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GIVE THEM FOOD...and other ways to cope with life

SEND ME YOUR FOOD BILLS! 
 
Jun. 3, 2010 2:12 pm 
Updated: Jun. 28, 2010 3:43 pm
Not literally!...I'm not planning on paying your food bills! LOL...But here is what I am thinking....now that hubby is retired and the time frame for recovering our investments is into eternity, it's time for me to take an honest look at just how much money I spend of food...groceries and eating out.

I know what I THINK I spend...but is that really the truth?  So here's what I invite you to do. with me........right after you read this blog,...SEND ME what you THINK you spend per week or month on groceries and eating out.........Then, STARTING Monday June 7th, put a zip loc bag marked FOOD into your purse and collect all food receipts for 7 days.    On Monday June 14th or there about, send me what you actually spent compared to what you thought you usually spend.     Remember it's all food bought at the grocery store or at a restaurant or a coffee stand etc.

I think it's time for me to see just how many latte's I have in a week....sigh.

This should be interesting....when we have our truths in our faces, then we can talk about how to cut costs on groceries and eating out and drinking coffee.!

Have a great week!
 
Comments
cocojo 
Jun. 3, 2010 2:18 pm
So, I'll go first.....I think I spend about $200/week at the grocery store for 3 adults. (sometimes the other 2 college kids float in) I think I spend $15/week on lunches out, $6/week on coffee and $30/week on dinners out. *dinners are for 2 of us How about you??
 
Jun. 3, 2010 2:31 pm
I think I spend about $50 a week at the grocery store (2 adults), $10 a week on lunches out, nothing on coffee (I bring my own and have free stuff at the office), and between $40 and $60 on dinners and drinks out, depending on the week. It's difficult to estimate on a weekly basis because we usually do a BIG grocery shop every 2 or 3 weeks when we can borrow a car - I kind of divided that and added the little odds and ends we pick up throughout the week.
 
Jun. 3, 2010 2:39 pm
Two adults in this hose. I spend about $90.00 and ny wife spends about $30.00 per week. It's really difficult say positively because much food holds over or freezes. The receipt colleting is is great idea. Remind me with a post later on, ok?
 
Jun. 3, 2010 2:58 pm
We are not very thrifty in this household! There are 3 adults here right now - my son is home for the summer from college. I estimate we spend about $150 at the grocery store per week (that includes items for lunches, we all pack, nothing for coffee -I'm the only drinker and I drink it at home. We probably spend another $100 eating out - we have a great little Mexican restaurant we eat dinner at least once a week there and always have a couple margaritas. I'm afraid to see what we really spend! LOL
 
Jun. 3, 2010 3:42 pm
well i have actually done that before so i know how much i spend a month on groceries it come up to about $250 a month but that is with 4 adults and a 15month old in the house. now eating out we do that abouot once a month so that comes up to about 30-50 dollars depending on where we go so i dont have to collect the reciepts because i have already done this not to long ago actually this is kinda funny that i found this. the coffe thing is included in the grocery bill because we buy coffee at the store and make it at home so we dont have to go to coffe stands lol. but hey this was a good idea to write a blog on!
 
Jun. 3, 2010 4:20 pm
I spend close to $100-$200 a week at the grocery store, we don't eat out but we do eat good at home. I know each time I go to the store I can pretty much count on it being at $30 or more. This RV freezer and fridge really kick our butt in the food dept. you can't store anything so multiple trips to the store in a week are a must!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 3, 2010 5:03 pm
jacobsmommy...$250 a month? that's impressive!!...we'll get back to you for tips! Witchy...ya, bummer about the freezer..although i do freeze, sometime it gets lost in the abyss! I think I have a turkey from 3 years ago.... Mike...good idea to post a reminder Mother Ann....we're in this together baby...we can face it!
 
amandabrn 
Jun. 3, 2010 5:41 pm
I spend about $200.00 every 2 weeks at the grocery store for myself and 16 and 10 year old daughters. We don't eat out at all anymore and I don't buy coffee or sodas. We only drink water at home from the tap.
 
400luv 
Jun. 3, 2010 5:46 pm
We spend about $300 a week at a rather low-priced grocery store (Market Basket). Plus about $2-300 on a natural foods co-op that comes once a month. I feed two adults and three teenagers (including myself), and we buy all our produce, dairy and meat organic. I know we are very lucky to be able to do that.
 
Kaelyn 
Jun. 3, 2010 6:06 pm
There's two of us and we spend $150 a month total. Super tight budgeting for University students! I make everything (seriously friends and family think we are starving because the fridge and cupboards aren't "full", meaning no packaged stuff!) from scratch.
 
Rae 
Jun. 3, 2010 6:11 pm
I spend about 60 dollars a week. I actually shop every 2 weeks so its 120 every time. Actually a little less but I'm including my milk and bread runs. I feed 2 adults and 3 kids. Although I really need to count my boys as adults since most times they eat more than me. And I'd say we spend 50-75 dollars a month on going out or pizza. I really need to cut that back.
 
NancyH 
Jun. 3, 2010 6:21 pm
rae, wow! We got 5 kids, including 2 adults, I don't keep track of how much, normally $100-$200, that's on grocery's. One of my friends is a HUGE couponer, she spent 300 + on groceries, and with her coupons, spent 25!!!!!
 
Rae 
Jun. 3, 2010 6:29 pm
I love coupons. Unfortunately most of the products that give coupons I don't use. But when I get one on something I do buy I'm super happy! I always see stories on how people can spend a low amount on groceries with coupons and I'm always a little jealous :)
 
Jun. 3, 2010 6:32 pm
I have kept track of this before and it scared me so I stopped eating out on my lunch break.. I was spending $40-50 a week on lunch!! For two adults and 1 dog I spend $180 every other week on groceries that include dog food and my soap, paper towels, cleaning supplies etc. I try my best to buy healthy foods. We eat all natural meats and chicken which cost a little more money. I buy fresh produce instead of pre- pakaged or canned. We spend aprox. $100 a month on eating out. My husband has always refused to eat out on his lunch break he feels its a waste of money and after doing this I agree with him.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 3, 2010 10:08 pm
ok, I'm starting to feel like I spend way too much money on food! yikes! Next week's receipts will no doubt confirm that.
 
cocojo 
Jun. 3, 2010 10:10 pm
My Kroger store has started doing organic coupons...isn't that great? I'm with you all who say most coupons are for packaged foods and kid foods so I don't usually bother, but today I feel like I saved a few bucks with the organic coupons.
 
Jun. 3, 2010 11:20 pm
I know what I spent cause I'm a fanatic about keeping track of my money. I do admit that I don't have the past six months caught up in the computer, but for about the six months prior to that I was spending on average about $115-135 per month, on just me. That's for GROCERIES, not everything I buy at the grocery store. (I keep track of the paper goods and such separately.) I'd have to go look what I spend eating out, and I don't have that program installed right now. It varies a lot, but $50 max per month - trying to cut back on that and cook more. But I've pointed out before that it can get really difficult making these kinds of comparisons when people live in different areas with different costs of living. I don't know about groceries, but other items can be twice or more in one location than they are in another. It's also more "wasteful" when you live alone like me, so I spend more per person than some, but I'm cheap relative to some other single people around here I know. (This'll be a good lesson for people. As an accountant, I advocate keeping track of what you spend on stuff. Most people end up totally amazed!)
 
Jun. 3, 2010 11:22 pm
It just occured to me that I bet I was counting wine under my groceries category. Hmm. Need to change that since I buy a fair amount of wine these days.
 
Jun. 3, 2010 11:35 pm
cocojo: This is a great topic....I am going to have to get back to you, even for estimating the $$$...I am saving this blog...I know I spend why too much!
 
Denise 
Jun. 4, 2010 12:23 am
Love this idea! I'm guessing $70.00 a week for 2 adults. I cut coupons too when I can. What I am starting to see with coupons they are making you buy 2 and up of a product. If that is feesable I will, but sometimes it's too mch. Also, the coupons coming now are for things that don't sell too much in the stores. I have been buying more store brand items now than I used too. We no longer eat out, it was just costing too much!
 
Jun. 4, 2010 12:54 am
Great concept for a blog, esp. in these challenged times. I'm afraid I can't realistically participate. Exchange rate, plus we tend to do a lot of 'overlapping' between the cafe business and our personal kitchen.... But, I will be watching with interest!
 
sueb 
Jun. 4, 2010 1:09 am
I'll have to coordinate what we all spend. Right now with kids home for the summer, our food bills are up! We only eat out for special occasions, so the few times a year that we go to get a pizza or something doesn't really fit in.
 
EAKE 
Jun. 4, 2010 1:38 am
I budget $125 a week ($250 every 2) for 5 adults,2 dogs and 2 cats and assorted walkins...we don't eat out but will order pizza once a month...coffee is made at home...will keep better track this pay period to see how I'm actually doing...will be interresting...
 
