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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Kylene - posted on 05/31/2010

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We are a family of 5 and no pets I spend 500 to 600 a month on food I shop at BJ's, Aldis, and dollar general for food I use coupons at BJ's sometimes. For my household supplies I spend 100 a month I shop at BJ's, dollar general, and dollar tree.

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

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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.

Lori - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have a family of five to feed and what I do is meal plan everything that I'm going to cook for one week and then ONLY buy what we need and clip coupons. No double or triple thing. I only clip coupons for products in which I actually use. On average I spend between $50-$60 dollars per week and when I run low on things like chicken or hamburger or any other meat I buy the large family packs of meat and divide it into smaller packages using freezer bags (I use the Ziplock Vaccum Bags as they do keep things fresher longer) to keep in the freezer. It works and it saves a lot of $$$ each week. It also keeps me organized so that I'm not rushing trying to figure out what I'm cooking for dinner each night. I also rotate weeks in which we need toiletry items (toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, soap etc) household cleaners (diswasher detergant, laundry detergant, etc) and other necessities (paper towels, toilet paper etc) so that I'm not being slammed all at once with a high grocery bill. Hope this helps lots of luck to you!!

Bethany - posted on 05/01/2010

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In Australia, with your three kids and a husband, not a flippin' chance!



I have one 15 mth old who I breastfed and now just eats what I eat, which I make mostly from scratch, and use cloth nappies for, and a husband who is a light eater. We are also notorious tight-wads. We spend about $100 to $150 a week, as we buy meat for about a month, from a butcher and freeze it, so those weeks, it's more. We also do that with bread and breadrolls. We drink UHT milk (that you can keep in the pantry) about 10 litres at a time when it's on special. I never spend more than 50c a roll on toilet paper, and buy up when it is cheaper than 50c a roll.



If I had your three kids, I'd be looking at at least $150 a week. Don't ask me on what, but that's just how much it costs. We also have a big dog who probably costs us about$10 or 15 a week.



I'd invite him to sit with you and do up a menu plan plus other groceries, like toiletries, garbage bags, flyspray, papertowels, toothpaste, feminine hygene, etc, for you all for the month or even the week, and get him to shop for it, and see how he goes, if he's so concerned. Get him to crunch the numbers himself. He's flippin' clueless, and I think would learn alot faster doing it himself a couple of times, especially if he doesn't take your word for it.

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Merlin6977 - posted on 07/29/2011

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Forgot to say, we spend around $100 a week for the 6 of us, but it fluctuates depending on the deals that are out. I am definitely not store or brand loyal.

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2011

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I feed a family of 5 (1 under 1 so that doesn't include formula but does include baby food). I spend $50 a week on groceries. But we do raise most of our own meat so I do not have meat cuts to put into my budget. I also garden so maybe I'm not the best example to you. :)

Merlin6977 - posted on 07/29/2011

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I have 4 growing boys at home with me in the summer,17, 8, 3, AND 1. And my husband, who is a farmer who works hard but comes home for all meals, and I pack lunches during the school year (cheaper then buying at school) .

I have found that if I shop 2 times a month, I spend the least on the non-essentials I feel compelled to buy. Like gum and soft yummy bread and single boxes of raisins (they are home with me, I can buy the jugful and use a plate!!)
I use store loyalty cards and stock up on the deals. I know in my head if the deal is great or just OK. f it is great, I buy as much as we could use before it expires, but that is different for each product, or however much space I'm willing to dedicate for the product. ( Ketchup deal, Could buy 100 before it went bad, but usually get 5-8 at a time). By just doing this, for a number of months you can save big time, but like anything else, you might need to spend a little more to do the stocking up part. I don't have a "stock pile" I just have extras of things like noodles, pasta sauce, salad dressing, and of course, KETCHUP.
For most things, the store brand is mostly the same, it isn't usually quality, just what WE are used to. Start them out on "tasty o's" and your Cherios won't taste just right.
Our store only doubles coupons under 99c. so I think it is silly to work with them. I just keep a close eye on the per pound portion of the shelf tag. Your coupon deal might be more expensive because it isn't the store brand, or the store brand might actually be more expensive. I have seen it where the larger container of syrup was more then the smaller of the same brand/kind.
I buy my meat unseasoned, and we might have a lot of chicken, or what ever is the cheapest meat per pound.
Don't forget to encourage your family to eat the leftovers, and won't make other food (they can eat cereal or a pb and j) until the rest of last nights dinner is gone. We can cook, but if we throw it away, we are wasting. Create another meal with the pork or the mashed potato.

