Post # 1
Or how much do you spend on average?
Also indicate where you live, that is a factor too.
We spend about $300/mo on groceries, and that is really tight (central Minnesota) for us. We do buy most of our produce organic, and all of our meat organic (but have been cutting back on meat consumption). We shop mostly at Trader Joes.
I want to raise how much we spend, but it’s already so tight! We’ll have to see..
Post # 3
We live in Vancouver and spend $400. That does not include toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, or soap, all of which I get free by couponing.
We eat out a couple of times per month, but the grocery budget covers all the other meals including meals taken to work.
Post # 4
@julies1949: yeah mine doesn’t cover toiletry items either
Post # 5
I live in Wyoming and we spend about $600…wow that is a lot! We are on a very tight budget but trying to eat a diet based around fruits and veggies is so expensive. I really need to cut down how much we spend but I don’t know how to do it without sacrificing health.
Post # 6
We always kinda buy the same stuff and it always costs a couple of hundred everytime we shop. I’ll say it’s about 500 a month?
Post # 7
Los Angeles – we are about $500-600 on groceries (that’s not including household stuff) – that’s just food and alcohol…. that should drop by about $100 (I am trying to cut back on wine!). Everything else is organic dairy and poultry, grass-fed meat… and as much organic veggies as possible. If the price is out of control or it’s not a highly polluted veggie, I’ll just the regular stuff.
Post # 8
Ours is $300, not including “household” things, like cleaning products, toiletries, etc… But we’re actually under budget every week these days… We budget $75 a week, but are spending between $50 and $60 on average
Post # 9
I live in Seattle & we spend about $350-$400 per month for all of our groceries including toiletries.
Post # 10
Uhm, $400-$500 living in New Jersey. We usually stock up big on certain items so some months may be less/more than others.
Post # 11
San francisco bay area. For us and my 12 year old boy its starting to average 400ish. That’s down from $750!! FI cooks and I like fresh ingredients but we have been eating more canned veggies and shopping at Costco to cut down our bill. We only eat out a couple times a month. And it includes beer and wine. I have to have my wine!
Post # 12
600. That includes food for 2 people, all household items and toiletries, and dog food for two huge dogs. We might spend a little more, but we rarely eat out.
Post # 13
Yikes! i feel so poor! Then again, I’m a college student! My SO and I budget for $50 each per month, so $100. It does not include ALL toiletries, but both of our parents randomly surprise us and when we visit, we end up going home with toiletry stuff like female things (for me), shampoo, mouthwash, etc. Also, I tend to hoard a *little* bit so we have a LOT of free samples of stuff from hotels, toothbrushes fromt he dentist, etc.
But if you include all of that, I would still say in the range of $100 per month because we try to spend less than $5 per item when shopping (a fun little challenge) since our jobs give us little (he does tutoring on campus and I sell a home product) and most money is left over from financial aid.
Post # 14
@Booknerd: Oh my gosh!! How do you do that? Seriously, do you just eat spaghetti and ramen or something? lol I didn’t even think that was possible..
Post # 15
$350 is our average. That also includes shampoo, cleaning products, ect.
That is for two people, 4 pets & we live in Virginia.
Post # 16
I’d say $300. We just went last weekend and it was $130, but we stocked up for ~2 weeks. We *try* to shop at places with store discounts or gas rewards, things like that.
I’m not including dog food in that. It runs about $40 per month? We buy the big giant bag and it lasts about a month for our 2 mid-size dogs.
Also not including toiletries. We actually don’t have to buy toilet paper or paper towels for like 6 months out of the year because it’s been a running joke since college that my family gets me a HUGE supply of both for Christmas so we don’t have to spend our money on them. 🙂
ETA: Live in Metro Atlanta.