Originally Posted by claddaghmom
I was keeping our budget at $50 a week (for everything but eating out). But we have decided to move completely to whole foods/raw foods. My bills the last few trips have been closer to $70-80 and I end up hitting the store a second time in the week for more veggies.
So if someone is spending $300...is that on name brand stuff? Is it barely enough to feed everyone? Does it include snacks? Organics?
My budget for this month is $200, or $50 a week. So far, I am $12 under budget for the month.
We do almost everything from scratch so I'm not sure how to answer the brand name question. Half of my shopping list is usually loose fruits or veggies. When you aren't buying canned or boxed food, does brand actually matter? And my flour, sugar, salt, etc? It can be any brand, in my opinion.
This does include snacks. My daughter is diabetic so we actually have 3 meals and 2 large-ish snacks a day to help keep her numbers more consistent. All 4 of us are big eaters. We just eat homemade (muffins, tarts, bread, etc) or nature-made (fruits) snacks instead of storebought.
We don't do much in the way of organic. Most of the organic available in my area is processed stuff - the fruit and veggie options are limited. When it isn't winter, we buy most of our fruits and vegetables from a local farm as local is important to me. In the winter, we are limited however and buy them at the regular store.
Not spending a lot on food doesn't mean we are starving our children and feeding them unhealthy-but-cheap foods. We simply prefer to be as cheap as possible in this area so that we have more money to use on other things.
Here is my list for this week:
Chicken breast, potatoes, eggs, mozzarella cheese, turkey, bananas, apples, oranges, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, lettuce, carrots, vegetable oil and trash bags.
Everything else is already in the house. I buy staples (flour, oats, cornmeal, sugar, yeast, etc) only as we run out.