Skip to comments.Survey: how much do you spend on food in an average month? (Vanity)
Posted on 03/10/2013 10:04:56 AM PDT by sfimom
How much do you spend on food in an average month? Please include eating out. How many people are you feeding and what is your typical diet? What do you do to supplement your diet?
$50/mo /eat out
$250. mo /groceries only
single person, not including doggie food & treats (yeesh!) She gets the best...Blue Buffalo, no chinese treats.
I buy chicken and meats and dairy ...but not much meat...from whole Foods cause I don’t want the chemicals and hormones. I also buy calcium and magnesium supplements from the health store. fresh produce and hummus and kettle chips and raw nuts from Sam’s Club..though now I hear the real and safest canned tuna comes from Costco. Starbucks coffe and I brew it myself every morning.
Food and ALL prices have fone UP AND UP AND UP.
I have NO idea how I am going to make it in retirement..which is why I haven’t retired yet.ha.
And that MD has no idea what he’s talking about. I posted the supplements because the OP asked, not because I wanted a debate or lecture on those I or my family choose to take. I have personal experience with the remarkable power of colloidal silver.
“How much do you spend on food in an average month?”
~$500 per month.
“How many people are you feeding and what is your typical diet?”
Two and sometimes unavoidable, unwamted visits from the stepson and step-grandson. The additional food does not bother me but when they are here I cannot be a slob in my own home. I have to be ‘nice’ and always smile. ;-)
Normal, good ol’ American meals. Nothing extravagant except filet mignon every Sunday.
“What do you do to supplement your diet?”
Theragram M Premier 50+ - 2 per day, Vitamin E - 400 USP Units per day, Potassium Gluconate - 99 mg per day. Various and sundry ‘comfort foods’.
We spend $100 to $120 a week, including tissues, paper towels, soaps, etc., for a family of four. It’s the same amount we’ve spent for the last five years or so. But now, my wife spends a lot more time with coupons and looking for deals, and buying mostly from a discount store. We eat good, healthy food, but a little less meat now, and more “store brand” stuff.
I have noticed a distinct increase in recent months. My typical grocery shopping (for just me) is every week to 10 days and was averaging about $30 per trip. Now, it is running about $50 per trip.
I used to see more subtle price increases — a few cents on items per trip. Now, I typically see increases of 50-cents or more.
Eggs were 50-cents/doz for a year. Recently, the prices shot up to $1.75.
Milk, $2.00/gal. Now, $2.75.
Large bottle of store brand antacid was $3.27 for years. Now, it is $3.98.
Pork rinds jumped from $1.28 to $1.78 for the same size bag.
But, thank goodness our FED tells us inflation is running at minus 5% or some such non-sense. [/s]
Oh, I forgot. Multivitamin supplements.
“I have noticed a distinct increase in recent months.”
The other little trick that food processors use is to decrease the amount in any given product and keep the price the same.
They really do think that we ‘commoners’ are stupid.
I laugh about one store that changed out their shopping carts recently. I say the reason is that so many products got downsized they needed newer carts with lesser distances between the slats to keep packages from slipping out of the old carts onto the floor.
I’m one of those nuts that keeps track of everything I spend. In 2012 my dining out averaged $65 a month which includes monthly business meetings with clients. Groceries average $140 a month. In November I found a great on-line company that was giving a huge discount and free shipping so ordered a years supply of Cheer, Cascade, toilet tissue and paper towels.
There are lots of things I no longer buy at the store because they just cost too much. I look for those items which are buy 1, get 1 free. Have lots of coupons I ended up not using because the brand available by a coupon cost more with the coupon than other brands without a coupon. Also started frequenting the Dollar Tree more.
Before 2012 I used to spend up to $400 a month and a whole lot more eating out. Not easy or fun to cook for just one. Gas, insurance and taxes all keep going up so that money had to come out of the grocery budget.
Yep, our food expense is about the same, for 4 people and 4 pets.
Thanks for posting this, it’s interesting to see the various responses. I have no idea what I spend on food but it’s a lot because we eat lots of organic and go out about 10x a month for dinner and lunch out every day. Now I feel like I should look into it.
You’re so lucky. Milk is $5.59 a gallon here and eggs are about $2.79/doz.
I shop a lot at the local Dollar Tree for things like toiletries and food basics. I've been surprised most weeks at what I find there for under a total bill of $20.00.
Meat is a rare treat anymore, even lunch meat or cheese is a ‘gift’ to myself once a month. I honestly can't even stand the thought of walking into a grocery store! It is too upsetting. Last time I was in one hoping to get an after holiday turkey cheap...let's just say it was emotionally difficult. I was happy to get out of there.
I still have zucchini, corn, and strawberries from last summer in the freezer and plan to pull a garden together again this year.
I am working hard, my business is growing...but I am not keeping up with the cost of things. I pray every day, but last week my prayers had a few tears with it.
I do not buy what this doctor says about colloidal silver at all! I have personal experience taking this and it works. I can not take prescription medication. Silver biotics has worked every time for a sinus or ear infection without fail. I have let others in my family try it for sinus, ear, tooth infections. It worked for them and now my Sister, Sister In Law/Brother, and Brother In Law would not be without it. It has been very effective for all of us. Even my Son reaches for it if he gets sick. Why? Because he knows it works.I will take my chances with this any day over pharmacy drugs with their side effects.
Wow I remember under President Bush I would spend like at least $30.00 a week and that is veggies, meat, and bread. Now under ODumbo the very same items is now like at least $45.00.
This week Food Maxx had Bathroom Tissue for a roll of 24 for 3.98 normally they are like 5.99 so I brought 3. I don’t know how, but these morons here in California are raising taxe.
You are absolutely right! You can read my reply to it, but the short of it is I can’t take presription drugs, and without silver biotics I would be in trouble. Works every time for a sinus infection, etc. I and others in my family have used it for 6 years when we have a problem. Works every time!
$600/ month for us includes diapers, booze, cleaning supplies and paper products. We pay a premium for grass fed bed, deep bedded pork and eggs from field roaming chickens. We get this from a local farmer. We also pay a premium for organic products when the weather prevents us from growing our own (but I’m asking for a cold frame for my birthday). We cook, I bake our bread (even our own tortillas) and pack our lunchs. Although we pay more for certain items, I think we spend less by simply not buying processed and convenience foods. It’s also simple to avoid MSG, HFCS, pink slime, and hydrogenated oils when you cook from scratch. Making my own lard is darn near free, and we haven’t purchased chicken and beef stocks in years. Those only cost me the energy to simmer and pressure can because I use all kitchen scraps.
And the way they do that (no inflation)?
They don't count food, gas and other products such as those when they decide the inflation rate.
The things that effect people and inflation the most.
This also helps them when they issue the social security checks.
Because there is "no" inflation, there are not any annual increases because of inflation.
It' like unemployment, when the benefits run out and you are no longer able to get them, they consider you not "unemployed" even though most still all.
Makes their phoney numbers even phonier.
Why be cheap. I go for the gold.