(Closed) Monthly Food Budget?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 62
507 posts
Busy bee

$240 for groceries…not sure about restaurants, I don’t keep track. I plan a lot of the house meals ahead of time to help keep costs lower.

Post # 63
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We don’t budget so much as track spending, and this year we’ve averaged about $400 on groceries, and another $400-500 on going out to eat.

That number gives me a panic attack every time I see it, but then I remind myself that trying new restaurants and having indulgent dinner dates is like our hobby, and we often treat others. That number also includes the occasional work lunch out, as well as coffee and going out for drinks, so perhaps in 2014 I’ll start separating out ‘Dinner dates’ or something.

@thenewmrsmax:  Yes! Buying frozen vegetables is a great idea for people who don’t meal plan or like me, who tend to over-buy produce and let some go to waste. 

Post # 64
1348 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We stick with around 300 dollars a month right now. So we’re really lucky! I still plan out meals and plan my shopping list accordingly. If I go in to the store blind I’ll end up spending WAY over my budget. Really I just try to make the same ingredients last. I also try to use up everything before it goes bad. Oh yeah, and I freeze tons of stuff. If I buy a bag of hamburger buns (even if it’s .85) I freeze them because I know they’ll go bad before we can use them all up. 

Before, I used to spend 40.00 a week for myself and Darling Husband using the same technique. We were very strapped for cash so 160 was a lot for us! I would look at ads and see what places have what on sale. I still shop at Aldi! 

Really the biggest amount of advice I can give is make that grocery list ahead of time and stick with the meals you have planned! Also, have a “dining” out budget. There will always be nights/days you don’t feel like cooking! I know we got a nice frozen pizza instead of ordering pizza on Friday’s like we always do. That saved us about 20 bucks each time! 🙂 

Post # 65
2787 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Wow, I feel kind of bad reading all these posts, but learning a lot as well!  Next month I’m going to try doing an excel file to track all expenses.

I usually budget $500 a month for groceries but we end up spending closer to $700, we also eat out during the weekends, and if I were to include dining out + household items we’re easily spending over $1,400 a month 🙁  We bought a house in June, so I feel like every week we’re buying house stuff, I’m really hoping that once we have lived in the house for 4 seasons, we should not need to buy that much stuff to maintain the house.

Post # 66
2155 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We budget $200 a month for groceries (not including household items like toilet paper and shampoo), and $50 a month for eating out. 

To make sure I stay strict with my grocery budget at the beginning of every month I buy a $200 gift card to the grocery store (I always go to the same one).  If we want more groceries it comes out of our eating out budget. 

It works just fine and I feel like we are able to buy everything we want/need and eat comfortably.

Post # 67
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Oh my goodness. ours is around 700-800/month! 

We buy 99% organic and local. I think the organic meat is what really gets us or as a pp said when my Fiance wants the 6 dollar not from concentrate oj (which is always) 

also Im celiac so I’m gluten and dairy free so those specialty items are way more expensive. Blah. 

Oh well we eat well and healthy..im okay with it. 

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