(Closed) Hubby gave me a grocery budget…HOW DO YOU DO IT??

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why is the budget totally up to him? Why don’t you have any input? Even if you don’t work, you’re married so its both of your money. And why is it just cash? That would totally stress me out! I’d probably spend about $50 because I’d be so afraid of going over. 

 

 

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Is there room to have a larger budget to make an initial investment in staples? Like dried beans, rice, pasta, etc? Because 100$ is definitely doable, but it would be a lot easier if you could maybe spend $40-50 more initially and buy staples in bulk. 

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think on average, $100 a week is doable.  I think spending only $100 in a week can be more difficult though.  Buying things in bulk is often cheaper.  Can you talk to your husband to get off the cash for a month and see if you’re capable of buying what you need for the month on less than $400?

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper

 I’m an ingredient snob and on top of that only eat organic produce, meat from Whole Foods etc.  I also live in a high cost of living area and would find that budget challenging.  Not everyone has the time to invest in shopping the sales or access to a Costco etc.  YMMV.

 However, if money is very tight, it will be better to get with the program. If this is just a matter of control  and the stick of gum that puts you over by five cents causes a scene, I think you have other issues. 

Post # 23
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I live in the Bay Area and spend 75$ a week. I don’t buy processed food anymore, but when we fort moved I did and we spend way more than 100$.

We make new dinner daily, roast chicken, chicken skewers, pot roast, portabella burgers. We eat pretty darn fancy for 75$. sometimes simple recipes are a ton better than 15+ ingredient ones, look for simple recipes online. 

 

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We meal plan, buy in bulk, and try to make as much as we can from scratch – sauces, dressings, dips/hummus, desserts, even simple cheeses like ricotta. If you liked to cook you’ll enjoy making this stuff at home! It saves SO much money not to buy processed stuff – though we do buy “quick foods” like veggie dogs/burgers (we’re vegetarian). We shop at the grocery co-op (it’s mostly organic stuff there) and Costco. 

We cook mostly out of cookbooks – How to Cook Everything Vegetarian (there’s a meat-friendly one too) and the Moosewood books (very simple, healthy ingredients and super easy!) are two we use weekly. 

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m not sure where you live but we ate gluten & dairy free, mostly organic, & free range for about $140 for a family of 4…. We added gluten & dairy back & now I spend about $80 a week.

Meal plan & only buy what you need! Coupon for the things you can (pretty hard to do if you eat clean, but it can be done for toiletries).

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Yeah, $100 per week for groceries is super reasonable. If you’re insistent on eating meat every day, shop sales and buy in bulk.  I can generally find chicken breasts in bulk for about $2 per pound, and we portion and freeze what we don’t intend to use right away. London broil is often also on sale for cheap and can be cut up to make roasts for two, stir fries, pan fried steak, etc. Crockpots make cheaper meats taste fantastic.

In my area, Price Chopper has pretty regular meat sales. I wouldn’t shop there for my regular groceries but their prices on meats are really reasonable if you shop sales. If you have one, Price Right has super cheap and good produce if you buy whatever is in stock. Eggs are pretty much always cheap. Rice and beans are cheap. There’s just no way that the only way to get by on $100 per week is to eat nothing but Ramen and cereal.

 

Post # 27
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We spend about $250 a month of groceries for the 2 of us and eat pretty healthy. I don’t really have any budgeting tips though because we don’t shop sales or coupon but we still manage to stay within $250 for feeding the 2 of us.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee

@graygodess20  $100 a week for two people is totally doable. I live in a really expensive city and can manage that. We buy a lot of our staples in bulk and frozen. We always have tons of pasta, sauce, frozen chicken, and frozen vegetables on hand. We also stock our spice cupboard so we can switch up flavors. We also have one beef night and one fish night a week. We don’t eat more than that because it gets too expensive.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

It should be doable without too much pain after a bit of practice.  I second the Costco suggestion, but also shop the sales,  no pre packaged foods. Crockpot cooking (inexpensive cuts of meat become tender and flavorful with the slow brasing). 

Breakfast cereals are expensive, if he really likes cereal, he can share the pain by foregoing those.  Buy the big tup O Oatmeal, or box of cream of wheat. 

Ramen is fine – use them as a base in a chicken salad with an asian dressing

If he wants a salad it doesn’t have to be dry (and bottled dressings are expensive for what they are).  They can be done by hand, but are easier if you happen to have a blender, food processor, or stick blender.  Make homemade salad dressings:  oil, vinegar, flavorings.  For creamy add some emusisfiers – mustard and egg (buy pastureized eggs if you have health concerns about raw egg useage). 

Plan.  Cook potroast, its a meal once, hot beaf sandwiches with mashed potatoes next night, leftovers seasoned for tacos and used that way.  If you can’t toleratrate that many meals in a row of beef – freeze the leftovers and pull them out next week.

Pre-roasted Costco chicken at 4.99 is a fast meal and as inexpensive as it gets.  It’s good for several meals.  HOt meal one night, Sandwiches for lunch, chopped as chicken salad then simmer bones with water onion celery and carrot to make your own stock as a base for chicken/dumplings or chicken noodle soup.

Learn a variety of bean and rice dishes (rice pilaf with different seasonings, fried rice, rice pudding) they’re filling and inexpensive and make main dishes go further.

Since your husband is adamant about this, make him help with planning and shopping – especially shopping the sales so that maybe he will understand that sometimes it’s worth overspending the budget to stock up on something that is a great deal. 

If possible switch your thinking about this so that instead of being a pain, it’s a challenge/game.  

Post # 31
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@graygodess20  Our budget is $60 on food for a week. But we dont really cook. Honestly, unless you’re a food snob making gourmet meals everyday, then I dont see how you cant spend less than $100 on food for just the two of you.

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