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Old 02-10-2012, 01:51 PM
 
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For a family of three, including one child around 10 years of age. How much should I be spending on food a month?
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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The only true answer to this question its.....it depends.

It depends on.....
your ability to shop smart
your ability to use coupons
your ability to avoid processed foods by doing all you own cooking/baking
your ability to save by buying in bulk
your willingness to make/carry you own lunch if you work
your willingness to buy products just past expiration date (it's still good to eat) if it's marked down
your willingness to do as much for yourself as you can to avoid extra cost for someone else to do for you
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:44 PM
 
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The only true answer to this question its.....it depends.

It depends on.....
your ability to shop smart
your ability to use coupons
your ability to avoid processed foods by doing all you own cooking/baking
your ability to save by buying in bulk
your willingness to make/carry you own lunch if you work
your willingness to buy products just past expiration date (it's still good to eat) if it's marked down
your willingness to do as much for yourself as you can to avoid extra cost for someone else to do for you
All good points.

Can shop smart
Use coupons
try to avoid processed foods as much as possible
Not a fan of buying in bulk, because of no storage
Make/carry lunch is not an issue
Will not buy past expiration date
I don't depend on anyone, do everything myself.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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All good points.

Can shop smart Define this for us , and yourself, to see if there are improvments to be had.
Use coupons
try to avoid processed foods as much as possible Drive this to zero for your families health.
Not a fan of buying in bulk, because of no storage Bulk does not mean tons of food on hand it means what you can store to avoid to many trips that drive up cost.
Make/carry lunch is not an issue
Will not buy past expiration date Do you not have food on hand that you consume that may have slipped out of date? Dated foods just past date are an excellent safe bargain.
I don't depend on anyone, do everything myself.
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:58 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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$100 always works for feeding and entertaining my family of 4 (only 2.5 at the moment, so much more 'entertaining' )

Buy lots of grains, fruits, and veggies (locally $0.50/#), rarely meat. Often Salmon ($3/#)
NO breads / snacks / processed foods.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:08 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Maybe this could help...

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publication...fFoodAug10.pdf


Isn't the recommendation 10-15% of your budget?
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:10 PM
 
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How much are you spending now?

That's an important question because you might have it as low as possible already.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:11 PM
 
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Isn't the recommendation 10-15% of your budget?
If so, wealthy people would be very fat!

The reality is that it costs the same to feed X number of people regardless of income.

But most people waste more when they have more money.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: NJ
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i think it depends on what you need your budget to be. your diet can be dirt cheap (rice and beans only) or it can be big pimping expensive (lobster, prime beef, sushi off of naked girls, etc.). so you just have to decide what you want to spend, then work on a menu that fits the budget.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:56 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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If so, wealthy people would be very fat!

The reality is that it costs the same to feed X number of people regardless of income.

But most people waste more when they have more money.
LOL!

Actually, I think that people with more money eat out more and/or shop at places like Whole Foods, accounting for plenty of the inflated expense.
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