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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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Angel - posted on 05/03/2010

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I am a single stay at home mom right now and child support is my only income right now. I try to feed a family of 4 on a budget of $100-150 a week but sometimes go over my budget and spend 175-200. I have to shop at least twice a month because I have a tween and a teen in the house, a 13yr old and 11 yr old, who eats up every thing in site. the baby is breast feed and formula feed, so not as expensive. I do use coupons from the sunday paper or manufacturer, but go overboard when I shop with the kids. I have learned to leave them at home when it's time to grocery shop, lol! I try buying items that are family sized that I can freeze for later use and buy one get one free items. This helps shave the grocery bill tremendously and keep the little men feed. The dollar stores are a now selling frozen items,milk, bread at a fraction of the cost that major stores are charging(these are the items I usely run out of). make a list and carry all coupons all the time. I try to use the coupons on items that are already on sell and that helps me cut back or use the extra to buy toilettries, diapers, or clothing for the kids. Buy what you need not always what you want and u will see the savings. I shop on a budget 3 weeks out of the month and take one week to splurge a little tini-tiny bit on the kids and not so much on me. It refreshes me and does not stress me out about always paying the bills and not being able to get what you would like to have, because I have not gone back to work yet.

Rikki - posted on 05/03/2010

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I stay in Australia and i have seven of us and we spend about 250-300 per week on groceries not counting the bread and milk that we go through during the week so that would easily be an additional 30-40 bucks a week. Would love to know how to shop cheaper.

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I buy freezer bundles from the butcher. I've found it to be better quality, and better price in bulk.

Veronica - posted on 05/03/2010

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$100.00 a week? Wow...I wish I could have that budget..lol. We have a family of 4 and a dog and I only spend $250.00 a MONTH on groceries to feed us. It is easily done. All it takes is planning. I plan out our menus and only get the stuff I need to make each meal. I do splurge on the kids snacks from time to time but not much for me and my hubby..it may sound like a strict method but honestly it is healthy that way..we don't eat to much crap and it works for us.

Erica - posted on 05/03/2010

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also another tip i read about couponing etc is that you need to build a stock of meats and other staples and plan your menu with what you have and only purchase things on sale. when i am getting ready to go grocery shopping it isnt for food we need, but for stuff i have coupons with that i know get used on a regular basis. i NEVER pay full price for anything, i get most items on a huge discount by stacking coupons that i have against what is on sale at the store.

Raena - posted on 05/03/2010

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i spend a 100 a week on my family i plan the meals for the week based on what on sale in the store when the weekly ads come and i also use coupons and i only buy what i need for dinners and lunch and bkft i plan it all out meal by meal it works for me hope it works fro you

Tessa - posted on 05/03/2010

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$150/wk for our family of 4. We're in rural Western Australia. Prices are more expensive than the city and 'burbs.

We don't buy processed crap sop our bill is VERY cheap.

We know of other people here who are spending twice as much for one or two people only!

Sunny - posted on 05/03/2010

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@Sacha I glad its not just me! I was like i spend about $500 a fortnight how the hell do people do it for $100 a week lol No wonder everyone's shitty about the coles and wollys war lol Hopeful we will be able to shop in Oz for $100 bucks some day,but i highly doubt it!

Ruth - posted on 05/03/2010

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we spend about 250-300 for a family of 2.5 (she's just starting actual baby food so i'm sure that's going up soon) We buy meat about once every other month. but we spend about $ 100 and then divide (90/10 ground beef, and chicken breasts) We do maybe 1 big shopping trip a month and fill a cart for about 120-150$, and then the last little bit I usually fill in getting more bread or something else I forgot. The big thing that's helped reduce our bills (we used to spend about 400 a month for just 2 of us) but I use coupon.com and the weekly redplum.com and the Giant Foodstores online circular and then whatever I can get from the newspaper. I also am signed up for UPromsie rewards (but they're almost useless, they never have any useful coupons for me). The biggest thing for me though that has reduced our bills is that I have actually learned how to use our refrigerator properly (how to store what where to make it last!) and also how to make things from scratch (or bisquick) thanks to allrecipies.com and the simple dollar blog! (laundry detergent, i make my own for about 3 cents per load as opposed to the cheapest store bought stuff at 10 cents a load! And it works just as well, 1/2 a cup of white vineager instead of softener and it works just as well! and right now i'm learning how to grow and tend a vegetable garden (woot for not having to spend 80 bucks a month on veges, and the friends that I know that already garden are all giving me extra seedlings that they had started but had to thin)



and if you ask about coupon.com and the redplum stuff... keep in mind this, the last time we went food shopping we got 260$ worth of groceries for a little over 140! we saved THAT MUCH!!



believe it or not... it's the little things that save the most money than say one big change!

but there are 3 things I never skimp on, TP, Diapers and Peanut Butter!