I know it is long, but the kids were quiet and I felt like writing. :)

Constance - posted on 04/26/2011

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I do not have these stores near me but these are some ways to help you find the savings in quickest and simplest way.
In your search engine type in:
Weekly Savings for and the store of your choice. This will bring up several sites of bargain shoppers that have already done the shopping and know about how much things will cost you.
Also big chain drugstores like Walgreens, Rite Aid, Cvs have wonderful ways to save on products in their stores.
Also get to know your stores coupon policies
You can do this either by going to your stores website and finding it listed or type in your search engine EX: Rainbow coupon policy and it will bring up the policy and different websites. when trying to save money finding websites and blogs of people who basicly do this for a living is awesome.
You will also find ways to save on everyday things. Do some research and I promise you will be able to get in that budget. I feed was 10 now it is 12 people everyday I am able to get everthing for about $150 a week.

Michelle - posted on 04/10/2011

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I spend about $100- $150 a week in groceries. I get as much as I can at costco. It actually saves me quite a bit. I have 3 kids and a dog. Coupons are helpful too.

Karen - posted on 04/10/2011

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I'm right up there with you Annemaree! I spend about 300.00 per week and still need more things. All of you ladies out there are amazing :)

Amber - posted on 06/02/2010

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There are 3 of us and we spend $200-250 per month (only food no household or pet food).

We have a huge vegetable garden in the summer and that cuts our bill down to about $100-150 per month. We always have a full fridge and freezer and eat mostly fruits, veggies, and lean meats (like chicken).

I bought Tupperware food saver bowls. I put all my fresh produce in them and they last for several weeks instead of just one week. They really helped me to stretch out how long our produce last. I didn't think they would work, but the woman talked me into them. I started with a small one and now have the whole set.

Monika - posted on 06/02/2010

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Yes, I am not willing to cut out the organic milk,eggs, all natural (no growth hormones, etc) meat either, but it is upsetting that healthy eating is so much more expensive...

Vanessa - posted on 06/01/2010

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No budget here... family of 5 and its about 900 - 1000/month. We buy alot of organic from specialty stores and I just love to cook lots of interesting dishes. I don't buy alot of processed food either which tends to be cheaper. love to get the fresh baked breads at bakeries and produce from the produce stores or farmer's market. That monthly expense also includes toiletries, toilet paper, kleenex, femine stuff, shampoo etc.

Jami - posted on 06/01/2010

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with 5 of us (me, dh and kids ages 5, 3.5, and 2) I usually spend $450/m.

I might be able to do $100/wk...be a bit difficult when staples run out though.

Charlotte - posted on 05/31/2010

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Our food budget is $300/month..though I do my best to spend less. I am looking for ideas as well. There's only my husband & I and our 2 year old son (who is as big as tall and big as a 4 year old and eats like one..thanks to his dad..aye)

Tara - posted on 05/30/2010

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i know i already posted but left somthing out we buy our bread at alocal sara lee outlet bread is only 69 cents a loaf and we buy the eco grain bread thats made by sara lee in stores it about 4.69 a loaf at the out let a wowing 99 cents and also the earthfare store had a deliinside and thursday is family night kids r free so my family of 5 eat for 10 bucks or less and get a healthy nutritiuos meal

Tara - posted on 05/30/2010

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hey heres something that i hope inspires someone i spend on average 440.00 per month on groceries to feed 5(me,hubby,girls 12,8,5 and then our furbaby. we do have a garden, chickens for eggs,and i make our own laundry detergents and fabric softners and even dog food. we do tyr to buy certain organic meats and veggies and fruits.we live in rossville ga we only have a bilo and foodlion which doesnt offer organic luckily we are only 5 mins from chattanooga tn which is the biggest city by without drivng 3 hrs. we recently got an earthfare store and i fell in love with it you can sign uo for there emails and you gt soo many coupons and alot of them are for free items..and a bonus if you bring in all ur unhealthy bad for you foods even if its open u get to trade it in for there healthyorganic for FREE. here are my tips

