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Groceries - What do you spend? how many in your family?

Leah - posted on 04/30/2010 ( 270 moms have responded )

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My husband wants me to spend $100 a week on groceries? i would love to do coupons and save like i see alot of people doing but where we live there just isn't alot of big box stores to choose from. I would have to go to the twin cities to get choice. The one store that does ad's don't do double coupon. then there is walmart. in the Cities we have Cub and Rainbow (rainbow does double coupons, up to a limit) but both are 20-30m drive. I have 5 members in the family and 3 furbabies. I am trying to get an idea what is somes grocery spending so I can show the man my findings. i know food cost may go up some when the kids start summer vacay.

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Erin - posted on 05/13/2010

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If there are farmers markets nearby, they usually have less expensive produce. See if you can reduce the amount of processed food you eat since that adds up and in the end costs more. We eat around $50/wk for 3 of us. I get my produce through a food co-op called bountifulbaskets.org. $15 each week for 2 round laundry baskets full of fruits and vegetables in season. Then I just buy a lot of meat only when it's under $2.00/lb at the local Sprouts market. I freeze, then thaw when needed. And that's pretty much all we eat. Meat, veggies and fruit. The simpler you can cook, the cheaper your food ends up being.

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010

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I think it really depends on where you live too, I live in New Zealand. Once I get my youngest too out of nappies & off formula then I will manage $100 a week but only because i grow some of our veges & have hand reared cattle & sheep that are on friends & family farms which means every so often I wont need to buy meat, just pay for processing costs of meat, but its worth it.

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010

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Hi Leah, there is 6 members in my family & 3 pets. I do my grocery shopn every 2 weeks as I have to travel 30minutes to get to town and I spend budget for $400, but that includes nappie for my 2 youngest, formula and petrol. I work it out that I'm roughly spending $150 a week on grocerys that arnt baby stuff.
It is very hard to make $150 aweek ($300 afortnight) stretch far enough but its all our budget can allow. Its cheaper to buy junk food than fruit & veges which is soooo wrong.
Do you have a vege garden to grow your own veges? My partner built one for me last season, & it was amazing how much it saved us & what a wonderful feeling it was to eat things we had grown.
If your husband still wants you to only spend $100 a week after you show him your findings, then draw up a grocery list of what you's need, give him $100 and tell him to go do the shopping one week ;)

Victoria - posted on 05/13/2010

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I highly recomend this book that shows how to get your whole family (even kids!) on the path to frugality. The rest of the book is jam-packed with literally hundreds of cost-saving tips, strategies, techniques, and recipes that will help your family cut your budget and lower your expenses without feeling deprived or left out.


Moserly Moms (Living well on less in a tough economy) by Jonni McCoy

Belindar - posted on 05/13/2010

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I'm only in little ole NZ (Auckland) family of 4 but cost of living here is a lot higher than US ( I visit frequently). I have budgeted $150 p/w and manage to stick to that most of the time. Helpful hints include shopping for my fruit veg and meat at Asian supermarket - much cheaper than supermarket. Also do all my own baking (try to bake once a week) and cook meals from scratch (apart from the odd frozen one for kids' convenience - whatever is healthy and on special). Use a list and we even manage to get treeats like chocolate, I use only eco friendly products which are more expensive but quite concentrated, also we buy formula out of the same budget. Also you can choose meals that have a lot of similar ingredients and use homebrands for staples such as pasta, rice, oils, canned tomatoes etc. I buy my nappies on line as they are virtually 50% cheaper and often delivered to my door for free. Any dinner leftovers often become a lunch or kids' dinners. Planning and organisatin, minimising waste and being efficient with what you have helps. If you don't know what to cook use the internet to help! Hope this helps

Amber - posted on 05/13/2010

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I probably spend about $400 a month. $300 of that is from when I go grocery shopping at Walmart and the other is from the town grocery store. I have four people in my family and it is crazy trying to keep groceries here. My husband fusses all of the time about how much I spend, but I tell him he has to get over it because we have to eat. I mean he spends money on all of HIS "toys" anyways!!! Why can't we just have money to eat on without hearing his mouth.

