Grocery Budget for 2?

posted 6 months 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 # 46
    Member
    160 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2017

    We spend 125AUD a week, 2 adults and 3 children (6,4 and 2) 

    Mumma is a bomb budgeter lol 

    Post # 47
    Member
    855 posts
    Busy bee

    Budget can vary so much by region. We love produce and when we buy a container of fruit where I live it’s like $4. Where my parents live, you can buy the exact same thing 3/$1. 

    With that meal planning has made a big difference on our budget. We still buy the fresh fruit and veggies we like, but I try to use them in a few different ways to lessen the waste. I also try to shop what is on sale. For items that don’t go bad quickly or I can freeze, I try to stock up when they go on sale. For example, beef goes on sale about once a month at our grocery store. I normally buy like 10 lbs and I will freeze it and take it out. My bill is more expensive that week, but it’s costing me roughly half price.

    We do most of the cooking at home. Maybe eat out 2-3 times a month. I also bring lunch with me to work, DH usually has leftovers too. I’d say we normally spend about $70 a week.

    Post # 48
    Member
    81 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    We spend way too much on food. I budget about $600/month for groceries and $200/month for eating out lunches (average fast take out lunch by my work is $10). I’ve really been trying to eliminate this lunch spending by doing meal prep on Sundays. I know this sounds ridiculous for 2 people, but we live in a very expensive area and don’t have kids yet. 

    Weekly groceries break down to about $120. We spend about $60 at Trader Joes and $60 at Blue Apron (this is the only way I can get DH to cook meals). We could save so much money not doing Blue Apron, but I work really late some nights and it’s so nice coming home to a home cooked meal. Plus it’s still cheaper than eating out in our area.

    I’ve been trying to budget for a baby and our food budget is the one place I’m struggling to trim. How do you all do it?!

    Post # 49
    Member
    1619 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    We go grocery shopping every 2 weeks, and our budget is $100, so $50 a week. We do often go over budget by a few dollars but it’s never over $120 for 2 weeks. 

    We both eat vegan at home (but my husband eats whatever he wants at work or at restaurants) so that helps a lot with keeping costs down. The majority of our grocery money is spent on produce. Our meals are typically very vegetable, bean, and rice heavy. We do buy some fake meats and cheeses sometimes but only eat them a couple times in the 2 week period. And for the record, my meat eating husband likes the meat substitutes way more than I do. I would rarely eat them if it weren’t for him. 

    We split the cooking and each time we go grocery shopping we each put together a list of the meals that we will cook. The list is just the combination of all those recipe ingredients. We do a pretty good job of sticking to the list. 

    We eat out about once a week.  Lunches are almost always leftovers, but I eat lunch out maybe once a month. My husband’s work often pays for catering (like pizza or subs) for lunch, so that helps too.  

    We live in a large city in the Midwest. 

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