How much do you spend on groceries each week?

Naomi - posted on 05/08/2011 ( 94 moms have responded )

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We have two children (6yrs and 4yrs) and I was just wondering how much other households spend on groceries each week. It just seems to be getting more and more expensive.

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Jenny - posted on 05/18/2011

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Wow reading through the answers I guess we eat a lot! We spend about $250-300/week for a family of 6 soon to be six - BUT one is a 13 year old boy who can clear out a cupboard in one sitting! We make most of our meals from scratch but do eat some processed food like lunchmeats, bagged cookies/snack cakes but very few on the whole. If your two children are boys, that's all I have to say is start saving now.... :-)

Stephany - posted on 05/18/2011

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I spend about 100$ a week (avge) for me, my husband, and two boys 10 and 6. I have noticed that the price of groceries has definately gone up! I have just started couponing and the other day I saved over $23 in coupons then had about $40 worth of in store savings! I was pleased with myself :) A great website to go to is thekrazycouponlady. Check it out! I try to buy healthy foods for my family which are always more expensive

Aimee - posted on 05/16/2011

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i just spent about $165 on groceries for a week. 4 kids, 2 adults. and usually a meal for family company once a week. we do not eat hot dogs, prepackaged ramen noodles, sausages, lunchables etc... i do not buy chips, cookies or candies or soda. my kids eat fresh fruit and vegetables at each meal. they only drink 100% juice once a day and milk for meals only. water the rest of the time. i use coupons and the store specials like buy one get one free. also i buy store brands of some items. dry pasta/juices/cereal. i do buy snack foods--goldfish/crackers/100 calorie snack packs/pretzels. 3 of my kids are home during the day (ages 2, 2 and 1) so they need snacking stuff. breakfasts are no-sugar cereal/eggs/waffles/pancakes. i guess my point is, the healthier you want to make your food, the more expensive it is....and fresh fruit and veggies are expensive. most times i go to the local fruit stand for fruits/veggies and it is cheaper. i am happy if i can keep our weekly grocery bill under $200. :)

Cleo - posted on 05/16/2011

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We spend $140 per week. I am hoping to find time to clip coupons again b/c it would cut our grocery bill by 30 to 40%. We are a family of five, three boys ages 6 to 8 along with me and my hubs.

Shirley - posted on 05/16/2011

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Hi Naomi, wait til they get older, they eat even more. Mine are 19 & 14, spend over $100 wk. Have you started couponing yet? Try couponmom.com and match your coupons to your grocery stores weekly sale to get the best savings!

Maria - posted on 05/16/2011

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Yes, shopping for groceries is getting more and more expensive to keep cost down I drive about 15 miles or so just to get cheaper shopping I go to the Farm-shop, Farmfoods & Asda my shopping is about £120 GBP per week this includes for stuff for my many pets it is just a case of shopping around. Its petrol that is ridiculously over priced here and is going up but if you can do it and shop around then you can get it at the lowest price I budget £45GBP per week for petrol which despite all the running around and going miles last me the whole week (I live in the country so things tend to be miles away) the trick is having the right car for the your area these small micro sized cars can't cope with all the up hill driving but a large car with the right sized engine MPV no smaller engine than a 2ltr copes well hence more economical.

Joyce - posted on 05/15/2011

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it is getting more expensive, sales are getting harder to find and the gas prices affect every thing from the cost of running a farm to deliveries to the store.

Nicole - posted on 05/15/2011

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I spend an average of $175/week. That includes food, household cleaning supplies, personal hygiene products, and most health/beauty products. We are a family of 5 - 2 adults, a 9 year old, a 7 year old, and a 3 year old. We live in WV.

Stacy - posted on 05/15/2011

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On average, we, as a family of 4 (mom,dad, a 6, and a 4 yr old), spend about 100 dollars a week. Some weeks I make 50 bucks work, some weeks I go over the 100 dollar limit . . . just depends on what else is going on, or how much we eat out or travel.