Britney - posted on 05/03/2010

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We are a family of 4 almost 5. and I spend no more then $250 a month on actual groceries and no more then a $100 dollars on everything else. ie, toothpaste, dog food, diapers, wipes and cleaning supplies. It is about $60 a week for groceries and $25 a week for everything else.

Sacha - posted on 05/03/2010

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We spend an absolute fortune in australia. If we eat well I cn spend $350 a week. If I try to just do a little shop and not spend much I still spend about $150. We have 2 adults and 1 11 month old. I think we must spend about $80 a week just on the baby. Some weeks we just do not have much money so me and my partner will live on sausages or hot dogs or ham sandwiches for the week. The aussie government does provide family assistance but the cost of living here is obscene.

Ashley - posted on 05/03/2010

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we have 2 adults, a toddler and a baby, also 3 cats(1 is pregnant, and one just had 5 kittens), 2 dogs, and a bunny not including formula we spend probably 400$ a month at the grocery store and then go out and eat about twice a week

Aimee - posted on 05/03/2010

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I have four of us, and we spend around 150 a week (me, hubby,7yrold ,9 yrold and one cat , 2 guinea pigs) and thats pushing it i always run out of something everyweek. I live in Michigan so I love Meijers cheaper than walmart on almost everything, and they do double coupon too. i stock up on stuff thats on sale one week so i dont have to buy it the next week when its not on sale. But yes getting way too expensive for food, the older the kids get the grocery bill goes up. so does the tolietries. but i think 100 a week might be alittle cutting it close.

Mari - posted on 05/03/2010

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Icannot really say how much we do spend for our family since we do run B&B and I also buy food forthis but I would say about $300 to $400 a month. I usually make one trip a month to a store on the coupon day which saves us quite a bit and of coarse once a week we buy milk. I do go on coupon websites and get them also from there and of coarse we get some points towards groceries with my creditcard which helps and alo couple dollars from gas coupon which goes also towards groceries.

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When i am super super thrifty i can spend $70 @kroger and that will mostly last us 2weeks. that however does not include formula-my kids aren't on it, pull ups(i thankfully only need 1 pkg a month). it does include diapers tho. i buy the boxes and they last me about 2wks. i try to get at least 2 papers on sunday so i get double coupons. hotcouponworld.com is a good site for helping you work out the coupon system. i REALLY try to make only 1 big trip every 2 weeks.

before i go i write down a list of all the meals i hope to make, with a list of ingredients. i then go through my fridge, freezer, and pantry and cross off any ingredients i already have. it also helps as you do this to write down main staples you have in the house. that way when you get to the store you know what is currently in your kitchen so you don't buy something you already have at home.

ok so you have your list of "i have this already" and your list of "this is what i need to make meals for next 2 weeks" last list will be much more organized. u take what you need and sort it by category or asile or what ever works for you. you go through and put burger under meats, and cheese under dairy.. etc. add any non food items you may need....and then browse the ads. are any of those foods you ALWAYS have in the house on sale? like diapers. if u can see ads for the farther away stores that is AWESOME...try to get an idea of how much you think you'll be spending. i always bring a calculator to the store. DO NOT use the one on your phone. you're almost guaranteed to get a phone call and then you lose your total. lol.and try to stick to your list as close as possible. little things add up. the first time i went shopping i save $80 in coupons, and got 6 free items!!

Susan - posted on 05/03/2010

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food must be realy exspensive in usa ,they dont do coupons very often in uk but do loyalty cards. but like said in previous i feed family of 6 with teenagers in house who are bellies on legs on 120.00 aweek thats a good week last week i had phone bill to pay so had 95.00 for family of six and guinepig and cat.i swear by price comparison websight mysupermarket.com tesco is cheapest for milk 3lts for a pound and hovis bread apound a loaf but do tesco own bread for 45pence i freeze milk butter and cheese and bread when its on offer i have 6ft chest freezer currently have 18lts of milk in freezer and 4 loafs of bread.

