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Old 05-31-2017, 11:56 AM
 
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Hi,

I am going to be moving out on my own and wanted to know what you guys think the average single person spends on food? I can cook...somewhat. I will be living in PA just outside of Pittsburgh if that helps. I don't eat any red meat. I only eat chicken.

Right now I live at home, but I have gotten into the habit that if I eat out like pizza or chipotle that I save some for work lunches. Like today I had leftover veggie bowl with chips for lunch.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Write down what you eat for a month and figure it out from there. Food is a great place to save money. Just taking your own food, drinks, snacks, etc to work can easily save $10 to 15 per day. And it's much better for you too. Learn to make your own fast food.

I cook once every 2 weeks or so and package and freeze. I make 3 or 4 different things so I can alternate. Then I can take advantage of cheaper family size packages and only trash the kitchen once. Nothing will jack up your food bill faster than eating out all the time. Find some good recipes and work on improving your cooking skills. Learn how to shop smart and find bargains!
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:14 PM
 
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Write down what you eat for a month and figure it out from there. Food is a great place to save money. Just taking your own food, drinks, snacks, etc to work can easily save $10 to 15 per day. And it's much better for you too. Learn to make your own fast food.

I cook once every 2 weeks or so and package and freeze. I make 3 or 4 different things so I can alternate. Then I can take advantage of cheaper family size packages and only trash the kitchen once. Nothing will jack up your food bill faster than eating out all the time. Find some good recipes and work on improving your cooking skills. Learn how to shop smart and find bargains!
Thanks! Right now I shop at Wegmans, but I am losing that when I move. Right now my mom buys bulk sports drinks and waters.

I found a site called budget bytes and I've made one of her recipes and that was pretty good. I had a ton of leftovers though and after the second day couldn't eat them all cause it was messing with my colitis which was a bummer.
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Old 05-31-2017, 01:33 PM
 
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I spend about $100-150/week... so I'm not frugal... is there a reason people should try to make their food expenses as low as possible?
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Old 05-31-2017, 07:49 PM
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I spend $200 for groceries and take out.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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I spend about $100-150/week... so I'm not frugal... is there a reason people should try to make their food expenses as low as possible?
I'm trying to budget and I know food is the one area you can cut back on. I budgeted around 140 a month.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:02 PM
 
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I spend $200 for groceries and take out.
For a month? Or a week? My one friend spends about 500 a month, but he eats lunch out at work every single day.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:08 PM
 
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Figuring out how much to spend on food can be really tricky, because although food is a necessity, how much you spend is up to you - there's really no right or wrong number.
It has to be more related to your budget, not what other people spend on food.
I would say, it should be about 15% of your income. But if you want to be frugal, it can stay in a 10% range.
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Old 05-31-2017, 08:31 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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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
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:03 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.
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