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What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)

 
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What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I just wanted to get a gauge for how much most people are paying for their groceries.

I have a family of 3 (wife and 4 yr old) and we spend about $300 a month on groceries.

Is that low or high or pretty average?

I am living in MI and am making roughly $75k/year

So lets make it simple

Type the following:

1) State you live in
2) Number of people in your family
3) How much money you spend on groceries
4) How much money you earn (if you wish to disclose)
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08/23/2012 10:02 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I've actually thought about asking this myself. I don't know how you're doing it. I think you're super low.

State: Alabama
Family of 4 (2 girls under 5)

We spend about $800/month at the grocery store, if not more.
(But that includes cleaning/paper products/health/beauty, etc)
We try to avoid processed & buy fresh whenever possible/practical. And we eat out a lot.

Income: $95k
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08/23/2012 10:05 PM
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My gosh. I am single and fiscally responsible in ny and spend on average $100/week
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I have a family of 6 over here and we go through about $500 to $600 a month on the average.

Then another $80 a month in dog and cat food for the pets.

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08/23/2012 10:07 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
living alone I allow myself to spend fairly freely on food. I could save a lot more but end up spending like $50 per week on just myself. I get a lot of take out food. Chinese in particular. And I don't drink coffee or soda, or include consumables like toilet paper in the equation. If I treat my family to brats or pizza from papa murphy's, that $50 jumps to $75.

No big deal, I have plenty of spare cash, I'm not going to penny pinch on food.
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08/23/2012 10:07 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Wow, I think we spend a bazillion or so per month. Really, I don't know. We just go to the store, buy healthy food, use coupons mostly on non food items because we don't eat mainstream junk anymore, and try not to look at the total. NC and income varies but average $80 k
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Wow, I think we spend a bazillion or so per month. Really, I don't know. We just go to the store, buy healthy food, use coupons mostly on non food items because we don't eat mainstream junk anymore, and try not to look at the total. NC and income varies but average $80 k
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Oh yeah, family of 4
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08/23/2012 10:10 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
We live in Washington state. Family of 6. I spend about $500 a month on food. We rarely eat out.
Although this week I splurged and we ate out 3 times. We are in the middle of moving, I am so not going to cook too! ;)
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08/23/2012 10:10 PM

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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I spend whatever I want.

300 a month for 3 people? What do you eat? I think that is low. Are you really thin?
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08/23/2012 10:12 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
family of five, two adults three growing boys, and a few spare guests every month average $750 a month $90 on non food essentials.
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08/23/2012 10:13 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
oh yeah in we live in oklahoma, income less than 24,000 no food assistance.
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08/23/2012 10:15 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
We're doing around $350 for 2 people. We're in Missouri, and make a tiny fraction of what you make.
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08/23/2012 10:16 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Thanks, this helps. Yeah I was thinking I wasn't budgeting enough.

Somehow we do it though, our daughter only eats organic (down to the snack food and cereal).

we (wife and I) on the other hand don't eat as well as our daughter.

we make about 3 meals from scratch and then eat leftovers.

No High Fructose Corn Syrup, aspartame, pop etc.

Our daughter is SUPER healthy, which is the main thing I focus on.

thanks again for your input, time to put some more money in the grocery budget!
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08/23/2012 10:16 PM
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My goodness, we have a family of 3, and we spend $60 a week, use coupons. Only buy stuff on sale. I guess $240 a nonth is not bad.
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I love seeing everyone post on this!
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Va,family of 4, we spend about 900 per month on food.65k per year.
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
For the 2 of us and the dog $80 per week.
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08/23/2012 10:18 PM
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My gosh. I am single and fiscally responsible in ny and spend on average $100/week
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Same here, but I don't buy garbage foods either.
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08/23/2012 10:23 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Cost of Meats for a whole month:$ 65.00 bought at an extreme discount store where for example, Bacon per pound is $3. Name brand products! The company deals in overstocks.

Average other grocery products bill is $45 per week.
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I allow the luxury of buying wines, once again, at a discount store in New Jersey. Average Italian White Table wine is $4. A decent French Bordeaux $10. There are more expensive products naturally, but I only buy them if I get a rebate, tax back, etc. Average per month: $44.00

We make our own breads and meal preparation is done in our home with the assistance of excellent gourmet cookbooks. If I need any kitchen devices, products, I go to a Restaurant supply store because they sell things that last.

Best investments: Pizza Oven, Bunn Coffee maker, Restaurant style toaster.

