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Old 06-19-2009, 10:48 PM
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125.00-150.00, but that is for everything, tp, paper towels, laundry soap, light bulbs, pet food (3 dogs, 1 medium, 2 large, bird food, sweet feed for the horse and goats). Once in awhile I go to the bakery and get a slice of pie or a brownie - I could make it a lot cheaper, but then I'd eat it all, too! I know roughly what I spend, because I pay all the bills first, and what's left is for groceries, and the critters get theirs before I get mine. If I bought hay instead of letting the horse graze, it would be another 20-30/month, but then I'd also have to pay someone to mow, and that would add another 80/month at a minimum. The sweet feed is by far the cheapest of all, it's less than 7.00 for a 50 lb bag.
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Old 06-19-2009, 10:55 PM
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About $150 per person per month, just the food. That's $600 a month for 4 people, plus add the toiletries and cat food, that's $800 a month. I am trying to grow my stuff but potatoes/carrots/beans will take out of the bill only so much. Now if we got a quarter of a steer to put in our freezer... and grew our own pig and sheep... We already not spending on eggs and chicken meat...
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:40 AM
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I budget $600/month for 3 people, it does include the laundry soap, shampoo, pet food, etc. Probably $125-$150 per person for food - rough estimate, but looks in line with several posts. We eat well...would rather "scrimp" on entertainment, cars - non necessities than food.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:11 PM
Location: Redondo Beach, CA
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A ballpark: $175 per month for a household of 2, groceries only.

No idea if this is good, bad, great, terrible, or whatever, but I cut coupons, grow my own herbs, plan menus, make lists, and cook natural meals from scratch almost every day. I'm a Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Gourmet recipe cook, so I probably spend a bit more for some ingredients. I also use my Foodsaver LIKE CRAZY to freeze bulk-purchased meat/seafood, homemade pasta, leftover broths/sauces, bread, etc. And I try to plan smartly. So I feel like I'm doing pretty good.
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Old 06-25-2009, 03:46 PM
Location: CA
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I try to keep the grocery bill at $40 or less a week (one person), and usually succeed. So that's $160 a month.

But I could do better. I used to buy a lot less packaged/processed food and cooked more. Rarely bought bread, made my own desserts, etc.

Vegetarian, so no meat, but on the other hand I do often get at least one of those Boca Burger type products now, so that offsets that savings a bit. No eggs cuz my chickens do that for me (and their feed is wicked cheap).
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Old 06-30-2009, 10:49 PM
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I spend an average of $100 a month for myself and my cats. I'm including toiletries and cat litter in that number. My cats have fairly expensive food but I generally eat cheap staples (rice, beans, cheaper fruits & vegetables) which keeps costs down. I don't eat much meat either, which helps.
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Old 07-03-2009, 04:42 PM
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Two people, $60-70 every other week, and about $15 for produce and milk on the weeks between. So overall, including eating out, maybe $100-$120 per person a month?
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:05 PM
Location: Oslo, NO
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I spend around 630 USD on groceries (excl lunch at work) every month. That's for me only. Groceries are expensive in Norway but the avarage income (per captita) is higher as well. I think I could manage to cut the spending by 200 USD if I put my mind to it.
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:23 PM
Location: SW Missouri
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Originally Posted by sheriwx View Post
I'm curious as to how much everyone spends on groceries per month per person. I know this will vary by geographic area and age of children, but I just want a general idea.

*JUST groceries. Not including things like laundry soap and toilet paper.
Since our biggest expense is wholesome, well grown, fresh food and grass fed beef, I would say that our monthly expenses per person for food come in at right around $200.

It will be considerably less once the garden starts producing, however.

My motto is never, never scrimp on food. Anything else - yes - never food.

ETA: There are only two of us (thank goodness).

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Old 07-12-2009, 02:19 PM
Location: Chandler, AZ
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My girlfriend and I spend on average $40 a week, so roughly $160 a month. I'm pretty proud of this feat.
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