Missy - posted on 05/15/2011

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i spend about £80-£100 thats between me my partner and a 6,4and3 yr old but i bet this will go up if there older brother is anything to go by lol

Jenn - posted on 05/14/2011

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I spend about 100-125$/week for a family of four (Mo, Dad, 4 yr old son, 20mth old daughter) in New Brunswick, Canada. I also find it increasingly hard to keep up and i find that every single day i notice something else that i need. The main things i buy every few days though are milk, bread, cereal, baby wipes, things like that that run out quickly. I usually do two big grocery trips a month about 200-250$$ each. I also use coupons which helps a bit but i confess that i have been slacking in the coupon department lately and haven't been bringing my binder with me the last few trips. The coupons help a LOT with toiletries, baby stuff like diapers, wipes, and personal care/beauty items. I get a lot of that stuff for free or very very cheap. But i need to get back into it as i haven't been couponing lately cuz i just have so much else going on.



I only do my grocery's at one place which is Sobey's although if i know there is a good deal or sale that i can match up with coupons i will go to other places for that. Sometimes i will also get a few things at Co-Op and Giant Tiger.

Aideen - posted on 05/14/2011

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the budget is E150...so it's there abouts, up one week down the next. That's 2 adults, an 8 year old and a 2 year old. Including laundry, nappies, toiletries food etc. We're in Ireland. We shop in Tesco, Aldi and Lidl and I get everything organic that I see. DP is a chef so he can rustle up something from random foods when choices are limited...and I do a few dinners with the basics but nothing fancy. :)

Jakki - posted on 05/13/2011

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How amazing how everybody's prices vary so much even in the same countries!

I buy everything as cheaply as I can. And we're in a fruit/veg coop which means we've joined up wtih 10 families and take turns to go to the big markets once every 10 weeks to do a huge shop).

We live in Sydney Australia and it costs about $150 per week for a family of 5, including everything like cleaning prods, toilet paper etc.

PS Alicia can you make your own baby food by whizzing up whatever you are eating or just give the baby mashed veggies etc?

Alicia - posted on 05/12/2011

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I spend about $120 a week now. Before we went vegetarian and it was about 90 because of coupons and deals I could take advatage of that we can't now. We're a family of five and my 7th month old's baby food is the real expense lately.

Carly - posted on 05/12/2011

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We have a family of 5 (my husband, myself and 3 daughters aged 6, 3, &1) and we spend about $400 a month thanks to coupons and watching sales. We also have an earthquake supply that we use and replenish on a regular basis.

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There are no coupons for fresh fruits, vegetables, beans, and lean meats. However, you can make quick meals weekly by using some of the same items, buying less. We only buy fresh fruits, vegetables, beans/lentils, lean meats, oats, whole wheat bread (because it’s not that easy to bake and come out fluffy), boxed wheat cereals for the kids, milk for the kids, spices, and coffee to keep us going. We shop at Wal-Mart after doing a full price comparison between Safeway, Sprouts, Whole Foods (a total money suck), and Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart was the cheapest, we spend for a family of four, $100 a week on just food. We can get it down cheaper if we opt for frozen vegetables, brown rice and chicken breasts for a stir-fry for the week when money is tight. We don’t eat out more than once a month, which is usually reserved for date night.

Teresa - posted on 05/12/2011

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i also have a family of 6. I usually spend $1000-1200/month. this does not include my meat products or cleaning supplies. And you are right it gets more expensive as your children grow but also the prices of your everyday thing have gone up. fruits and veggies are on the rise again as well. :S My family could be on vacation if we didn't have to eat :S

Amy - posted on 05/12/2011

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I have a family of 6 (this include my husband and kids) during the school year and I spend about $150-$200 a week. This includes everything toiletries, cleaning supplies etc. In the summer we have a family of 9 and I spend about $300 a week. That kills our budget let me tell you. I am sure it will be more this summer due to the ever increasing prices of our groceries.

