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Old Yesterday, 07:36 PM
 
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Not even, in our case it is just a high cost of living area.
Reading these posts informs me that I must be the world's biggest spendthrift. I spend 1000 a month easy. That does not include meals out. I am feeding 3 cats. That's 100 a month.

I didn't drink a drop until around 50. And I thought anybody who did was going straight to hell and was a rotten mother. I got over that. SO the wine bill is also 100 a month.

July we spent 461 on restaurants. But grandson was here with his fiancť. At Costco, Kroger and Sprouts $736.

I can see some cutting back is in order.
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Old Yesterday, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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About $150 a week. My autistic son lives with us. He eats like his dad used. I guess I'm being paid back for what I did to my dads grocery bill.
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Old Yesterday, 07:56 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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Reading these posts informs me that I must be the world's biggest spendthrift. I spend 1000 a month easy. That does not include meals out. I am feeding 3 cats. That's 100 a month.

I didn't drink a drop until around 50. And I thought anybody who did was going straight to hell and was a rotten mother. I got over that. SO the wine bill is also 100 a month.

July we spent 461 on restaurants. But grandson was here with his fiancť. At Costco, Kroger and Sprouts $736.

I can see some cutting back is in order.

Absolutely not!!! Once I get to a lower cost of living area, I plan on spending the same..... I'll just upgrade the quality.

As long as your not incurring debt, if it makes you happy... it is well worth the price.
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Old Yesterday, 08:15 PM
 
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Absolutely not!!! Once I get to a lower cost of living area, I plan on spending the same..... I'll just upgrade the quality.

As long as your not incurring debt, if it makes you happy... it is well worth the price.
Interestingly enough, I feel I get better quality in fresh food at the local fruit/vegetable stand, and much reduced prices. The standards are the same no matter what brand you put on it. Eggs are often under $1/dozen at Aldi's, and certainly I'm not going across the street to Publix to by eggs for 2.69. An egg is an egg. Same for milk, oatmeal, bananas etc.

I buy virtually no processed food except peanut butter, but only the one that doesn't add anything. For that I have to use Kraft, as Aldi's has additives. I sometimes will buy specialty cheeses like Stilton, and that you have to pay for, but I have a Cheese specialty store near my place which is very competitive and I like supporting them.

Aldi's schtick is that they only carry about 1400 SKU items, where as a Publix or Walmart will carry over 20,000 SKU items. So, it's not that you get what you pay for, you get what you shop for. But then, I'm the guy who hasn't bought a new car since I was 21... the frugal streak runs deep. It allows me a nice lifestyle on a smaller income.
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Old Yesterday, 08:20 PM
 
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Probably more tomahawk steaks.

I would prefer more grass fed beef, organic milk and such. I will be eating bushels of berries. Lots and lots of locally raised and grown stuff. After eating produce shipped 2500 miles, I would like everything FRESH.
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Old Yesterday, 08:41 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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OMG those prices are..... insane. A head of ice berg lettuce was over $5 at the store when I needed one.

A bunch of radishes was 4.99.

Can't wait to move!!!
Yep.

Those prices are nowhere nearly as low here. Unless you're buying cheap, pre-packaged bologna, bologna is more expensive than ground turkey breast here.
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Old Today, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I go to Aldi occasionally here in Germany, and also made some shopping trips to Aldi when I lived in Southern California. The one downside is they have a lot of fruit or veggie items wrapped in plastic with a bar code. This speeds up their cash register process because there is no weighing bags of loose produce. Some larger items like squash are priced by quantity "each" instead of weight to speed up the checkout process, and that's OK with me. Trader Joe's, owned by Aldi, is pretty much the same story.

I shop for just myself, and buy just a few items at a time, not a big quantity. I prefer to pick out what I want, but can't do that much at Aldi. There are several middle eastern produce markets near the Aldi here in Leipzig, and they are loaded with fresh, loose quantity produce at really good prices. My other constraint is a very small refrigerator, about the size of an under counter fridge. But I have adapted to that, and the upside is buying small quantities of fresh food minimizes spoiled food because I consume what I buy within a few days. Avoiding spoiled fresh food saves on grocery bills, because I am not tossing that old food in the bio waste bin. Since I'm retired, I have time to make frequent grocery store visits!
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Old Today, 06:20 AM
 
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What fees? I get money back by shopping there. Iím thinking of getting another freezer, I donít have enough space in my freezer, two fridges here.
We are close enough to Costco to buy our gasoline there. With the Costco charge card and what we save on gasoline more than pays for the card. Plus that $2-400 rebate check every year, the membership pays for itself.
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Old Today, 08:35 AM
 
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Reading these posts informs me that I must be the world's biggest spendthrift. I spend 1000 a month easy. That does not include meals out. I am feeding 3 cats. That's 100 a month.

I didn't drink a drop until around 50. And I thought anybody who did was going straight to hell and was a rotten mother. I got over that. SO the wine bill is also 100 a month.

July we spent 461 on restaurants. But grandson was here with his fiancť. At Costco, Kroger and Sprouts $736.

I can see some cutting back is in order.
Not at all. Are you financially comfortable spending that much? That is the important thing not what others spend. They donít have your taste or interest in food quality or type.

We spend a lot. Donít know how much as we have a savings based budget. Even my wife now prefers prime cut so when we shop for meats that is the target. Thank you Costco!
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Old Today, 08:39 AM
 
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What fees? I get money back by shopping there. Iím thinking of getting another freezer, I donít have enough space in my freezer, two fridges here.
Bada Bing gotta love us some Costco!
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