Jun. 4, 2010 2:22 am
NO! CANT SHARE THE SHAME! lol Way over a 1000 a month. We dont eat out much, wish we did. Produce KILLS us PROBABLY in more ways than one. Im torn. I need Office again, I use to categorize every single thing I bought. I do not do that now. Thanks for this eye opener my friend.....ccj! LOL. Ugh, hubby pissed and wondering who Im typing to....how do I explain!
 
Jun. 4, 2010 4:24 am
I'm with Valley Girl! I dread knowing what I spend. It's probably a rediculous amount. This will be interesting. We have recently gone all organic so it's a lot more than it used to be. For the next month or so I'll collect all me receipts. Then it will be intersting to watch the bill go down as the garden produces our fruits, berries and veggies. This is a great idea! Good blog! Thanks!
 
Jun. 4, 2010 4:44 am
We are 7 people - 2 adults and 5 kids ages 18 - 10. I make everything from scratch except laundry soap LOL We do not eat out unless a special occasion - my family would prefer to eat at home strangely enough! No coffee addictions or lunches out for us - we pack everything. I spend $350 a week. Biggest expense would be Gatorade I think. If I could wean them off of that it would cut my bill by $25! It would cost less certainly if I bought the cheap breads and ready made sweets but I want fresher food and limited preservatives. My biggest investment is my time in making things myself. Well worth it to us in the end. It also teaches my kids many lessons along the way. I get a good return on my investment!
 
Alex 
Jun. 4, 2010 4:44 am
I don't buy the groceries in my house - one good thing about living with mommy and daddy. Well I do pay them 'room and board' every month but they're not actually using that to pay for food. They don't need my room and board money at all, my dad usually spends it on beer... Especially since I was unemployed for months and paying them less, and they still bought all the same amount of food, I don't think we can't count my room and board as money towards grocery. So other than that, I have the extras I buy when I want specific things, and snacks and lunch during the work week and stuff. I've been trying to bring all the food I'll need for the day, from home, but I'm lapsing a bit I think. I'd estimate that I spend... $30/week maybe on food items (it's hard to say though, because every few weeks I do buy more, and I make lunch things to put in the freezer for easy things to take out and bring to work, so those weeks I spend more like $60, but that extra food will feed me for awhile). Let's say next week I'm estimating I'll spend $30 though.
 
Jun. 4, 2010 4:53 am
I spend anywhere between 120.00-160.00 per week for grocerys 2 adults, 2 kiddies... And 1 dog:)I clip coupons and have started buying in bulk from SAMs club. We eat out once a week so I'd say 30 there... Lunchs, coffee all come from home... Last year at this time we were going out to eat like crazy and tried to eliminate it alltogether but somedays I just don't feel like cooking! I will save the receipts to see how on target iam.... Interesting topic btw:-)
 
Jun. 4, 2010 4:57 am
I should add that amount is with household items too like laundry soap, shampoo etc..
 
Jun. 4, 2010 5:30 am
Wow what an awesome blog topic! I spend $400.00 every two weeks for three adults, one kid and one dog. That includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for all of us. We rarely go out to eat, but I'd say probably $40 a month for takeout of some sort. We do have a bad habit of buying coffee out, but we've cut that out recently. It was probably $20 a week on that. I do use coupons and we shop at Sam's for bulk things like eggs, flour, butter, some fruits and veggies, meats. I try to make everything from scratch and stay away from packaged foods, but once in a while I have to give into the convenience! I'm very impressed with people who spend so little in a week on groceries. I would love tips from them!
 
Anna 
Jun. 4, 2010 5:31 am
I think I spend about $100 or under per week. 2 adults and 1 teenager. After 3 boys/men moved on to college/marriage the bill drastically dropped by $150 per week. We eat out once a week (which the boys think isn't fair since it was rare with all of them home). I also coupon like a madwoman. I get a crazed look on my face when I can get something for free or stack coupons. It really makes a dent in my food bill. I save at least $50 per week in coupons/deals. It's kinda like a hobby. I will be interested to see if I have figured xtras in my weekly monies. . . coffee, ice cream etc.
 
Jun. 4, 2010 5:37 am
We spend about $100 a week for 2 adults and i 5 yr old, and a cat. But that includes all paper shampoo etc, and we dont eat out much. Maybe like twice a month, so maybe $50 for that. I usually clip $15 dollars worth of coupons each week. I print alot of coupons, and use the Sunday paper. I get alot of stuff free. Last week I got a box of Post Raisin Bran for $.12 because I had a $2.00 off coupon, just for signing up for their newsletter. I spend about an hour each week scowering for coupons though lol. I still think we are spending too much
 
Jun. 4, 2010 6:00 am
Just for two adults and I already keep an accounting. We spend about 100 a week on groceries and that includes toiletries,cleaning supplies, paper products and laundry. I think dining out here is really expensive and we do it once a week or less on average and it's a minimum of $30 if we each have a drink or two with dinner. We pack lunch and on the rare times I eat lunch out during the week it's a Whopper jr for a dollar no fries, no drink.
 
Jun. 4, 2010 6:20 am
There are 3 of us. My hubby is 6'7 so he eats enough for 2 people. Then there is a growing 8 year old boy who eats enough for 3 people. Then there is me and I eat by far less and am the only one over weight. lol We spend at about $500 a month at the grocery store and about $35 eating out a month. We only go out to eat once a month and it is usually at Ruby Tuesdays, or we get a pizza from Primos or we go for Chinesse. Either way we seldom go over $35. For other expenses such as soaps, personaly hygenie etc. I spend about $100 a month. Keep in mind I use borax and hydro perixode for laundry and we do not use any shampoos conditioners or soaps that are not all natural and organic. We usually get those from the bent and dent that seems to carry a lot of burts bees and other good ones or the price jumps up to $150 a month.
 
elt 
Jun. 4, 2010 6:47 am
I spend almost exactly $150 per week on groceries for 2 adults and 2 kids. Plus during the summer, my husband takes the kids out for lunch 2-3 times per week - I'm going to say that's another $25-$40 bucks. No need to collect the receipts. That's how much I budget and then I go back every two weeks and compare to see how I did. Usually I'm spot on.
 
elt 
Jun. 4, 2010 6:49 am
I forgot, the $150 a week is all household purchases including cleaning supplies, makeup and hair stuff, etc.
 
Jun. 4, 2010 7:19 am
My challenge this month - $250! This is with three boys (7, 5 and 2) and my big meat eating hubby! OH, and 2 hungry dogs, LOL! I am a recent coupon convert (since last Aug) - you can get deals on healthy foods to - I spent $4 total yesterday on an 89 oz jug of OJ, 2 containers of land o lakes butter spread with olive oil, 2 16 oz containers of sour cream (ok, that's not healthy, LOL), 2 avocados, 2 tomatoes, head of garlic, 3 bunches of cilantro, a bunch of green onions and a cantaloupe - and walked away with a $5 catalina that I can use on my next shopping trip :-) Ah, thanks, I had to brag...so - before coupons I probably averaged $1000/month (this includes diapers, dog food, cleaning supplies, etc) and since couponing I've cut that in half!
 
Jun. 4, 2010 7:26 am
One thing I can do that many can't is "stockpile" - I've got a big storage room and upright freezer, so I can take advantage of really good deals (like cereal under .50 cents a box) and now can eat of my stockpile and just bargain shop my produce and meat for the week.
 
Jun. 4, 2010 7:26 am
ew, sorry - should say eat "off" my stockpile :-)
 
Jun. 4, 2010 7:30 am
holy ...sorry again - I just read the top - you want my receipts ;-) I'll give it a go (unless I need them for a rebate) - sounds like a fun challenge!
 
cocojo 
Jun. 4, 2010 7:51 am
So interesting to read all your comments! I think we should include wine...maybe it's an item that once we look at, we can cut back on just like snack foods.?...but we may be depressed about our reality check next week...and need the wine!
 
Jun. 4, 2010 8:50 am
This is a good idea, as I have no idea what we spend each week on groceries. I do know it's a lot, as it seems I'm always in the grocery store. We rarely eat out or get take out, order pizzas once a month maybe. Does the liquor store count? We are wine drinkers and ocassionally vodka...LOL. I'm going to start saving my receipts starting the 7th and will report back. Nice blog cocojo :)
 
Jun. 4, 2010 9:34 am
We spend about $100.00 a week for 2 adults and 2 children, and another $13.00 for hot lunches at school for my sons. We bring our own coffee in the car and my husband packs lunches every day, we rarely eat out or order in. I make most of our food from scratch.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:17 am
What a terrific idea for a blog! What I spend and what I "think" I spend are probably on opposite sides of the road! There are only the 2 of us but I do a lot of baking for DH to take to an office full of Marines who think I'm their baking mama. I like to take recipes that serve 6 to 8 and make a dish to share, like for the young couple for whom I babysit their year old cutie pie. A chicken pot pie is enough for 2 pies and it's in my DNA to share, I guess. Probably $200 every 2 weeks out of DH's account and then I go to the store 2, 3, 4 times a week for something I've forgotten or need to complete a dish. We eat out or order in at least once every other week or so and then there's the trip to our local ice cream... oh shoot, this should prove to be really interesting/frightening? Great blog. Can't wait to see the results. So, I'm all in!
 
