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How much do you spend on FOOD every month?

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User455957 wrote:
Jan 13th, 2019 2:00 am
About 6-700 a month for each of us
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I'm not sure what you mean. Are you a couple spending $1200-$1400 per month?
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Think of the Childre…
I like my food sprinkle with gold paper. So $4500 per month for myself.

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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jdu0ng wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 1:27 pm
$200 a year eating out seems bit too extreme. 4-5 dine outs with my bf easily hits that.
We'd be lucky to get 3 dine outs for that.
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Restaurant bills are usually $30-50/plate.
I go once or twice a week.
Just yesterday I spent $40 on wings and a drink.

At home I eat pretty rich too. $10-30/plate, depending.
Today I'm having a rack of ribs at $15.
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Can some of you please post exactly what you're buying please? Like even a picture of a weekly grocery bill. Single guy here, and I probably spend ~1000$/month of food. And I rarely eat out (like MAX once a week).

I think it maybe it has a lot to do with WHAT you eat. I don't buy frozen and I don't buy canned food. I make sure to eat a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables. I try to make sure all my meals are about 1/4 protein&fat, 1/4 complex carbs, and 1/2 vegetables, and I look to eat everything freshly prepared. Meat, cheese, yogurt, a nice variety of fruits vegetables, and maybe just fresh stuff in general is just expensive.
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I don’t understand ppl saying they are a couple spending $300/ month on groceries... I can easily spend that on a single grocery run! Anyways, my monthly average is about $1,200 for groceries and $350 for eating out. Family of 4.
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When i read 300-400$ a month for 3-4 persons... I just dont get it. I spend around 400$ a month for myself.
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poopooplatter wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 6:18 pm
Can some of you please post exactly what you're buying please? Like even a picture of a weekly grocery bill. Single guy here, and I probably spend ~1000$/month of food. And I rarely eat out (like MAX once a week).

I think it maybe it has a lot to do with WHAT you eat. I don't buy frozen and I don't buy canned food. I make sure to eat a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables. I try to make sure all my meals are about 1/4 protein&fat, 1/4 complex carbs, and 1/2 vegetables, and I look to eat everything freshly prepared. Meat, cheese, yogurt, a nice variety of fruits vegetables, and maybe just fresh stuff in general is just expensive.
1000$ for 1 person is a lot, no ? I mean... I spend 400$ a month and just like you I rarely eat out and eat fresh quality ingredients (nothing canned or frozen). Vegetables, fruits, yogurt, fish, chicken, etc. That’s mostly what I eat.
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$50 per month last 12 months.

-Coupons + CO51
-The airmiles Shop The Block Promo + Back To School promo helped with grocery savings big time
-Buying stuff on sale
-Proper food management such that I don't throw anything away
-Less prepared food = More savings


With the amount of airmiles I have and how full my freezer is, I am trying to get $30/month or even $20/month for the next 6 months.

Proof:
https://ibb.co/s5nVJY7
*Contains $225 Sobeys Gift Card which I haven't spent yet.
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Single, about $140-$170, another $20-40 on fast food or dining out. Pretty frugal shopper, only buy what's in season or on sale, freeze and can a lot especially in the fall when produce is the cheapest, eat meat only at dinner unless it's leftovers, do all my own cooking, cook in bulk and freeze a lot, rarely ever eat boxed/canned foods or frozen dinners, no cold meats, no soda/alcohol/juices for the most part, check flyers weekly for all nearby grocery stores, price match others when I can at Walmart, buy pricier/fancier stuff when it's reduced to clear at half price. I don't find it hard and I eat better than 90% of the people I know. Milk and eggs are about the only two things I buy consistently that can't be substituted and that I don't wait for a deal on.
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Couple and one child. Between $70 and $90 a week on groceries. $500 eating out in a quarter or 3 months.
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Chickinvic wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 2:58 pm
I'm not sure what you mean. Are you a couple spending $1200-$1400 per month?
Yes
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Latitude57 wrote:
Jan 14th, 2019 9:58 pm
When i read 300-400$ a month for 3-4 persons... I just don't get it. I spend around 400$ a month for myself.
it looks something like this.

Bread/Eggs/Milk= 50
Fish/Lamb/chicken = 150
rice = 20-40
Rest is all fruits and veggies like green pepper/mushrooms, bananas oranges, 200
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Family of 4, basic groceries roughy 3k a month.

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