Julieanne - posted on 05/13/2010

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We are a family of 3 with 2 furbabies too... we spend about $200 a month but we use coupons, don't shop big box stores, only buy whats on sale and use tons of coupons.I learned most my shopping habits from Jodi Furhman of http://neverpayretailagain.blogspot.com/ I hope this helps.

Tana - posted on 05/13/2010

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Family of 8 here and I spend typically about 250 dollars a month on groceries. We eat like kings, really we do! It may seem like a piddly amount but we eat well. However, I do a lot of things most people don't do. First, I cook mostly from scratch. I have found over the years that I usually have all the ingredients to make stuff that others normally buy. We used to live 2+ hrs from nearest city so I had to learn to do a lot of stuff the old fashioned way and with economy the way it is now...Boy am I glad! Also, I don't use commercial cleaners. Baking soda and vinegar work great for cleaning and yes it kills bacteria. We have a slew of kids and they don't get sick very often. Lemon juice with some olive oil works great for polishing up your wood furniture too!
I always make a list of what we want to eat for meals for a month and how many times we will have each meal. Then I figure out what we will need to make them and write a list for that. Then the kids and I do inventory and cross off anything we already have. Then I rewrite the list and I write it so that my usual route in store is used so it takes less time to shop and find what I need.
I reuse as much as I can. I use every part I can. When I need chicken for a meal I don't just buy some chicken. I buy a whole chicken and boil it up on stove so now I have chicken broth and I save a portion of the chicken meat for the soup! Another awesome factor in doing this is now I just cooked two dinners instead of one! So tomorrow will be a snap...add veggies, spices and simmer all day!
I rarely use coupons for the simple fact that the brands I usually buy are ALWAYS cheaper than the coupon prices for the super nice brand name items. Since I can cook and a little spice works wonders to enhance taste I don't bother with the expensive stuff.
Also, I talk with friends, church members and family to increase our groceries as well in this way: One of my neighbors had a ton of Rhubarb growing in her yard. She didn't plant it. It was there when she moved in. She didn't cook either. She offered as much as I wanted and I took it! We bought a ton of strawberries and whipped up a bunch of strawberry rhubarb jam and a few pies. Another friend around same time had way too many zucchini she needed to get rid of so I took it gladly and made a ton of zucchini bread to go with the jam! I added walnuts to the bread so every food group was covered!
This year we are starting a garden as well to help with the cost of groceries. Our yard isn't very big so will be growing some stuff in house from plant hanger holders!
Hope some of these ideas help you! Feel free to email me anytime if you have any questions about this kind of stuff...I love to be frugal!

Iris - posted on 05/13/2010

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Well tell ur hubby that it is hard to spend a 100 a week. I have a one teenage son and hubby and there is no way that a 100 a week will last.. I spend about 250-300 every two weeks. Specially when I buy fruits and veggies along with them..

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In addition to using coupons whenever possible, three other ways to possibly save money on groceries is to plan your meals with what foods are on sale that week at your local store(s), to purchase your fruits and vegetables at local produce stands and/or farmer's markets, and plan what your meals will be for the week before going shopping. I have learned from my own experience that if I do not plan my meals by using these suggestions that it tends to cost a lot more.

I have a family of three plus two furbabies. Not including the food I have to purchase every 4 or so months for our pets (which is about $60 each time we have to restock), I am able to spend between $100-$150 every two weeks.

Stephanie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have 1 adult son, 1 teen son, 1 tween son and a toddler PLUS my husband so you know food goes quickly in my house. My husband gives me a monthly budget of $1,630 to do my shopping. However, I typically keep my grocery bill an average of $75 per week and we eat very well on that. If I decide to cook something special (steak, lamb, etc) my expense will go up, but typically I can feed my family of 6 on a $300-$400 a month grocery budget. One of the ways is I cook from scratch, I stay away from pre-made meals and boxed items. I buy only produce that is in season and buy bulk when it is more cost effective. I make my own breads, cookies, cakes etc. and I do not buy sodas, chips etc. (except for special occasions). My hubby and boys never want for anything good to eat and the best part....I get to keep the money that is left over so I can have some fun!!! (LOL)

