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6/1/11 7:37 P

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I just spend whatever it takes to feed the family. When money is tight, I make more of a point to shop at the cheaper stores and not eat out -- or use up what we actually have on hand rather than going out buying what I feel like making or what sounds good. We could live off what we have in the freezer and cupboards for probably 2-3 weeks, but there would be MUCH complaining!

I'm so impressed that you guys can say you spend $X on groceries.

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6/1/11 10:30 A

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DH and I do our best to keep our weekly grocery bill at or below $60. There are occassions where we have to buy other things, especially since we have 2 dogs. But, if our bill goes over that amount too many weeks in a row, we figure out why and fix it. DH feels that for 2 adults, $60/week is excessive. $100/week for 3 people (don't know who the 3rd person is) is really too much, unless you have some medical dietary restriction that forces that to be a reality. I don't buy coconut milk or sprouted bread or any of that kind of "extreme" organic/natural stuff. I buy stoneyfield farm and/or greek yogurt when it is on sale or i have a really good coupon for it. I buy the whole wheat high fiber bread and brown rice. If it isn't on sale or something I regularly buy, I won't get it unless it is called for in a recipe that there is no less expensive substitution for. I don't have that kind of $, never did, and DH is unemployed. So, we have to watch our spending as much as possible. DH would have an absolute FIT if we spent $100/week and it wasn't ABSOLUTELY necessary.

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IAMIAMIAMIAM's Photo IAMIAMIAMIAM Posts: 4,347
5/30/11 12:50 A

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I have not tried to print it, but did save it to my computer.

I should be in that "crazed thrifty" plan also, lol's. Had trouble getting into the site, but once I did, found out that we are spending way less than the thrifty plan the government says. I thought we were spending a lot as in rands we spend in all, 2000 a month, but when converted to dollars, it equals out to around $250 for two people. That does change daily due to the exchange rate, but it gives a good round about figure. That is not just food, that is all the extras like personal hygiene, paper products and cleaning. The only thing not included in that cost above is animal food. That goes under farming expenses, lol's.


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5/29/11 9:09 P

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Bob does the shopping because I can't walk. I am trying to print the sheet, not any luck so far, Has anyone printed chart?

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5/29/11 5:29 P

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Yikes! according to that chart - I'd need a new category - the "crazed spendtrhift plan".
I've been trying to eat fairly organic for a while, which ain't cheap, but since I'm cutting back on certain items, I'm finding my bill is actually going down some. My store has a great deli cheese counter, but I'm not being tempted to treat myself with the triple-cream brie anymore. No more deli salads (they don't have the calorie count for them). No more pricey ice cream. No more Pepperidge Farm cookies.
Lotsa lettuce. More Carrots. More apples. Less chocolate.
Hopefully the rains will stop one of these days, and the Farmers Market can get fired up and supply some local produce and berries - mmmm.

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5/29/11 9:26 A

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Check out on what the government thinks should be spent on a food budget, keep in mind this is for the month of Dec 2010. This was the newest one I could find.

www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodP
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ns/2010/CostofFoodDec10.pdf


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No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients it is too processed, I will not eat or buy the item.




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5/28/11 2:43 A

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I do love costco. My fiance refuses to go anywhere near that store with me. lol He knows I will spend so much there. I keep trying to get things down to 200 a month. I used to only spend that much or less when we ate badly. I would buy a huge bag or potatoes, a lot of eggs, tons of noodles, absolutely anything on sale and I just gained a bunch of weight. lol It is amazing that all the really cheap stuff is bad for you but the healthy stuff is so darn expensive.

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5/27/11 8:41 P

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Two cheers for Costco

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5/27/11 8:04 P

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I know, the staples are great, a big bag of brown rice for what? $10 or so, it is just that all of a sudden, little multi colored peppers are staples, giant tubs of hummus are staples, big planks of smoked salmon are staples, I don't care. I only have one life to live, and I will spend what it takes at Costco

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5/27/11 7:58 P

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LOVE Costco! It was like that for us at first, but that is where I got everything I need to fill my pantry and the bill is getting less and less now.

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5/27/11 7:52 P

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I am really bad at keeping track of the food bill but I can't remember the last time we got out of Costco for less than $400. That is not a months worth of food for 2 people. Sometimes I feel like Costco, though the bargains are great, causes overconsumptions so the bills are greater than they would have been going to a regular store. I keep meaning to work this out, but I love Costco so much I can't imagine going back to a normal grocery chain

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5/27/11 12:26 P

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I spend about 150.00 every 2 weeks for 2 people. A little extra when I have to buy non food items.

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A dead cow or sheep lying in the pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher’s stall passes as food. —J. H.
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IAMIAMIAMIAM's Photo IAMIAMIAMIAM Posts: 4,347
5/27/11 5:16 A

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The same thing is happening here. At the end of 2010 we were spending around 800 rand a month for just two people and we are now spending 1400 rand a month and I am even getting less than before. The rand/dollar exchange value changes all the time so it is hard to put that into dollars, but since we do not make dollars it doesn't matter. The point is that prices are sky rocketing every where. Companies only pay once a month so we have to get our supplies all at once. Talk about regulating how much you eat to make it last till the next month, lol's.


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ELECTRALYTE's Photo ELECTRALYTE Posts: 10,207
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We spend more than that just for 2 people. I stocked a pantry though, so should start getting better I hope.

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5/26/11 11:53 P

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I live in Washinton.

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5/26/11 11:25 P

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i spend more than that for 2 ppl. but, it depends on where you live of course.

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5/26/11 10:41 P

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I am in agreement also. With the way prices have been going up, I don't think $400 is bad. I live in the Chicago, where everything seems to be shipped/trucked in. plus highest taxes in the midwest. UGH!

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AT the rate the price of food is going up is out of ouir control. $400 seems good to me. Don't relax, it will go up more and more.

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5/26/11 10:20 P

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I spend $400 a month for three people, so about $100 a week at the grocery store. I buy sprouted grain bread, I don't eat pasta or rice and I buy Coconut milk. I can see how this causes our bill to go up a bit. My fiance thinks that $400 a month is excessive for three people. Does anyone else agree? I always thought it wasn't too bad. Does anyone have any cheap meal ideas?

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