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Old 01-08-2017, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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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?
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:27 AM
 
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No.

If you can afford it, and your not unhealthy.... why not.


Some days I want a sandwich, some days I want a steak and shrimp.

I 'can' live on less (sometimes do)

Sometimes I like my expensive chocolates after dinner too.

I also don't think it would be difficult for you to spend less if YOU (Not your friend) wanted to.
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:21 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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Fifty dollars a week sounds like a perfectly reasonable amount of money to spend on groceries per week. That's approximate $2.30/meal. I certainly know people who spend a lot more.
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Old 01-08-2017, 06:50 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I don't think that's bad at all, especially if you're buying protein and veggies. You could live more cheaply on rice and pasta but you would end up paying for it later on with health problems.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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I spent about that a couple of years ago when I did a clean eating dietary experiment. I bought only whole foods (nothing prepared), including salmon, chicken breast, lentils, sweet potatoes, fresh greens, organic apples, steel-cut oats, milk, dried black beans, quinoa, frozen organic blueberries, and a small bit of goat cheese. I prepared every meal at home and consumed about 1800 calories per day, relying on olive oil and spices I already owned but buying everything else I consumed during a weekly shop for approximately $50.
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:02 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by 49erfan916 View Post
$50 weekly budget for groceries too much
...was surprised that i spent that much money on groceries by myself.
The topic Q you asked gets **maybe** as answer.

The anecdote you provide leaves far too many details unspoken.
Type of store, coupons, bulk, packaged, fresh, organics, non edibles in the mix, etc
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Old 01-08-2017, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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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?
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).
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:46 AM
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Does $200.00 per month include all of your food expenses? I cannot seem to make my food budget work. I tried $300.00 per month and it is not working. I have increased it to $400.00. I am having difficulty keeping track. I am going to start putting myself on a cash allowance for food.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:52 AM
 
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Menu planning is key when trying to stick to a food budget.

* Know how many calories you need to consume per day.
* Understand serving sizes.
* Make a list before you go to the grocery.
* Plan what you're going to eat for dinner every day, and prepare ingredients ahead of time.
* Eat full meals on a schedule to thwart expensive snacking.
* Prep tomorrow's lunch after dinner, so you aren't tempted grab fast food.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:53 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I think that is a perfectly reasonable amount!
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