What is your budget and household size? Are we nuts?
I'm really really bad at budgeting, but I really think that we spend more than that on groceries. And we're 2 adults and a not-quite-toddler-yet.
So I'm interested in what others have to say!!
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Genie, mama to T (4/02), I (10/04) and T (7/09)
We spend about 600 dollars a month on groceries, not including if we chose to go eat out once in a while (which we don't usually), or my occasional lunch if I forget to pack.
I make *EVERYTHING*. (dh helps sometimes he wants me to add!)
mama to E (01-2007) and wife to C
OP, $600 for 2 adults and a toddler does seem high to me. First of all, keep all your food receipts for the next month so you can really see how much you spent, not just estimate. That could help you determine if you are wasting money or if food is really that expensive, or what is going on.
I buy organic beef, hormone free chicken, organic dairy or local brands that I know are hormone free, the top 10 organic foods organic as well, etc. I'd say 75% organic.
I do not have room for bulk shopping unfortunately. But we try to do two big shoppings a month then I go back to the store to get more fresh veggies and fruits, milk.
when I have time I make our own bread but not as much as I'd like!
We only spent $200/mo 2 years ago. Mainly because I was going to school full-time and not working and my grocery philosophy was "save money" not "promote health". I didn't buy much organic then, factory farmed animal products, and lived on lots of carbs. Real food has cost us real money.
But we also eat a much greater variety of things. I used to just buy broccoli, salad and apples. Now I buy at least 10 different produce items each week. I could cut down the budget if we had to. Mainly cutting out drinks (organic fair-trade coffee, and dh and i are addicted to Pellegrino and Gerolsteiner) and getting only grass-fed ground beef as we have steak once a week or so now which is more pricey.
Happily married to DH for 6 years, in process to foster-adopt 3 children DD4, DS3 and DS2. We may be bringing half brother age 9 one day as well! We are not infertile, we just have decided that since there are precious children who need homes there is no need for us to have biological children.
We spend about 80 dollars a month on local meats. We buy veggies locally. There aren't a lot of choices in organics but we buy organic when it's available.
I am coming here to try to meal plan and budget. We shouldn't need to eat the absolute most expensive dinner imaginable every night of the week
We feed 2 adult 3 teens and a toddler.
I would spend less during the summer because of our garden but I put the savings towards extra fruits for canning and jam
I really want to trim our grocery budget. I'm just trying to spend less this month without much planning, but I am budgeting $450 for Sept - cash in an envelope! This will include farmer's market, but not eating out. (we averaged almost $200 eating out over those same three months )