I spend about $300 at Costco and $500 at our local HEB supermarket. Also, I try to buy organic when it's available, but would love to do even more. It's just so costly!
$50/month for alcohol
$70/month for eating out
So our total budget is $370/month. We are myself, my husband, and a 19 month old. We cook almost entirely from scratch (well, we buy dried pasta and such and some canned foods like tomatoes) Meat is often an ingredient rather than the main focus of the meal.
We are flexible about this and will spend more if there is a good sale on freezable/storable stuff. Also, we'll probably spend a little more in the winter, since we're doing pretty well out of our garden right now (although I'm getting a little sick of green beans *every day*) but we try to eat seasonally so it shouldn't be too much more. We are trying to rein back our food expenses too!
Note: The above is our reined back budget! I don't think we could go much lower without going onto beans and rice full time....
(this includes dog food, trash bags and laundry soap)
what are you guys eating with larger families/lower budget?
I would say we average around $1000 a month for food. We do eat about 90% organic and I do stock up when there are sales BUT...I need to figure this out this winter and fall. I need to figure it out soon! I would like to get the average down to about $600 because then we would be within our budget but, it is really difficult with 3 growing kids.
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I buy some organics (both meat and produce), stuff from the local farm stands, no junk or snack food and almost no packaged food.
DH is a bottomless pit at home as he generally doesn't eat during the day.
We certainly could spend less but attempts (mine) at doing so were squashed.
That does not include our $100/month on dining out.
We do not eat organic, and we (read, I) eat too much chocolate.
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But this month, I have a rocking coupon overage deal in the works, and will be able to spend about $90 for the MONTH to get $500 in groceries and 380 travel sized bottles of shampoo (for donation). :
We cannot afford to go with more if I stay at home...and honestly, if I plan right, we don't need to.
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I stockpile and am almost to the point of only replenishing the pile and purchasing perishables.
Oh my. We spend a good solid 1K for 6 peeps. And I cook from scratch. I never knew there was any other way. I'd love to know how we could diminish that number, though.
we eat 3 meals a day at home + 2 snacks. and there are 3 of us. it is seriously $500 per month at least! (Unless my pantry/freezer is stocked) we eat beans almost every day for at least one meal. no meat. we eat out once a month for $10-20. we don't eat exclusively organic and I cook from scratch. I don't buy a ton of extras (extras for us is crackers,pickles, good cheese, gourmet olives,etc) I wish I could use coupons but I never see any for things we use. oh I bet I could find pickle/cracker ones huh!?! (Seriously my kids eat a jar of pickles in a week if I let them)
My oldest leaves for the USN in a couple of weeks so that may actually cut us down a bit.