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Old 01-08-2017, 08:54 AM
 
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It depends on what you can afford, where you live, what you like to eat and if you're mainly eating food that is good for you. I cook for five not one so I don't have a budget to suggest. I'd suggest looking at the meal plan for a week or two and figuring costs on that. If you're ok with $50 per week, then it is acceptable. If $50 is too much, then look at what you could substitute without feeling deprived.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I showed my friend my weekly budget for groceries and she was surprised that i spent that much money on groceries by myself. Is 50 dollars a week for groceries for a single person that astronomically high?
you can eat for about 25 a week if you watch every penny and eat mostly chicken but that is the other extreme. if you are counting paper products in the that $50 you are still a little high but not out of line by any means. The main thing is: can you afford the $50 a week and are you eating healthy? I know I am frugal when it comes to getting the most for my money when cooking, but i love to cook and we like quality meals, thus I may spend more than someone else, but I am still doing well considering how we eat. One of my secrets, but it isn't really a secret just a habit many do not practice: meal planning. I make a menu every Sat or Sun based on what I have in the freezer, the fridge and what I purchased the week before or what is on sale at the time. I work from there, it might be Salmon one night, steak one and homemade soup one night. 1/2 of our meals are low cost; the other 1/2 not so low cost and I do fix things like frozen pizza on days I am really tired, but use very little processed foods.

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Old 01-08-2017, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Not really, but it depends on your circumstances and eating style. I spend noticeably less than that, but I seldom eat meat, produce my own eggs, and grow about a third of my greens (aiming for 100%, but not there yet, still figuring out winter growing).
but you have to remember, growing your own produce costs money as well. In the summer we do as much as we can but there are costs involved in growing our veggies and if you are going to preserve them there are other costs.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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but you have to remember, growing your own produce costs money as well. In the summer we do as much as we can but there are costs involved in growing our veggies and if you are going to preserve them there are other costs.
Oh sure, growing your own is not free, unless you save your own seed, generate your own fertilizer from various waste streams, and sell your surplus. I do it for food quality reasons and because I thoroughly enjoy it.

OP, there are lots of frugal food sources on the internet. Here's one of my favorites - Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget : The Salt : NPR

The maximum monthly allotment of food stamps for a single person is currently $194.

Edited to add - when you purchase a printed copy of this book, a printed copy will be donated to a hunger-relief organization.

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Old 01-08-2017, 10:46 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Oh sure, growing your own is not free, unless you save your own seed, generate your own fertilizer from various waste streams, and sell your surplus. I do it for food quality reasons and because I thoroughly enjoy it.

OP, there are lots of frugal food sources on the internet. Here's one of my favorites - Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget : The Salt : NPR

The maximum monthly allotment of food stamps for a single person is currently $194.
Brown's cookbook is decent, and our family has permanently adopted a few of her better recipes into our rotation. The broccoli cheese baked empanadas are particularly good. Another good source is the blog Budget Bytes, which seems to have something for everyone. Her Weeknight Enchiladas make a pretty regular appearance on our dinner table.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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What i mostly buy is raw meats and fresh fruits and veges. I rarely buy any processed foods.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:06 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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If you are happy with the dollar amount & the quality of food you eat, then I think $50 is a good amount to spend. Who cares what some "friend" says. they might be trying to annoy you on purpose ( or not) in any case, do what makes you happy
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:09 PM
 
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It depends on where you live, in LA, my kid spent more than $300 per month. She packs lunch to work though.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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I showed my friend my weekly budget for groceries and she was surprised that i spent that much money on groceries by myself. Is 50 dollars a week for groceries for a single person that astronomically high?
This is too general of a comment. You could be a 115 pound female..or you could be a 250 pound guy...the calories needed and quantity of food is very different. 50 dollars a week isn't too bad though.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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That's not bad.....about 7 bucks a day.

My goal used to be keeping it under 5 buck a day.....but with the price of food now, that does not happen many days.
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