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Old 01-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #21
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All right!

I always like free food, but no longer working nowadays and not on business travels, can only get it as tasting samples at Costco.

And then, it's of course processed food. I wonder if I should start hanging around Whole Foods for an upgrade in free food.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:23 PM   #22
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No contest here, as I spend around $300 - $350 a month on groceries. I could spend less and still be healthy, but one of the clues as to why I don't came as I was just sitting here making my Trader Joe's shopping list. The list read:

Bread
Yogurt
Beans

Then, after a few moments of uncertainty, I changed the list to include:

Red Wine
Dark Chocolate

Life is so much more fun with wine and chocolate
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We average ~600 a month for two adults and a toddler. We eat healthy foods, virtually nothing processed, and buy a lot of fish. Living in NYC doesn't help either.
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Old 01-12-2013, 02:46 PM   #24
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I have a weakness for dark chocolate. Problem is, everytime I buy some, I find myself trying to cut $30 elsewhere from my budget to compensate!

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No contest here, as I spend around $300 - $350 a month on groceries. I could spend less and still be healthy, but one of the clues as to why I don't came as I was just sitting here making my Trader Joe's shopping list. The list read:

Bread
Yogurt
Beans

Then, after a few moments of uncertainty, I changed the list to include:

Red Wine
Dark Chocolate

Life is so much more fun with wine and chocolate
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #25
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This works out to an average weekly cost of $141
Seems pretty frugal to me for a large family. Grocery costs is an item that I do not track. DW and I like to eat on a regular basis, often several times a day. So there's that...
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We spend a ton on groceries. Top quality food is one of our priorities in retirement.
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Yes for a family of six.

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Does this weekly cost seem reasonable to you?
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:50 PM   #28
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Seems reasonable. We spend $6000 per year on groceries (including cleaning products, toiletries, paper products, school lunches for kids, etc).

We eat almost all meals at home (or brown baggin it to work). Family of 4 (now 5, but the new baby hasn't really changed the spending much, definitely not 25% more).

I would say we eat well over all. Lots of fresh meats, fruits, vegs. But a fair amount of canned stuff too. Very little frozen dinner type food, but we do like the cookies and snack chips/crackers. Lots of ethnic hispanic and asian food from the respective ethnic grocery stores.

Stuff we pull from the freezer is usually stuff we put in there after cooking it. Tonight's meal for example was slow cooked beans (from the dried bag, cooked and seasoned, then frozen), guacamole (made in bulk from fresh avocados, then frozen in ice cube size servings), homemade roasted chili and garlic salsa (made in bulk from dried smoked chili peppers, then frozen in ice cube size servings), white chicken chili (homemade but using a spice pack - I cheated! ), shredded pulled pork BBQ (made 20 lbs in bulk, then froze in qt servings), chorizo chicken fajita pepper onion filling (made fresh, then frozen in individual servings), beef taco filling (seasoned ground beef with canned tomatoes and corn, frozen in individual servings). All served on corn tortillas with crema and cheese. Instant taco bar (or enchilada bar for my #3 and #4 tortillas ). All of this stuff is incredibly cheap at the grocery store (when you play the sales and clearance pricing), but would cost a decent bit at the local authentic mexican restaurants. I could eat this stuff every day...

We would usually have some fresh tomato or lettuce on the side but we haven't been to the store in a couple weeks (from laziness).
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No contest here, as I spend around $300 - $350 a month on groceries. I could spend less and still be healthy, but one of the clues as to why I don't came as I was just sitting here making my Trader Joe's shopping list. The list read:

Bread
Yogurt
Beans

Then, after a few moments of uncertainty, I changed the list to include:

Red Wine
Dark Chocolate

Life is so much more fun with wine and chocolate
Not sayin' there's anything wrong with your list, but I would add some meat to go with the red wine, but then it's just me.
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Not sayin' there's anything wrong with your list, but I would add some meat to go with the red wine.
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I eat 4 or 5 meals a day plus 1-2 snacks. I average a little under $300/mo for 1 person. I have a very high metabolism and require 3000 calories/day to not lose weight despite a sedentary lifestyle. I'm 6'6 1/2" and 170lbs at most so cutting back on food isn't a good idea for me.

OP's food budget seems reasonable for a large family.
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I don't know how much we spend for groceries. DW writes a $200 check for cash every week. She buys the groceries and a lot of other household stuff with the cash. She does most of her shopping at the nearest Super Walmart. We also eat out four or five times a week. I've learned to not look too closely at her cash expenditures and she does not look too closely at my petty cash expenditures.

It works for us. This year we will celebrate our 45th anniversary.
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I spend $400 a month on groceries, including drug store type items.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:37 AM   #34
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Not sayin' there's anything wrong with your list, but I would add some meat to go with the red wine, but then it's just me.
That wasn't a full list, by any means. I tend to eat a lot of fish. Occasionally steak and occasionally chicken.

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