1. go to the farmers markets for ex i weighed a tomato its cost at store was 1.99 lb it weighed almost a lb so i put it back at the market i got 6 beautiful tomatoes for 3.00 ad helped out a local farmer
2. we are southern country so to us the best thing around is beans and taters. ibuy a lb of pinto beans for .79cents cook in crock pot ,i oven fry fresh potatoes that i buy at the market for8.00 for 50 lb potatoes and make cornbread so this is a meal for less then 5.00 and we even work in a veggie then the next day i take the beans add a lb ground beef a can of tomatoes and a pk of chili season and u have chili so that 2 good hearty meals for 10 bucks or less
3.we have a local chicken sale bi weekly at a processing place and we get 40 ls of boneless skinless chicken breast for 15.00
4. i make my own cleaning supplies it saves us about 100.00 a month
5. i use to by chicken broth by the cases it gets expensive i decided to try bouillion cubes just as good and about 90% cheaper
6. dont buy bottled water invest in a filter and good reusable bottle is much cheaper and safer..drinking bottled waters that sits up has been linked to breast cancer

well i hope it helps someone and feel free to email me with any questions

Gina - posted on 05/30/2010

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I am spending about $600 a month on groceries and that's feeding me and 7 kids all 6 and under and then my boyfriend as well on weekends.

Monika - posted on 05/25/2010

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All good tips. Thank you everyone. I am on a mission now (started with Costco, and couponmom.com)

Jen - posted on 05/25/2010

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For coupons - try coupons.com, parade, and couponbug. They're reliable sites, and Gt Eagle and Walmart both accept the coupons. Also, it takes some time, but start visiting the sites for the products themselves. For example, sign up for Stonyfield or Juicy juice - great coupons on these sites!!!! If yu put the time in, you can really save some cash by buying when on sale wiht a coupon. THis might mean buying when things are on sale, and you don't need them at the moment. But if you can stock up, you really will save money over time.
I started couponing about 5 months ago, and I average 20% savings on my bill each time. GL!

Monika - posted on 05/25/2010

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Christina, This I can relate to more... thank you for sharing. Ps, My husband is the same.

Christina - posted on 05/25/2010

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We have 5 in my family. Me, Hubby, 7 year old, 5 year old, 2 year old. Also 1 dog and two cats. My husband is a big eater, and he likes old fashioned steak and potatoes type meals, so he's probably the most expensive one to feed. We used to spend $150 a week, but the cost of food has gone up, so now it's more like $180. This isn't just food, but also includes toiletries, laundry soap, etc. He also thinks we should spend less, but is also the first to whine if he has to eat a meal that doesn't include a large chunk of animal flesh - LOL. We have only 2 stores within a 30 mile radius. Walmart and a grocery store. It doesn't save any money, as you know, to drive 50 miles away to use a coupon! It seems crazy, but we go thru 7 gallons of milk, almost 2 loaves of bread, and a dozen eggs in 1 week!

Adrianne - posted on 05/25/2010

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I have a family of four along with two dogs and a cat. I go grocery shopping twice a month at $150 a piece. That includes the pet supplies. I keep to buying mostly fresh meats, veggies, and fruits. I buy the value packs of chicken breast, wings, and legs. When I get them home, I break them down into smaller amounts and freeze them. I get more meals out of each pack this way with less waste. I don't buy many prepackaged or boxed meals. There are certain items I can buy the generic brands, but many things that I can't part with the name brand. I rarely use coupons as I can seldomly find ones for the items I need.

Monika - posted on 05/17/2010

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OK, so I need cheap, but good & healthy recipes & good sites to print out coupons from... can anyone help?

Nicole - posted on 05/17/2010

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We live in Indiana and have a family of 5! I use coupons and ad matches...I only do my grocery shopping once a month..although I do make trips in between for milk and fresh veggies/fruits. We spend around $380 a month and this is for diapers,formula,soap, toliet paper..and other non-food items.
I am a stay at home Mom and my Husband comes home for luch as well

Monika - posted on 05/16/2010

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Yes it is helpful. Thank you. Another question though to all who only spends $100/week on groceries and cleaning products... what do you cook on this? I think I do simple stuff (I do pasta with meat balls, or meat sauce, salad, burgers, chicken, fried or grilled, beans, Jambalaya with the box mix, etc - neither expensive... so I thought)

