(Closed) Monthly grocery bill for the two of you?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: How much are the two of you spending on groceries every month?

    < $100

    $100 - $149

    $150 - $199


    $250 - $299


    $350 - $399



  • Post # 3
    148 posts
    Blushing bee

    To be honest, I’m impressed that you’re spending that little on groceries per month. I currently live alone, and if I could get anywhere near your budget, I would feel awesome! The USDA publishes periodic reports on the average spending on groceries, so that can give you a rough idea if you want to know the the government’s view of “average” spending is.

    ETA: included link to the most recent data. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodPlans/2012/CostofFoodJul2012.pdf

    Post # 4
    1202 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    This is going to sound like a lot, but my ex and i, when living together, spent about $500 a month. But we would shop at wholes food, ralphs and trader joe’s. And we wouldn’t get the cheapest items either. I love to cook, so I would always buy goumet items. I would spend about $100-250 every paycheck and he would spend about the same to $500 a month. So sometimes over $500 together; including household items. 

    Post # 5
    807 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We spend about $200-$220/month including household items, and we do eat meat. I really love to cook and we eat really well. Overall I’m ok with that number, but I know it could be less. I used to do a much better job of menu planning and stocking up when things were on sale and I need to get back to doing that.

    Post # 7
    10355 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If we only spent what you spend, we’d be living off of ramen and not eating anything that’s actually good for us! We spend around $400-500 depending on how fancy I get with dinners.

    Post # 8
    6737 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2014

    My Fiance and I eat out every day.  We don’t have the option of cooking food right now.  And, living in NYC, that gets expensive.  I don’t want to tell you how much we spend.  You might have a heart attack…

    Post # 9
    8481 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    We arent married yet, but do essentially live together… And I think the last time I bought groceries was like 2 or 3 months ago. We just never go grocery shopping. We basically stop and buy enough stuff to eat for the next 48 hours. And we never cook, so we only really buy grab and go type things.

    Post # 11
    7768 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    At LEAST $400 a month is necessary to eat healthy.  I would love to spend way way more!


    Post # 12
    233 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    We spend between $400 and $600 a month for the two of us. But we eat almost entirely fresh (or fresh to frozen) foods, and eat very very few pre-made foods (cereal, and a very occassional canned soup are about the only exceptions).

    We also live in Canada, where eating fresh food is exceptionally expensive throughout the winter months, which is when we mostly rely on frozen foods (I but fresh in the summer, and then freeze for the winter).

    There is no way we could survive on under $200 a month. That means we would each be eating $25 worth of food a week. That’s about $3.5 a day per person, and I can’t imagine what we would eat for so little, every day.

    Post # 13
    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

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    @MrNavidson:  That’s funny, we spend almost exactly the “thrifty” plan for our family lol.

    Post # 14
    265 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I buy all of our dinner groceries and my own breakfast/lunch food, and I usually spend about $300/month (my SO pays for his “daytime food,” cleaning supplies/paper products and picks up the tab when we go out to eat, and we end up about even). I have spent way less in the past, though, especially before going gluten-free. Now I splurge a little on good dairy/meat/veggies.

    Post # 15
    4997 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We go to the grocery store once a week and spend about $100 each time. However, we eat out once a week max and only spend about $35-40 for both of us when we do. 

    Post # 16
    2555 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We budget about $70-$75 a week for groceries.  Sometimes we are careless and go over that, but I’m not as vigilant about sticking to that amount as I could be.  We could do better (more coupons, more generic brands, etc).  I usually cook 4 or 5 dinners a week — more in the falll because we are more likely to sit home on a Saturday night and eat vs. go out to eat like we normally would.  We go out or get take out the other 2 or 3 nights a week.

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