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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #50 on: September 13, 2019, 01:07:14 PM »
We are by no means on the low side for this, but chiming in for comparison. Our grocery budget is $625/month. We typically eat 1-2 meals out/month, in addition to this. We make most meals from scratch, but aren't afraid of convenience food for crazy nights. Convenience food is more expensive than homemade, but a lot less than takeout or restaurant food. When I travel for work, we stock up on convenience food, as my husband picks up my chores as well as his own, leaving minimal time for food prep.

We eat a tremendous amount of fresh produce. We buy our produce at Costco & a local produce stand (run year round). We rarely waste produce.

General tips:
-Try to have zero waste
-Kids pack lunches vs buying (significantly cheaper)
-Snacks are things we make or fruit/veggies. We try to limit prepackaged snacks to 1-2/month.
-We menu plan. This is particularly huge for us, as we have three different eating preferences (one for allergies, one for weight loss, and then two kids playing a ton of sports). The menu plan allows me to see what can be easily combined
-We stock up & keep an eye out for sales. I've gotten better about this in the last year. Although I don't shop at the grocery store near my house often, I do go there occasionally to see if their meat is discounted. I stock up whenever I find this, as I can get ground beef or ground turkey for $.99/lb.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #51 on: September 15, 2019, 01:50:47 AM »
2 adults and a 1.5yo, we're somewhere around $300/week. I need to investigate this because it seems insane. We don't really attempt to be cheap but we also never buy prepared food, always cook, always use leftovers for lunch, don't buy a bunch of expensive organic stuff, only have a few beers on weekends, etc. I seriously don't understand how anyone could survive on $200/month, but maybe that's because I've gone blind to how cheap food is on the mainland compared to Hawaii?

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2019, 03:56:02 AM »
We spend $120-$140pw or $500 a month for two adults and a boy 8 and girl 3. It varies mainly by the cost of the ingredients, many things vary quite a lot, like zucchini is anything from $2 to $6 a kg.

Breakfast is eggs or tuna for my wife, oats for me, and weetbix for the kids. Everyone has 2+ pieces of fruit a day, and most of us have yoghurt each day.

I do dinner menus, using the Australian Dietary Guidelines to guide me. Currently it's,

Monday - beef chilli
Tuesday - pumpkin soup
Wednesday - chicken curry
Thursday - vegie/lentil soup
Friday - roast, rotating through chicken, lamb, beef and lasagna
Saturday - typically leftovers from one of the other nights, otherwise bolognese, or tuna pasta
Sunday - I work all day and my wife's home then, so it's her choice and tends to be either pizza or stirfried rice

On some of the soup days my wife and sometimes I will have fish, too or instead. I make extra dinner and that's lunch for my wife at her office, or for my son at school. My daughter has either some dinner leftovers, or more commonly bread and butter, some fruit and milk for lunch.

We drink wine, but usually it's just a glass each on Friday night.

Once or twice a week we'll have dinner guests, especially on Fridays.

I buy things in bulk - like rice - so that's part of the variation, eg buying a big tin of olive oil every 2-3 months. The weekly shopping looks something like this,


Vegetables, 8kg
Fruit, 7kg
Beef mince 1kg, [/size]chicken for roasting 2kg, white fish or salmon 1kgPasta/rice/bread, 5kgMilk 6lt, yoghurt 3kg, cheese 1kgfrom the supermarket we get the grains, but also things like tinned tomatoes, kidney beans and lentils, and these boost up the vegetable and (for the legumes) "meat" serves, too. For both health and frugality, if 80% of your spending is at the greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers, you're probably alright. For frugality, use the dry goods shop too, and buy in bulk. And of course, for frugality and to save all those stupid arguments about what to have for dinner, you have a menu. "But I don't want chilli tonight.""Great! What are you making instead?""... I guess I'll have chilli."Arguments about what to eat are stupid, depressing and annoying, and lead to ordering pizza and other unhealthy unfrugal choices.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2019, 10:44:12 AM »
And of course, for frugality and to save all those stupid arguments about what to have for dinner, you have a menu. "But I don't want chilli tonight.""Great! What are you making instead?""... I guess I'll have chilli."Arguments about what to eat are stupid, depressing and annoying, and lead to ordering pizza and other unhealthy unfrugal choices.

