Add up the "thrifty" and the "luxury" plan for your family and post it.
: For us:
Thrifty: $718.00 per month / Luxury: $1400.20 per month
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A USDA food plan for DH (37), me (38), and DD (6) costs between $481.00 and $941.22.
Admittedly, we live in a country with lower costs right now, but good gravy, that's more money than we'll spend when we go back to the States!
We get $462ish in food stamps, which I feel is entirely too much. I can feed my family for about $200 and that's not on my "thrifty" plan. If I'm being thrifty, I can do it for $100 or so. Of course, our situation is a bit different because DS is only with me half the time (I accounted for that when adding up the totals above) and DD is tube-fed, on very few calories. When I was blending her food, it was only about $30 a month just for her. Now she's on formula and medicaid pays for that.
But, even when I was still with ex, feeding both him and DS full-time, and making DD's food, I still did not spend more than $400 a month.
I'm not the best budgeter in the world, but I do take pride that I can feed my family on very little when needed.
122.13 per week 575.80 per month
This is spot on EXCEPT that includes all our tp, soap, detergents (all natural and extra for the house I clean), personal care products (toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors for dh). I don't think that they included those things in their survey And we live in a high cost of living area so I feel like I'm doing good now, lol. We eat little to no organics (unless on discount bin) and at least one veggie night a week.
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I estimate $800 per month for our family of 4. When we were a family of 3 (before I got together with my partner) we spent about $600.
Canada published something similar years back to see what it would cost to feed someone if you followed to food guide properly. It was really really high. People on assistance get so little here I think... i dont think that you could eat even remotely well on it.
Thrifty- $426.60/ Liberal-$824.80
I don't keep a budget for food (New Years resolution, ahem), but we spend about $300 per month. Add in what we get for WIC and what we spend eating "out" and we probably do hit the "thrifty" plan level.
From US site:
Thrifty per month: $844.97 USD (converted to Canadian dollars: $1062.62)
Liberal per month: $1585.75 USD (converted to Canadian dollars:$1994.22)
Oh my the meals I could make with that budget!
From Canadian site:
Our actual budget is $600/month.
Is this just for food or for everything i.e. paper products, cleaning products etc?
Our $600 is for all those things and food.
705.60 for the lowest plan, which is pretty close after I figure in the side of beef and pork we get each year. Still more than I spend each month, as I figure in all my personal and household items into our food budget!
1358.40 for the liberal.............oh the food I could buy then!
again, if my math was good Liberal added up to $1374 and I could see spending that amount if it included eating out a few times a week and getting lots of fresh fruits and veggies, organics, etc.
We fall into the moderate category which equaled $1110. We tend to spend about $1k per month on groceries. I've been trying to bring that number down but still eat well. It's good to know it's not an unheard of amount for a family of 6.
It looks to me like the costs of living have gone up a lot since the 2007 rates. Our average 3 bedroom apartment costs( without utilities or phone) are the amount that they quote for a place including all phone and utilities... I can't even imagine the costs in a city center like Vancouver.
I thought they should have allowed a difference between a pregnant woman and a non-pregnant woman. I eat significantly more when I'm pregnant.
Otherwise, the frugal figure seems about in line with what we spend now, but we live in the highest cost-of-food area in the 48 contiguous states. We currently eat almost no organic food at all. When we used to buy all organic (I miss that ) We did spend about 200 a week, easily-- and that was with trying to be frugal and budget very very carefully. So for us, pretty accurate.
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