Heidi - posted on 05/13/2010

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As a family of 4 during the week and 5 (a teenage eating machine boy lol) on the weekend, as well as a cat, dog and fish, our budget is roughly 150 a week. Sometimes more but I travel the 30+ minutes to Costco 1 to 2 times a month and buy my meat there along with my milk, bread, tortillas etc. For about $80 to $100 I can get a 10lb bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts, a whole pork loin (usually 10-15 lbs), 10 lbs of ground beef (lean and not full of fat), milk, eggs, bread, and tortillas. I package the meat into meal size servings and I freeze the extra bread and tortillas and pull them out as we need them for the month. I take the pork loin and cut it myself into chops, a roast or whatever else I need and freeze it. We generally use Winco for the rest of the basics (toiletries, laundry soap, other foods, juices etc) and Fresh& Easy for our produce. I have found that buying my meat in bulk may cost me a bit more to start, I am able to meal plan and stretch it out. If we are having a tight budget month then I can stretch that 80 in meat to feed us for the entire month. We make meals that stretch a lot. We use a ton of veggies (my son is Autistic and a very picky eater so I have to fill everything I make with veggies he doesnt know about lol) I use fresh where I can and frozen when I cant. I stock up on items that dont go bad when I have a coupon or they are on sale. One of the biggest keys to bulk cheap shopping is that you have plenty of storage for extras. We have a large pantry as well as an extra freezer so they we can store the things we get at a good price.

Amber - posted on 05/13/2010

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I'd love to spend $100 a week on groceries....I have a family of 5 (3 kids) plus my dad lives with us, so I living here there are 6 of us. We also have 2 cats and a large dog and I'm always feeding my dads helpers (he's disabled) and my grown step-son, and it costs me anywhere between $800 to $1000 a month! And that's including checking the local adds, shopping around, and using coupons..

Laurie - posted on 05/13/2010

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We have 5 in our family with baby #4 on the way......I receive WIC checks which helps with milk, eggs, cereal, etc. and besides that, my husband gives me $40/wk for the res of the groceries. That is food only and we are blessed to live in an area with lots of competition so the prices are pretty decent. Aldi doesn't take coupons but has lower prices for the most part and we get most of our fresh produce from Valli that always has great sales! =) I don't buy chips, cookies, junk, etc. because after meat, produce, etc. there just isn't anything left usually but we always have food on the table and God always provides for us so no complaints here! =) just not sure what's going to happen with out grocery budget though when our 9, 4, and almost 3 yr old are teenagers since they already eat like them! lol

Tracy - posted on 05/13/2010

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I shop at WinCo Foods (great store!) and spend around $50-$65 a week for a family of 3. My husband is sometimes amazed at how I can do this, but I tell him that all I do is make a list to cover dinners for the week (checking with the items I already have on hand), then I go through the fridge and pantry and re-stock on low items. When I go to the store I shop from my list and never, never, never buy anything that I do not have on that list. That way I'm not shopping with my "eyes" but from my budget. :-) It really helps!

Alyson - posted on 05/13/2010

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That seems like a tight budget but you can do it. Our nearest big box store for groceries is 90 miles one way. There is one grocery store in town. For our family of 4 (2 adults and 2 kids under 2) we spend about $400/mth sometimes more if we have special get togethers or events. Suggestions: Use coupons, buy most of your items on sale, budget separately for your consumer goods like shampoos, toilet paper, etc, make your own baby food 1-2 times a month - its easy to do ahead and you can freeze just about anything, buy certain things in bulk if you can, do the buy 1 get 1 free on meats and freeze, plant a garden for vegies like carrots, tomatoes, even salads and herbs that grow quickly and all summer long. Make your own cookies, crackers and breads...its better for you anyway. Slice your own cheese - you're paying someone to do it when you buy it this way. Use "www.alice.com" for your consumer goods. If you shop online, try "www.shopathome.com" for cash back on all your purchases. Keep a journal of your savings; it adds up quickly.

