Grocery Budget for 2?

posted 2 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: How much do you and your partner spend on groceries per week?
    $25 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    $50 : (20 votes)
    14 %
    $75 : (33 votes)
    23 %
    $100 : (46 votes)
    33 %
    $125 : (40 votes)
    28 %
    We mostly eat out : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 31
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    1648 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We cook for about 5 nights a week and I think we spend around $30-50 a week in New York city. We eat mostly frozen food. Rice. Beans. Chicken. Broccoli. Very very simple ingredients that I get tired of sometimes. I make it interesting with some different flavors. We then splurge on rating out about once a month. We are super frugal 

    Post # 32
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    2014 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    $180 every two weeks. So little less then $100 a week. I cook at home almost 7 days a week. I make enough so there will be leftovers. I buy lots of fruit for me and other things for him. I’m trying to be on the healthy side which is hard to lower your bill, but I’m getting it there. 

    Post # 33
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    1648 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Oh another thing. We don’t pay for drinks. No alcohol, he makes coffee, I get juice and soda at work. Not paying for liquids helped! 

    Post # 34
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    3223 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    $75-100 depending on the week and where we shop. I cook probably 4-5 nights a week, we eat out more than we should, especially Darling Husband who eats lunch out daily. I’m a teacher so I never eat lunch out. We need to revamp our budget majorly since we’ll have a baby in about 3 weeks and I’m not going to be going back to work for at least a year. But hopefully we’ll be too scared to go out to restaurants with babe anyway and that will help 😜

    Post # 35
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    299 posts
    Helper bee

    About $120 per week, but I’m really trying to get a handle on not buying more than I need because I’ve been throwing a lot out. I try to eat mostly fruits and vegetables, and we do join a CSA, so when that kicks in, our bill goes down significantly. I cook 5-6 nights a week and will eat leftovers for lunch. My Boyfriend or Best Friend works from home though and has a seriously fast metabolism, so he will devour anything that’s in the kitchen cabinets that doesn’t involve cooking within a couple days. 

    Post # 36
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    282 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    We spend about $80-$100 per week. We dont buy any premade meals. The only premade food we buy is soup or chicken burgers. We do buy our meats in bulk from costco about once a month to 6weeks and it runs us about $60. If we have to do a “stock” run ex. Toiletries or condiments that can increase our bill to about $130 but thats again only every other month or so.

    We do have take out 1 night a week and usually buy a quick lunch on weekends when we run our errands. We meal prep our breakfast and lunches on Sundays and meal plan our dinners for the week. Kills our Sundays mostly but we have much less stress and more time to ourselves during the week.

    Post # 37
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    240 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn

    We spend between $100 and $125 per week. We eat meat at every dinner and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. We cook most of our meals, and we actually eat out maybe once or twice a week, and almost exclusively on the weekends for dinner. Another reason why our grocery bill is larger is we try to cook enough dinner for lunch the next day. 

    Post # 38
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    1679 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2018

    pussinboots83 :  Definitely give it a shot!  I have only been doing it for a few weeks and already feel heaps better and my skin looks better, and it doesn’t affect what my Fiance has to eat.

    I scour vegetarian instagrams and websites, and find meals that I like the look of.  I usually only have a small breakfast like two weetbix with milk and some berries on top, then for lunch this week I have had vegetarian burritos with roasted cauliflower, broccoli, carrot, brown rice, salsa and black beans and “meatballs” that are actually parmesen cheese, broccoli and almonds, in a marinara sauce.  I get my groceries delivered on a Sat evening or Sun morning, and meal prep on sunday so I can refrigerate/freeze my lunches.  Then I don’t feel so guilty about a dinner of stroganoff or lamb chops haha.  

    Post # 39
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    43 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2020

    In Australia – we spend $60-$70 per week on a vegan diet, for 6 days a week + lunches. We’ve always been super cheap shoppers though!!

    Post # 40
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    500 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We spend around £80 a week (I think that’s $100ish). I eat low-carb which involves lots of meat and vegetables so it’s not the cheapest way of eating. 

    Post # 41
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    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

    mrsginger :  You’re not that weird! Don’t let anybody convince you that you are! We do the same – shop and eat according to our needs and likes. It’s really good for us individually, and I’m not sure why more people don’t do it this way. It’s really hard to be hungry when someone else is hungry, want to eat the same thing they do, etc. And, same thing for us, we will cut our budget in almost every other place before we cut food – we are both particular about our ingredients and want to feel good. 

     

    Post # 42
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    1255 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    On a week when we don’t entertain we probably spend about $75 a week. This is only on food though (doesn’t include housekeeping items, dog food, shampoo/conditioner). We are mostly vegetarian and cook nearly everything from scratch. Our shopping trips compose primarily of produce, grains, and legumes – we don’t even bother with most of the other aisles. We’ve recently scaled WAY back on dairy. We used to eat a lot of cheese and milk items and since cutting those down our grocery bill has shrunk considerably.

    We cook every night and go out for dinner maybe 1x a month (usually to a friend’s not to a restaurant) and entertain maybe 1x a month — but when we entertain I usually do a separate shopping trip and that’s often an additional $50-100 just for that meal. 

    Post # 43
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    751 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2015

    sarahparkview :  I so agree! Like, once we went to this method about 2 years ago, I have no idea why we EVER did it differently…and why more people don’t do it! It’s so much easier and it doesn’t cost us any togetherness–we still eat together (whether one of us is eating or we both are) and of course when we go out for dinner we eat at the same time. Plus, it’s fun seeing what the other is having. I always go “Chopped” on Darling Husband when he sits down with whatever he’s made: “Chef, describe your dish please,” lol.

    Props to you, individual eater. 😉

    Post # 44
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    227 posts
    Helper bee

    sarathemermaid :  I spend about $50 a week, and that is for all three meals, 7 days a week, for hubby and I. I make dinner 6 nights a week (we go to his parents once a week for dinner), and we typically take leftovers or sandwiches for lunch, and have simple breakfasts (smoothie, bars, oatmeal, etc). I try to plan my meals out, so there is less waste, and I buy in bulk, and meal prep. We live in a large city, and I also use coupons whenever possible.

    Post # 45
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    256 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Family of 3 with an 18 month old and I budget to be at $100 or less per week. This includes diapers. I luckily think it’s fun to try and get at least $30 in discounts per shopping trip…I use my store’s app and get extra discounts. 

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