This is an interesting point. I remember as a child my parents regularly had this argument and we either ate out 2-3+ times a week or ordered in pretty regularly. I actually remember being excited about the argument breaking out cause it meant take out. I had no comprehension of the cost at the time. Now for us it is a eat what is served or go hungry and we rarely eat out. I think with my parents they both worked at high stress jobs and by the time they got off work neither had energy to tackle meals. I doubt they ever considered this cost when comparing against other lower stress/pay careers.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #54 on: September 16, 2019, 12:50:06 PM »
About a year ago I decided I have enough to afford whatever I want. I still hate waste so I'm still looking for bargains.

My past 3 months groceries average $190 and my restaurant and fast food averaged $120. So a total of $310 a month.  Over $10 a day.

That's all just for me. Not including dogfood or other supplies.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #55 on: September 16, 2019, 01:50:38 PM »
2 adults and we spend 400/month. We don't include eating out in this budget. All our paper products and cleaning supplies are included but not pet food. We do shop at Winco which really helps. 

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #56 on: September 21, 2019, 07:26:07 PM »
We spend $200-250 a month on groceries, 2 adults. We have a little one on the way, so this will change in time Iím sure. We eat home cooked meals - fruits, veggies, nuts, yogurt. Mostly chicken and fish for proteins. Shop at Aldis(majority) and Walmart for anything Aldis doesnít have. We rarely ever buy frozen food(except frozen fruit or veggies). Use to always buy frozen dinners and meals, this was when we first married but started caring about health and budget more as time went on. We also donít buy much prepackaged foods either. We try our best to plan meals around sales or buy in bulk when a great sale is going(we have a deep freezer). We have stayed at this budget now for years.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #57 on: September 21, 2019, 08:42:34 PM »
Two adults, two part-time teen boys and we average $200-250AUD a week. I think once the boys leave home, we'll be ~$100-125 a week. We eat really well and it's 95% made from scratch and there is always enough for guests/leftovers for work lunches, which is important to me. I love being able to pull together a healthy delicious snack platter out of what we have in the house for visitors.  I normally plan out 4-5 dinners a week because the rest will come from leftovers.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #58 on: September 22, 2019, 04:18:10 AM »
I'm tracking all my food at the moment in an effort to lose some weight. Interesting to see fellow Aussie costs - I'm a single adult eating 5 Veg and 2 Fruit per day with protein focussed meals (lower carbs but by no means not 'no carb').

I'm spending ~$100-120 per week (including shampoo, toilet roll etc.). I could reduce costs if I bulked my meals out with cheap carbs (rice, pasta etc.) which I plan to do once I am at a stable weight and not in calorie deficit.

In case anyone is interested, I am using the CSIRO Total Wellbeing diet, have found it super easy and have lost 20kg in 17 weeks. A few more to go but happy so far!

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #59 on: September 22, 2019, 09:23:42 AM »
We spend about $700 for 2 adults and 1 child (6) here in the Maritimes where groceries are a bit more expensive.  This also includes most toiletries and cleaning products.

I admit this is not on the cheap side, however my wife does most of the grocery shopping, and she doesn't really pay much attention to what she is paying for things, or what I we already have on hand in our stock up shelf.  However that being said, we don't really buy a lot of fancy foods, yes, there are some one offs now and then, so we could maybe reduce this by about $100/mth or so.



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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #60 on: September 22, 2019, 10:30:46 PM »
2 adults and 2 kids, one of which eats like an adult, IMO.  We spend $425/month on groceries.  That includes TP and such, but it doesn't include dining out, which at $200+/mo is high for most mustachians.  We eat mostly vegetarian and I don't mind paying more for locally grown produce.  (Today I paid $3.50/lb for plums, for instance.  They are worth it to me...)