Amberly - posted on 05/13/2010

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I have a family of four, and on average we spend around 400$ a month, so, 100$ a week. Grocery shopping weekly is the best way to go, I find. There are other ways to save money when you shop, besides using coupons, especially if it's inconvenient for you. I received an e-mail on how to feed a family of four for under 100$ a week, and it has many options in helping you with budgeting your grocery money, I found it helped a lot, and it gave some really good tips. Here's the link: http://www.parents.com/family-life/money...
Hope this helps you!

Andrea - posted on 05/13/2010

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I feed our family of five, with two animals, for an average of $350 a month. I also live in a small town, and rely heavily on coupons to keep that number where it is.

Misty - posted on 05/13/2010

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I usually spend on average about $100 a week but this past month, I've fed my family of 4 with around $100 this month!! We have a store that does triple coupons every so often and they just recently did it. I made a menu for 2 weeks. Then I went shopping according to that list and bought NOTHING MORE. What I did not factor in was leftovers. So my 2 week menu now has been stretched to 3 weeks (and counting) and I either freeze the leftovers for another week or we eat them the next night. Anytime you can get the generic of something do it. It usually taste the same but for a much cheaper price. Some things like my spaghetti sauce I stay true to but cut wherever you can. Also if you have a local farmers market you probably could get out cheaper getting your fruits and veges there instead of the store. Plus I feel like it's fresher at the farmers market. Good luck!

Toni - posted on 05/13/2010

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We are a family of 5, 2 of which are teens. I homeschool, so they are home all the time. I definately use coupons and my stores double. I will spend under $100/wk, but that includes adding to my stockpile. If I just get what I need for the week I can & have kept it at $30/wk for everything.

Bronwen - posted on 05/13/2010

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We are a household of 4, plus 2 dogs and another baby due in Sept, on average, I definitely can spend $100 a week. It really depends on what is needed, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, you know, household necessities arent always purchased on a weekly basis but lunch supplies and fruits and vegetables I feel are a must. I get the wrath for spending too much but we cant live on spaghetti, ramen, hot dogs, hamburger helper and mac-n-cheese as my boyfriend used to do before we met. It's just not healthy. I planted a garden which wont yield anything til probably July but hopefully it will help supplement. I planted the basics for salads - lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, onions and cherry tomato plants. We shall see. It is hard with the economy and my not working doesn't help either. Good luck :)

Christine - posted on 05/13/2010

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Hi there...In my family, we have two adults (me and my husband are pretty big people :p), my adult son, who is almost 20, and a 10 year old girl and a 12 year old boy. We have 2 Bagels...(Basset hound/Beagle cross) that are full grown and we feed all the wandering cats...we also have a lab/husky cross, but he is our outside dog because we live in rural Manitoba. We spend 741.00 a month on groceries, personal care, and the pets, plus I spend about 100 bucks a month on smokes....they are like 12 bucks a pack up here!!

We have to drive into Winnipeg to but food and stuff, otherwise it is way too expensive. We also get the pets food from a feed place in Winnipeg, and they have awesome prices....I forgot about the bunnies, but they don't cost much! :p

Good luck to you ...I think your husband needs to try and buy groceries for 100 bucks a week and see how fun that is!!

Andrea - posted on 05/13/2010

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We have 4 in our family plus 3 furry ones and we spend about 200+ each week on groceries. I have found many good websites that offer printable coupons like grocerymom.com or coupons.com. They are great sites and you print what you want right at home. Also, in my area we have a super Target and I have found that many of their food prices are cheaper than my regular grocery store. I buy as much as I can there including all the toiletries and stick to just buying meat, vegetables, and deli items at the grocery store. I have gotten "the talk" from my husband about spending too much money at Target but honestly the men in our lives don't understand the true cost of running the household. We aren't eating bonbons and steak so I suggested that my husband go out and do it for a couple weeks to see the real cost of things. He still hasn't taken me up on the offer but I can guarantee that if he did it our cost would double :).

Melissa - posted on 05/12/2010

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WOW, groceries must be much cheaper in the US than Australia.
However have an idea for you on slashing grocery bill by taking out the personal care items like, shampoos/conditioner, soap,deodorants, cleaners, cosmetics and nutritional products. I am a Mi Essence rep with a home based business what I earn from telling people about these great certified organic products pays for our household products which takes them off our shopping bill and more . Interested check out www.healthyinteriors.mienterprize.com
Good Luck

Shirley - posted on 05/12/2010

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I've read this suggestion once or twice already, but I'll post it again:: Make a menu! For a week, two weeks, or a month.
Then, take the menu to the kitchen and note what you need to fix those dishes (eliminates buying what you already have).
Then, shop according to your list.

