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Old 06-03-2017, 04:42 AM
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Thanks everyone for the replies so far! I plan on reworking my budget tomorow and seeing if I can have room to up the budget to 200 for food.

I am saving money on gas as my job is like 5 mins away from my house
That is awesome.
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Old 06-03-2017, 09:12 PM
 
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Just because you spend 100-140$ per month doesn't mean you eat like crap...

Again, one of my normal meals:



All here is homemade... dinner for 3 ... took me 3-4 potatoes, which i usually buy 10 lbs for $2 ... 3 carrots chopped which for a lb not even 1 $ ...

And then 3 Ribeyes that I took from a rib roast that was for sale at 3 $ a lb... 10 oz steak ... so this is not even a $2 per MEAL considering 1.5$ ribeye portion and the rest for potatoes and carrots which 50 cents is too much.

These french fries are healthy since i cut them myself in 1 minute and cooked them in the oven so no deep frying
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Old 06-04-2017, 07:58 AM
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Just because you spend 100-140$ per month doesn't mean you eat like crap...

Again, one of my normal meals:



All here is homemade... dinner for 3 ... took me 3-4 potatoes, which i usually buy 10 lbs for $2 ... 3 carrots chopped which for a lb not even 1 $ ...

And then 3 Ribeyes that I took from a rib roast that was for sale at 3 $ a lb... 10 oz steak ... so this is not even a $2 per MEAL considering 1.5$ ribeye portion and the rest for potatoes and carrots which 50 cents is too much.

These french fries are healthy since i cut them myself in 1 minute and cooked them in the oven so no deep frying
I do not exceed $160 per month on groceries. I guess it is doable especially if the things you like are on sell. I walk around with a calculator to ensure I do not exceed $40 per week. I got lamb and chicken. Lamb is really expensive.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:59 AM
 
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I do not exceed $160 per month on groceries. I guess it is doable especially if the things you like are on sell. I walk around with a calculator to ensure I do not exceed $40 per week. I got lamb and chicken. Lamb is really expensive.
Thanks! I might start doing some food shopping at target as I get cartwheel and that is extra savings on things I would already buy.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:00 AM
 
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Just because you spend 100-140$ per month doesn't mean you eat like crap...

Again, one of my normal meals:



All here is homemade... dinner for 3 ... took me 3-4 potatoes, which i usually buy 10 lbs for $2 ... 3 carrots chopped which for a lb not even 1 $ ...

And then 3 Ribeyes that I took from a rib roast that was for sale at 3 $ a lb... 10 oz steak ... so this is not even a $2 per MEAL considering 1.5$ ribeye portion and the rest for potatoes and carrots which 50 cents is too much.

These french fries are healthy since i cut them myself in 1 minute and cooked them in the oven so no deep frying
That looks great...minus the ribeye haha (I don't eat red meats). Thanks for sharing.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:43 PM
 
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That looks great...minus the ribeye haha (I don't eat red meats). Thanks for sharing.
Ohhh the pain... its just oh so good i could never give it up! I eat everything though... love fish... love veggies and greens. I have an all around, fully balanced mediterranean diet in essence
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:50 PM
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It depends on what you can afford and where you live. I'd say $200 a month for a single person is probably reasonable.
We spend about $100 a week for two people and buy anything we want to so I agree with your figures. That does not include meals out. We have gone on vacations where we ate out a lot and ended up spending less than when we are at home. Guess we were too busy to eat.

We have a subway at the corner and if I lived by myself, their daily specials would probably take care of me since they are for foot longs. I would eat my normal breakfast and a half sub for lunch and dinner. My husband has to have exactly the right sub if he eats one. So that does not work for the both of us.

We seldom eat the same food for our meals. I am a short order cook and don't mind that at all.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:36 PM
 
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We spend about $100 a week for two people and buy anything we want to so I agree with your figures. That does not include meals out. We have gone on vacations where we ate out a lot and ended up spending less than when we are at home. Guess we were too busy to eat.

We have a subway at the corner and if I lived by myself, their daily specials would probably take care of me since they are for foot longs. I would eat my normal breakfast and a half sub for lunch and dinner. My husband has to have exactly the right sub if he eats one. So that does not work for the both of us.

We seldom eat the same food for our meals. I am a short order cook and don't mind that at all.
Yes...there are two of us, and we spend about $200 once a month at Aldi (a town over...we could probably live off of this for a month if necessary) and about $25-$50 a week on other assorted groceries...fresh dairy/produce/bread from week to week, stuff they don't carry at Aldi, stuff that we don't like at Aldi, stuff we run out of throughout the month, stuff we want to pick up for a recipe or that we're craving...

So that's $300-$400 a month on groceries...but that includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks.

We do eat out some but have cut back significantly, except when we're traveling. When we do eat out, that's not considered in the food budget...it's either "entertainment" or "travel," depending.
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Old 06-07-2017, 10:37 PM
 
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Beans are very filling, very healthy (full of fiber), have some protein, and are super cheap. In fact for Diabetics, eating 1/2 c of beans every day has been shown to lower blood glucose/A1C over time. This was shared with me by a nutritionist who specializes in Diabetes education.

So learn to make some easy dishes, big pots of yummy soups, eat fresh foods, shop for groceries around the perimeter of a grocery store, which helps avoid all the processed junk, no need to eat meat or chicken or fish more than a couple times a week. A whole-food diet is healthy, relatively cost efficient, has lots of variety and can be quite delicious.

I would think you could easily manage on $180 - $200 a month for all food expenses especially if you're willing to do some cooking.
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Old 06-08-2017, 04:49 AM
 
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Ohhh the pain... its just oh so good i could never give it up! I eat everything though... love fish... love veggies and greens. I have an all around, fully balanced mediterranean diet in essence
I eat chicken now. I use to be a vegetarian, but all the raw veggies and soy was messing with my colitis. Since I cut out sou and my raw veggie intake I've been feeling pretty good
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