Post # 31
We live in WA.
For a family of 3, we only spend around $200/mo.
I always use coupons / digital coupons / buy things on sale and stock up on staples when they are on sale. I don’t feel that we deprive ourselves or forgo fresh produce either. The biggest expense is definitely fresh fruit like raspberries, peaches, mangoes, etc.
Post # 32
My Fiance and I live in MD and we spend about $40-$60 a week on groceries, so about $200 a month. That doesn’t include any meals we eat out but we do get enough for lunches and dinners to have leftovers that we can bring for lunch or eat over the weekends.
Post # 34
We’re two and spend about $150 per week on groceries. We both eat clean though so we only buy veggies/fruits/meat which tend to be the pricier items.
Post # 35
I live in Ohio, and probably spend $50-$70 a week (sometimes more, sometimes less) for the two of us. He’s a restaurant Groomsmen, so he eats most of his meals (lunch & dinner) at work for free.. and he works evenings so I usually only make dinner for us 2 days a week, the rest of the week I’m on my own and can make cheap dinners. So honestly that $50-$70 is mostly for myself.. I rarely buy him things, since he doesn’t eat at home very often.
Post # 36
Before I met Fiance, I could easily live off $100/month….but it’s because I know how to cook like 3 meals, so I lived off of pasta, salads, baked potatoes, etc…
Fiance loves to cook and insists that ingredients be bought fresh. So rather than, say, buying a family-sized package of steaks and freezing what we don’t use that night…we basically go to the grocery store every day to pick out that night’s dinner. We don’t really see eye-to-eye on this point (personally, I see nothing wrong with freezing/thawing steaks, chicken, etc…he’s adamant that it affects the taste/texture), we live frugally in almost all other areas, so we’re willing to splurge a bit to ensure that we’ve got amazing, fresh meals ever night.
I just looked it up on my credit card: we have averaged $571/month at grocery stores over the past year. We could EASILY cut it back if we needed to (by shopping sales, buying larger quantities, choosing less expensive dinner options), so I think a $400 budget is really reasonable.
The thing about budgeting is that you’ve got to have some flexibility. Set it at $400 and stick with it for a pre-determined “trial period” (such as 3 months)….after the trial period is up, sit down and re-evaluate. You may find that you need to reorganize your budget to better align with your priorities (i.e. if your $400 budget means you’re giving up healthier options in favor of cheaper processed foods, maybe move some money from other areas – clothes, entertainment, etc. -or, if you find that $400 is more than enough, you may want to lower food budget and move those funds elsewhere)
Post # 37
woah! we spend about $250/month on groceries, not counting out to eat expenses, which we go out to eat about 2-3 times a week if we can meet up for lunch breaks. we live in MN.