Antionette - posted on 05/12/2011

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The prices of food in the DC area has gone up AGAIN, so I spend about $150 a week or a little more depending on the menu for the week. I'm in the process of changing my household eating habit so I know my grocery price will get higher since fresh and organic is high in my area as well.

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My family consists of myself, two kids (9 and 5), and their dad. I do all the shopping weekly and the bill averages $150(US) a week. My kids and husband are each very picky and I can only make one or two meals that all of them eat without fussing (usually I have one meat, a starch, a veg, and bread every night for them). I am vegetarian so I only eat the vegetable and bread or I eat a large lunch and go without dinner. I would love to live closer to an outdoor/indoor farmers market for fresh produce!

Sara - posted on 05/11/2011

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I spend 115.00 to 150.00 per week with 2 kids 8 and 10 months. This does not include formula or diapers.

Mimi - posted on 05/11/2011

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Roughly $75 a week, that includes personal hygene,household cleaners and pet foods

Katie - posted on 05/11/2011

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I spend 100 pounds a week wit a family of 4 which is about 160 dollars!

Amanda - posted on 05/10/2011

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For my family of 5 ( Husband, 13 &11 yo boys, 8 yo daughter and myself) I used to spend about $250-$280 a week and have to make little trips back through out the week. Than I started to do couponing and planning meals and now I spend about $80 with one trip a week and eat better than we were before. Last saturday I spent only $68.29. I saved $196.22. Its true!

Donna - posted on 05/10/2011

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I try not to add up the grocery shopping bills because I too have found that the cost of living has gone up, I have 4 children (14,8, 13months & 9weeks) the 3 boys eat 3 solid meals a day including snacks inbetween of fruit, I like to give them vegetables with their evening meal, also a yoghurt for pudding.

It makes me mad that the cost of living goes up when everything else (ie: Child Benefit) gets caped for the next three year, how are we supposed to feed our children fresh healthy produce when its so expensive.

I would say on average between £80 to £120 can be spent on groceries including nappies and baby milk

Amy - posted on 05/10/2011

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We spend $98-$114 a week for my husband and I, 4 year old, 2 year old, and 9 month old. Another way to look at it is $120 a month per person. That includes house supplies and we buy a lot of organic and some "natural" food. Hope that helps!

Ava - posted on 05/10/2011

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Lately, I haven't been budgeting like I should be so I've been spending around $100 a week :(

Jessica - posted on 05/10/2011

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About a year ago I was spending about $75 a week and feeding a family of 7 pretty well. Now granted the kids are all a year older so they eat more. But now I am spending $150-$200 a week and still missing stuff on the list!

Dina - posted on 05/09/2011

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I'm a family of 3 (me, my fiancee, and my son) living in Alberta Canada. Both my boys have a bottomless pit for a stomach, we spend about 100-150CDN a week depending on what we need...we do alot of shopping at the farmers markets not only to insure we get organic foods but to support Canadian farmers. The healthier the food the more you will end up spending.

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We are a family of four living in Perth Australia. I spend an average of $250 per week. I don't buy many treats (chocolate when it's on special), mainly just fruits, veg, meat and toiletries. It is getting harder and harder to stay within that weekly budget.

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We are a family of four living in Perth Australia. I spend an average of $250 per week. I don't buy many treats (chocolate when it's on special), mainly just fruits, veg, meat and toiletries. It is getting harder and harder to stay within that weekly budget.

Karen - posted on 05/09/2011

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We have a family of 5 and spend only $70/wk. We get our meat from a farm and my husband processes it himself using a friend's butcher shop. We save a lot of money doing it that way and it tastes so much better. It is FDA approved of course. We only have to buy sides (potatoes, mac n cheese, vegies (wich sometimes are cheaper in the frozen section), noodles, ect...With that $70 we also buy toilet paper, and other household necessities. We buy the same things every week. For treats we sometimes splurge but mainly got to discount grocery stores (Bent and Dent). You can find stuff that looks brand new but the lable changed (example if cherios decided to put a character on their box, you would find the plain boxes at this place). So sometimes we spend less. They have toilet paper and stuff there too. Also I started making homemade laundry soap and that saves A LOT.