JARRIE 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:43 am
I can only assume that you guys aren't counting non-food items (toilet paper, deodorant, cat food, Windex, etc.) in these quoted estimates! I'll play along. I *think* we spend 500 at grocery stores and 150 at restaurants per week. That includes non-food items because I have to buy those fresh weekly (long boring story, but the vet said don't buy more than 2 weeks' worth of cat food at a time so I don't). When it comes time to report back I'll give the amount including non-food and the amount not including non-food!
 
JARRIE 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:43 am
Er. Per month. NOT WEEK lol
 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:48 am
We have a food budget and shop very two weeks. We usually stay at 100.00 per week for three adults. This was the same exact budget that we had 30 years ago when we got married we havent raised it one dime and we are feeling it. It used to buy two over flowed carts of food, now we are lucky to fill one. We try and stockpile, but at the end of two weeks there isnt much left. I make everything from scratch, no convenience foods, but will make sauces, perogies, lasagnas, meatballs and meatloafs and freeze them for the days that I dont feel like cooking. I do get treated to a chinese lunch now and then. My husband and I are both unemployed our benefits are running out, so I dont know what is to come. But we will have faith, something will change soon. Sams Club helps with bulk items that we use that are cheaper. When I worked I bought lunch everyday and tried to keep it at 5.00 per day, never did the coffee thing, but got a Keurig and started using that for Chai teas. Its a real balancing act watching who has waht on sale and stocking up, we have two refrigerators and a chest freezer. We recently cut out all canned veggies and went to all frozen, fresh produce is very high. We cant afford to eat nearly as much as we used to. Broccoli and Califlower which were bi weekly regulars in our diet are all but gone, until they go on sale. Its amazing how much things have changed in 30 years.
 
Abbey 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:53 am
We are a family of 2. We spend about $50 a week at the grocery store, as far as eating out goes we do that usually just on payday (we go to the chinese place) for $20/every 2 weeks. As far as drinks/coffee/gas station stops...that probably adds up with us, my boyfriend works on the road as a field technician for the cable company and although I always offer to pack him lunches, he always wants to buy his. So, I'm guessing it's about $50/week between the two of us.
 
foodisart 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:54 am
Per Week: $250.00 or so is my guestimate. That includes groceries, paper products and toiletries...which we buy at either a Walmart or Publix. We probably spend another 40$ a week on eating out. We are a family of four. And I LOVE to cook. And I try to use as much organic and or fresh produce, etc... This is a great idea. Writing down my estimates now.
 
JenD 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:59 am
I know that where I live food is really expensive. My food bill has gone from 120.00 per week in 2000 (when we first married) for two adults to over 200.00 per week now for two adults, one 9 year old and one 3 year old. I do my budget monthly which is $950.00 for all food, in home and out. We don't buy any coffees or lunches out. I cook a lot and bake a lot and have a medium sized vegetable garden which produces food from June to October.
 
judy 
Jun. 5, 2010 7:05 am
hi cocojo...i spend $140 a week for 2 adults, 1 dog, 3 cats...hubby spends $15 a wk on breakfast at work....i save my grocery stubs already... but thats for everything i buy...food & nonfood....great blog
 
Jun. 5, 2010 8:19 am
We spend 60-100 per week for 3 adults, one hungry eight year year and five dogs. I use coupons, rebates, store specials ( like free 25 dollar gift card for switching precriptions), and really know what is on sale where. One thing for certain, it is a JOB, as it takes 1/2 a day or longer to go from store to store. Best I have done...was 97% off for a week's grocery bill was 4.30!
 
Jun. 5, 2010 8:29 am
It's just hubby and I, and I think we spend about $60 a week (using a rough $1.5 = £1) on groceries and probably $25 if we go out. He probably spends another $15 on lunches at work each week. So yikes, $100 total!
 
Robbi 
Jun. 5, 2010 8:51 am
What a great topic! And great idea to put all receipts in ziploc! One problem: Walmart receipts are going to have more than just food on it! How are you all going to handle that? I;m guessing I spend 150 a week on groceries and about 20-40 on eating out!!
 
Jun. 5, 2010 9:12 am
This is so interesting...and I know good and well I'll forget when I stop for a drink somewhere and I also know my husband will not EVEN save receipts for his stuff, so I'm not going to participate. But I am going to follow along! I know that I spend at least $200 a week at the grocery store, but that would include all of our toiletries and cleaning supplies...I don't go to Wal-Mart, so I just buy it all at the grocery store or occasionally Target when I go into the city. I buy a diet DP or Starbucks several days a week and my daughter buys coffee out frequently too. My husband works in the city and eats out every day...so I'd guess it's close to $300 a week on all food.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 9:18 am
Although, now that I think about it, we buy everything with a debit card and rarely with cash, so I could just check BK's debits online and get a good grip on what we all spend.
 
Puppydogs 
Jun. 5, 2010 10:06 am
Great topic. I would say for 4 adults, 1 dog including alcohol, paper supplies, and discount shopping (BJ's, Aldi's, Price Right etc) I would say we spend about $250 a week. I only purchase meat is reduced or on sale. I have a second refridgerator and 1 stand up freezer. We do go through 5 to 7 gallons of milk a week. The amount does not include dinner out....I would say that is an additional $160 a month....ugh!
 
kait20 
Jun. 5, 2010 11:30 am
i think i spend about 250 every 2 weeks so like 125 every week..i buy all my groceries at once for two weeks tho..:)
 
Jun. 5, 2010 11:37 am
This is a wonderful blog. I am enjoying reading about other people's grocery spending habits so I can make a comparison. For three adults, our bill for groceries (including paper goods) runs about $165 per week. We shop at Trader Joe's for most groceries, Sunflower Market for produce and Walmart for paper goods, foil, juice and a few canned goods. We do not eat red meat so this includes chicken and fish. My husband and I spend about $30 eating out once each week which used to be more frequently before the economic crunch. Our son eats out with his GF at expensive restaurants and I have no idea what it costs. :-) I am looking forward to discussing this with my husband and saving receipts. Cheers.....
 
Tameka 
Jun. 5, 2010 12:11 pm
for two college kids who dont eat or grocery shop a lot im going to estimate we spend about 50 combined per week mostly on produce at reading terminal (in philadelphia love it!) and the pizza place on the corner. Plus the necessary costco trip at the beginning of each quarter for meats and etc. So about 75 a month per person... I dont think this helps you, but maybe for everyone with kids in school, try and realize we'are broke!! Send us food money! :) good luck!
 
Jun. 5, 2010 12:52 pm
we are spending about $700.00 on food now a month we have 4 adults and 5 children. I do alot of couponing and go to target and walgreens to get convience items. plus have type one diabetic so have to keep low carb snacks like cheese and beef sticks on hand( for the ten yr old to munch on).
 
LeahW 
Jun. 5, 2010 1:47 pm
this is going to be interesting. too bad we couldnt add family size? Well its just me here with my son coming over infrequently to eat dinner. So, Im thinking 60 a week.....Im prepared to be surprised :) See ya back the 14th!!
 
LeahW 
Jun. 5, 2010 1:50 pm
this is just for food purchased at grocery store and what you purchase to consume 6/7 to 6/14 doesn't include your paper goods...I hope I am correct as that is what I read.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 2:35 pm
Ok--There are 2 adults, 2 children and 1 baby (just starting out on solids). We spend about $100 a week. Lately it has been more but that's because we had a little "extra" put into our food budget. I do make my own bread (whole wheat) and try to make most foods we eat from scratch. My husband occasionally eats lunch out but uses the "reward" money from work to buy lunch at their restaurant so I don't count that in our budget. I'll keep the receipts though--it'll be interesting to see what the ACTUAL cost is!
 
Jun. 5, 2010 3:41 pm
I couldn't tell you how much we spend in a week, since we do everything by the month. I know last month we spent WAY too much eating out. Almost $300! So this month I spend an extra $100 on the groceries to load up on frozen food for the nights we don't, can't, or WON'T cook. I think the total for the month was $300. Add another $75 for the weekly runs for things like fresh fruit and veggies and such. Of course, we are on WIC, which saves us EASILY $150 a month! Oh, and there are 2 adults, 2 younger children, and an infant in our house.
 
pjakobs 
Jun. 5, 2010 4:28 pm
Sign up for mint.com. It's a budgeting tool that works with various banks. I was able to give it our bank info and it now puts any bank transactions into different categories such as groceries. So, I can see exactly how much I spent per month in each category and set budget limits (so I get an email if we're over the limit for a month). I was shocked how much we actually spent on groceries. We buy everything organic so it's doubly expensive. I've been able to control it better now that I am keeping track of it.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 4:44 pm
Okay, I think we spend WAY to much based on what you all are sharing. We spend about $1'000 a month at the grocery store, (that's shopping at 2, one inexpensive and one for fruit and fresh products). About $150 per month for meat at the local butchers, $50 per week eating out, $20 per week for bread, milk and eggs for fresh products. Then extras when we fill up, or treats. We are 7 people in all, 2 adults, a teenager (who eats the most!) and a few children. I keep track and scring(is that a word?), then I also preserve lots of food in season which is a hidden expense, not counted in.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 4:50 pm
My husband and I have found the magic and freedom in cash budgeting. We have a budget of $60 for groceries, $10 each for what ever we want to spend it on (usually coffee) and $20 for eating out. We take it out in cash every Friday and that is what we have for the week so its pretty easy to know what we spend. :)
 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:17 pm
Family of 3+ 1 cat..I use to spend $250 every 2 weeks that was food/household items and stuff out gas & sodas or lunches. My Fiance eats more then me & my daughter..but over the last 30 day he has been gone...I have spent about $200-$300 however I had to stock up on a few things like meat..I will keep you posted this month we are changing a few things..and my budget will change ALOT so I will have a better idea then..
 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:32 pm
mint.com is a good resource to track your spending within categories.
 