Honestly, more than clipping coupons and taking a calculator into the store, this is the one thing that has enabled us to eat well on a budget.

We are a family of 4 - all stay-at-home'ers (so we eat here ALL the time)! We average $400-$450 a month on food/toilletries/papergoods. I almost exclusively shop at Wal-Mart. (Really would love an Aldi's close by.)

*Note: Making a menu does not force you to make meal A on Monday and Meal B on Tuesday. You just know you have 14 days worth of meals, and can make whichever meal you want when you want it. I don't think I ever follow my menu... it all gets fixed, but nowhere near the order it was listed in.

Cheryl - posted on 05/12/2010

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Hi, we have 7 in our family and I tell ya, the coupons do come in handy! When I go grocery shopping I don't just pile in the groceries, what I do is I plan the whole week..Ex: Monday I want to make spaghetti, so I just buy everything I need for spaghetti, then Tuesday I want to make chicken and rice, I just buy the stuff to make that. Then I'll buy fruit and vegetables and snacks for after school. sometimes when we have leftovers, we will eat that. I know my kids hate it, but times are tough right now. Walmart is my favorite place to shop plus they are cheap and whatever coupons you have will count for something! subscribe to your Sunday paper that's where all the coupons are at, that's what I do.

Tandy - posted on 05/12/2010

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We have 6 in our family including my husband and I have to tell you there is absolutely no way we could get by on $100.00 a week. We spend about $250.00 a week and that includes food, cleaning type stuff, toothpaste you get the idea! One thing I try to do is to stock up on fun summer foods during the winter when they are on sale like powerade, fruit snacks, & cookies then we have them for the summer months. Good luck convincing you husband.

Kelly - posted on 05/12/2010

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I signed up for e-mealz to give me meal menu and shopping list for 1 wk at a time. The service costs $5 a month, but saves a lot in groceries b/c you have your shopping all done and no mini trips every day or take-out last minute.

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I have a family of 4 and 2 furbabies(mastiff puppy and 5lbs shi-tzu) and i'm given a strict $75 a week budget. Cash. so I go shopping every 2 weeks with $150 I buy meat in bulk and try to stay in the fresh food isles. always put $5 back in case we run out of milk or bread. Our family doesn't do snacks or eat out our grocery budget is our food budget period so if we wanna eat out we gotta work overtime or skimp on groceries. We live in Ga but I dont know what the cost of living difference is. oh and i dont use coupons, they tend to lure me into buying stuff i dont normally, but I do shop at kroger and try to only get sale items.

Theresa - posted on 05/12/2010

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There's just myself and 2 boys and I spend $700 a month for groceries. But then I do live in Alaska where things cost a little more.

Rebecca - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have a family of 6 and with 4 furry kids. On average we spend $500 a month for everything. I buy what is cheapest, on sale, and with coupons. I make a menu for 2 weeks worth of meals and only buy what we need. I don't do the big box stores. I do shop Walmart.

Tatum - posted on 05/12/2010

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I spend $100 on food each week! I have an 8 year old daughter, 3 year old son, my husband and I! I do clip coupons and use them a lot, but I also do a menu for the week, based on sales, and what I have in my pantry! I cook 5 nights a week, we have leftover night and then we have one night that is a your choice night, usually pancakes, leftovers or frozen pizza! I take my list and $100 CASH! and that is what I spend! In the summer we try to grow our own veggies and raspberries and strawberries. That really cuts down the cost during the summer and the kids LOVE to help out with it! We had to start cutting back a couple of years ago because of the economy and we are small business owners and it has just become the way of life for us! Good luck!

