Post # 1
I am curious how much other couples spend on groceries?
I cook about 6 nights a week. I work from home half of my day, so I’m fortunate to be able to eat lunch at home everyday. My FI and I usually get dinner out once a week and breakfast or brunch on Sundays. I feel like I spend a lot on groceries (usually $100, $75 would be a cheap week for us).
I usually make halfway elaborate meals too, which typically means more ingredients. And my FI eats a TON.
Feel free to comment how much your family budget is too!
Post # 2
I cook 4-5 nights a week (we eat with family 2 nights and generally eat out on Saturday nights). Our grocery bill is generally around $100. This includes everything I need for those meals, plus things to make lunches with (we take a packed lunch to work 4-5 days a week) and other things we may need (toiletries, dishwashing liquid, etc). It also includes food and litter for our cat.
If we run out of a lot of things at once our bill can be close to $200. Then there are weeks where we need hardly anything and I can spend $50-75.
Post # 3
We spend around $120 per week for the two of us.
We also live in one of the biggest cities in the US and so our cost of living is huge. We save money by usually shopping at Trader Joe’s. If we shopped at Whole Foods, we’d probably be spending more.
Post # 4
I cook on average 4 nights a week and we do left overs for the remaining dinners and some lunches and we do pretty basic lunches (like PB&J). Typically we are somewhere between $75 and $100. I’d say we average around $80 a week on groceries. I try to meal plan around what’s going to be on sale that week, incoporate at least one vegetarian meal per week, and I’m pretty good at picking out meals that have overlapping ingredients so that I can use all of what I buy.
My husband isn’t a big easter and I’m trying to lose weight so we usually have a good amount of food leftover which lets us stretch our budget a little further.
This week was high ($115) because I bought a bunch of cleaning supplies (paper towels, dish soap, dishwasher detergent) and some pharmacy stuff which aren’t usually on my list.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2017 - Cottage
We spend about $100/week for both of us on groceries. We rarely eat out or order in right now as we are trying to cut costs before the wedding… and we are trying to keep it very basic right now so I would say $100 sounds about right. Before it was like $150-200 a week for sure, cause we used to order, eat out or take out more, maybe 1-2 times/week.
Post # 6
We spend $80-110 every week. We usually cook 4 nights per week, and do another easy dinner/leftovers on one more night. He brings lunch to work everyday, and I bring 4 days per week.
For the meals we make, we try to do 50% vegetarian, 25% fish, 25% meat. A lot of our grocery budget goes toward healthy snacks for him to eat at work. We could probably get it a bit lower, but I’m pretty happy with where we are. For a while we were terrible about meal planning and ended up eating out 4-5 nights a week and we are saving so much more money now.
Post # 7
It’s crazy how much costs like these vary from place to place. We spend around £30 a week on groceries, which is currently less than $40.
This is for lunches to bring to work and dinners for the week, we probably eat out for lunch or dinner a few times but this is not counted in grocery money and we would just have that nights dinner the next day, we still buy about 7 days of food.
We typically pick 2 or 3 lunches to bring to work for the week, so this week for example we had 3 days of pulled pork sandwiches in brioche buns and 2 days of a green pesto pasta salad, topped with things like chickpeas, coleslaw, rocket, apple, pumkpkin seeds, prosciutto. For dinners we typically have salmon/ haddock and veg for a few nights as it’s so quick and healthy, if we get home from work late we can steam some salmon and have it with some chilli sauce, baby corn, sugarsnaps and a bit of salad.
We always get a bottle or two of red wine and some crips/ice cream/ chocolate for snacking during a movie or something.
Post # 8
We spend about $100-$120 on groceries for the week. We are in a VHCOL. But that does include 8 lunches (4 for him and 4 for me) plus dinner for 4-5 nights of the week.
Sometimes if we get wine or beer, that’s an additional $20-$30 per week.
We eat a ton of veggies.
Comparatively, if we eat out, it’s like 60-100 for one meal so this is a steal.
Post # 9
We average $100-$120 a week. We cook dinner six nights a week, eat breakfast at home and almost alway bring our lunches to work. DH is big on snacks and if we were to cut back on those we could probably save an additional $10-15
Post # 10
Usually around $100/week for the two of us for dinners, leftovers and lunches a week. We usually eat out once on the weekend and my husband eats out once a week for lunch. I usually cook based on the weekly ads and/or what meat we have in the freezer. I do stock up on some meat staples like chicken parts once every few months at Costco so that isn’t something we have to buy frequently at the grocery store.
Post # 11
sarathemermaid : We average $200AUD per week for groceries or $150USD. That’s cooking dinner 6 nights, 4 work lunches for me, and 2-3 work lunches for FI (he loves take out for lunc :/). Any take out or restaurant foods come out of our “play money” budget.
Our grocery budget also includes things like cleaning products, basic beauty stuff (like shampoo or razors) and dog food.
I could eat for $50 a week I reckon, but FI is an absolutely drama queen when it comes to food. He is extremely fussy, likes very meat based meals and will only accept the best meat cuts. Our latest food arguement was that he wanted me to use porterhouse steak at the very least for a slow cooker stew!
I have been eating vegetarian for breakfast and lunch, which helps me get my veggies in so I feel the meaty dinner doesn’t hurt so much. Can definitely tell the difference in the weekly shop cost!
Post # 12
youngbrokebride : doing vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch is a fantastic idea, I can’t believe that never occurred to me. I struggle to get veggies into my diet so I am going to give this a try starting next week.
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek
We spend about $80-100 per week on groceries. We eat out 2-3 times per month, so I’m not factoring that into our grocery budget. I make lunches (salad, sandwich, and fruit) for both of us every day, and we eat breakfast at home too (yogurt, bananas, cereal, etc.). We cook dinner 3-4 times per week, and we normally make enough for leftovers for nights when one or both of us is working late.
Post # 14
sarathemermaid : we spend about $125. We’re in an expensive-ish part of Canada for food, when we moved here we went up by about $25/week.
DH is also home all day (works from home) and eats lunch at home, I generally try to pack lunch for work as well – we try not to eat out.
Post # 15
We are usually between $50-$75 depending on if we need to buy any meat or processed foods. We usually don’t buy too much meat though. (we usually only do chicken when we have meat, and I just get big bags of frozen that lasts us a few weeks) We eat dinner at home usually 6 nights a week, I bring a lunch from home every day for work, and DH brings a lunch 4 out of 5 days.