(Closed) What is an average monthly grocery bill for 2??

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Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are grad students so we budget $80 a month and eat creatively and shop in bulk. We also grow a veggie garden in the summer and try to eat local.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

We average about $100-$150 per week so I’d say $400-$600 per month. We could cut back but DH is picky about his brands and we normally buy steak and other specialty meats that are pricey. Our toiletries are also really expensive. DH always manages to run out of deodorant, razer blades and body wash all at the same time. Those 3 items alone are almost $30.

DH and I work for the same company so we go out to lunch almost every day since we both really want to get out of the office. Lunch is almost always right around $20 no matter where we go so thats another $100 per week. A few times a year we’ll get into a bringing our lunch kick but thats always short lived. Wow, we spend a lot of money on food! lol

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We spend probably about $300-$400 each month.  I buy a lot of organic food.  And lots of wine.

 

@UpstateCait:

How are razor blades so freakin’ expensive?! I cringe everytime DH adds them to the grocery list…

Post # 20
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Linz1231: It’s ridiculous. I walk past the cheapies and go for the fusion power pro whatevers that are like $18.99 a package. All while I’m using a $1.50 disposable! lol

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It really depends on where you live, what kinds of food you eat, how much you eat out, if you get packaged meals or cook from scratch, eat seasonally, eat locally.

We live in San Francisco, buy organic, bulk foods when possible, preserve foods during the summer, cook everything from scratch (ie: we’re phasing out pasta and are starting to make it as needed. already only eat homemade bread, yogurt, ect), buy larger cuts of meats/whole chickens and then use leftovers for other meals, eat seasonally and locally, avoid food in plastic. I watch the sales every week and get fresh produce that’s on sale. I look for other staples like cheese and we stock up on that when it’s cheap and freeze a bunch of it.

… We spend about $200-ish a month. When there’s good sales on organic canned items, then we stock up, but I’m trying to phase that our because of the bpa. Last week I spent $30 on the groceries. The week before it was about $75. I think it all averages out. We also freeze a lot of leftovers for future meals, to help with the food waste. Right now we’re eating a lot of soups, stews. Yum!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

about $450 a month for us but we live in Chicago and we have a pretty high cost of living. We eat organic mostly but eat out about twice a week. 

 

@cbee: you make your own bagels and breads?! I am so PMing you 😀

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

375-450 max a month, which is not too bad. We eat pretty healthy and mainly cook things from scratch. Your health is definitely worth spending a little extra for healthier items.

What we do in order to shop smart is make a list of what we plan to have for meals that week, just get what we need meal wise, plus a few snacks for the week and cleaning supplies and/or personal products. We also do price ad comparing at Walmart (you search local sale ads, find the cheapest price and tell your cashier) along with clipping coupons. I’m no crazy couponer, but it it is nice to knock 10 or so dollars off the bill. We grocery shop every Friday night.

P.S. I’m in the deep south.

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think FL is no different… About $400 a month for me and Fiance.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would say 75 – 100 a week! Depends if your buying really healthy food and lots of meat. We always buy our chicken, ground beef from Costco and freeze into meal size. I also eat alot of yogurt and buy it there as well as it can be pricey at grocery stores. I’m in Toronto, so I’m sure it depends on where you live also.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

WHOA! Where are you ladies shopping???? Holy high grocery bills!  LOL! We spend about $120-250 for the month OR LESS.  I’m super CHEAP and like coupons and stock up on sales.  Not much beef at all, lots of chicken and veggies.  We’re not lunch eaters, but I have cerals and oatmeals for breakfast foods. DH is a picky eater, so we save money there.  I also don’t buy any junk food.  So no cookies, ice creams etc.  Instead I buy rice cakes, peanut butter and special K chips.  I split shopping at as many places as I can depending on what’s on sale and on the best price.  For instance, I only buy paper products or trash bags from walmart typically unless they’re on sale elsewhere.  It’s just cheaper.  Or I shop at CVS when they give you exracare bucks back.  Try to buy in bulk, but only on certain things. Like your meats and portion them out to freeze.  Last time I went shopping was 3 weeks ago and we still have plenty of food to make it at least 2 more weeks of dinners. 🙂

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Hey we’re date twins!

Well anyways, we’ve spent around $275 since we’ve been married, so a lot less than other ladies.

Post # 29
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

probably $200 a month. Thats including, cleaning products, bodywash, shampoo, dog food etc,

We dont buy meat other than lunch meat and chicken breast. We hunt so we harvest alot of our own. We also grow a garden in the summer or buy from farmers market for veggies and fruit which helps cut down cost alot! We never have to buy eggs either- My parents always let us have as much as we need from their farm chickens.

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think it depends on your lifestyle.  You do like hotdogs and beans or filet mignon?  It’s a hard question to answer IMO.  Good luck with setting a budget though.  I do think it is important to start that out early.

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@ThePrincessMaggie: HI twin! Congrats!!

 

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@MrsRuby: I forgot the farmer’s market!  We do the same and have a store called “m&s produce” where I get all my fresh veggies crazy cheap.  No hunting for us though!

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