Sarah-Anne - posted on 05/03/2010

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my husband and i are chefs and have a 13 month old daughter and a rabbit. we are now saving $70-100 a month with no longer needing formula or baby food. we are usually at the store every five days and spend between $30 & $100, depending if we need diapers or not. After we pay bills, on average, we'll have $100-$125 a week to spend. This includes groceries, diapers, gas for 1 car, and any other extras. We do use coupons when we can, mostly for diapers. Being chefs we use mostly fresh foods which is more expensive, but we are willing to spend a little more to ensure our daughter doesn't fill up on artificial stuff and preservatives. it's hard to not spend $150 or $200 a week, since we don't really have it. if your husband keeps pestering you about it, have him do the shopping, or have him go with you. Add up everything as you go along, so he can see how much everything costs. if he is a meat and potatoes kinda guy or a potato chips and beer during a game guy, show him by taking those away or having pasta or chicken more often, will save you money.

Jessica - posted on 05/03/2010

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My hubby works for the state so he gets paid on the 15th and 30th of every month. We probably go threw 500 to 600 a month but we have had times when we could only go 300/ month. those are the months i shop at shop and save or Aldis. At the end of the month we get pretty tight and i start getting creative lol. we have 2 girls that are still at home full time and the 2 of us. I make it hard because I'm tring to lose weight and he don't want to change hes eating habits so i shop for his then ours. and we have a new small puppy that we only have to spend $10 a month for.

Rebecca - posted on 05/03/2010

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there is myself and am husband then a 2.5yrs old son and 10 month old daughter. INCLUDING diapers and formula we spend close to 450$ every 2 weeks. When it was just the 2 of us and our BIG dog we were spending 150$ every 2 weeks.
I think 100$ a week is a bit far fetched for that many people in your house. And like you, i would KILL to do coupons but they don't do that here for some reason and i wish they did.

Susan - posted on 05/03/2010

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ps buy toiletries from poundstore my kids are always amazed when come home with shockwaves colgate and lynx deodrant cheap also make own babyfood asda walmart do a good recipe book cheap but might be able to get copy from library and photocopy and laminate a few easy favorites. and you can always make babyfood up in icetray and freeze.my daughter loved carrot and sweetpotatoe .

Susan - posted on 05/03/2010

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wow we dont have most of those stores in uk we spend about 120pounds a week on groceries and toiletries i shop online and use a websight called mysupermarket.com which compares prices of all local supermarkets and then sends order to cheapest then gets delivered to door im feeding family of 6 and a guinepig and a cat .see if there is a supermarket comparison sight for you .also tip i learnt never go shopping when hungry or suffering blues you by stuff dont need or want also write a list of what you need even if doing online then dont duplicate also think about what your budget is total for all shopping then think about meals bookpeople do a recipe book for meals under 5 pounds and so do sainsburys probably pick one up off ebay .avoid buying prepacked snacks better to do baking session and kids will enjoy it more .hope this helps and good luck

Leatonya - posted on 05/03/2010

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i have 6 in my family, my hubby my 11 year old son my 9 year old daughter my almost 3 year old daughter and 6 month old son son.We usually send around 400 to 500$ a month including the non-edible items such as toilet paper feminine products and shaving stuff house hold cleaners.One thing that we do in our family to save on money is that we don't buy paper towel and paper plate and cups.We use our regular plates and glasses and we have a draw in the kitchen that is full of our old wash clothes that we use at meal times then i was them.I stock up on stuff when its on sale and i always make huge meals and freeze half of it... soups,stews,chili,even when i cook meat i freeze the extras.For example one night we mights have pot roast and roasted veggies for dinner ill freeze all the extras and then when we fell like stew i thaw the roast and veggies.Cut the meat into cubes throw is in a crock pot with the veggies and a can of cream of mushroom soup and pack of onion soup mix and some water and in a hour or so we have stew! Left over stew can be froze for a next meal but most of the time i only get 2 meals out of something.Same with chicken one night we have chicken and we freeze the leftovers and few days or so i thaw it and make chicken and corn chowder then freeze the leftovers and some time i make either chicken noodle soup out the leftovers or i put it in a casserole pan and i get a $.49 box of biscuit mix and make it put and pour on top and make potpies! ~have a great day mommies

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i have a family of 4 and one fur baby - i spend between 250-300 every two weeks at walmart. i dont clip coupons but i do make a lot of stuff myself from scratch, (like sloppy joes) and i think that saves a lot. =)

April - posted on 05/03/2010

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well we have 5 children and i would say with coupons and driving around to different store we still spend about $200 a week. I buy in bulk and buy roasts to cut up into steaks myself it saves alot of money

Cheryl - posted on 05/03/2010

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MOM...the fact that U do the shoppin' - AWARD!