Checking out budget bytes, it looks like a great resource!
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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #61 on: December 13, 2019, 10:57:39 PM »
What do you all budget for December with big Christmas meal and extra relatives around?

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #62 on: December 13, 2019, 11:06:24 PM »
There are a whole lot of things that people buy ready made that are very easy to make. Perhaps you could start there?

Hummus - simple, cheap and freezes well, can also be made in a range of flavours
Yoghurt - simple, cheap, easy, one batch will last a week and you can use a bit of it to make the next
No Knead Bread - as above and freezes
Cakes, cookies, scones etc - as above and freezes

Other stuff - sour cream, cottage cheese, pesto (make in season and freeze), muesli (designer muesli is sooooo expensive and sooooo easy to make), spice mixes, cake mixes, porridge (why do people buy the sachets when they can use a damn scoop???), pasta bakes from scratch etc, sauces like mayo, tomato etc etc

Now all of those things are a lot easier to make if you have everything required, and not just ingredients. Why not make a list of things your family eat regularly and see what can be easily replaced with something homemade? You don't have to do everything all at once.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #63 on: December 14, 2019, 06:08:17 AM »
What do you all budget for December with big Christmas meal and extra relatives around?

We don't host anyone, we live in a small apartment.
I do bring a lot of dishes to dinners though, but since each dish costs only $6-15 for 8+ servings, it costs me maybe an extra $25-50 for the entire season depending on how many events I go to.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #64 on: December 14, 2019, 10:20:58 AM »
I just make sure it fits within my normal grocery budget. We always have food in the pantry and freezer so cut back on stocking up.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #65 on: December 14, 2019, 10:33:54 AM »
We are not hosting for christmas dinner this year, but we are having family over for lunch the next day. We will be 6 adults + 4 young kids so its basically lunch for 6 people plus some pocket change. I will serve yummy bread I have baked myself, some smoked salmon, scrambled eggs with truffle oil, leftover pork belly from the day before, some home-made patÍ, a mustard sauce I make myself, some home-cured pork and we'll throw in some other stuff we have in the fridge or the freezer. It will barely be noticable in the month's grocery spending.

For new year's eve we are escaping into the forest. Hired a small cabin for about 100 bucks for the night and not having to go to some party where everyone pretends having a good time is a massive bonus. I don't mind socializing but I can't stand new year's eve for some reason. If the cabin thing is a success it might become a yearly routine. The regular cabin we use in the mountains is occupied + I'm working until around lunch time on dec 31st so can't travel too far away. Now it's a 30 minute drive and an hour-ish hiking with kids, more like 30 minutes hiking if I did it alone.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #66 on: December 14, 2019, 12:37:01 PM »
I've found that www.budgetbytes.com consistently offers relatively healthy meals with cost breakdown.
  Wow, thanks for posting this!  I just went there and it is awesome!

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #67 on: December 14, 2019, 12:51:03 PM »
What do you all budget for December with big Christmas meal and extra relatives around?

We don't host anyone, we live in a small apartment.
I do bring a lot of dishes to dinners though, but since each dish costs only $6-15 for 8+ servings, it costs me maybe an extra $25-50 for the entire season depending on how many events I go to.

I keep pretty religious track of my food expenditures, and even with making a special dinner and/or hosting family/friends, I don't usually run over-budget. Į\_(ツ)_/Į Grocery store sales are usually pretty fantastic in the holiday run-up, and there are almost always efficiencies of scale in cooking large amounts of food.

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Re: Normal monthly spending on Groceries
« Reply #68 on: December 14, 2019, 12:58:12 PM »
We arenít hosting a party this month, but I do a lot of baking for holiday parties. I expect to spend maybe $40 extra on butter, eggs, almond paste, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, flour, and sugar. Oh, and $10 for a small bottle of dark rum for the fruitcake (the remainder can go in eggnog). So maybe $50 extra.