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How much do you spend on FOOD every month?

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Dec 15, 2009
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Family of four
Groceries $500
Dining out $75
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Sep 24, 2006
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Two adults and four cats - (keto and gluten allergy)
under 100.00 a week and eating out less than 25 a month
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My current budget allows for $250/month in groceries and another $200/month in restaurants as a single person. Last year's actual spending averaged $180/month in groceries and $160/month in restaurants, so about $340/month in total.

A few caveats, though:
  • I'm a (small-ish) woman and a (mostly) vegetarian (some chicken and fish, no other meat). Hence, grocery bills are a bit smaller.
  • On the flip side, I have upped my grocery budget to allow for splurges on many products I enjoy -- fancy cheeses, craft chocolate, craft-roasted coffee, etc.
  • I don't typically drive, so my groceries tend to be purchased in smaller quantities in local neighbourhood markets. I don't go out of my way to buy in bulk (no space to store) or at the lowest cost warehouse stores. I don't mind spending a bit more for quality or convenience.
  • I've also increased my budget to allow more restaurant food, since I enjoy going out and socializing. When I lived on a lower income, I was easily able to cut this back.
  • I almost never eat breakfast or lunch out, save for the occasional weekend brunch. I'm very good about packing my lunches at the office, and I drink office coffee, too.
  • Restaurant budget excludes alcohol -- I track that separately. (Craft beer fan.)
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minimalist wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 3:23 pm
Family of 3:

-about $200-300/month on groceries
-about $50/month on restaurants
riffr aff wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 3:52 pm
Family of four
Groceries $500
Dining out $75
You guys are doing something right. How do you get groceries so cheap?
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Arrgh wrote:
Jan 12th, 2019 11:24 pm
$1000 is a lot for a single person. That must includes a lot of eating out.
50% eating at home and 50% eating at restaurants.

Home meals cost about $8 and restaurant meals cost about $22.
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minimalist wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 3:23 pm
Family of 3:

-about $200-300/month on groceries
-about $50/month on restaurants
For the groceries I mostly shop at No Frills with a little SDM strategically.

It's all about knowing your prices, stocking up during sales, minimizing convenience items (cooking from scratch), and playing PCO for everything it's got.
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$450/month for a family of 2
We learned to cook some great food and basically cook some nice food on weekends. instead of eating out.
We did spend a lot of utensils/tools though
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Feb 17, 2015
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$300 a month, $150 for groceries, $150 eating out, single man with 1 newborn child, now..when I had a family of 3 it was around $600
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 6:33 pm
$360 for 2...
We be eating them lobsters, steak and shrimp though.
Lots of fresh fruits and veggies.
We eat like ballers but all @ home.
Most shrimp comes from Thailand and is full of antibiotics.

Just FYI
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titaniumtux wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 9:52 pm
You guys are doing something right. How do you get groceries so cheap?
Buy in bulk (e.g. beef by the quarter)
Don't buy much food that comes in boxes
Price match
Make a weekly meal plan
Eat all leftovers
Bulk cooking / freezing
Prepare and eat lots of grains, rice, potatoes and beans
Re use meat bones for soup (and eat lots of soup)

And resist the urge to dine out. Living rurally helps, a lot.
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Jan 2, 2009
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Wow some ppl really keep their costs low. I only started tracking all spending recently last 2 months was about $350 groceries a month and eating out fluctuated from 150 to 250 per month. Single guy. 90% Food Basics 10% Longo's for groceries.
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Family of three: 550-600 per month
This also includes misc like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, toiletries, diapers/wipes and supplies. We also eat out at affordable restos twice a month.

We typically shop at Asian grocery for veggies/fruits/meats, Costco for supplies/snacks/meat/baby stuff with coupons and Walmart for anything else with price matching.

Hoping to be a leaner for 2019 and cut spending to just 500 approx. It will be difficult but doable.
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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.
Meh, I can make most things better myself. It is nice on occasion, but it is not good all the time. And, it certainly isn't as healthy as a rule.