Carin - posted on 05/16/2010

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We spend on average $100 a week for a family of four. I clip coupons and take my sale circulars to Walmart to shop because they match the prices of competitors. I live in the country and the closest grocery store is about 20-25 minutes.
We also meal plan for the week and make a list so that we only buy what we need for the week. Other than chicken, I wait until meat comes on sale. TP, Paper towels, and cleaning products I try to buy on sale with coupons. We do buy some of the store brand products to help lower cost. Meal planning really helped us lower our grocery cost because it lowered our waste products. Before, items would go bad before we had a chance to eat them.
Another money saving trick if you have the time is to rinse all produce before storing in a water/vinegar solution to kill bacteria. This will increase the shelf life of your produce. You can also save on some cleaning products by making your own cleaning solutions. For more ideas you can go to the following web page http://www.versatilevinegar.org/usesandt... Just a thought. I hope that this is helpful.

Kathy - posted on 05/15/2010

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Any coupons you use is just more food you can buy I save 25040/per 2 weeks on groceries I spend 100/week to feed 5 grown adults one which is a 17 yr old boy and has a bottomless stomach. I was sales and Wal-Mart will meet any other store in your areas so that helpsThe recipes I use are simple and have low cost to them so this might be an option for you to research recipes your family will enjoy.

Monika - posted on 05/15/2010

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OMG What am I doing wrong. I send $900/mo and it is just a family of 3 (one being a 1.5 yr old) I always look for sales, getting store brand oil, spices, etc but do get only organic milk, eggs and all natural, no antibiotic added chicken. I always think twice about what I buy, so how is it so high? This $900.- does includes diapers, cleaning products, water, etc (everything)...

Norah - posted on 05/15/2010

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Save money on groceries and travel myworldplus.com has a discount card that can be used anywhere referral ID#3618391 hope this will help you. I have 3 generations in my home and I need a discount card. to save to almost anything. the savings i get is worth more than the membership fee.

Jennifer - posted on 05/15/2010

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okay - most people are posting what you spend a month but not WHERE you LIVE!! After living in 7 states all across the country we have found that how much you bugdet for food will vary greatly on the area in which you live! First of all the budget should be a joint decision not just his or yours. I agree with others on here - let him plan, shop, and then cook the meals if he thinks you can survive on $100 a week for the size of your family. (oh and he has to actually eat those meals as well) Dont not feed you furbabies scraps - you will end up paying $$$$ more in vet bills! but you dont have to buy the "vet" approved $$$ brands of food either - compare ingredients. We are a family of 5 humans, two cats, two dogs and one horse. I budget $200 a week for food/household supplies/tolietries/pet food, etc - we just got done taking Financial Peace University at our local church and are still working on a budget that works for our family. HOpe this helps you Leah!

Joy - posted on 05/14/2010

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I spend about $125 a week with a family of four--kids stay at home. No "furbabies" though. Walmart with coupons is often as excellent as a Big Box store with double coupons. Yes, you will probably need to take a few hours making that long trip to town to get everything you need once a week or once every other week. If you focus on inexpensive staples, like eggs, rice, bread, pasta, tomato sauce, and peanut butter, then you can add in weekly treats to keep the menu interesting. Also, if you live that far away from a city, do you have land to grow some vegetables on? Is there a farmers market near you? Does a nearby farm offer farm-fresh eggs where you can have a standing order with them? These are things that can cut costs considerably. As far as the pets go, perhaps you could consider scraps, instead of expensive, processed food?

Christine Moede - posted on 05/14/2010

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I think it matters where you live. We're in the DC/Balt metro area, and we spend about $900 a month on groceries/toiletries/cleaning supplies/diapers, and we don't have furbabies anymore (they were old and went to kitty heaven). We don't go out to eat much (maybe 1x per month to Wendy's or something), I use coupons and pour over the sales fliers to make meals from what's a good deal that week, and I make most things from scratch (so we don't "waste" money on processed foods). But then, we're in an area where a gallon of store brand milk is almost $4 and apples are $2 lb. I shop the big box stores for meat, fruit, and veggies, and things like spagetti and canned tomatoes for sauce. And, from what I've heard from other families in our area, we're definitely below average in spending. Most families with 2-3 kids are spending well over $1000 on food, not including the several times a week they get take-out or go somewhere for lunch/dinner.