Jun. 5, 2010 5:36 pm
There are 4 kids under 14 here and 2 adults. We have a crazy schedule like most. $250.00 every two weeks with coupons! Kids eat lunch at school Monday-Friday at $16 every 2 weeks. Adults always pack a lunch. Then there is the $80 every 2 weeks to eat out. <I see this getting cut altogether. I can cook better..lol.
 
teachww 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:29 pm
There are 2 adults and 2 teens(18 & 15) both are competitive swimmers . .eat lots! I think we spend $200/week with everything. VERY healthy diet, but includes meat, with lots of fresh fruit and veggies! $60/month eating out.
 
huh_08 
Jun. 5, 2010 6:59 pm
i know i spend over $550 a month in food and $80 a month in eating out and its just me my husband and a 3 year old and most of that money is on snacks lol
 
Jun. 5, 2010 7:11 pm
I spend about $130/week at the grocery store. $150/week eating out. (for two).
 
trinas 
Jun. 5, 2010 7:42 pm
I did this project already. I took a Personal Finance Class and we had to save our receipts for everything for 2 months and then break it all down. I was most surprised how much we spent on eating on. That has changed. We are two adults and spend between 90-120 dollars at the grocery store most weeks, although I did not do a major food shopping this week, only some fresh veggies and fruit and milk. I use a meal planning service called Relish, which allows me to select recipes for the week, or use my own, and gives me a grocery list so I have little or no waste. The recipes are healthy and over 50% of my grocery list is fruits and veggies.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 5:36 am
I'm glad I caught this today, I'm going to do this. I don't know how much I spend. Working two jobs myself and the guy working the job he does (upwards to 48 hour shifts, on call, etc) There isn't a set day we do any specific shopping. This should be a wakeup call to me and would help me analyze what I'm doing. Wish me luck.
 
AZSTEPHANIE 
Jun. 6, 2010 6:02 am
Well, I'm heading to the grocery store right now and hopped on the internet to make my weekly menu. I notice that when I shop for specific meals, I save quite a bit of money. For my family of 2 adults and 2 young kids, I think I spend around $125 per week. I use some coupons but do buy a lot of store brand items (salad dressing, milk, cheese, yogurt, chips) and I try to make fresh meals as often as I can. I work full time so we do have some convenience dinners like Hamburger Helper every once in awhile. Produce prices kill me so we just planted a nice garden. It worked well last year and I only had to buy lettuce to make a great salad. We do eat out about once a week spending around $25 or so. Excited to try this out for a week!
 
lisa 
Jun. 6, 2010 6:27 am
I just started to read this blog and realized that I really don't have a good idea of what I spend in a week! I think it varies a lot by how busy we are that week. My household is two adults, two college-aged daughters that are not home much, and two sons (8 and 11). The daughters work during the summer and need something fast to grab for meals. I think that I probably spend $500 to $600 dollars at the grocery for the month and spend about $200 on eating out for the month. It will be interesting to see if I'm right about this! :)
 
Tina B 
Jun. 6, 2010 6:41 am
OMG! This is shameful, but since my hubby is getting retired I need to figure out what I spend too and I know it is a lot! I used to do the grocery game and coupon mommy and saved a ton, but broke out of that after I started working. All in all, I bet we spend betw $1000-1200 every month on groceries. For 3 adults and 3 kids (one a teenager). I try to make stuff from scratch but by the end of the week my resolve is gone and will do anything not to keep the kitchen cool. We only order pizza every other Friday, my husband makes a pot of coffee in the morning and keeps it in a thermos to last all day. Produce is the biggest expense during the off season.
 
Jena 
Jun. 6, 2010 7:30 am
Great idea. I believe I spend 200-250 at the store for 5 people. And probably 60 a week on take-in, eat-out, which does include a work lunch or two for me/hubby (and I'm afraid this is the one I'm in denial over because since the kiddos have pretty much flown the coop my hubby and I hit the pub a couple times a week)
 
Jun. 6, 2010 8:43 am
I spend around $200 at Trader Joes and Frys every week. Every other week I do bountiful baskets at $26 for an organic basket of fruit and veggies. So I'm thinking about $850/month. I rarely go for coffee cause I have a great machine at home and we do not eat out much although my husband was out of town last week and we ate dinner out one night and had lunch out another day. I'm up for your challenge. BTW, there are 2 adults, a college kid and a high school kid in mi casa.
 
rauker 
Jun. 6, 2010 8:51 am
I Know I spend 400 a month on groceries. If we have extra money when we are planning our budget we will put around 30 towards eating out. This is for my family of 5.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 8:54 am
I'm scared of what there is to face, but if it helps but the food bill then great! It has doubled without getting anymore to show for it! We are two adults and a teen that eats like one. We spend $200 week at the grocery store, school lunches run about $15.00 a week, and eating out runs us (this will be the scary part to see) $30 week. If sodas from the convenient stores count - oh NO! Husband won't like playing along with this one...he hates discussing his soda expense! If I count that though then we are talking another $75 week. Sigh.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 9:07 am
Holy Cow! I forgot Costco. I'm usually into that $250-$300 a month!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 9:16 am
2 adult & 3 teenagers ~ $200 a week, I pack the kids' lunches, drink the free coffee at work, & we have not been out to eat much since money has been tight maybe another $60 a week.
 
Liz 
Jun. 6, 2010 9:19 am
I am so tempted to print all of this off and show my husband as he thinks I spend too much. I have a "food" budget of $300 a month. That includes everything - from food and personal hygiene products to any clothes the kids might need. In April and May, I spent a total of $200 for both months. This is for 2 adults and 2 teens, who eat a LOT. I buy very few processed or packaged foods (except for 4 boxes of "healthy" cereal per month). We very rarely eat out or even stop to buy sodas. The kids are homeschooled, so we don't have school lunches to buy. I don't drink coffee, and husband gets it for free at work. When we eat out as a family, it runs about $75 so we only do it twice a year. A few times a year we order Pizza Mia from Pizza Hut and that costs $22 for 4 pizzas (leaves leftovers for the next day). I normally have a garden and can some veggies. We buy a side of beef once a year. (That price is divided into 12 and included in my grocery bill) I do have an additional bill of $20/month for horse food. During the winter I add another $25/month for hay.
 
patsfanalways 
Jun. 6, 2010 9:46 am
We spend between 150-200 a week, 2 adults, college child and 2 cats, that includes lunch for the adults during the week at work. Coffee drunk at home, but on Fridays I hit Starbucks for my iced latte, we go out to eat once a week and that is about 40-50 depending, that includes tip.
 
bcmffln 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:02 am
We spend between 200 and 400 every two weeks i think sometimes more depending on what we already have versus what we ran out of....3 adults, 4 kids, 3 dogs and a cat that includes diapers and wipes for 2 children, paper products , animal food, cat litter and basic groceries.
 
Shoe 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:06 am
We spend around $80/week for two adults and two dogs, including nonfood items AND WINE =). I've found that two things really keep us to this budget: 1) we belong to a CSA that delivers a box of fresh produce weekly (keeps me out of the store, where I tend to pick up impulse items) and 2) I do not belong to a big box club like Sam's - again for the discipline. Hubby does not eat meat, but we buy all organic and are hopelessly addicted to a local dairy that sells their delicious fresh milk and cream in glass bottles. Those two indulgences bring the cost up $15/week. We eat out on Saturday nights. That can run $50-$100 depending whether a nice bottle of wine is involved.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:41 am
Hi all, I am new to the group. ;) I spend approximately $100.00/wk on food for 2 adults. This covers all 3 meals. That also includes 4 dogs and a cat! :) We eat out once every 2 weeks, at approximately $20-50 depending on where we go.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 11:06 am
I live in Seattle Wa, and I buy food for myself, my fiance, and 3 cats. I know this sounds crazy, but I spend minimum $700/month at the grocery store. Granted, this includes beer, cat supplies, and household supplies. I use coupons when I can, but it's still totally out of control! :) I never eat lunch out or buy coffee out, but my fiance spends about $50/week on lunch/coffee. Also, we spend about $100/month going out for dinner. I cook almost every night, and I try to always make enough for both of us to take leftovers for lunch the next day. I buy fresh produce and high quality meats. I need to greatly reduce my food bill, but without sacrificing quality, I'm not sure how to do that... I will be keeping track this week, and will post back with the results. Great idea for a blog cocojo!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 11:06 am
I spend about $250.00 on food every week withouth dining out and thats feeding 2 adults and trying a new recipie at least 2 nights a week.
 
