We are family of 3 and spend $200 an month......we spend $100 every two weeks. It's VERY modest. I wish we had a budget for more. Sometimes we will spend closer to $300, but we shoot for $200.
Mothering my sweet preschool boy and my new arrival
We are a family of two, with one on the way (and soon, so I'm eating a lot). We average $125/ two weeks in the big shopping trip and then some smaller purchases in between, maybe totaling another $30/wk, max. To me this seems semi-extravagant, and there are definitely places that I could cut. However, I choose not to. We are in Manhattan.
I spend about $400-$450 for 2 adults, a 6-year-old who seems to be constantly going through a growth spurt, a 4-year-old who doesn't eat a whole bunch and a 1-year-old who eats a lot for a 1-year-old. We also spend between $50-$100 a month on eating out, usually less.
We do not eat organic. I shop at Costco for disposable diapers and wipes, soda when it's cheaper there (yeah, I could do without that but I won't), trash bags, toilet paper, etc. I try to only go once a month or every other month because I can easily spend our entire pay check there if I'm not careful. It's really close to me though so that's harder said than done.
Menu planning has done a lot for me. I do a month at a time, repeating popular meals every couple weeks and having food catagories (roasts on Sunday, breakfast on Tuesdays, pasta on Fridays, fill in the rest.) I still shop weekly though.
$550 per month for a family of six and still whittling it down.
Our kids are older and we homeschool (homeschooling makes a substantial difference!). I don't go premium with much, but there are certain things we do. Like pasture butter. Local free range eggs. Sprouted bread. Real maple syrup. But then there are a lot of more mainstream foods in the mix too including some meats and a lot of canned foods. Nonorganic potatoes and onions. I get a lot of bulk foods and discounted items. We don't regularly drink juices or coffee or sodas or alcohol and buy the cheapest bulk boxes of decaf tea. We garden and grow greens and berries and peaches and various extras. I mostly shop every two weeks in the next city so I pantry-stock and can skip things when they are not on sale and at least triple quantities when they are on sale. Not sure whether I need a chest freezer but it may happen.
ME&HE... loving our: dd(18) ~~ds(13) dd(13)~~ dd(10)
We spend 2,000 a month on groceries for a family of six two adults and four kids we buy grass fed meats from a place online and we buy all organic stuff.
Our total budget for food and toiletries is about $400 per month but I am really trying to shave it down. It's hard to get fresh, organic food for that price here -- and forget about organic meat. I think next year we will look into buying half a cow.
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