Has your DH ever gone shopping, by himself, to see what things cost? Mine has absolutely no idea how much milk or bread costs. He really thought eggs were about $1 for 2 dozen, and about $1.89 for a gallon of milk. Forget bread. He picked up a loaf he liked, and it was $5 a loaf! Told him to put it back and buy the el-cheapo storebrand sandwich bread for $1.79 a loaf.

Jill - posted on 05/14/2010

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Our budget is about $100 for a week as well, but we have a family of four, one being a nursing baby. Although my husband can throw back enough for two people, so I guess it should still be the food for 4-6 people. No pets either. What helps me significantly is:
1. Creating a menu and only buying what I need for the meals for the week (and then the generics like milk/bread).
2. Wal-Mart can actually be your friend: They do price matching if you bring in competing ads from other stores. So for example: Milk at wal-mart is $2.20/gallon. But you get a mailer for Fry's and it's $1.60/gallon. Just show them the ad and they'll only charge you $1.60 for it. It takes some organizing your list/menu to do REALLY good, but I'll take that over cutting a million coupons.

Pam - posted on 05/14/2010

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Where I live all the stores are about 30 min. away, We go to discount grocery stores, and use coupons, and still spend at least $150 a week for 3 of us eating regular food, and 1 on baby food. Meats are the most expensive products for us.

Reyna - posted on 05/14/2010

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We are a family of 6 and spend an average of $150 a week. We seldomly eat out. Here are my 3 best tips...

1. I make a weekly menu for the week based on whats for sale in the stores circular (I shop at Food 4 Less).

2. I try to make dinners that can be stored as leftovers so that my husband can take for lunch at work the next day.

3. Buy a membership card for a club store with a friend and share the membership to stock up on toiletries,detergents, frozen items, etc.

Hope this helps!

Lisa - posted on 05/14/2010

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Hi, I know times are tough, they are here, too...but i have three kids and two dogs, and i am lucky if i get out of the grocery store under $200 a week...there just might have to be other places your husband can cut costs...it's impossible to buy everything, plus ingredients for dinners with under $100...unless you're going to eat rice and peanut butter...i just had to comment so you would know you're not crazy, or wrong...let him do the shopping, and see how far he gets with that amount...maybe a little experiment will help! good luck!

Kelly - posted on 05/14/2010

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I completely understand where u are coming from. My husband would love for me to spend less than I do at the grocery store and we do have many to chose from here in Nashville,TN. It doesn't matter which one I go to, I still end up spending close to $200 each time I go. There are 4 of us, 2kids and 2 adults. I try to cut coupons and sometimes it does help but there are so many that you have to buy multiple amounts of a particular item just to save .40 and I just think that is pointless unless they are on sale.
I have always told my hubby to do the grocery shopping hisself if he doesn't agree w/the way I do it. He normally shuts up after that..lol Besides, when he does get to go with me, we end up spending more....lol

Amanda - posted on 05/14/2010

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I now it is not that easy to do, but I am sorry to say that it can be done. My husband gets paid monthly, so we have to budget to make every thing last for that month. A month can be either four week to five and a half weeks, so running a household on about $200 to $250 is possible. In fact that is exactly what we do. That includes food, cleaning products, nappies for a toddler and a new born as well as a few treats that we may want. The treats are so we don't feel like all the money goes on the bills and groceries.
To help me keep to the budget, I keep and eye on all the specials. I check all the different stores online. I also go to places that sell fresh fruits and vegetables straight from the farms. I also get a lot of my meat that way too. It helps to shop around. So I hope I have helped a little, even if it really does not help you with your husband.

Rebecca - posted on 05/13/2010

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I live in Australia so it may be different, but I spend on average $AU250 - $AU300 per week, there are 3 people in my family, my husband, myself and my 2yr old son. We do entertain alot but that is usually on top of our weekly spend. Food doesn't come cheap no matter what country you live in.

Melanie - posted on 05/13/2010

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i have a husband and 4 kids boy 17 years, girl 10 years, boy 8 years, and baby girl 6 mo. we have no animals i live in arlington tx. i spend on all groceries including not just food but things like shampoo, laundry soap, toothpaste. im pretty good at making things stretch to fill our tummies, in any given week i spend around 200. but that includes the kids daytime lunches at school.

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2010

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Hi,family of 3 here!I spend around $160 some weeks.I also have 2 furbabies.It's so expencive anywhere you go.I like using coupons myself.