1) Sunday Paper - ask friends & family who don't use coupons.
2) call 1-800 # on the back of your products and request "Free"
coupons.
3) Do U have HEB stores? Meal deals are great
4) On-line coupons GREAT! But, I found junk & takes times.
5) Walgreens - in-store coupons
6) SAM's/Costco - quick meal stuff, fruits,salad, meats etc
7) "reduced for quick sale" meats...just freeze
8) BIG LOTS! "love love love"
9) Dollar Tree...snacks are cheap! Pay Cash
10) I found that the more I buy, the more the kids eat! It's Hard Bein' A Mom! Findin'/Makin' the time is not easy! So pat yourself on the back & be thankful U have $100. You're doing a great job!!!!!!
(I need to wk but I stay home. My husband works for HEB,..in charge of price changes at his store! Rarely does he tell me about great deals! Kills me!)
Cheers to motherhood!
Cheryl
San Antonio, Texas

Lucy - posted on 05/03/2010

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Hi!

I live in the UK, are you in the US? We are a family of 4, and my grocery budget (food, cleaning products, loo roll etc) is £60 each week, which is about $75-$80 in the US.

It is very tight, but that was one of the sacrifices we were willing to make for me to be at home with the kids. To make the pennies stretch, here are a few things I do-

1. Grow most of our fruit and veg on my allotment.
2. By in bulk, and stuff that can be frozen.
3. Cook everything from scratch.
4. Make packed lunches for the kids and hubby.
5. Plan out the meals for the week, and only buy what is needed.
6. Buy at budget supermarkets, home brands only

I know these seem like little things, but they all add up. We are also vegetarian (though not just for financial reasons) which I think helps too.

Having said all that, the reason our grocery budget is at the level it is, is because we sat down and worked out together exactly what comes in, what goes out and how WE can make things work. The whole family has made sacrifices for the way we feel it's best to bring up our kids. If my husband just turned round and plucked a number out of the air and expected me to budget to that, I would be pretty cross about it.

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we spend 200-250 for two weeks with 4 people in the house (we do live in japan and the commissary has to add shipping to all prices) but when we were in the states we were spending 150 for two weeks for my husband and i and our oldest (1 year old at the time)...hope this helps

Lynn - posted on 05/02/2010

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I spend about $150 every two weeks on groceries. I make a grocery list and I dont buy it if its not on the list and not on sale. We are a family of 5 and we all like to eat a lot. My husband is a HVAC tech, so he burns through a lot of calories, and my three kids are growing so fast and my 11-yr-old eats more than I do and he's still skinny as a rail! We've found that the best ways to save money are to eat at home, buy in bulk whenever possible--don't buy pre-packaged or "convenience" foods, eat whole grains that fill you up, grow your own produce ( which we do every spring and fall ), and, if possible,fill your freezer with fish and game. I make our cleaning products and laundry detergents. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats, I buy their food at dollar general. I buy our groceries form walmart and watch the sale papers, because they will match it if you bring in the sale paper. My hubby and boys are big hunters so we eat mostly wild game; of course we have chickens ( eggs and meat ) and goats ( milk and meat )! We want to buy a milk cow for milk and butter and cream. Most people dont care for the way we live but it is wonderful being pretty self sufficient.

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Were in the same boat as you, 5 people (me and hubby, 6yr old, 3yr old and 8month old) and 3 fur babies, i make one "big" trip a month and a few little ones for milk, bread etc.. I spent about $500 on a big trip and an extra $50-$60 a week depending on how much milk, bread and formula we need, i also use coupons, buy generics and shop at sams club for bulk!

Lea - posted on 05/02/2010

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In my family there is me, my husband, and my 2-year-old son, and a small dog. We budget $300 a pay period (bi-monthly) for groceries. We also buy our groceries at a military commissary. If I had more mouths to feed on the same (or less) amount of money, the nutritional value of our meals would have to suffer (more starch and less protein, less produce) and we would probably get really fat from all the empty calories. :(

Alyssa - posted on 05/02/2010

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We have 3 in our family one of us being a 11 month old. We spend about $100 a week. I think its almost impossible to spend 100 a week for 5 people.

