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  #1  
March 29th, 2011, 12:34 AM
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What is your grocery budget like?
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March 29th, 2011, 03:03 AM
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I don't have a stated amt since I stockpile and only buy what's on sale etc. How about you?
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March 29th, 2011, 05:24 AM
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$100 per week. At the beginning of each month, I withdraw $400-500 in cash (depending on how many Mondays there are - my shopping days) and that's my grocery budget for the month. It includes dog food, toiletries, cleaners, etc.
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March 29th, 2011, 05:35 AM
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$400 a month. I usually spend $70-$120 a week depending on how low I let my stockpiles get.
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March 29th, 2011, 05:38 AM
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$100-125/week.
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March 29th, 2011, 05:53 AM
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Our budget is $350 a month, including cleaning, toiletries, laundry, etc.
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March 29th, 2011, 11:04 AM
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I don't budget at the moment... but I try not to spend too much. I am currently spending about 300 to 350 a month on food and about 30-40 on stockpile stuff like diapers, deodorants, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, etc.
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March 29th, 2011, 04:17 PM
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Ack. We spend about $1000 a month between Whole Foods, Costco, Trader Joe's and Target. That includes everything, though. I'd say we spend $750 a month on food.
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March 29th, 2011, 05:48 PM
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That's insane lol
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March 29th, 2011, 06:35 PM
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That's insane lol
I know, I know! My goal right now is to use the foods we have to plan meals, then only buy the foods we needs to complete those meals!

In my freezer I have a butterflied organic chicken, three individual pounds of organic ground beef, two packs of free range pork chops, three packs of 3-4 organic chicken thighs to be used for BBQ or tikka, and three pounds of organic bacon. Surely I can use the cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, coconut milk, pasta sauce, pasta, couscous, etc to make meals that I only have to supplement with fresh produce.

Tonight, for instance, I made Cuban style black beans, white rice, sour cream, cheese, grilled bell peppers, and fresh tortillas (Costco sells them raw), and pineapple salsa. ALL out of the fridge and pantry! I was so proud of myself!

Of course, that was a rare occasion that my husband didn't fuss about being meat free.

Also--our monthly take home is well over $6000 (after college, retirement, and insurance for everyone--including the dog!). So it's really subjective.

After I use up the stuff we have, though, my goal is to just shop for three days of meals--and stick to it, so I stop throwing away so much food! I don't doubt that is part of our waste!
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March 29th, 2011, 08:01 PM
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We're a family of 5.

I'm spending approx:
$360/mo on food
$60ish on diapers & all household supplies
$80/mo on alcohol & tobacco
=$500/mo total
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March 30th, 2011, 04:18 AM
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We're a family of four (and one on the way, he/she doesn't eat yet, but Mama eats more because of it lol), plus 3 cats.. Our grocery budget is about $400/month including diapers and cat food.
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March 30th, 2011, 07:11 AM
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we dont have one. honestly when we go shopping we just throw whatever we want in the cart and guess how much we spent before being rung up. i have never been like this at all until being with dh. but i am putting my foot down now. i hate that money is being thrown around and nothing is going in savings. i am in process of figuring out how much we actually need for food and going to stick to a budget on everything.
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March 30th, 2011, 07:16 AM
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we dont have one. honestly when we go shopping we just throw whatever we want in the cart and guess how much we spent before being rung up. i have never been like this at all until being with dh. but i am putting my foot down now. i hate that money is being thrown around and nothing is going in savings. i am in process of figuring out how much we actually need for food and going to stick to a budget on everything.
You and me, both!

I'm relatively new here... but it's nice to see someone in the same boat.
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March 30th, 2011, 07:32 AM
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I'm the opposite-- I carry pen and paper with me when I shop so I know exactly how much I'm spending.

My budget isn't too strict. Sometimes I need to take advantage of a stock-up price or use multiple coupons when they are expiring so my budget varies from week to week. But I generally like to stay around $100 a week, which includes pet supplies, cleaning, HBA, etc.
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March 30th, 2011, 01:42 PM
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I try to stay around $100 a week, or $400 a month and under. It used to be much lower (like $50 a week) but with it being much harder to coupon up here, my budget is higher. Thankfully I have a full stockpile of toiletries, so that helps. This includes diapers, dog food, etc.
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March 30th, 2011, 08:33 PM
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200$ a pay period, so roughly 400$ a month on dog food, groceries, toiletries, and any other household stuff.
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March 30th, 2011, 09:44 PM
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About $75 a week which includes food, toiletries, dog food... I stockpile, so it depends on if I'm stockpiling anything that week, or just getting fresh veggies/fruit/...
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