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

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Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Damn Australia is expensive! We spend about $650 per month on groceries alone – that’s not including any meals out or alcohol. We also don’t buy organic (DH occasionally does for chicken but I don’t), although we do tend to buy good quality meats here. Fruit and veg are ludicrously expensive so it adds up quite quickly.

Adding in our eating out costs (dinner out once per week most weeks) and occasional bottles of wine and we spend over $1000 per month on food.

Yeah, Australia sucks for cost of living.

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Holy crap! These grocery bills are so high to me! I spend about $50 every two weeks on myself, and Fiance and I usually average $100 every two weeks… so $200 a month. We don’t eat super healthy organic (which is super expensive, if that’s where these other higher figures are coming from) but we don’t eat THAT bad. And for household/toiletries… it’s not that much more, since we just buy as needed and there are a lot of coupons out there for that stuff. We have never even done food coupons, it would be less money if we did I’m sure.

(I watched a lady at Walmart hack her bill from $93 to $47 today just by using coupons.)

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

About $400 a month. We eat really healthy, and make all of our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners Monday-Friday.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@cubaneli:  I’m not sure of the starting teacher salary in Australia.  I was a social worker here (currently a stay at home soon to be mum) and I was making $56,000 starting out.  I would think teacher salaries would be about the same.   Salaries are higher in Australia because the cost of living is ridiculously overpriced.  Also, as a comparison, minimum wage here is about $15.50 per hour – I think that’s about double the US? 

Post # 39
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@UpstateCait:  You should never have to pay for toothpaste, deodorant or body wash. There are coupons in the SmartSource and RedPlum flyers all the time. Use them when the item is on sale and get them free. I do this all the time and have a huge box to give to the women’s shelter.

Razor blades? nor so much…

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My philosophy is spend more on food, but eat healthy and unprocessed.  My budget is about $325 per month, but Fiance eats out a lot and that doesn’t include the times I eat out as well.  Food will get you!

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m really surprised that most people’s grocery bills are so high. My budget is around $175 a month, but usually end up spending $200. I’ve been trying to get it down to $150.

I’m a huge couponer and make efforts to still eat healthy. I don’t eat organic, but still pretty healthy. If I add on eating out, it would be another $120.

Post # 42
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Worker bee

Depends on how much you cook, how much your man eats, and how healthy you want to be. I would agree with the $300-400. Me and my man like to cook a lot at home, and he likes more gourmet cooking (and eats 3x what I eat!). But, I am stricter about budgeting. I would love to keep it under $300 if possible.

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I *could* eat really boring, but even healthy foods for really cheap, probably $50 a week, but DH is a pretty picky eater, and I do like to experiment a bit more with cooking, now that I have someone to regularly cook for! So, if it’s a week where I’m making ~5 meals, I’ll probably spend $100, but we’ll be able to have leftovers for lunch pretty much every day. But if it’s a week where we’re eating up leftovers, and eating at his parents, and I’m feeling lazy and make some cheap/easy meals (spaghetti w/o meat, a frozen meal I got on sale, etc,) then I’ll probably make one shopping trip and buy a few essentials for the week like fruit and milk, and that week I’ll only spend $20-30.

Post # 44
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Newbee

80 bux every 2 wks for 2 people. Some of it isn’t so healthy. That does not include eating out. we don’t go to the fancy grocery store, we go to the one where you definitly have to check the meat before you buy it.

Post # 45
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2001

Wow…I try to spend $250 every 2 weeks, for a family of 5.  I try not to buy too much junk, but I will buy a bag of chips and some soda for my husband.  I just get creative with my meals, and shop the sales.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

$400 a month.  Lots of fresh veggies and fish (husband HATES the idea of fish in a bag), as well as things like kalamata olives or hummus or specialty cheeses…  Not a whole lot of meat or poultry.  When he’s not around, it drops to $120 a month, still eating mostly organic foods.

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