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How much do you spend on FOOD every month?

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How much do you spend on FOOD every month?

How much do you spend on food every month? As an individual, couple, or family.

Just did some quick napkin math and found out I am spending about $1,000 per month as a single person. This includes eating at home and eating out at restaurants.

I can easily afford the cost but I was somewhat surprised by the amount (was thinking $600 to $800).

Interested to hear others' thoughts and experiences.
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Family of 3, $700 a month for groceries and restaurants.
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$1000 is a lot for a single person. That must includes a lot of eating out.
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I think eating is one of the main life’s pleasures. I am still wondering why people put so much effort in cutting it. Just enjoy, choose healthy food and focus on raising income.
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dgnr8 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 9:38 pm
Family of 3, $700 a month for groceries and restaurants.
That makes sense. When we were two, was about $500 grocery plus resto (resto would fluctuate greatly then...range of $0-200).

Now, family of six. $1.2k grocery, up to $100 resto. That grocery spend includes Rx and all the infant to toddler supplies, aside clothing.
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$800 / month, two of us, no kids. Grocery is about $550 and $250 for eating out, based on the average of 2018 spending.
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About 6-700 a month for each of us
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TriN86467 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 11:32 pm
I think eating is one of the main life’s pleasures. I am still wondering why people put so much effort in cutting it. Just enjoy, choose healthy food and focus on raising income.
While it can be "one of life's pleasures", are you getting pleasure out of every time you eat out? I enjoy going out for Friday night supper after a long week at work, or occasionally through the week if a bunch of friends are going.

However stopping at a coffee shop every day on the way to work would just feel routine (considering I could make the same coffee for a fraction of the cost). As would grabbing takeout for lunch every single day.
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For two of us adults, about $100/week in groceries. Sometimes less. We might spend $200 a *year* on eating/drinking out.
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TriN86467 wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 11:32 pm
I think eating is one of the main life’s pleasures. I am still wondering why people put so much effort in cutting it. Just enjoy, choose healthy food and focus on raising income.
Who's talking about 'cutting it'?

We seem to spend less than others in this thread, but we don't really go out of our way to keep costs down. It's just how we like to eat/shop.

PS Not everyone has good options to raise their income ;) One can much more easily make changes (and quick ones at that) to save money vs quickly raising one's income.
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Just us two adults:

2018 average:
$305 per month on groceries
$249 per month on eating out
TOTAL: $554/month

Most of our eating out consists of smaller meals together or when we find specials. But a lot of that also comes from celebrating occasions with family (fathers day, bdays etc) or going out with friends. When it's just the two of us, we rarely go out.

Our grocery shopping consists of price matching and points systems which help reduce our costs quite significantly.
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Around $300 per month for myself.
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Single guy. Eating out. Groceries. 3k/month. Only groceries I really buy is beef tenderloin and salad in a bag. Groceries alone is 300. Rest is from eating out. 4 times a day. $20/meal
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