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How much do you/should you spend on food (US)?

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  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Posts: 873Member Member Posts: 873Member Member
    To me, it's all relative. My wife and I eat healthier now that we used to. I likely spend around $25 more a week on groceries than I used to. We eat less meat and when we do it's usually fresh salmon or Organic Chicken (I buy it at Costco at $1.99 a pound). Occasionally some organic ground beef or similar but not as often and Organic eggs. We also buy grass fed dairy and limit that. The rest is mostly higher quality produce. We spend less on processed boxed stuff, around the same on meat (because we eat so much less even though the price is more) and a bit more on some organic foods.

    So, roughly a $100 more a month. Our healthcare costs (because I'm self employed and incredibly expensive) have gone from around 22K a year to 6K a year, so I'm OK spending more on fitness equipment and food. My average grocery bill is around $120 a week for both of us. We also go out once a week. The $120 covers lunches, dinners and snacks (and household supplies).
    edited August 2018
  • HoneyBadger155HoneyBadger155 Posts: 1,192Member Member Posts: 1,192Member Member
    I WAS spending way too much money on food - but that's because I was being lazy and eating out all the time, and hardly cooking at home.

    Started doing more cooking at home, cutting back on full meals, and my food budget was slashed in half.

    I've lived on as little as $100/month (actually, less than that a few of those months). Don't recommend that, but I've done it.

    Current food budget (which still includes all eating out) is approximately 8-10% of my monthly take home.

    Generally eat pretty healthy, but I do vary which grocery store I go to based on prices and what I need to buy that week (for example, one store has cheap produce and some meats, but nearly everything else is WAY overpriced; another has cheaper and good condiments/sauces/frozen foods, etc; another has the best prices on canned goods and dairy products - you get the idea). Try to rotate my shopping a bit based on that.
  • justinewillcutyoujustinewillcutyou Posts: 406Member Member Posts: 406Member Member
    I would say about $800/month for a family of four, give or take. We go through a TON of fresh produce, my kids are huge fruit eaters and I eat a lot of vegetables because I can’t tolerate meat well. If my husband is bulking it’s always more expensive because he eats that much more but he’s a big eater anyways.
  • clarinetgurlclarinetgurl Posts: 2Member Member Posts: 2Member Member
    I live in a pretty unequal (income-wise) area, so while I technically live in one the poorest counties in Georgia I work as an engineer in a factory so the pay is high. So while I spend ~8% of my income on food (~$200 a month), my rent is the same as my food bill. We also have a college town right nearby with students whose parents are very rich and so while my spending is thrifty compared to them it's probably a little high compared to my neighbors, but here I could definitely feed one person for $150 a month without being too pressured.
  • EvamuttEvamutt Posts: 1,543Member Member Posts: 1,543Member Member
    It's just me & husband &6 dogs. We raised 4 kids that are grown. We spend about $400/month. We don't have to spend that much(we live in California) but without the children we are able to each have more foods we like-finally. We live in our first home we bought for 30+ years so we don't have a mortgage or credit cards. My husband had to quit working due to his health in 2005 & I worked full time till 4 years ago when I along with others got laid off after 15 years so now I work 12hrs/week. We're in our 60's. I CAN work more & make more $ to have more stuff but don't need to & don't need more stuff so we're willing to do with less & focus more on our family(we have 9 grand children) & friends. I also volunteer at a local animal rescue. My husbands lost all his extra weight a while back & could have gone back to work but decided to retire
  • jennaheftjennaheft Posts: 8Member Member Posts: 8Member Member
    We budget $250 per week, so $1000 a month. There’s 2 of us. Includes going out to dinner, alcohol & all groceries.
  • tbright1965tbright1965 Posts: 799Member, Premium Member Posts: 799Member, Premium Member
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    There was no way for me to save a year's mortgage plus down payment in California. They were taking too much tax when I had no write off and rent was sky high. I am grateful to be in a house now.

    If you were able to save up enough for a downpayment then wouldn't continuing to wait longer and continuing to save allow you to save up enough to have both a downpayment and a financial cushion in case of job loss? I'm not saying you can't buy a house as soon as you have enough for a downpayment, obviously you can. I'm also not saying that you couldn't save money with a home over rental, obviously you can although unlikely at least until the mortgage is paid down. I'm just saying it isn't that financially prudent to purchase a house if the result is to completely empty out your bank account because that is extremely risky. It is hard to recover from defaulting on a mortgage and job loss or economic crashes can come with little warning (2008 anyone?). Buying a house without a safety net is gambling, it is a gamble that very well might pay off...but it is gambling. I'm just an advocate for prudence over basically betting that you won't lose your job in order to save a few extra thousand a year in the short-term.

    I ended up taking out a loan on my 401K to get the money for the down payment. That was the only way I could do it. I was renting a modest 1 bedroom apartment and driving a paid off used car. Even now, with my write off I only see about 60% of my income in take home pay. That is how bad the tax situation is here. There was no way I could save up the money before.

    wow, things have changed, I didn't know getting loans for a downpayment was even possible! I think you are doing very well to see 60% take home pay. well done!

    edit for spelling

    Thanks but I feel like as hard as I work that I deserve to take home more than 60% of what I earn.

    Do you get state and federal tax refunds? If so, you have too much withheld from each paycheck. If you you're not getting a large refund you must have a very high income.

    I don't. About 40% of what I make goes into taxes of one sort or another, and I usually end up cutting a check to the IRS when I file.

    This whole we need the government to do _______ nonsense needs to stop. I can't afford it.
  • mwoltermannmwoltermann Posts: 11Member Member Posts: 11Member Member
    I budget $650/month for groceries and $400/month for takeout/bar tabs/whatever else we buy. Just two people. This is after I did a serious look at budgeting. We were spending a significant amount more before I decided to start cooking at home. Cooking at home instead of take out is a huge money and calorie saver.
  • shrinking_amazonianshrinking_amazonian Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
    My city puts together a price list each month of what it costs to follow the governments nutritious/health eating recommendations.

    I figured out the cost for my household (2 adults between age 31-50) it is $155.63 per week ($117.67 USD).

    I have to say that is pretty darn accurate for what we are spending.
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