Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Exactly Where I Need to Be
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We spend between $500 and $600 per month for two adults and three children. DS1 and DS2 eat like it might be their last chance -- DS1 is a teenager, enough said. Also, DS1 has Celiac disease, so we end up buying a lot of specialty foods for him and making double or a lot of things like breads and such. Honestly, the boys account for about half of my grocery budget.
We buy local, organic, grass-fed beef, buffalo, chicken, eggs, produce and milk. I try to buy in bulk, through buying groups and co-ops that I'm involved in, for things like grains. We buy local raw honey -- the price of that stuff is astronomical, but it is a sweetner I'm happy with, and it really has helped with DH and DS2's seasonal allergies.
We cook pretty much everything from scratch. I don't have a garden this year (long story) so I'm buying all of my produce, and we eat a lot of fresh fruits and veg. Eating in a manner that I consider to be healthy is not nearly as cheap as it would be if we were eating "junk" foods.
ETA: I wanted to add that I think that monthly spending absolutely depends on where you live. There is no way I could spend $300 per month and still eat all organic. I plan my menu a month in advance, try to save where I can, buy in bulk where I can, and there is just NO WAY.