(Closed) Outrageous Grocery Bills! Or so I think…

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: How much do you and your SO/ spouse spend on groceries a month?
    $200-300 : (96 votes)
    26 %
    $300-400 : (133 votes)
    36 %
    $400-500 : (79 votes)
    21 %
    $500+ : (64 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 92
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @Mrs. Honeybee:  We only buy fresh meat (I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “real” meat) and fruits and vegetables, no processed foods or junk and spend less than $100 per month.

    Post # 93
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think prices vary a lot based on where you live.  Also you can eat healthy in a cheap or expensive way.  For example, where I shop apples are 99 cents a pound, raspberries are way more.  

    Post # 94
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    We only buy what’s on sale. Also, I get a discount because I work for a grocery store pharmacy, plus we can earn fuel points to help save on gas.

    Most of what we buy consists of stuff for sandwiches, canned soups, and frozen veggies and chicken. We eat well enough. Not organic, or vegan, or any of that, though unless it’s on sale!

    We do spend more than I would like on “junk” though, like his chips, soda and candy. I mostly spend a lot on my energy drinks. I wish I could cut back, but with my thyroid freaking out on me every few days, they are sometimes the only things that keep me a sane, productive human being.

    Post # 95
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I live in so-cal and I spend about $400 a month on groceries for 2 people.  I buy things like meat in bulk when they are on sale and then freeze them.  I also will make a huge pot of curry or many other dishes and then freeze the left overs in 2 person sized portions.  It saves a ton of money and work!

    Post # 96
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    Sugar bee

    About $200 a month. I coupon, so we fin a lot of stuff on sale (Boca burgers are my favorites right now,lol) I also meal plan by what’s on sale, so I save money, not spend more. I buy my fruit and veggies from Aldi, so much cheaper than regular grocery stores!

    Post # 97
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    We’re at about $80/week, so $320/month, give or take 50 depending on how fast we go through staples.  Sometimes I’m buying eggs, milk & bread every week, sometimes they go bad before we finish them.  I also buy toilettries and cleaning products in bulk, so some months we have to replace lots of them at once.

    I’m not much of a coupon-er, but I will base some meals around sale items.  I’m also a vegetarian, so expensive meat never shows up in my cart!  Our protein comes from tofu, beans and lentils, and eggs.  I love me some veggies  but I try to plan as many meals as possible around just a few vegs, so I’m not buying loads that I won’t use up in time.  Our grocery bill goes way down in the warmer months when FH’s parents’ garden EXPLODES with tomatoes, peppers, zuchinni, and loads of berries!  Going to see if I can help them this year in exchange for a small spot for lettuce.  Fresh from the grround butter lettuce is the best!

    Post # 98
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    Sugar bee

    @Mrs. Honeybee:  We do it. We eat meat and don’t eat processed. Most of the time it’s a veggie and meat. Ain’t nothing wrong with frozen veggies.

    Post # 99
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    There’s actually research that shows that frozen veggies are sometimes better for you than fresh ones. Because they are flash frozen, they still have all the nutrients that they did the day they were picked. But fresh veggies lose nutrients over time. Not sure if it’s true, but there’s definitely nothing wrong with frozen veggies. If you look at the ingredients on a package of frozen peas, all that it will say is peas. =)

    We spend $200, sometimes a little more, a month for the 2 of us. We buy fruits and veggies and we eat a variety of “real” meat every week. We never buy frozen dinners or anything like that. Our pantry is not stocked full of ramen noodles – we don’t have any at all, lol. I make homemade meals every night. I don’t know why people claim it can’t be done. 

    Post # 100
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Apologies to anyone who felt offended by what I posted! Also, I have no idea what I meant by “real” meat and produce either. I guess I just meant “fresh.” 

    Anyway, those of you who manage to eat healthfully on a tight budget… share your secrets! Maybe it’s just way more expensive here in New Jersey, but I honestly can’t imagine how you do it! (Unless it involves having a giant freezer. Which I want so bad but Darling Husband thinks it’s silly and that we wouldn’t save enough on groceries to justify the cost of purchasing the freezer. Which is maybe true.) Anyway, I’d love to know how you’re doing it!

    Post # 101
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Franklin Plaza

    @pmerr:  +1  About $200/month

    Post # 102
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    The grocery situation in Aust is rediculous, were spending around $800 per month for the two of us including everything. Although this does include food for a friends that pop over a couple of times a fortnight.

    Post # 103
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We spend between 175-250/ month for the 2 of us. We eat healthy, homemade, organic foods – we don’t eat a lot of processed products/meats. We still eat meat, but we know where our meat is from (local farmer). 🙂 I use a lot of coupons, coupons, coupons!!!

    Post # 104
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @Mrs. Honeybee:  We buy a half a steer 2x a year (local farmer) for our meat, so we know where it is from and it is not loaded with antibioltics/steroids which is common in large farming operations. We did have to buy a large freezer, but we found it on Craigslist for $60.00 Lady was buyign a brand new deep freeze and just wanted to get rid of her older one (it was only 4 years old) – could tell she had quite a bit of $, but was very kind. Great deals out there 🙂

    Post # 105
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Mrs. Honeybee:  We live in WV, so groceries are pretty cheap here. We use a variety of ways to keep our food budget low. Meal planning helps a lot – I try to plan meals so that I use up anything that may go to waste. We also don’t buy the convenient “instant” foods (like instant oatmeal, instant rice, popcorn, etc.). I love my whole grain oatmeal – it’s cheaper and tastes SO much better than those little instant oatmeal pouches. We also don’t buy a bunch of junk food. We also do a good portion of our shopping at Aldi – it’s the first place I go when grocery shopping and I get everything that I can get there (Although I don’t buy their meats). Most of their food is excellent quality and so much cheaper than other stores. The produce at my Aldi store is great – the only produce that I would consider subpar is the cucumbers. Oh, and I also make some things from scratch. 

    Post # 106
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    We try to eat mostly healthy, as much fruits and veggies as possible!   We end up spending over $500 a month on groceries easily!  Though my sister just bought a house and is planting a garden in the spring and she told me I could plants some stuff too!! So that will help some!

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