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Old 05-31-2017, 09:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Food is an area where you can cut costs, but if you go too low, you'll end up paying for it later on with your health. Most people who try really hard to cut grocery costs replace protein with cheap carbs like rice.
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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we have always ate WELL on $100/ month
single, couple, family (of 4+)

no sports drinks, sodas, alcohol. required

but Plenty of ice Cream!!! home-made of course

Oatmeal, and lots of fresh veggies (from farm stands) Seldom pay over $0.50/ lb for any produce

Cook at home 95% of the time

if eating out... it is Happy Hour (3-6 or 9PM to close) ~$2 -$4 entree

Fast food. $0.99 Menu (one item only)

$4.99 Costco Chicken = 20 servings (salads, burritos, sandwiches, soup)

$10, uBake Pizza - 12 servings
Fast food still had the dollar menu? I feel like I haven't seen that atleast at McDonald's in a long time.

I love oatmeal and I eat that on the weekends for breakfast. I like eggs and bagels.

Do you have a Costco membership? Do you think they are worth it?
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:23 AM
 
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Food is an area where you can cut costs, but if you go too low, you'll end up paying for it later on with your health. Most people who try really hard to cut grocery costs replace protein with cheap carbs like rice.
I don't want to starve myself of course haha. I just don't want to over spend. I had budgeted for 140, but I was being told it was too low for someone.

I'm not a huge rice fan, but I do like peanut butter.
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:25 AM
 
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Groceries is the one area we do not worry with the cost overall. Mr. CSD is diabetic and we have always eaten well which includes his dietary needs. Cut back somewhere else if possible.
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Old 06-01-2017, 11:31 AM
 
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Here is the USDA Food Plan chart for 2017 which shows four different costs of food by week or month, and by age and gender. Scroll down to see how the numbers are calculated.

https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/defa...oodApr2017.pdf
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Old 06-01-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Do you have a Costco membership? Do you think they are worth it?
No Costco Membership. I have a friend grab me a chicken every month or so.

Costco might be worth it if you need to buy gas, But I haven't had to buy that evil commodity since 1976 fuel crisis. (I got the message from OPEC, but the USA GOV did not)

Never have eaten at McD, (in last 40 yrs) so don't know if they have a Dollar Menu. My kids liked McD for breakfast when living in Asia and Europe. I didn't need to partake of more carbs. I'd rather have Ice Cream than Pancakes!
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:49 PM
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For a month? Or a week? My one friend spends about 500 a month, but he eats lunch out at work every single day.
I used to be just like him. I decided to make changes because it wasn't financially feasible anymore. I used to eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I now bring my breakfast and lunch to work including beverages. I also eat home for dinner. I usually eat out one a week. On occasion, I will eat out a extra day.

It takes a lot of discipline but the savings is undeniable.
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Old 06-01-2017, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The World
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Here is the USDA Food Plan chart for 2017 which shows four different costs of food by week or month, and by age and gender. Scroll down to see how the numbers are calculated.

https://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/defa...oodApr2017.pdf
This is a very helpful resource. I do feel that the numbers are a little on the high side, at least for where I live. I guess that's why it's an "average," huh?

OP, I think you could probably eat off of $140 a month, but it would take a lot of planning and frugality. I think you might eventually get tired of being quite so "tight." Why not budget a more reasonable number, something like $200 a month, but then make it a "game" to spend less? If you do end up spending less, transfer the rest to your savings account, or spend it on entertainment. If not, no reason to feel guilty or to mess up your finances, since you budgeted for it anyway.
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:16 AM
 
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I used to be just like him. I decided to make changes because it wasn't financially feasible anymore. I used to eat out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I now bring my breakfast and lunch to work including beverages. I also eat home for dinner. I usually eat out one a week. On occasion, I will eat out a extra day.

It takes a lot of discipline but the savings is undeniable.
I like bringing my lunch to work. It's normally a PB&J with chips/fruit. It's simple but it keeps me full. My breakfast habits are just a banana and water, unless it's the weekend. Dinner would be new for me as I don't cook it now. My mom makes it and if I don't want to eat it then I bring something home
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Old 06-02-2017, 08:17 AM
 
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This is a very helpful resource. I do feel that the numbers are a little on the high side, at least for where I live. I guess that's why it's an "average," huh?

OP, I think you could probably eat off of $140 a month, but it would take a lot of planning and frugality. I think you might eventually get tired of being quite so "tight." Why not budget a more reasonable number, something like $200 a month, but then make it a "game" to spend less? If you do end up spending less, transfer the rest to your savings account, or spend it on entertainment. If not, no reason to feel guilty or to mess up your finances, since you budgeted for it anyway.
That's a good idea! I will redo my budget now that I actually know my rent and my renters insurance rate.
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