Autumn 
Jun. 6, 2010 11:25 am
I am going to say that we spend approximately $200 a week for 2 adults. About $60-70 at the grocery store and $120 in restaurants/takeout. We usually eat out twice on the weekend. Either one $80 meal, or two $30-40 meals. Then we order takeout once or twice at about $30, but it usually lasts a few days. I noticed that some people are eating out for $20... where are you going? I can't even think of a place that we could eat at for $20 or less for two people. I don't mind spending money on eating out because it's the one thing i really enjoy in life (i'm not a big clothes shopper or big spender in any other way).
 
Khristi 
Jun. 6, 2010 11:57 am
I actually did this for one month. I have a family of five and thought we spent a total of $450 per month on groceries and eating out. When I kept all of my receipts I found out that we spend over $1000 per month on food! Imagine my surprise. I have cut all eating out expenses going forward by packing lunches when we are on the go. Lunch expenses are what hit us the hardest. This change will save us $300 per month. I have also become more frugal in the foods that I purchase and the places where I shop. I'm also going to use up all the groceries that we have stored in the house and not shop till everything is gone with one exception...I will purchase milk and fresh produce since my kids are 4, 5 and 7 years old and these are things they crave, (we dont have junk foods in our home). I hope to get our bill down to $400 - $500 per month.
 
jessie 
Jun. 6, 2010 12:08 pm
I spend about$100 every two weeks for three of us, $30 every three weeks on eating out, and no money on coffee. I'm pretty happy with our budget.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 1:28 pm
I don't spend much on a fixed income. I don't think I spend no more than 150.00 a month on food. I probably spend another 50.00 on paper products, soaps, dog food, an occasional bottle of wine. I rarely eat in a restaurant either. I can't justify the prices when I can eat so much cheaper at home.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 1:29 pm
I don't spend much on a fixed income. I don't think I spend no more than 150.00 a month on food. I probably spend another 50.00 on paper products, soaps, dog food, an occasional bottle of wine. I rarely eat in a restaurant either. I can't justify the prices when I can eat so much cheaper at home.
 
Jon Endres 
Jun. 6, 2010 1:40 pm
I have a family of 7, my wife, myself, three teens and two under the age of 6. All of us eat well. We rarely go out to eat, maybe once a month and it's usually Chinese or pizza, so maybe $50. As for the rest, I buy meat from whatever local market has it on sale, and never more than $2 per pound ($3 for sirloin steaks). I buy 20-30 lb of nearly anything at one time and freeze it in family-size portions, fingure out later how to prepare it. Lots of chuck steak pot roast, pork chops, split chicken breasts, country-style ribs. I also have a meat grinder so I can do my own burgers and sausage. The rest of the grocery budget is about $300 per month. I buy almost everything at ALDI, with an occasional trip to the distant Super Walmart if we happen to be heading that way. We also have a large garden in the summer, so things get preserved, and we are raising pigs and chickens for meat and eggs. Hope to put 300 lb of pork in the freezer in November, and we also have a half- or full-share of a beef steer available if we want it. We eat very little seafood other than the occasional frozen shrimp which is cheap at ALDI. Lots of simple salads, Kool-Aid, iced sweet tea, our big expense is milk (6-8 gallons per week). I bake breads and freeze main dishes and we limit processed foods, sweets and other snacks.
 
wsamon 
Jun. 6, 2010 1:43 pm
This is probably going to sound bad (and I guess it kind of is), but I've found that I spend about $150+ / week on just myself (not counting alcohol which I consider an entertainment expense). Because of my job and all my activities I have to eat out a lot - I'd say about 4 lunches and 3 or 4 dinners per week. I also don't like to eat the same food repeatedly, or load up on cheap carbs like pasta, rice, or bread. When you're mainly buying meat, veggies, and fruit in low quantities, and eating out a lot it adds up quickly...
 
Jiyuni 
Jun. 6, 2010 1:51 pm
I used to spend around 20-30 dollars a week on groceries, perhaps around 20 dollars eating out a week... for one single college student :) I packed all my lunches everyday and ate mostly vegetables haha.
 
cooky45 
Jun. 6, 2010 2:04 pm
I spend about 175.00 a week on food,but this includes all cleaning supplies,farmers market purchases and eating out once a week.This is for 3-4 adults depending on whether daughter and her boyfriend are eating with us.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:01 pm
I would guess that I spend around 200 a week for our family of five. Going out for us mostly involves Drive-thrus (trying to really cut back on those pesky little toys!) This is an interesting line of conversation and I am interested in what our bills really look like.
 
Ann 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:07 pm
We spend about $250 a week on groceries all through the year except harvest season a lot less.We eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits from our land. We only eat out about once a month.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:10 pm
I would guess that I spend around 200 a week for our family of four & another 75 a week on coffees, lunches! i've been meaning to do this for awhile...maybe this will motivate me to finally take a good look at what's really going on.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:17 pm
I'm a grad student cooking for one and I estimate that I spend about $50 a week on food.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:19 pm
for my family of 6 I spend about 150 at the grocery store and probably about 100 on other food related things... good blog idea btw!
 
descenzofamily 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:23 pm
We are a family of 4, plus 1 dog. 2 Adults, 2 children(ages 3, 7). We pack lunches for my husband and school age daughter. The toddler and I stay at home. Per month we average about anywhere from $400-500. We spend most of our money at our local BJ's Wholesale club and stock up on certain items.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:39 pm
I have recently started saving receipts... looks like we spend the equivalent of about $160 US on food and personal hygiene items every week. (For two adults and a toddler). I am trying to lower that weekly price tag, as it is one of the few expenses in life that I feel I can control (unlike my mortgage payments, etc.). As I read through these posts, I notice a HUGE variation in what people spend-- Part of me wonders if those who quote very low numbers may, like me, be surprised to discover the true amount... sometimes it is easy to forget all those mini-trips to the grocery store. Hey, no judgement-- we're all in the same boat, on this one! At the same time, some of you truly do see to be "grocery superheroes". If it is not an invasion on anyone's privacy, how would those of you who have really organized receipts feel about helping us out-- either scan in your receipt, or tell us about the different types of food you buy, in order to get $100 to feed 5 people with minimal waste etc. Or maybe we could go the other way around... scan in or describe *our* weekly menus, and you can make suggestions for how you might do something differently. I need a "grocery mentor"! I often feel as if I am choosing between healthy, fresh food, and food that fits into my budget. I don't feel good about relying on platefuls of pasta, from a nutritional standpoint, although pasta is temptingly cheap. Great topic, everyone!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:43 pm
We are on a pretty tight budget, so I know just what I spend. I go shopping twice a month and spend about $150 a trip, this includes dog food for 3 big dogs and toiletries. Once every 4 months or so I go to Costco and spend an extra $300-400. I feed a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 kids.
 
luvfood 
Jun. 6, 2010 4:49 pm
I've been meaning to do this for a while now. I would estimate I spend $150.00/week on groceries for two adults and two children. Add another $100.00/week on eating out. I don't spend money on coffee(my work supplies that). It'll be interesting to see the receipt results at the end of the week. Great blog....wish I knew the secret on using coupons to make a drastic difference on the grocery bill.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 5:05 pm
I spend around $100 at the grocery store a week and $50 going out to dinner a week
 
Sarah G. 
Jun. 6, 2010 5:08 pm
We have 2 adults and 1 child, and our grocery budget for *everything* cleaning products, paper goods, sundries as well as food and drinks is $450 per month. Period. I buy bulk items at the start of the month (meat, cheese, cleaning products) and then prorate what I have left per week for the rest of the month. If I'm able to bring us in lower, then that money can be spent to eat out, but it's far from routine. At home, I cook everything from scratch. It's taken time to get us onto a firm budget and it takes planning to keep us there, but it's one of the big actions we decided to take to make it affordable for me to work from home and be with our daughter, and it's WELL worth the effort!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 5:13 pm
I know I shop too much, and I really don't scrimp. I estitmate about 500 to 700 a month on "groceries". In that I include tolietries and wine. But I keep my reciepts too. My household includes two adults and one six year old picky eater. rarely buy lunches most are packed. rearley buy coffee. sometimes eat out or get take out. My credit card company breaks down what I spend at different stores evey year so that's helpful to look at. I hate cupons and don't use them much since most of what we buy is unprocessed food. but if you can beleive it I've used coupons for wine and hard alcohol before. I know shop too frequently and at too many stores because I am a foodie and I like specific things from different sources. We buy beef a quarter at a time from a very smalll local procuder, my brother in law which is the only beef we buy. and that's about every two years.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 5:46 pm
We spend between $400-$500 dollars a month here in the Seattle area. That is eating well for 3 adults, 1 teen and 2 toddlers. That also includes all breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We eat out maybe 2 times a month but not much. Lots of produce and quality ingredients so our bill is a little higher but our health care bills are much lower than most Americans. We don't have any chronic diseases or health issues so its a good payoff on our dollar!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 6:05 pm
I have a family of 6, two adults, and 4 children ages 17-9. I'd say I spend about $115 a week on groceries. Now that schools out I'm sure my cupboards will be raided alot more, lol. I shop at Aldi's and Save-A-Lot mostly which saves me a ton. We only eat out on special occasions, except for maybe once a week from the dollar menu. If I were to get everyone a value meal thru the drive-thru, our bill would easily be $35, so I go the cheap route when we're pressed for time.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 6:10 pm
I wish I could only spend about $200/week at the grocery store. I estimate that we spend about $400/week at the grocery store. That's with 2 adults, 2 college kids, 2 teens. Plus I feed various other children. And have a big Sunday dinner for at least 10 people each week. I think we spend about $50 eating out.
 
