Wishing I didn’t have to shop for groceries so often

From Caroline — Blog by
January 14, 2009

we’re trying to get our grocery budget down to around $100 a week. even with planning ahead, eating lots of beans and pasta and not so much meat, this is tough — because I just won’t compromise on organic dairy, produce, etc. and it seems like I still need to go to the store at least twice a week. oy!

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1. by Kim on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:13 AM PST

FYI: $100 per week for two would put you just above the average spent in the U.S., according to this post on the Accidental Hedonist (although that includes eating out, which you may not be including).

2. by Caroline Cummins on Jan 14, 2009 at 11:31 AM PST

The $100 budget doesn’t include eating out, which we do very seldom (mostly because we’re already spending so much on groceries). And let it be noted that we have yet to actually hit the $100-a-week mark. Yikes!

3. by Chris Musser on Jan 19, 2009 at 10:14 PM PST

This one’s tough! We are averaging about $530/month for groceries for our family of four. That’s with buying our meat farm-direct, in bulk (and limiting consumption to 5-8 pounds per week), buying most of our groceries in bulk (from Azure), and eating mostly organic, whole foods. I do a lot of food prep at home--bake bread/bagels, make yogurt, cream cheese, etc., which saves me 50% and more over buying from the store (and taste so much better). An interesting site with the USDA’s Cost of Food at Home.

4. by cafemama on Jan 22, 2009 at 11:28 AM PST

that is tough. I spend at least $200 on milk & cream alone each month. I think I could do closer to $600 a month (for five of us who eat out very rarely) if I had complete control over the grocery budget: the husband blows it by splurging on pepperoni sticks, vitamin waters and the like. did someone say oy? OY.

5. by Kim on Feb 6, 2009 at 8:37 AM PST

You’ve got company, sort of. http://www.gourmet.com/food/2009/02/extreme-frugality-introduction

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