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Old 07-27-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Jeebus, some of you guys are good. Oh wait, this is the Frugal Living forum.

Last time I kept a detailed budget, I was spending about $60 per week on food just for myself. That's grocery store, plus farmers market trips, weekly if I have the opportunity. I very rarely buy meat for me to eat (although the dogs get meat daily) and eat lots of vegetables and beans. My downfall is expensive coffee and desserts, and sometimes pricey cheeses from the specialty cheese guy at the farmers market.

But every time I splurge, I figure I'm helping stimulate the local economy.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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Wow. So is a typical dinner for you beans and rice?

Basically, very plain foods. I have pretty bad acid reflux disease so I feel better when I eat that way anyways. Highly processed foods, spicy foods, acidic foods, all the tasty foods LOL, make me nauseated. I do eat them once and a while though, and I always pay the price!
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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I spend around 60-90 dollars on groceries monthly for two people. I shop smart at Aldi's, I don't buy ready made meals- it is a lot easier this way to save money and make great food for very cheap. Sometimes I even make my own bread, but I really do not know if that is cheaper because it uses a lot of flour. If you just buy basic ingredients and spices you can make so many different delicious meals even on an extremely tight budget.
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:15 AM
 
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I buy meats and bulk- and cut the primals myself, and freeze- this is frugal!!

I buy in on bnls chicken thighs, when on sale (can do alot with a thigh)
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Old 12-16-2011, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL (Northside)
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Since I live alone, I only spend $125 for groceries which lasts me a month. This allows me to bring my lunch and still have food to cook for dinner everyday At most I'll spend $150-$200 a month for groceries. I do my shopping at Super Wal-Mart which sells groceries at good prices anyway.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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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.
About 700-800 for 2.5 people (2 adults and a 4yr old) We are horrible shoppers. Generally forget list, never have meal plans in mind, don't use coupons (generally bulk of what we buy doesnt have coupons such as meat, fish, fruits and veggies)
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Old 12-23-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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It's very difficult for us to figure out a monthly amount since we have a huge pantry of stored food- cases that we have gotten at Costco, Trader Joes etc.- that we add to with fresh produce, bread, tortillas and such.
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Old 12-23-2011, 08:01 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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It's very difficult for us to figure out a monthly amount since we have a huge pantry of stored food- cases that we have gotten at Costco, Trader Joes etc.- that we add to with fresh produce, bread, tortillas and such.
You can request annual itemized statements (by category) from CC companies, they are very telling.

I have compiled a few yrs expenses and averaged, but prefer to 'Common-size' (%).

As the clan diminished, we found it not worth the membership fee to Costco, we have a few neighbors who do consolidated 'neighborhood' runs every month. (I really miss the 'provisioner' services available while living overseas. - Someone else to do ALL your shopping and deliver to your door on your schedule. )

We eat a VERY seasonally varied menu. depending on growing seasons. Loving the $0.20 apples, turkey, and squash at the moment. Just traded some Salmon for some beef. I think there is a great future in food bartering. Better for health, better for friends, better for pocket book.
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Old 12-23-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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I have plenty of soup, rice, canned stuff. It may not be what I want...I am hoping to not go over $50 for January and February.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I have plenty of soup, rice, canned stuff. It may not be what I want...I am hoping to not go over $50 for January and February.

Now that is impressive !!! I would like to try that if I am ever ALONE for a couple months. Boomerang BOYS (6'6") can decimate my food budget AND pantry. (Probably not if it was ONLY stocked with beans and rice ). Maybe I need to invest in a FOOD SAFE
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