My biggest change is to inspect the labeling of the package to ensure that I don’t buy anything that comes from a blue state if I can help it. I damned sure don’t buy any vegetables from California, for instance.
I’m getting stronger in my advancing years. I can remember a time when I couldn’t lift $100 worth of groceries. These days I have no problem carrying out $100 worth of food.
i don’t know about monthly but Friday i went to the local Shop Rite- i usually stick to sale items...2 Cantalopes ($1.49/each), 5 lbs oranges ($3.99), 2/16oz containers of strawberries ($1.99/each), 5lbs of chicken thighs ($6/ on sale $1.19/lbs), one large box of cornflakes ($4.50), one 33 oz container of plain greek yogurt ($3), 5 bottles of gatorade ($5, 16 oz Cream Cheese ($3.00) + tax....no milk or eggs or beef....almost $40 with my price plus card!!!!
$600 / month grocery
$200 / month eating out
household expenses like toiletries are separate
This is for a family of 4 people, no pets
Family of a Dad, a Mom and a 16 year old daughter about $250 p/w. We don’t eat crap. We never eat out. My wife is a great cook and cooks homemade every night.
$200 a month —
I stopped keeping track a long time ago. Too much. We both try to eat rather healthy most of the time. My wife is a vegetarian who buys a lot of specialty foods (goes nuts for Amy’s and Kashi meals).
I spent over $400 yesterday. Primarily beans rice and pasts. No meat. No vegetables. No fruits. No dairy. I did get oils and seasonings. This will just barely feed my family of eight for the month. Ill spend another 150+ next week for fruits and veggies. Cant afford meat but I have a few chickens for eggs and two milk goats.
that said, my weekly bill runs from $20 to $100 for food and consumables(TP, bowl cleaner, detergent, etc included) but it all depends on what i am out of at the time which sometimes is nothing, so all i'm buying is milk, yogurt, bread and maybe a couple other things, but on average i'd say my weekly average cost has risen at least $10...
Three observations on food:
It is WAY more expensive.
It should be WAY less expensive because technology has advanced.
It only has a shadow of the quality it used to have.
And someone please explain why it is as expensive to buy food in the supermarket as it is to buy it in restaurants?
$400 - 500 per month.
Buy bulk from Costco.
Break down large roast for stews and soups, chicken for a myriad of dishes. and turkey. Wife does not like seafood (except shrimp) so we will buy a bag of 16-20 shrimp and use in an occasional shrimp cocktail for a treat.
Buy tomato products by the case.
Pasta, beans and rice in large bags.
Eat out once in a while. but not much more than $30 for two since it is usually breakfast or lunch (being seniors helps get discounts).
We freeze what we have not eaten and time and date it all so we know what is still edible after a period of time. So many dished freeze well.
Between regular foodstuffs at Fred Meyer, specialty items at Whole Foods, and the farmers market, probably around $125 per week just for me. It’s not cheap to support your local farmers and ranchers, but it sure is delicious!
I spend $300-350 a month to feed two adults and a toddler ~ and that eating organic. The boy gets supplements, DHA, probiotic, iodine, D3, a multivitamin, and a few drops of colloidal silver. I don’t buy many prepared foods. I mostly cook from whole foods. I even make our own chinese food, but that’s about $40 extra when we do that. We end up with 50 egg rolls and 50 crab rangoon for that price so it’s worth it.
About $50/week for 1 person. That includes a $5 sandwich made at the deli once a week as a special treat, but when I do that I also skip a meal that day.
$50/mo /eat out
$250. mo /groceries only
single person, not including doggie food & treats (yeesh!) She gets the best...Blue Buffalo, no chinese treats.
I buy chicken and meats and dairy ...but not much meat...from whole Foods cause I don’t want the chemicals and hormones. I also buy calcium and magnesium supplements from the health store. fresh produce and hummus and kettle chips and raw nuts from Sam’s Club..though now I hear the real and safest canned tuna comes from Costco. Starbucks coffe and I brew it myself every morning.
Food and ALL prices have fone UP AND UP AND UP.
I have NO idea how I am going to make it in retirement..which is why I haven’t retired yet.ha.
“How much do you spend on food in an average month?”
~$500 per month.
“How many people are you feeding and what is your typical diet?”
Two and sometimes unavoidable, unwamted visits from the stepson and step-grandson. The additional food does not bother me but when they are here I cannot be a slob in my own home. I have to be ‘nice’ and always smile. ;-)
Normal, good ol’ American meals. Nothing extravagant except filet mignon every Sunday.
“What do you do to supplement your diet?”
Theragram M Premier 50+ - 2 per day, Vitamin E - 400 USP Units per day, Potassium Gluconate - 99 mg per day. Various and sundry ‘comfort foods’.
We spend $100 to $120 a week, including tissues, paper towels, soaps, etc., for a family of four. It’s the same amount we’ve spent for the last five years or so. But now, my wife spends a lot more time with coupons and looking for deals, and buying mostly from a discount store. We eat good, healthy food, but a little less meat now, and more “store brand” stuff.
I have noticed a distinct increase in recent months. My typical grocery shopping (for just me) is every week to 10 days and was averaging about $30 per trip. Now, it is running about $50 per trip.
I used to see more subtle price increases — a few cents on items per trip. Now, I typically see increases of 50-cents or more.
Eggs were 50-cents/doz for a year. Recently, the prices shot up to $1.75.
Milk, $2.00/gal. Now, $2.75.
Large bottle of store brand antacid was $3.27 for years. Now, it is $3.98.
Pork rinds jumped from $1.28 to $1.78 for the same size bag.
But, thank goodness our FED tells us inflation is running at minus 5% or some such non-sense. [/s]
Thanks for posting this, it’s interesting to see the various responses. I have no idea what I spend on food but it’s a lot because we eat lots of organic and go out about 10x a month for dinner and lunch out every day. Now I feel like I should look into it.