Originally Posted by MissinNYC
Philly area must be ultra cheap. I can easily spend $450/mo for 2 adults and four kids (but two are babies) without couponing or anything, and we eat meat/chicken/fish probably 5-6 times a week. We eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies, with a small amount of "processed stuff" which is generally a box or two of cookies from Trader Joes or some pita chips and hummous, etc. Not like, mac and cheese or hamburger helper. I just shop sales and know lots of everyday ways of saving money, but nothing groundbreaking.
Must just be a cheap area.
I have heard recently that Philly is one of the cheapest areas to live in.
We live in Mississippi, and are a family of eight, with ALL being very hearty eaters.
Our family needs at least $1000 for grocery, toiletries, and such. IF we were not a family with special needs kids, we might could do more home making, preparing, and such. However, there are come conveniences that are an absolute life line for us.
We also do NOT have an Aldi's close by. We have Kroger, Sam's, Walmart, and mom & pop stores. It is also harder to do a lot of looking for the best deals with several little children in toe. So, getting everything at one store is sometimes a must.
To me, everything (except for dh's wages) has gone up, and it probably will continue to.