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I have noticed on the "how much do you spend per month on groceries" threads that most people who post spend WAY less than we do. I easily spend $1000 a month at various grocery stores for a family of 4, 2 of whom are small children. This includes cheap wine and some toiletries. But still, I am way over the $500 and less I am seeing on these threads.
We are not vegetarian and my DH will not eat eggs or beans, so the most obvious [to me] cost cutting choices are not there.
Would some of our more thrifty/creative mamas post some of your menus (daily or weekly) so I can get some ideas of what I could try? Do you have certain nights of the week that are set aside for a specific budget meal, like spaghetti night or whatever?
I don't eat red meat, but we eat other meat, and I find that we spend about $800-$1000/mo on food. We try to buy all organic, and that really adds up - cheese, yogurt, produce, chicken, etc. A basket of organic strawberries (a large basket, not the tiny pint one) is going for $6 at our local store, and my kids will eat one of those in an evening.
The only way I have found to save money is to go to Trader Joes first and buy whatever I can there. Then I go across the street to Whole Foods and get the rest.
Mama to (DS 7) and (DD 5), wife to DH
Just wanted to say, after I saw that your dh doesn't eat eggs, don't forget that breakfast and lunch are just as if not more important than dinner. The other 3 of you can do eggs at breakfast and make a big dent in your protein needs. My ds eats oatmeal and yogurt at lunch - very hearty. Make sure you're not buying value-added snacks - but nuts instead of nut bars, fruit instead of fruit wraps, etc. Eat cheese for a snack to get more protein. All of that stuff adds up at lot!
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