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Learning, Sharing, and Teaching => Ask a Mustachian => Topic started by: Kriegsspiel on March 28, 2012, 05:49:50 AM

Title: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Kriegsspiel on March 28, 2012, 05:49:50 AM
How much are you all spending on groceries per month?  I'd like to know a good number to steer close to.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: arebelspy on March 28, 2012, 08:04:02 AM
How much are you all spending on groceries per month?  I'd like to know a good number to steer close to.

That's so dependent on a number of things.  I see you did narrow it down to at least single people.  However cost of living differences are huge.

For example, I see you're in Germany; you may want to find other, localized web resources to ask the average single Germany person what they spend on Groceries, then figure a Mustachian could probably cut that in half or so.

Just throwing out a number, because that's likely what you want, I'd say around $200 or less for someone single?
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: MrSaturday on March 28, 2012, 08:06:46 AM
I've only recently changed my grocery habits (from spending way to much in the past) but it looks like I can maintain around $100-110 per month without much trouble.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Arbor33 on March 28, 2012, 08:54:46 AM
I have a little more meat and fish in my diet than most. However, worms are free and I trade them for fish as often as possible. I also hunt but didn't do so well this year  :(

If I didn't do the above, I'd guess somewhere around $200.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: zinnie on March 28, 2012, 10:36:42 AM
When I was making next to nothing and living alone in the bay area, I got by on $100-150/month. $200/month would have been much more comfortable, though!

So much depends on your location. If I had been living somewhere cheaper I'm sure I could have gone much lower.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Danielle on March 28, 2012, 12:36:19 PM
During school I gave myself a budget of $150 a month for groceries and eating out and was comfortable.  I think it depends a lot on your diet though.  I didn't have as much time to cook then as I do now, and produce is cheaper where I currently live.  My spending is around $300 a month now between my boyfriend and I, but that doesn't include the 2-3 meals a week that he eats at the work cafe.  Hopefully our spending will improve a bit once I get him 100% on the frugality boat.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Sunflower on March 28, 2012, 12:40:16 PM
I have some dietary restrictions (no grains, limited fruits and veggies) so I usually spend around $80/week in the US and have been feeding myself for about 60 Euro/week this month in Germany (while splurging for decent wine most weeks).
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Bakari on March 28, 2012, 05:02:28 PM
According to Mint, total food budget (groceries + eating out) $135/mo on average.
I don't make any particular effort to keep costs low, and I hate cooking, but I have simple tastes and am vegetarian.

According to this article:
The national household average is $529 monthly, or $211 per person (avg household is 2.5 people)

The comments below the article have the usual complainypants "it isn't possible to live off that little, the data must be flawed" which I found very entertaining.

Some more very interesting and relevant information:
(it has examples of food budgets for families around the world - as well as pictures of what the food actually looks like)
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: onehappypanda on March 28, 2012, 09:12:52 PM
Right now I'm doing around $160-180 a month. Probably higher than some here but way lower than I used to spend when I didn't regulate it at all. I'm admittedly a little bit of a foodie (and health nut). For me there's a balancing act between eating the things I like and feel good on and maintaining a reasonable food budget, and I'm constantly working on that.

And yeah, it varies a lot by the region you live in, and by the season. I live in the Midwest, but I'm in a city which drives things up a bit. I can get cheaper food in the summer/fall when more produce is seasonal, but winter can get tricky.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: kolorado on March 29, 2012, 08:23:25 AM
Interesting calculator Bakari, hadn't seen that one before. Apparently I spend only 25% of the thrifty single female plan. Ha! Other girls like to eat out a lot more than I do I guess.
I'm not single and I don't know what food prices are like in Germany but here in South Jersey, I could eat very well on $100 a month(non-organic but fresh and in season and sales). In the summer that would drop to $50 a month since I would be harvesting from my backyard garden.
I average $300 a month for our family of 5. Hubby is the biggest expense since he eats the most meat and baked goods. The rest of us are flexitarian and prefer beans, grains, nuts, dairy, fruits and veggies the majority of the time. Chicken breast is our preferred meat when we do have meat and that regularly goes on sale here for $2lb. Our state grows a lot of food and our neighboring states provide a lot of dairy and meat so the food basics here are really reasonable. We only eat out if we're on vacation or if we have a gift card. We're all slim and eat to live, not live to eat.
So much depends on where you are and how you prefer to eat and how much you eat and how much of what you eat you will grow or prepare from scratch. Here in the US, a single adult could eat well and very healthy on $200 of groceries a month(organic, imported and finer items like high end seafood and the best cuts of meat).
Maybe the best plan for you is to monitor how much you are spending now and attempt to reduce it by 10% the next month. If that goes well try to bump it down another 10%. Shop in new places. Make more from scratch. Keep going until you reach your lowest comfort level.
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: nolajo on April 05, 2012, 08:36:22 PM
That calculator is a bit of an eye opener. I may need to see about bringing my costs under better control. It's funny how you can consider yourself to be doing well (and perhaps I am vis-a-vis my friends) but still be spending a bit much.

I've known for some time that eating out was my big vice. This just reiterates that, but also makes me feel like I really could do better if so many around here do. Sigh. There's so much that's good to eat and drink in this town!
Title: Re: Bachelors/ettes groceries?
Post by: Kriegsspiel on April 06, 2012, 03:21:00 AM
I've averaged mine out, and I will hit about $160 each month.  That is about the minimum I can get to get enough protein for my activities.