Amy 
Jun. 6, 2010 7:16 pm
Ok I spend too much! I am just wondering how anyone can spend only $60.00 to $100.00 for a week? I'm not sure exactly what I spend but probably $150.00 wk for 2 adults 1 kid 2 dogs and a pig! I buy most perishable fruits & veggies from "tomato lady" 2-3 plastic grocery bags for about $10 bucks. I went to SAMs sat. And spent $190.00 but I got 20pluseals of meat. I will start tomorrow with receipts for mill and whatever I didn't get at SAMs! This will be a challenge!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 7:38 pm
It occurs to me that what groceries cost, depends hugely on where you live. I'm curious, and I'm trying to find data on food prices by region. All I can find is this data for Northern Canada (where nothing grows naturally, and groceries cost over $400/week for a modest diet for a family of 4!) &#10;&#10;http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/nth/fon/fc/hpsr-eng.asp&#10;&#10;Yikes. I have the feeling that food is more expensive here in Canada, even in Southern Canada (I live in Toronto), than it does for those of you who live in areas with long growing seasons. There may also be a difference in the way food industries are subsidized by government programs, among our various regions. Just for comparison's sake: How much do the following items cost, where you live? - a gallon (4 litres) of milk - a 1 Kg (standard size) jar of name-brand peanut butter (let's say... Kraft) - A bag of oranges. (5 pounds) - A 2L bottle of name brand soda In Canadian dollars, at a discount grocery store, The peanut butter costs $4.75, the milk costs $4.50, the bag of oranges costs $5, and the soda costs $2, maybe a little less. (regular, non-sale prices). Multiply by about 0.9 for US prices.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 7:45 pm
Here's what groceries cost in Canada, how about your community? &#10;&#10;http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&amp;b=4955951&amp;ct=6715269
 
Jun. 6, 2010 7:54 pm
I know we generally spend about 83 a week on groceries, 62 a week on dining/eating out and another $20 at various times with our loose cash that we accumulate. Didn't attend Financial Peace or anything, but got on a budget and do the envelope thing. It's way better and coupons are a bonus because it just means we can buy more food (i.e. the stuff you don't need...chips, prepackaged cookies, etc.) Someone recently gave me advice that was shop the perimeter of the store because that is the least profit for the grocers and contains mainly everything that is the basic staples. If you stay away from the breads aisle and the baking aisle (other than necessity spices, etc) then you will also cut out unnecessary calories and fat. Makes total sense....so i've been trying that.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 8:33 pm
Here si a regional price comparison of sorts for selected cities in the USA:&#10;&#10;http://www.cleveland.com/news/groceries/?appSession=040245045341349
 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:16 pm
I spend about $200/week on groceries for the 8 of us. That covers lunches and our caffeine addiction. We don't eat out frequently, but when we do it's easily $100-$120. I keep very close tabs on our grocery budget. With as many of us as I'm shopping for it can quickly get out of hand.
 
LED87 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:37 pm
Wow this is a really great idea. I was just at Wal-Mart today getting my grocery shopping done when I stopped to ask a mother of 3 if using other store's weekly ads helped her save. For those of you who don't know...Wal-Mart has a policy called, "We'll honor any price." You simply bring in competing grocery stores ads in the area...and if something is cheaper than Wal-Mart, they will honor the cheaper price. Long story short, this got me thinking about how much I could save. There are only 2 of us in my house and we spend ALOT. My husband is in paramedic school and I am in nursing school so those coffee breaks add up. I roughly spend $100 a week at the store because we eat organic/sugar-free/free-range...you get the point. I would say we spend $100 a week eating lunch out, Starbucks, dinner and drinks with friends. And somehow during the summer months, we always find ourselves pulling through Sonic to get a nice cold slush or other drink. It will be intresting to see how those little pit-stops effect our spending? Great idea. I hope I remember to post my real amount.
 
Jun. 6, 2010 10:44 pm
For a family of 4~2 adults, a teen, a 10 yr old and 2 pugs I estimate that we spend around $500-$600 a month on just food! I make most things from scratch too. We eat out at least once a week and that runs about $35-$40 a week. I need a break at least one night a week. lol We have a Keurig coffee maker so we don't buy coffee or tea away from home. When the kids are in school they take their lunches only on field trip days. So that runs $61 a month for school lunches. The hubby takes leftovers or makes a lunch and I do the same. We don't drink soda away from home because it's just crazy to spend that much in a convenience store or in a restaurant. The one expense I have is buying bottled water, but I only buy 2 cases a month for $10. When I have finished a bottle while I am out running around I can re-fill it at no cost though at the soda fountains in the convenience stores. I'm hoping this will help me save even more. Thanks for the blog!
 
Jun. 6, 2010 11:12 pm
I am definitely going to do this...although, we won't be going to the grocery store or eating out this week at all...we are completely broke! But I definitely will starting on the 14th. That's when the paycheck is in the bank! We eat out a TON because we just moved and are still sorting things out...so this should be interesting! Thanks for the idea!
 
therailer 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:29 am
I love this idea because I usually have food budget debates with myself. Now I can see what others are doing and bring the conversation back to reality. I'm always talking budget, but do I know how to stick with it? Or am I full of that more typical-bathroom ingredient-The Blarney! I'll start this tomorrow. I will be making Lemon Chicken with Capers and Homemade Pesto with Angel Hair Capellini.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:03 am
Im SKEEEEEEERDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD! We do not eat out a lot but I cant do it this week as we have friends in town. Im cooking it up. Great topic....keep it going I will get back to this when school starts. Now is not right for me. However I do think I spend $1000 a month (3 people and a lot of produce), but that is hubby and daughter lunches for work/school. I will be back!
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:24 am
Since I was originally the one who mentioned that my grocery bill included wine - I have to follow up on your comment about that being a place to cut. No way. I already know what I spend, and I spend very little on myself. The wine isn't a "snack" to cut back on - it's one of the little things I allow myself. I did go back to buying cheaper stuff though, and I've started buying by the case since I save 10%. That meant I spent a whole lot all at once, but won't spend very much into the future.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:25 am
Now that that comment is out of the way... as an accountant, who has kept every receipt for probably 30 years, I'm getting a good laugh out of this. (I'm sure people are laughing at me for keeping every receipt for 30 years. They don't take up much space, really.) I'll have to re-adjust this at some point. You're all like my brother - what he spends on "groceries" means what he spends at the "grocery store." Since I keep track of what I spend, I count only groceries in my groceries. I don't count the paper products, drug items, etc., nor do I count the cat food, which I don't get at the grocery store anyway. So as soon as you all keep your receipts for a measy 2 weeks (which honestly isn't going to give you a good idea, really), then I'll report back and include all that other junk as well, cause I keep track of it as well. :-) (I spend about $50 a month on cat food, but I'd have to look up the other stuff.)
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:28 am
Liz, that's a very good budget. You can tell your husband an accountant said so, if that helps. LOL. A lot of people spend way more than they really need to, but that's a good budget for four people! My dad never got over that prices aren't the same as they were in 1940 - sounds like your husband.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:35 am
Cynthia Phillips - since I'm one who keeps receipts and has done this a long time.... You're right that some people don't know what they spend. I do, but I also included groceries only, so you have to take that into consideration. (Though it does include some wine.) I would be happy to help you out with your budget. As a note, some discrepancies are because the less people there are, the more expensive it starts getting per person, due to not buying in bulk, waste of produce, etc. - some households with a lot of people maybe have learned to budget a lot better because they have to. Prices can also be different in different areas. (I keep saying that - no one listens.) And there are differences in how much processed stuff you buy, how much meat, if it's organic, etc. All those things count and are legit differences. (Versus people just splurging or not caring.) If Lynna starts a new blog for budgeting, I will be happy to chime in on it. (Actually, I've considered becoming a supporting member and wondering if I'd blog anything -- well, budgeting is a good topic for me! :-) Now, can I budget in becoming a supporting member? LOL.)
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:36 am
This is me, catching up on 3 days of posts, all at the late hours when no one else is on, and thereby looking like a moron...
 