B - posted on 05/12/2010

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I feed a family of 4 (two under six) on about $100 a week (so the price is just for the consumables). I don't shop every week for things like toilet paper or feminine supplies...those I get at Costco (a big box store here in BC) once every two or three months. I have cut down on the cleaning supply costs by making my own enviromentally friendly bath, shower, kitchen scrub that is almost free (and smells better and work very well). Fruits and veggies are ridiculously expensive; each time I shop for those I am looking at about $50 and that lasts maximum 1 1/2 weeks (except the bananas). We have some food sensitivities, which adds to cost because I can't eat wheat, so right away switching to rice flour or other types of products companies charge more. I use coupons and flyers whenever possible, and I try very diligently (though I am not always successful) to shop the perimeter of the store (produce, dairy, meats) and then do minimal shopping in the (junkfood) aisles. All in all, if I would add in the non-food elements and the fruit I would say it is likely I am averaging $150/week.

Alysha - posted on 05/12/2010

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We are a family of 4, no pets, and we spend about $400 a month on grocery's, sometimes more sometimes less but the average is $400. We do not do coupons that much we just don't have time. I always make a list so I don't pick up somthing I already of and forget something I need. I hope this helps.

Nicole - posted on 05/12/2010

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There are 5 in our family. We spend around $400 a month, that's including diapers, pet food, shampoo, etc. I am big on coupons and homemade cooking not the boxed stuff, it's alot cheaper. Each month before i go for groceries I make up a menu for the month for dinner. I don't go by it everyday, but it gives me an idea of what i need to get. It's time consuming, but with only one income it lets me get the most possible

Adrienne - posted on 05/12/2010

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Leah, it's definitely doable! I used to spend $500 a month just for my husband and I and our 5 pets. When we had our son I realized we needed to get our budget in check and groceries are where I started. I coupon like a maniac and have cut my grocery bill down to about $60 a week for all of us (that included diapers-but I've started cloth diapering so I expect this to drop some more!) What you need to do is to start a stock pile so you can go "shopping" from it. While I have the luxury of having a muriad of stores to choose from, I find that Jewel (Albertson's), Dominick's (Von's, Safeway) and Meijer seem to be the best bet. They offer a ton of catalina deals that allow me, personally to get my groceries a lot cheaper....I generally use those catalina's on meats and produce since there's not a ton of coupons for them. I've found this site, www.jillcataldo.com very helpful in the beginning. Good luck, you can do it!

Jennifer - posted on 05/12/2010

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I wish I could do $100/week. We have 3 people, plus a 100 lb dog and a cat. I am a stay at home mom and my husband works from home, so we eat 3 meals a day at home until the weekend. I go to Sprouts once a week and get the meat and produce that's on special which amounts to $50-$80. I stock up on the meat though, so I have things in the freezer. There's usually 1-2 Walmart or Kroger trips in a week too because they are cheaper on toiletries, paper products, etc. I can easily spend $150-200 per week, especially if we need to get diapers, lol!

Rochelle - posted on 05/12/2010

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we are a family of five. I spend aobut that much on groceries. I go every two weeks. and spend any where from two hundred to two fifty. I also go between stores. another way to help is to plan your meals ahead write out meal ideas for week or two weeks and just buy what you exactly need to make those meals. then just buy your breakfast and lunch stuff and snacks. it saves money. coupon help too. if you remember to bring them lol.

Cindy - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have 4 kids including 1 teenage Boy
IF we go grocery shopping every week I would say we buy closer to $150 a week
But since there isn't always enough money to go Big shopping we get milk every few days and Bread . and enough to get buy till Next pay. If we buy more Meat then Yes the bill is higher too
Sometimes we spend close to $300 but that is not weekly

Katharine - posted on 05/12/2010

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We are a family of 7 (5 of us are eating food, 2 are still only bottle feeders). I spend about 300 every 1 1/2-2 weeks...depending on what I'm cooking and what we are doing (having guests over...ect.). I always make sure we have our staples...and then buy the extras. For us most of our money goes towards diapers 20$ a week...but think thats going up now :(. I pack all lunches and make full dinners every night. Once you get your staples it makes it a lot easier to just get what you need for that one meal. Meat is also EXTREMELY expensive. I try to find reduced meat (its still good they just have to sell it...) and will freeze it or will cook it that night. We also have a dog and a cat...they get the cheapest food available...and sad to say sometimes will get our leftovers only if they run out of food before grocery day! Good luck...100 dollars is EXTREMELY hard to stick to!

