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

posted 9 years ago in Cooking
Post # 74
947 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@jindc: Commissary fee?  I’ve never heard of one.  We go to Ft. Myer and I find it has a better selection than Bolling.  I LOVE LOVE Wegman’s.  I went to college in Syracuse, NY and fell in love with that grocery store; however, I hate dealing with the traffic to go out to Fairfax or Woodbridge. 

How long has it been since you shopped at the commissary?  We started a year ago, and I do find it cheaper than Safeway or a Walmart Supercenter. 

Post # 75
1995 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’d say we spend about $350 -400/month for 2 people.  Granted that grocery bill includes stuff like razors, vitamins, ziploc bags, TP, detergents etc.  We almost never eat out – maybe once a month for lunch.  We eat 90% vegetarian and semi organic.  So the organic dairy products & organic dirty dozen produce costs us more.  I’ve started to coupon but I haven’t gotten into it too much.

Post # 76
59 posts
Worker bee

I spend $120-$140 per month for groceries for myself. I do most of my shopping at Whole Foods. I am vegetarian and eat a lot of fruit and vegetables.

Typical meals look like this:

cereal with skim milk,  piece of fruit, nuts

hummus sandwich with greens, redpeppers, cucumbers; piece of fruit, tortilla chips

yogurt cup

scrambled eggs on naan bread,  spinach salad

Snack: icecream

I always have plenty of food.






Post # 77
266 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

we live in Illinois and also eat a lot of produce and whole foods- hardly any gluten products and not much of anything from the “middle aisles” so our grocery bill is about $80-$100 per week or more if we eat out or splurge on anything..that’s around $400 a month and we’re in the midwest but I have Ulcerative Colitis though it’s in remission so I have to spend money on quality food.


I remember though, when I was in undergrad and I lived in a very small town in northern Missouri….for just myself, I would spend $25 a week…but I ate CR*P! like my blood pressure was up and I was really sick! Now I guess it’s around $50/week for myself.

Post # 78
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We spend about $100-$150 on groceries every week. Plus we eat dinner out once a week (usually Friday night pizza) and we both eat lunch out a few times a week at work. Yeah, we spend a lot on food.

Post # 79
659 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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@Nati-Lyte:  There’s a “surcharge” for the commisary, they just don’t call it a tax….it’s like 5% or something, and I hate the whole bagging process…makes me feel so uncomfortable! But I do think Ft Meyer has a decent selection of some things like chips (FH loves Route 11 chips!).  Now the PX on base…that’s different – there are some really good deals there and the gourmet food section is pretty great!  We got an amazing pretzel mustard there:)

The traffic to Weggies does suck, but it’s worth it – go early!  They just opened one in PG county and it’s next to a Costco so it’s fun!


Post # 80
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would spend more if I could.  Healthy food affects you in so many ways.  Health matters so much!  Food is one thing I always buy healthy, regardless of the cost.  Healthy food is my splurge.

Post # 81
61 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We spend $400 a month a groceries in the Midwest. But that includes my Diet Coke addiction, almost all fresh or organic food, and 1-2 bottles of wine a week!

Post # 82
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

120-160 per week. we do not eat out at all….not even coffee

Post # 83
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

$100 each time. at least. Or close to it. SUCKS!!

Post # 84
11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We’re definitely at the higher end! I struggle to stay at $100 or less per week and we live in the midwest. Admittedly I don’t really try that hard to keep costs down. I never coupon or look for deals or stockpile or anything. And I don’t go to the cheapest grocery store or buy store brands that much (except on stuff we really prefer the store brand on). Sometimes I feel bad for not trying harder, but being that food is a basic necessity I just feel like if we can afford to eat what we want we just should. 

Post # 85
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I feel like we’re spending too much. We spend about £70 every week and that’s just for our proper grocery run. There’s also the in-between runs to the corner store when we run out of things, want a snack, etc.

Post # 86
30 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

I think we spend around $200/mo at the grocery store + a trip to costco (around once a month) which runs around $150. We try to eat as much as we can at home for dinner, probably go out ~2x per week and we both take our own lunches everyday. I wish food was cheaper or I was better at planning meals! I hate when it goes bad!

Post # 87
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would say about $400/month, plus we eat out once or twice a week… Food costs us a lot but I swear its the cleaning products and detergents and paper towels that kill us…  We live in Boston….  Try to coupon but never see anything we can use- mainly coupons for multiple product purchases, etc….

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