annabanana 
Jun. 7, 2010 3:50 am
We live in Canada and I'm sure it has an impacts the cost of groceries for us. I have a habit of tracking EVERYTHING I buy on a spreadsheet for the last 6 years. Why, I'm not sure since we don't have a budget but I guess I like to see how much money we spent in total each month. With 7 in our family, 2 college kids, 2 Tweens and a 4 yearold, we spend on average $1300/month on groceries and $250 on fast food/restaurants and coffees (what my adult kids spend eating out, I'm not sure) I never skimp on quality since we don't go out to restaurants much. Most of my food comes from costco and a chain grocery, but not a fancy one for items costco doesn't sell and things we need smaller quanities of. We eat all fresh produce, meat and fish (although I do freeze the meats I buy if we don't use it all or if it's on sale. I do cook most everything from scratch. My kids are not picky eaters except one boy tween who tries to lay low to get away from veggies. 4 years ago, our grocery bill was only about $1000/month before the last child was born (she's little but has a great appetite). I am trying to cut back but I can't seem to and the bills will only continue to go up with two boys going in/into puberty. This is an Interesting post for me cuz I was always to see whether I was spending too much. The range of what other families spend is impressive. I see though for a large family like mine, I may not be too way off. My neighbour who rarely does costco spends $1000 for 2 adults and two boys, 11 and 9, and rarely eats out. Thanks cocojo for blogging an interesting topic.
 
annabanana 
Jun. 7, 2010 4:08 am
I'd like to add, that we don't drink, although we do include about 4 cases of beer and a few bottles of wine for company and hub's baseball team when it's his turn to bring the beer. I too, like erimess, break down my bills and have been keeping everything for the last 12 years. Why? I'm not sure but erimess is right that the receipts don't take much space. Organized receipts come in handy for warranty repairs though.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 5:34 am
Holy Cow!!! Jacaobsmom $250 a month for 4 adults & a child , start writing your secrets....I am afraid to find out what I spend a week for a household of 2 adults and 4 kids ages 15-22 .Our dinner out is WAY CRAZY out of control and I need to get that under control. Really good idea...Thanks for the spot check cocojo. Area of country would be interesting to know also ,I'm on Long Island NY
 
Jun. 7, 2010 5:37 am
I just came back from the store because I'm making a cake for DH to take to work and was out of butter and veg. oil. Well that cost me $43.36! I got a feeling I'm not wanting to see this total but I sure do appreciate you rousing our curiosity. I also think DH will have a stroke if he knew how much I pay for these little trips on non-shopping days. This is going to be our little secret, okay? OKAY?!?!?
 
Jun. 7, 2010 5:59 am
Glad to know I'm not the only one who breaks down the bills. It's actually pretty easy - I look down the right side for the T's for taxable, and that's the non-groceries. For those in states like OR with no tax, or states that tax food items, I guess that doesn't work.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:02 am
This is a hard question as I find there is so much variance in food prices between regions. For example, I'm always absolutely shocked at how much higher food prices are when we go over the border on our annual visit to norther Washington state area as compared to the Canadian west coast. I would say most grocery items are 30% more but of course this is offset by the much cheaper booze prices! In any case, I budget about $600-700 per week for everything other than our property tax, morgage and loan payment and savings. This includes all bills from food and gas to allowance and perscriptions. I would say that at least $200 of that goes to food each week. I'm not sure if I really want to know what I'm spending! I don't skimp on food as it is the one place that I shop and don't feel guilty. Some weeks cost more as I do "mini-freezer" cooking sessions every couple of weeks. This week chicken breast were on sale so I made about 18 entrees (to serve 3-4) for the freezer. I will be spending more this week but will spend a lot less in the weeks to come. Also saves my sanity on my busy weeknights!
 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:05 am
I'm sure prices vary in different locations of the US, but I live in Ohio where cost of living is probably considerably lower than bigger cities. A gallon of milk is about $1.89, 2 liter bottles of pop are 1.25, (store brand is .75). But I've gone to all the stores around me and compared prices on items I buy regularly. The convenient locally owned supermarkets are the highest in prices so I usually only go there for meat, which i think is best in quality. This blog was a great idea, I cant wait to see the responses when the week is over.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:18 am
We spend around $100 a week, thats two adults and two teenagers. Our secret is that we try to raise our meat on the farm and we use our rice cooker.(At least once a week) Rice can stretch a meal and its good for ya.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:23 am
When I said the butter and veg. oil I picked up this AM cost me $43.36, I was saying that I didn't just get the butter and veg. oil. No way can I go to a store and pick up one or two items. My achilles heel. Here in central VA, our prices are fairly reasonable unless like theresakr34 you go to a locally owned market, and their prices are 20-30% higher than our chain stores.
 
MsCamo 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:44 am
I think I spend about $200/week for family of 3+1dog. I include our little dog because he eats whatever we eat for breakfast/dinner (minus seasonings & ingredients he shouldn't eat). The cost of food is way different depending on where you live and whether you buy cheap or premium food. An organic apple is more expensive than a regular one, etc... I have lived all over the US and some foreign countries as well. Rural vs urban also makes a huge difference. The only grocery store I have in my now rural Oklahoma town is Walmart and not a lot of choice there. I also take advantage of the tiny military commissary on our base which mostly has staples and almost no organic food, which I have been trying to switch to. I rarely buy in bulk unless it is something I can freeze like meat/seafood. Like Erimess I do not include non-food items in "groceries". I still buy some junk for my teen boy (always hungry) and Gatorade is the biggest expense there. I also agree with Erimess that one weeks worth of receipts is not going to give you the "big picture". If I have a ton of meat in my deep freeze then I can go for a month without buying meat (a major expense). We also keep a lot of wild game in our freezer, and that is almost impossible to figure out the cost (did we buy a new gun/bow/ammo/arrows/clothing-did we travel-did we butcher it or take it somewhere, etc...) To process a 125lb deer is around 35 cents a pound, but if you bought a new $300 gun... It might be comparable to buying organic meat at the grocery ($5-$6/lb)
 
Jun. 7, 2010 7:49 am
COCOJO, my husband and I use this piece of software that you can buy online called MINT. Everytime you swipe one of your credit or debit cards, it automatically puts the amount in your budget. You have to set up your bank and credit card accounts in the software, but it really gives you a great picture of what you spend. We set a certain budget for things like gas. Just the other day my husband said we were over our gas budget by $60. We know every time we go out to eat or I get that Iced Mocha from starbucks. Go to www.mint.com and check it out. It really helps us stay on track, spend money wisely and fast tracks you into paying off debt. It's also free and no, I'm not a Mint salesman.. it just really opened our eyes to what we spend.
 
MsCamo 
Jun. 7, 2010 8:05 am
Erimess, the budget blog idea is great, but I think you would have to go with percentages, not actual dollar amounts. Even then I think it would be too hard, considering some people are willing to spend more on good quality food and some people would want the most food for their buck. I would spend more for organic food if available because it is better for you. Right now the only thing I can get regularly is butter/eggs/milk. I think a gallon of milk at Walmart is going for $3.50, but I buy half-gallons of organic and pay $3.25. 1 lb of margarine is less than a dollar, but a pound of organic butter is $2.75 when I'm lucky. Also does anyone really save money buying at Sam's/Costco/etc... I have compared the prices and as far as the food goes, it doesn't seem any cheaper than shopping at Walmart. The only difference being that they carry some unique food items. I tend to shop for higher ticket items than food when I'm going to one of those stores, and gas is usually cheaper. As a side note, I found food was cheapest in Las Vegas than any other place I lived. No tax on food in NV, and the casinos subsidize so much, that even though everything is shipped, the prices were dirt cheap compared to everywhere else I have ever lived. Things may have changed since I lived there, but at the time I noticed a huge difference when I moved from there to Idaho, seemed everything was 20% more plus I had to pay tax as well.
 
Tammy 
Jun. 7, 2010 9:06 am
I spend about $150-200 a week on groceries etc. (2 adults 2 kids) 50-75 week on dinners/out for lunch coffee's /DD's 10.00 Wow even writing this down is scaring me.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:05 am
I know exactly what I spend. I keep all my receipts for the year and keep track of my spending and savings on the computer. I'm an avid couponer and spend $250/month for our family of 5. That $250 includes all food, personal products, diapers/wipes for 2 kids, paper products, cleaners, and food/litter for 2 cats. Before couponing I used to spend about $800-$900/month.
 
LADYNWAITING 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:08 am
I've seen a lot of comments that coupons are for things in a box. I do most everything from scratch, but I do use those coupons. The big $ ones are usually on a new product, so I will buy 1 using the coupon and if we like it I duplicate it from scratch. That way I have the best of both worlds.W usually spend about $300 a month. Hard to divide by the week because it might be $50 one week and $150 the next. I keep a very close watch on groceries and use the ads . Most of what I buy is on sale or I have a coupon for it. We don't eat out and coffee is made at home to take with us.
 