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With 3 to feed I spend $50-60 a week. I do most of my shopping at Alid (I'm very fortunate to have one close...but would drive if I had to...google it to see if you can find a location near you). We don't buy a lot of extras and I make my own cleaners. When I shop at other grocery stores I look at the add and make my list from the add. We get what's on sale and I put coupons on top of that.

Becky - posted on 05/12/2010

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I spend about $200 a week. I have 5 kids ages 4-19, and a lot of company(usually about 20 for Sunday dinner). I think that is reasonable. I have a huge veggie garden and I can, and freeze a lot, I buy meat in bulk when it goes on sale.

Janae - posted on 05/12/2010

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For a family of 3 we spend $220 a MONTH. I don't even know what I would buy with $100/week. lol. I plan a menu for us each week and then I make extra so we have leftovers for lunches. Breakfast is simple toast or smoothie. Lunch is leftovers or sandwiches. Dinner is something yummy and hopefully simple with a protein (beans or sometimes meat), carbohydrate, and veggies. Then through the day I make sure we have fruits and veggies to snack on. We eat meat 1-2x per week. The key to saving money is planning your meals! Our baby is 1 now and eats everything we do. Oh and I don't use coupons. I never buy the advertised stuff and would usually spend more if I did.

Nancy - posted on 05/12/2010

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I have recently been spending 210 +/- dollars every two weeks. It has been a bit tough for us since I stopped working. The best advice I have for you is PLAN A MENU. Yup, I make my menu for two weeks and then go to the grocery store and buy exactly what I need to cook. Most of the menu for will repeat it's self both weeks but I try to have it on different days. I know it may be harder for with a fam of 5 but for my fam of 4 and our furbaby it's been working well. My kids are doing really well with it. Their favs is burrito tuesdays and we all have pasta about twice a week, but with homemade sacuces. I also like to withdrawl 20 dollars a week for our night out, which has been reduced to only once a month, but when we do go out, we have our kids choose their fav restaurant. If we still have money left over from that, I usually put it aside and add it to next months night out, eventually we can do dinner and a movie! P.S. I use no coupons at all, but I have reduced my toiletries and cosmetics dramatically. (I was a big NARS and MAC fan)..Down to the basics only, it's only a temporary sacrifice.

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wow, I wish we had the same food prices and coupon deals as you do in the U.S. in Canada our food prices are outrageous. I would love to feed our family of 4, one dog on $100 a week. I do some shopping at Costco, mostly my fruits and vegetables, huge amounts and alot cheaper then the supermarkets. I still find myself running out of milk, butter, bread before the week is out. Any suggestions for here in Canada would be great, but I don't see how we can do it on $100/week. Good luck out there

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I live in Los Angeles and try to go to the farmers market as much as possible. The fruits and vegtables there are the best. I have four in my family. My kids 8 and 9. THey eat almost as much as adults already. I spend about $500 a month. I have tried to cut things out of the budget like snacks but still have a couple that the kids look forward to. We go out to eat once a week on average. Normally Subway or a local deli. I shop at health food stores. I buy dry beans and sprout them. I buy nuts and make them into milk, mayo, and cheese. I still eat meat once or twice a week but it is a small portion. Please also consider the life left in the food you eat. Don't just buy things because they are cheap. Buy them because they have nutritional value or life still in them. Look at the long run, are you staying out of the doctors office, are you diabetic, are you on the verge of a heart attack? My husband had kidney stones when I finally woke up and realized that eating quality foods was more important than money. Food affects how long you can live and how happy you will be during that time. Spending one day in the hospital to me is a huge waste of life.

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We are a family of 4. My children are 5 yrs old & 1 yr old, so the 1 yr old doesn't eat much. We get 280.00 a month in food stamps & then spend probably 200.00 a month in our own money. so between 400.00 & 500.00.

Lorie - posted on 05/12/2010

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There are 5 of us and I Have two Day Care kids I feed lunch and snacks. I spend about $ 500-550 a month.

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