Danielle - posted on 05/02/2010

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For hubby,4 year old son,me and 2 dogs we spend anywhere from 100-150 per week on food sometime only 20 we buy lots in bulk and canned/boxed food that can keep

Becky - posted on 05/02/2010

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I have five people also and we spend about 150 to 175 a week if i dont skimp on things. I buy mostly generics also. I have three kids one of which is 7 months old. We get some help with formula and milk but not a lot. Food is so expensive. and if your husband wants to spend 100 a week have him do the shopping and see if he can stay on budget and make everyone happy for one month. Most likely he cant and if he can then take lessons and share with me!

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We're feeding 7 in this household, and spend on average $500 - $600 every couple of weeks. It gets a little pricey, but we buy a lot of paper good and things that won't spoil at the local Sam's club in bulk, things like canned goods, mustard, ketchup, stuff like that. For the meat dept, we buy the family packs and break them down. Spent some $$$ a few years ago on one of those Food Saver systems, and it has been worth it's weight in gold. We also try (it doesn't always work, but mostly!) to have out meals planned out at least for the week, nothing too fancy, but we make sure we have what we need. If something is missing, we plan something else until the next shopping trip. Coupons and watching the sales, and always, always, always take a list and stick to it. You'd be surprised how much gets spent on things that aren't needed if you don't take a list along! About the only thing we go out for weekly anymore is bread, milk, and sometimes diapers. Everything else gets the twice a month treatment!

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Do you have any places around you like Aldi's or Amellias Market or Sharp Shopper or any kind of discount grocery places. That's what we do.We usually spend under $100 every 2 weeks we go shopping when my husband gets paid.There are 3 of us in our family. Myself, my husband-a very big eater,and my 5 yr. old daughter with her dad's appetite. We also go to the local food bank on the second Sat. of each month. Have any of those near you? That's the way we shop.

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There are three people in my household (me, my husband and our 18 month old daughter). I shop at Walmart and Superstore and I get everything for no more than $75 per week (CDN). That includes diapers, wipes, make-up, toiletries, etc. We have fruits and veggies everyweek, and we love chicken as well. I shop the flyers and make my menu for the week based on what is on sale. Add coupons on top of the sale items and you can save a lot more! I only buy toilet paper on sale (it is always on sale somewhere for 1/2 price when I am close to running out). I buy store brand diapers and save almost $20 a month on a box. We don't buy prepackaged foods for the most part. Once in a while I will buy waffles for breakfast. I don't buy bread in the store anymore (can't believe that it is almost $2 CDN a loaf). I bought a breadmaker and factoring the cost of the maker itself and the ingredients it costs about $0.30 per loaf to make it (including energy). We also don't buy any baked goods in the grocery store. I make all of that. During the summer you can cut down even more by going to farmer's markets for your fruits and veggies. You can also can fruits and veggies for the winter.



You can definitely do it on $100 you just have to be organized and spend a little time getting your grocery list ready. Oh yeah, and you have to stick to the list. If it isn't on the list don't get it (unless it is a wicked good deal!)

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For a family of 3 and a cat, I spend about $200/month. I do 75% of my shopping at Aldi. What I can't get there, I go to the grocery store, they double my coupons. And everything that is leftover, I go to Wal-Mart for. I admit,I do have an edge. My husband works for Wal-Mart so we get a 10% discount. But, by the time it is all said and done, I usually only spend about $30 there, so I only save about $3.
Look at www.quickandsimple.com and www.cheapcooking.com
They have such a huge amount of meals that can be fixed on the cheap.

Jennifer - posted on 05/02/2010

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I have 4 people to feed and have found consistantly it costs at least $100 per person per month so I spend about $400 a month. Fresh Fruit and Veggies we go to a farmers market or the store Sunflower great prices! For things like meat and cearal we go to costco, yep that means we have like 2 types of meat for the 2 weeks. Fills shuch as spegatti sause, noodles, soup for stroginoff ect we go to what ever store has the sale of the brands we like. (unless we spend a little extra for the supplies to make it homemade problem with that is space in the freezer LOL) We not use many boxed foods or canned "meals" such as ravioli. My kids just won't eat them LOL much to my mother inlaws distress, she has no idea how to feed them when they visit her.

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Ok so I have three kids that live with me, one 6 yr old one 3 yr old and one 10 month old. We also have myself, and my husband to feed. Occasionally we do a family dinner abut once per month! Our average grocery bill including toiletries and cleaning supplies comes out to about 250 CAN every two weeks! I Have done it before on 100 CAN but I really didn't like doing that. Usually that meant we had to go without veggies (as they are more expencive) and I love chicken but we weren't ableto purchase thatwhen we were on a budget!Now we try to stay below 300 bi-weekly and I find we do perfectly fine on it! mind you I wouldn't mind it costing me less if inflation stopped and pressed the rewind button for a few years! Just imagine, My grandmother used to spend .25 cents on a loaf of bread!