Kasey - posted on 05/13/2010

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We spend about $65 per week on groceries for two adults, a two year old, 1 dog and 1 cat. Also, I pack my husband's lunch every day for work.
I am very careful about the name brand items that I purchase (want it to be on sale, or have a coupon), and I will go to WalMart or Food Lion to purchase their store brand products.
We try to "shop the perimeter" (ie: produce, meats, dairy) and stay away from convenience foods. The more I put into food prep and/or coupon clipping, the more money we save!
BIG WARNING: Don't be fooled into buying something that you wouldn't usually purchase, just b/c you have a coupon... You can end up spending a lot more money that way!

Melanie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I spend around 120 a month a little more like 50.00 more because I buy formula but I buy everything at a wholesale store in bulk so it will last awhile thats really the ticket and store in a spare room!.. I have 4 people in my family it is me my hubby my 4 yr old BOY!! anyone who has a boy knows they do NOT stop eating......and an 8 month old BOY!

Shantel - posted on 05/13/2010

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Wow, I have a family of 8 + apuppy; we spend on average about $500 a month on food, I shop at 2 stores for groceries, WINCO which I love cuz I can buy the staples in bulk, and their meat I can get a great prices and can feed the mases, however thats when I go to RALPHS and get all my produce, plus @ Ralphs I earn reward points when I shop and at the end of the quarter they send me a certificate based on what I spend, and then I can shop again. I LOVE IT! and as far as my household items like cleaning supplies, laundry, vitamins, and bath & body things, I shop MELALEUCA... just like Ralphs, its a point system, and I get loyalty dollars to shop again month after month, plus if I refer people to them, they send me a check...I haven't bought any household items in 4 months! and I receive a nice check....you can't beat that!

So, if anyone want to know more about melaleuca, shoot me a message and I'l be glad to call you or you can call me!

Karen - posted on 05/13/2010

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We live in Australia and there is 6 of us 3 teenage boys aged 16 14 and 13 a 3 year old and me and hubby i spend $420 a fortnight on meat fruit and veg groceries and toileteries and cleaning items ..i cook cakes and biscuits and rarely eat out.I find i am always back at the shops buying braed and milk...tell your hubby he is dreaming and he can work out the meals and do the shopping for a whole month then i bet he will appreciate you doing the best you can ....good luck

Rachel - posted on 05/13/2010

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It is my my husband and I, along with our unborn baby, so I eat a bit more then he does.
We have budgeted $290/month for food AND household supplies.
The kinks are still being worked out with our new budget, but this seems to work pretty well. We also have a few local food banks where we get breads, fresh fruits and veggies, and misc. other items. This helps a lot also.
When we move, our income will be going down quite a bit, so our food budget may decrease, but I'm not sure. Community supported agriculture is on my list of things to work on, as well as having a garden for our baby and I to start.
Hope this helps!

Sarah - posted on 05/13/2010

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Not sure if your "grocery budget" includes other household necessities. If so, one way we save is by not buying paper towels, we use cloth napkins, instead of tissue we blow our noses with toilet paper, instead of Ziploc bags for storage we re-use any plastic bags we get from packaging, and Tupperware. Also instead of disposable diapers we do cloth. Our monthly grocery bill for our family of 3 plus one dog is around 250-300 a month. I use coupons and shop sales

Mandy - posted on 05/13/2010

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to leah, i spend every week on food i spend 250.00, we have 2 children and 2 adults, i don't use freebies but try to get the specials each week...

Dana - posted on 05/13/2010

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First of all, just because it's the Wal*Mart or Store brand doesn't mean it's always cheaper. You have to check the price per ounce, etc. I have found that some of the store brands are more expensive.

Make out a menu and only buy what you need !! I found that sure helps out a lot.

We spend about $500/month...some times more, some times less on groceries for a family of four. My hubby often takes his lunch to work and I am home all day long with the kids so we eat three meals plus snacks at home.

We get WIC and that helps us out a lot. When money was really tight, we ate a lot of pancakes and eggs and toast.

Tana - posted on 05/13/2010

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I also occasionally do "once a month cooking" especially if I know I will be unable to cook, I am having a baby, going to help out family, part time job...I started doing it years ago when I was working so we could have cheap fast food...frozen pancakes, waffles and casseroles helped me have my cake and eat it too you could say.
A few years ago I found I wasn't the only one to think of this as two mom's wrote a book called "once a month cooking". Pretty frugal and very time saving too!

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.

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