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Old 11-27-2011, 01:10 PM
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What do you spend on food (paper products & cleaning stuff included) per week or month? What do you generally buy/eat--just in general?

I spend 90-95/week for 2 of us. We eat fish, chicken and a bit of turkey once in a while only. We eat healthy, don't eat lots of frozen foods, canned foods, etc. Mostly make stuff homeade. I'm wondering if there are significant geographic differences in food prices?
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Probably around $75 a week for regular stuff, and ~$100+for a fancier food, more for major holiday. ( for one. More is when my son is visiting. I try to buy healthy food, and that isn't cheap, sadly.)

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Old 11-27-2011, 05:00 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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What do you spend on food (paper products & cleaning stuff included) per week or month? What do you generally buy/eat--just in general?

I spend 90-95/week for 2 of us. We eat fish, chicken and a bit of turkey once in a while only. We eat healthy, don't eat lots of frozen foods, canned foods, etc. Mostly make stuff homeade. I'm wondering if there are significant geographic differences in food prices?

I charge everything on a credit card and I use Quicken, so ...

My average per month for one person
2009 - $130.89.
2010 - 142.86
2011 - 111.99 so far

(I had long-term visitors in and out of the house in 09 and 10)

My Quicken Groceries category includes food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, alcohol (wine and hard liquor), cat food and kitty litter! I don't eat beans or rice; I eat low carb, so it's all kinds of meat and whatever vegetables/fruits are in season.

I buy fresh and frozen and canned. Not much processed, except for a certain Progresso soup bought online and salad dressings. Definitely no frozen meals or frozen pizza or frozen breaded meats.

I always buy on sale and in bulk. I shop the ads at 4 different stores.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I wouldn't know.
I use Quicken, and groceries means groceries.

NO paper products, no cleaning supplies. Those are household expenses.

I have no inclination to figure it out....
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:22 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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2008 80.11/wk
2009 77.71/wk
2010 85.82/wk
2011 97.76/wk

Me & 1 14yo (now). From quicken, and generly includes anything i get a the supermarket.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:48 PM
 
Location: California Mountains
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Same budget for the last four years: $200/month for two adults. Sometimes a few dollars over, most of the time a few dollars less. That is everything, not just household supplies but even personal and beauty care.

It's the same budget in CT, SC, FL, and we plan to stick to it when we live in CA next year.

We do not buy frozen food (ice cream does not count) except perhaps a few times a year when frozen peas and corn are on sale. No tins, no convenient food.

I cook mostly Italian food (no, I have yet learned to make my own pasta but that would come in the near future) and Asian food.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:23 PM
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Location: Somewhere.
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We average about $60-$75 a week for 2 adults and 2 cats. Lately, being on a super tight budget the last few months, we have trimmed it down to around $40. Tough, but do-able. We just buy the basics, rice, beans, pasta, potatoes, veggies and center meals around that. The cats still get the same cat food and supplies as before.
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:26 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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For food, paper products, cleaning stuff, toiletries...

When we had five children at home, my Dw tracked our budget very closely, we peaked at $250/month. So around $60/week.

Now with just two of us, it is closer to $100/month.

We live in Maine
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Old 11-28-2011, 06:54 AM
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Thanks for your responses. I hope they'll be more.

Quicken? That's where you only get a budget of so much toward certain areas:food, gas, etc...? Had never heard of it before.
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Old 11-28-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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I spend $30 a week on average for groceries. This is for two people, and does not include paper products. I buy bulk paper products at Sam's Club, usually every 2-4 months (spend about $60 for napkins, paper towels, kleenex, toilet paper).

I live in Central NY.
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