Bethany - posted on 05/01/2010

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wait, are we just talking food? or all the groceries? because I could easily spend less than $100 a week on food, it's all the other groceries that add up

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We are a family of three and we like to eat whole foods and organic when we can. We manage $300/month on groceries. When I say, "groceries" I'm also including diapers and personal care items (including makeup) and cleaning products.



Try this website:

http://moneysavingmom.com/



Click on store deals and find the stores you have in your area. They should give you the sales for the week plus coupon match-ups. Plus they tell you where to find the coupon (which newspaper insert and the date). And you can print coupons online.



Also try these articles:

http://moneysavingmom.com/31-days-to-a-b...



I think $100/week could be doable, but it will take work and it won't happen overnight.



This website and these articles helped me go from $500+ a month to less than $300 a month just since January.



Give it a try. And tell your husband he may have to be patient while you work to get there. Like I said, its not an overnight thing and it does take work. But it's worth it!



**edit to add** I'm not sure where you are located, but the first link with the store deals only include the US. But the second link should apply to anybody, no matter where you live.

Corie - posted on 05/01/2010

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i have 5 people in my family and i spend $250 to $200 every two weeks I know I feel the same way

Kristin - posted on 05/01/2010

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We spend anywhere from $60 to $150 every week. We do the sales as much as possible, especially for nonperishables. We have a freezer other than the one over the fridge. We plan out our dinners for the week and breakfast/lunches rarely change. We don't eat a lot of meat and tend to purchase it in bulk on sale and then divide and freeze. We do fruits and veggies in season as much as possible and buy the frozen when on sale. We've done a garden the last few summers and that cut down on some stuff quite a bit; potatoes and tomato sauces especially. I haven't used coupons a lot, but I do know that you can find some good ones online.



Some things you can do are to grow some produce of your own, join a growers co-op (you get a box of produce each week during growing season for one check at beginning of season), fishing and hunting are a possibility, but only if you have the space to store what you get. This may sounds nuts, but try to go vegetarian a couple of nights a week, meat is expensive and there are other sources of protein (beans, lentils, eggs, dairy). Also, unless you've got a coupon that takes the final cost down below the store brand cost, buy the store brand. These are just a few ideas, and I'm sure you will hear more.



We are a family of 4, almost five. The main catch here is that I am a stickler for buying minimally processed and as close to natural foods as possible. These tend to be rather more spendy.

Lori - posted on 05/01/2010

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I spend about $100 per week on groceries. We are a family of 5 and we all like to eat a lot. My husband is a roofer, so he burns through a lot of calories, and my three boys are growing so fast that my 8-yr-old routinely eats more than I do and he's still skinny as a rail! We've found that the best ways to save money are to 1.) eat at home, 2.) buy in bulk whenever possible--don't buy pre-packaged or "convenience" foods, 3.) eat whole grains that fill you up, 4.) grow your own produce, and, if possible, 5.) fill your freezer with fish and game for only the price of the license and tags. Also, avoid "deals" on things you don't really need.

Sarah - posted on 05/01/2010

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150 every two weeks because we live in hawaii and things are expensive here cant wait to get back on the main land again i dont like hawaii but being and army wife you got to go where they send you

Nyssa - posted on 05/01/2010

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That is around what I spend in a week for my family of 7, and we live in South Dakota. I must add that we get beef, and pork from the inlaws as a christmas gift. They give us half a pig, and we buy the other half. They have a ranch, and all the kids get this. I just wish we were closer to help butcher. If you have the freezer room you could buy a quarter of beef or what not from the local butcher. Sometimes they even have specials. We buy chicken and sometimes pork loins when it goes on sale. I think milk is what is the biggest cost to us. I usually get 6gallons 1% and one whole milk for the baby, and sometimes they drink more than this. Funny that my uncles have a dairy farm and my husband wants to get on with them instead of the job he has now. I wish I could make my bills smaller like some people. I just don't think it is a possibility to get it that low. Only one store does double coupons, and only if it is 50cents or lower. I must add that my husband thinks that we should only need to spend $200-300 a month. Maybe have your husband do the grocery shopping for a while? If that is a possibility. The cost of food really adds up fast. I think that every time I go, what did I buy??

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