Status: Retired for last 12 years, salary $25K
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08/23/2012 10:27 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Cost of Meats for a whole month:$ 65.00 bought at an extreme discount store where for example, Bacon per pound is $3. Name brand products! The company deals in overstocks.

Average other grocery products bill is $45 per week.
$
I allow the luxury of buying wines, once again, at a discount store in New Jersey. Average Italian White Table wine is $4. A decent French Bordeaux $10. There are more expensive products naturally, but I only buy them if I get a rebate, tax back, etc. Average per month: $44.00

We make our own breads and meal preparation is done in our home with the assistance of excellent gourmet cookbooks. If I need any kitchen devices, products, I go to a Restaurant supply store because they sell things that last.

Best investments: Pizza Oven, Bunn Coffee maker, Restaurant style toaster.

Status: Retired for last 12 years, salary $25K
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 6928475


Good info thanks.

I've thought about using one of the many recipe apps on my phone for more ideas on what to eat
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08/23/2012 10:49 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
family of five, two adults three growing boys, and a few spare guests every month average $750 a month $90 on non food essentials.
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Wow! yeah I need to look at my budget and see how I can get more into the grocery envelope!
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
$1,000 per month usually for a family of four, no dog.

Occasionally $1,200 depending on where we shop.

Income is $100K/year and in Boston.
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Charleston S.C.
Wife and 1 child,
About 500 a month.
Shoulda followed the signs but didn't
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08/23/2012 10:57 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Spend about $1,000/month, two adults, five cats. Make about $85k/year. House and car are paid for, no kids, might as well eat well!
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Northern Ca, anywhere between 600-750 per month.
No junk meals , just home cooked stuff.
So I will buy a couple "snack items" for the kids but when its gone, its gone.
Everyone brings a lunch to school or work.
breakfast is a hit and miss depends on if we are running on time.
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08/23/2012 10:59 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
Northern Ca, anywhere between 600-750 per month for groceries.
No junk meals , just home cooked stuff.
So I will buy a couple "snack items" for the kids but when its gone, its gone.
Everyone brings a lunch to school or work.
breakfast is a hit and miss depends on if we are running on time.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22268854


Forgot to mention 4 people in our family.
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
2 people ; husband and wife.

We shop at good places and buy quality food;

1. gluten free so no white breads, noodles
2. no empty calorie foods like donuts
3. we buy lots of fresh veggies and fruits
4. quality meats ; non of the processed meat garbage with lots of sodium and corn syrup
5. no foods with high fructose corn syrup
6. we drink juices; bottled water ; energy drinks that are natural
NO cheap pop drinks with chemicals, sugar...

So, we spend a lot more than the average person who is buying pop, white bread , mac and cheese, hot dogs ...

We spend about 1000 a month
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08/23/2012 11:19 PM
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family of 4 and 1 dog averages 800 per month, in Boston.....everything is going up :-0
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08/23/2012 11:26 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I just wanted to get a gauge for how much most people are paying for their groceries.

I have a family of 3 (wife and 4 yr old) and we spend about $300 a month on groceries.

Is that low or high or pretty average?

I am living in MI and am making roughly $75k/year

So lets make it simple

Type the following:

1) State you live in
2) Number of people in your family
3) How much money you spend on groceries
4) How much money you earn (if you wish to disclose)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9781861



Data mine much?

1. Georgia (ex-Russia)

2. Twenty-four

3. 150,000 lari

4. 1,600,000 lari


Now. . . f*ck off!

hiding
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08/23/2012 11:30 PM
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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I just wanted to get a gauge for how much most people are paying for their groceries.

I have a family of 3 (wife and 4 yr old) and we spend about $300 a month on groceries.

Is that low or high or pretty average?

I am living in MI and am making roughly $75k/year

So lets make it simple

Type the following:

1) State you live in
2) Number of people in your family
3) How much money you spend on groceries
4) How much money you earn (if you wish to disclose)
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 9781861


I don't spend money on groceries, because I eat at McDonald's for every meal.

I spend at least $5 on each meal for a total of 3 meals.

That is $15-20 every day.

Now, you do the rest of the math.

I know you didn't ask, but I weigh 450 lbs.

And McD's also will take my EBT card.

I'm voting for Marak O'Romney.

Now, f*ck off!


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08/23/2012 11:32 PM

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Re: What is the average amount of money you spend on groceries for your family a month (just curious)
I was wondering what kind of people are attracted to answering this question. I think it is interesting to read but not feeling the love about answering. On the other hand it may be an honest question. How OP survives on that budget I don't know. It's interesting but is there a hidden agenda? How could it hurt, what do you mean by it being data mining?

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