Naomi - posted on 05/09/2011

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I live in Australia. We live in a town with an IGA and not a big supermarket chain.

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Over here in Texas we shop monthly since I save more by buying in bulk. We are vegans so no cheep processed foods. My husband eats for a family of 5 all on his own... corn fed.lol. I have an almost 4 and an 8. We buy about $400.00 per month. Lots of tofu. Plus, I get WIC which helps A LOT w/ our soy milks, produce, juices, whole grains, tofu and lentils.

Susana - posted on 05/09/2011

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I live in Venezuela and like most spanish women we like and we are used to cook alot. I prepare salads and vegetables for me and my husband everyday and for the whole family which includes my kids of 4 and 5 years old I prepare soops and a balanced meal of meat, another day chicken, or fish, with vegetables, rice, pasta or potatoes and this last weekend we paid Bs. 1300,00 which is around Usd 200

Sarah - posted on 05/09/2011

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Too much !!!!! I live in france & when we first moved over here things were reasonably cheap cheaper than the uk but over the last couple of years it has got really expensive! I spend over 100euros a week & thats for me & my 3 young children the oldest 7 then 4 & 2 & when hubby is home every 3 weeks I dont know what we spend but it must be more coz we buy more meat & socialise more when he is home when I'm on my own with the girls we eat pasta & things like that! when ever we go back to the uk or if any one is comming over here I get nappies washing powder & that sort of thing & the thing we miss coz they are so much cheaper now!!

Erin - posted on 05/09/2011

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Up here in Sask, canada I average around $70/week. I buy fresh produce, milk products and some crackers and lunch things. I try to make everything from scratch. I don't buy bread, I make my own. We also have our own chickens, so we get fresh free range eggs daily. I'm thinking about going to a local farm to try out some raw milk, since they sell it cheaper by the gallon then the supermarket does which is around $4.50. And this summer I'll be saving money on produce since I'll have my garden and I'm making another plot this year too, so we'll have much more to store and can this year. The one thing that adds up on the grocery bill is the personal care items. I found just by not being brand loyal and getting the store brand whenever it's cheaper, that make a huge difference. We don't eat a lot of meat though, or we don't base our meals around it. They say to eat 4 ozs of meat a meal, but you can get your protein in other places. Pasta alone has something like 12 grams of protein per serving. And you dont need the reccomended 60 or so odd grams. Your body only needs around 18 grams for maintence, unless you're trying to grow more muscle. Oh and we are a family of two adults, a 5 1/2 year old and a 22 month old.

Jenn - posted on 05/09/2011

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Ummm...about $100/wk. I too have a 6 and 4 yr old. We eat lots of fresh produce, organic meats/dairy/eggs and I try to cook as much as possible. My kids are snackers so I have to be sure to have foods for school as well as snacks for home. Choosing more healthy options than processed cheap options gets pricey!

Tara - posted on 05/09/2011

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I had to look up a converter because I had no idea what that was in American currency. But it looks to be almost $2.00 and that is extremely expensive! The most I pay here is just over $1.00 (so basically half of what you pay) and sometimes less when it's on sale at other stores.

Louise - posted on 05/09/2011

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I don't know where you are in the world but I spend about £65 a week. Food prices in the uk are quite high at the moment a loaf of bread costs about £1.35 alot more than it did cost this time last year.

Tara - posted on 05/09/2011

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It all depends where we shop. Some weeks, I can get groceries for our family on $50 (I shop at a cheaper grocery store here) (our family includes, myself, my husband, our daughter who is 7 and our son who is 5..and we have a 3rd baby due in July...my brother-in-law also lives with us). HOWEVER, we don't make huge meals. We get by on very cheap meals (ex. spaghetti, smoked sausage, hot dogs, mac and cheese...other things like that). I will make crock pot meals when I can because, if you make the batch large enough, it can feed you for two days. I actually have to go get groceries today, so we will see what I get and how much I spend :)

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