Lindzz 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:16 am
I am a poor, single college student. I spend about $20-$30 a week on all groceries. I've always bought mostly fresh foods, fruits, and veggies (none of that raman and frozen pizza college food for me). I recently started shopping at Natral Grocer's and Sprouts, so my grocery bills have gone up. I clip coupons from my parents' newspaper when I'm home; I also work for dinning services at my university where every shift I work has a free meal.
 
cjmaddox 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:21 am
I try to keep our grocery bill down to under $100 a week. With a family of 6 this can be difficult. I have a filing system of coupons thanks to couponmom.com and I print out the sales each week and only get what we need. My husband was unemployed for almost a year, and I was in school for nursing, so we learned to be extremely "frugal". Okay, cheap! Eating out, and entertainment were the first to go, everything is made from scratch, and now we have a garden that is almost 2 acres. When the veggies come in, our grocery bill will go down substatially.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:38 am
I Love this idea!! I spend about $125 at the grocery store, $1.25 for coffee(I put $5 in the pot at work for coffee)and between $30-$50 eating out each week. Total guess= $176.25. I am anxious to see how far off I am and to trim my grocery bill each week. Great Plan here!
 
vcrim4eva 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:44 am
As we are currently on a serious must stick to budget, we spend $350 a month on food for our family of 4. Let me tell you, it's difficult. there is no eating out except once on payday and that's a fast food lunch. I pack my husband's lunch every morning and make him a breakfast burrito. We used to spend almost $700 a month! Add match and sales are all we buy now. I can't wait until our summer garden starts really producing, that ought to take $50 off our food bill.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 10:53 am
200-250 a week for 2 adults, 4 children, 1 dog, and 2 cats. This includes non-food items. Hubby buys a green tea and a treat when he fills the van with gas once or twice a week, I'm guessing he spends 10 dollars a week on "dining out". We don't eat out more than once a month and it usually costs us around 50 bucks when we do.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:10 am
Well let's see, the hunny and I are having guests over on Wednesday and Saturday of this week... I spent $135 on Friday for groceries for two weeks for 2 adults. :]
 
Vicki Maher 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:22 am
I am from Canada an you guys must have really cheap groceries in the U.S. We have two adults and five kids that eat (I don't include baby). We have found that we spend around $1000/month. Keep in mind that our milk here is $3.87/gallon and our cheese is double what you pay.
 
CrystalandDean 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:30 am
I'm quite sure that I'll be terrified at what we spend, but what a great idea! I think we spend $200 per week, which is quite a lot, as it's only for 2 of us! We eat out a little (actually a LOT) too much.
 
Dezullini 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:31 am
I spend $550 a month exactly on food. I don't ever eat out. (The only exception is when there's a birthday.
 
Dezullini 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:31 am
And... I feed a family of four.
 
CrystalandDean 
Jun. 7, 2010 11:37 am
I forgot to add that we eat mostly fresh fruit and veg, preferably organic, and I make things from scratch. I find that it tends to be a must more expensive way to eat, but I don't know it's important.
 
bassiter 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:17 pm
I don't know what we spend on groceries in a week. My husband is an over the road truck driver and we buy groceries for him to take while he is gone. (Three weeks out and 3 days home). That leaves me at home with 2 dogs, a cat and a bird. It is tough buying groceries for both of us. He has a cooler and a microwave in his truck and eats most meals from there. It is too expensive for him to eat in restaurants all the time.I make coffee at home. We rarely eat out. I use coupons and eat leftovers.
 
Jpregnantmom 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:21 pm
I spend $300 a month on a family with 3 adults and 3 children. My husband packs a lunch everyday, but does eat out on Fridays...payday. He usually spends $25 a week on eating out on Friday and he will get a sweet tea on the way home everyday. I usually grocery shop every 2 weeks with the exception of milk. (We have 3 chickens that supply the eggs that we use.) I cook from scratch, so that saves a ton of money right there. We have a garden in the summer to supply our veggies that we eat. Since meat is the most expensive thing on our list, I try to have at least 3 meals a week where meat is an ingredient instead of a whole course. I also track what it costs to feed my family per meal (the lowest so far, $1.45) I try not to go over $7 a day, but that's why the $10 a day budget. ** a tip on how to NOT go over budget on groceries is to get a grocery store gift card and load it with the monthly budget on it at the beginning of the month... when that money is gone, then you are done.
 
Curious Baking Mom 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:45 pm
Oh man, no clue... I don't shop well most of the time. I don't cook much, so I buy a lot of good premade stuff at the store, and the good stuff is expensive, organic fruit, and then there's eating out... I guess at the store I probably spend $300 per week on food items including booze at the store. At restaurants, I would guess $150 on a bad week. I also go the the Farmer's market and spend 20-30 dollars on Saturdays, and want to start going Thursdays. So I guess that makes just under $500 dollars per week. That's for me, my husband, and our bottomless belly 19 month old. I'm scared to find out the truth, but this is a good time for me to pare down extraneous expenses.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:49 pm
I just wanted to put in my two cents. My son just left for the summer so I won't be able to check estimates. I go to the grocery store about 3 times a month and spend between 30 and 50 bucks. If there is a big sale on something we eat often, I will buy a lot! That obviously throws off the normal amounts. If mac and cheese goes down to 3/$1.00, I will buy a case. If whole wheat pasta goes below $1, I buy 20 or so boxes, etc. Also, I joined a CSA which I would recommend to anyone! I paid $225 for the year. I get fresh produce from a local farm (enough for about 2 people) once a week May - October, so I don't buy produce right now. Eating out is very sporadic at our house, too. We go out to eat when I am too lazy to cook. When money is tight, we replace this with Ramen noodles. I tell my 10 year old I don't feel like cooking and he will assure me that he can whip up some Ramen :) I will tell you what I know for sure I spend a lot of money on and that's coffee! I spend about $3 per day on coffee. Yikes! I just thought of an experiment I tried once. We were seriously poor. Not consistently poor so we qualified for food stamps or anything. I think it was a big car repair that wiped us out. I decided to see just how long we could go without buying anything. It was already about time to go grocery shopping when we started this and I was still able to put off shopping for 3 weeks. I used up little bits in the bottom of bags and we drank water and powdered milk. I made potato chip/tuna casserole with powdered milk "cream" sauce. Salty! There was also a spaghetti sauce consisting of tomato paste, water, oatmeal (fake meat) and beef bouillon. Ah, poverty.
 
Curious Baking Mom 
Jun. 7, 2010 12:58 pm
Oh, and it's somewhat expensive here, $3.50+ for eggs and good milk, $4 for a 3lb bag of small apples, the meat is ridiculous, and I bake a lot. At least the booze is somewhat cheaper here!
 
Jonathon Barton 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:09 pm
I use Mint.com as my financial software. Using the tools there, I can tell you that over the last 10 months (for easy division), for two people, I've spent $592/mo. on (95% organic) groceries, $205/mo. for lunch at work, and my average cost for dining out is $36.23.
 
Lindarie 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:41 pm
We actually have a budget. We take out the budgeted amount for groceries and once that is gone you cannot spend more. It means we've learned to plan pretty well. We spend $100 a week for food and paper and $20 a week for animals. Two adults, 2 teenagers, 1 young son, 1 Large dog (English Mastiff) and 4 cats. I'd love to hear more about the $250 a month instead of every 2 weeks :)
 
Jun. 7, 2010 1:59 pm
Perfect timing! I have been meaning to take stock of where I am versus where my budget wants me to be. We budget $150/week for food and entertainment that needs to cover all groceries and going out. We have been talking about cutting this back, and I am not really sure where we stand. I will keep track of my receipts and let you know!
 
Shiger 
Jun. 7, 2010 2:07 pm
We spend $1,500 to $2,000 per month for a family of four. I know it's too much, but cook and eat organic and healthy. Lean chicken breasts, wild salmon and lots of fresh spinach, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, cilantro, onions, fresh ginger etc. I wish I could save? I never find coupons for fresh food. It's always for processed or frozen pre-packaged stuff.
 
alejandra 
Jun. 7, 2010 2:19 pm
I've been keeping track for a while now. I spend $130-150 a week on groceries and cleaning supplies for 3 adults and 3 kids. We eat out as a family once a month and that is $35-40. My husband and I go for a beer once a week for around $20. I spend $25-30 a month on coffee. I've tried to cut on coffee but no can do!
 
Jun. 7, 2010 2:47 pm
I usually spend about $50/week on groceries with usually one week going up to $80 or $100/week when we stock up on meat and/or diapers. (I usually buy a big package of meat then separate and freeze it because it is so much less expensive.) I am feeding two adults and one toddler. We at almost entirely foods made from scratch, because we both love to cook and because I strongly believe unprocessed foods are healthier for my family. Most of what I buy is fresh fruits and vegetables, and then stock up on grains, flour, beans, pasta, etc when there is a good deal.
 
mommalanz 
Jun. 7, 2010 2:51 pm
Check out http://www.thefresh20.com Around 65 dollars at grocery store for 5 family dinners made with only 20 fresh ingredients. Budget friendly and healthy. Breakfasts and lunch cost me about 30 more.
 
Jun. 7, 2010 3:11 pm
I'm feeding 2 adults and 7 kids (aged 3-15), 3 meals a day. We homeschool and dh works from home. I spend $175/week on groceries and dining out.
 
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