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Old 03-30-2010, 12:28 PM
 
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Here is an interesting site I stumbled upon-

USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Cost of Food at Home


They have Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal plans- these are 'averages'

My family falls within the Moderate-Cost category. Must be NICE living like the liberal plan...wonder what those families have for dinner each night?
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Old 03-30-2010, 12:31 PM
 
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About $30 a week. Just me but I usually buy a few items for my sister or when my girlfriend sleeps over. I tend to buy the same items over and over. Some of the items I don't really need (frozen pizza) if they are priced high, I wait til next week. I stopped buying soda so that saves like 5 a week.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Here is an interesting site I stumbled upon-

USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Cost of Food at Home


They have Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal plans- these are 'averages'

My family falls within the Moderate-Cost category. Must be NICE living like the liberal plan...wonder what those families have for dinner each night?
Neat graph - I was surprised that I landed in the liberal, until I realized that's food only. No detergent, no personal care items, paper goods, a bottle of wine ....
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Houston
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~$100 per week 2 people.
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Here is an interesting site I stumbled upon-

USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food Cost of Food at Home


They have Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal plans- these are 'averages'

My family falls within the Moderate-Cost category. Must be NICE living like the liberal plan...wonder what those families have for dinner each night?
It does not seem like people could be eating very well at those levels. Processed foods with lots of filler and chemical preservatives are cheap. Eating well is in an investment.

20yrsinbranson
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Old 03-30-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Montgomery Village, MD
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That's insanity IMO their "thrifty" is still almost 2 times what I pay a week..

We are running between 60 and 70 a week, for two adults, a 2 year old and a five year old. This doesn't count detergent/household items, but that runs MAYBE 20-30 a month. so total for my month it's about 310

oh and that's all natural/some organic..

We live in a suburb of Wash DC in Maryland.

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:43 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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My hubby and I spend about $70-100/week for our groceries in San Antonio, TX. This includes the toiletries items and some organic and sugar free items. Sometimes we get doggie snacks there at the store at the same time but reserve buying kibble at a specialty pet supply store.
As the thread progresses, we will see how everyone's food budget varies according to their location.
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Old 03-30-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Boise, ID
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For 2 people and 2 cats, we are anywhere from $40 to $100 a week. Most weeks are in the $70-$80 range. The $40 weeks are just when we aren't low on any non-food products and nothing was on sale. The $100 weeks are if we happen to run out of everything at once or something nonperishable had a good sale. I would say an average of about $325 a month would be pretty normal for us.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Wherever I want to be... ;)
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I find that Costco is actually more expensive on those items, even with their coupons. I use internet and Sunday paper coupon inserts for those items, and get them for practically nothing at CVS, Target, Walmart and Walgreens.
I absolutely love CVS and, you're right, much of the time it's much cheaper elsewhere than at Costco. It also seems to depend on how flexible you are on different types/brands, too.
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Old 03-30-2010, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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This is a good thread!

We don't just eat ok, we eat well. One of the biggest reasons for that is the Hispanic grocery store and other ethnic markets. We have found their meat and veggies are VERY reasonable. Also we are close to California so some veggies are cheaper because they don't have to be transported so far. We have some things here that aren't available in other areas like 3lb of limes or lemons for $1. And I've learned how to make green and red chili.

A couple weeks ago, I got a huge pork roast at Liborio for .79 per lb. We will probably cook it today and have pulled pork for several days worth of meals.

Las Vegas is a melting pot of all kinds of diverse people who bring their foods and customs with them. Wages are also low here because most jobs relate to customer service/tourist industry so people have to learn how to eat for less.
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