budget $125 per week for the two of us. Usually we spend closer to $100 but the extra helps get things like the cat food and over the counter drugs. That’s generally enough food for us for breakfast each day, 5 dinners, and some leftovers for some lunches. Admittedly, we don’t cut too many corners or try to save much money in this area–we’re big foodies and cooking good meals together is something we really enjoy. We buy produce, meats, dairy and bulk items…not much in the way of canned or packaged foods and shop at a slightly higher than average priced grocery store.

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