|View Poll Results: What is your monthly grocery budget?|
|$50 per person or less||9||4.69%|
|$50-100 per person||49||25.52%|
|$100-$150 per person||75||39.06%|
|$150 or more per person||59||30.73%|
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ETA: for the purposes of comparison, let's consider "person" to be any member of the household over five years old. And include incidentals, too- toilet paper, toothpaste, dog food, that sort of thing.
ETA: Oops, typo on the amount, I've just corrected it.
Mom to Baby Boy born 2/3/2010
We do a ton of organics, and almost all whole foods (as in little to none processed/packaged/premade stuff). I spend the most on fruits and veggies, definitely.
I know, CRAZY, right???? Unreal.
*sigh* I'm hoping that knowledge is power and now that we see those figures in black and white we can improve.
Sleepy mama to Colin Theodore 8-12-08 and Trevor Arthur 7-17-12.
We've gotten it way down. Just by buying differently. I stock up on sale items, and that is usually only staples like baking supplies. We forage nuts, plums, and berries, and I scored some great deals on raw local honey by the case of quart jars and iqf organic berries in 14# boxes. We do some fishing, and we raise most of our own meats, eggs, and have a butcher party in the early spring for pig meat my mom's dh traps. We garden seasonally, so that definitely changes our buying habits in the summer and sometimes fall. I buy most of my spices and specialty items (like spring roll wrappers or masarepa) online thru Amazon. I honestly don't even know if it's cheaper, but either I can't find some of them in my small town or they are not in my regular grocery store and I really don't like to shop more than one store.
We are 6 people, not including the toddler. Myself, dh, MIL, 20 (dd), dd (10), ds (8).
Happy Homesteading Homeschooling Homebirthing Beekeeping Dready (& a bit redneck even) Mama to 4 fab kids : dd (23), dd (13), ds (11), dd (5)
I make almost everything from scratch. Summer is spent freezing whatever fruit and veggies I can get my hands on. We raise our own beef and pork so that isn't included in the monthly budget. The last steer we had butchered cost us around $270 to cut and wrap and they're only fed grass and hay (and lots of garden waste). So pretty cheap for the amount of meat we get.
We also live in a pretty low col area.
Unassisted birthing, atheist, WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids 17, 11, 6, 3
Our grocery expenses vary tremendously from month to month, but I think when you average it out it ends up right around $100/month/person.
I'm an unintentional weasel feeder and I suck at proofreading.
This time of year-- I think I spend about $50 a week at the supermarket, and about $40 a week at the farmer's market, and about $20 a week at the dairy, and about $50 on meat, and I have to figure in our CSA payments which amount to about $50 a month. So that's what, $700 a month, right, for five of us? But during peak CSA and garden season, I might spend as little as $20 at the supermarket, and during the winter I spend almost nothing at the farmer's market, and we use our large amounts of stored produce. But in early summer when the stored stuff runs out, I might spend more at the farmer's market. So I don't know. We don't eat out a lot-- that amounts to maybe $20 a month. Although in the winter, we eat out more because I get tired of being in the house.
I'm striving for $550 a month, which is $110 for each of us. Some months we spend much more, and some much less.
Single mama to DD 10/18/03 and DS 9/15/05
So in reality we probably spend the equivalent of $200 per person per month. Really good food is important to me, so I get a lot of quality things, lots of fresh seafood, raw local milk, some exotics (chanterelle mushrooms and the like), and organic everything.
We live near the "downtown" area and we want to support it, so we eat out as a family or just DH and I for lunch in the warmer months once a week and winter once a month or so. That could be walking after dinner for ice cream or eating at the Italian place. Or splurging and eating at the high end place just the two of us. Or just grabbing a piece of pizza at the walk in/take out pizza place. This could run us $5 a month to $75. Or my parents like to take us out so they pay so that covers it as well.
I shop at two local owned groceries and shop the sales 90% of the time. Buy in season fruit and veggies, buy meats on sale, usually just pork and chicken since we buy our meat from our annual side. We also shop aldi and Trader Joes. I get a produce and dairy delivery each week.
I meal plan, feed the freezer, and I have a large walk in pantry.
ETA: $70 is a weekly average. This week I spent nearly $120 because my grocery store is having a huge sale on many of the staples that we use, so we stocked up. But some weeks I only spend $50. I only use the coupons I can get in the store circular (ie, usually no manufacturer's coupons because there usually aren't coupons for produce, meat, or generic dairy or canned goods). I splurge on organic fruit (usually only when it's on sale though), wild pacific salmon, cage-free eggs, and lots and lots of organic cow's milk. Our grocery store also has a rewards program where I get about 12-15 dollars back (as store credit) every three or four months. It's not a lot, but it helps. I shop at Fred Meyer (Krogers), FYI.
Wife to dh and mommy to dd1 (3/07), ds (1/10), and dd2 (any day now)!
Gillian - Wife to an amazing DH, Mother to 5 wonderful kiddos.
And you who seek to know Me, know that the seeking and yearning will avail you not, unless you know the Mystery: for if that which you seek, you find not within yourself, you will never find it without.
That's for eating at home, we use our "spending money" for eating out and such.
The Hippie & the Marine
My boys: S (4) & O (2) & Expecting #3 in Dec. 2011
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