I'm spending about 200-300 per week for 2 adults, 2 toddlers in NJ. That's enough grassfed meat, farmer's eggs if I can get them for 3$, local and/or organic veggies and fruit and other stuff from the supermarket. I could honestly go down to 100 if I'd buy regular meat, so it does make me swallow a bit especially as DH is not on the same page and this is on my shoulders only...I don't want to ruin the family, and I don't have a job, either. So I've decided to put a couple of vegetarian or grain fed meat dinners up a week to get the cost down. I don't think that'll give us cancer in the long run (but if the O3-O6 ratios start to affect mood around here, back to all grassfed it is).
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I spend about $100/week. Single dude, rarely eat out except for dates. I'm a decent cook and so is my girlfriend, so it works out well for me.
I get a decent amount of stuff from a local farmers market. It's NOT cheap, but I try to support the local farms at least a little bit. My uncle has a HUGE garden and has horrendous overflow. I spent an off day last week cleaning, freezing/canning/pickling over 50lbs of vegetables to be split between myself and my parents. I'll probably go back in a couple of days for more or it's literally going to go to waste.
I buy most of meat online, in bulk, but I think I've found a line on a 1/2 cow which would be split again between my household and my parent's.
I buy very little packaged/processed food. I do have a few boxes of gluten free pasta/tomato sauce and I occasionally make gluten free brownies. Being celiac, I'm not really afforded traditional "cheats" and those foods in moderation do absolutely nothing negative to me. By moderation, I mean Quinoa pasta maybe once every 1-2 weeks. Other than that stuff, my fridge/freezer is nothing but beef, chicken, pork, fish, eggs, sweet potatoes and vegetables everywhere. There's usually some raw almonds and brazil nuts floating around too. Chicken is the most expensive meat for me, and I rarely buy it. Fish I buy frozen from Sams/Costco. I've also settled into 2 meals a day usually. I think I unintentionally eat a little less because of that.
If two people are spending 1K/month on groceries, you aren't budgeting at all. If you are budgeting, you aren't tightening the reigns enough. There are plenty of things that I say no to in the store on a regular basis.
Last edited by Catharsis; 06-28-2012 at 02:44 PM.
We are a family of four (two adults, a three-year-old and an almost two-year-old). We manage on about $1000/month or so.
I buy all of our meat in bulk directly from the farm. The beef is grass fed, but finished with grain. There are no hormones or antibiotics. I end up paying about $6/lb for all cuts this way. Pork is much more expensive because we pay more for the nitrate/nitrite free smoking. So, we just eat less of it. Pasture-raised chicken is crazy expensive, so we don't have it often at all. Local free range eggs are $3/doz.
I try to follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists when shopping to save money. During the summer and fall, we have a CSA membership, which is definitely not enough veggie to feed the whole family, but it helps.
We are buying a house with 3 acres and plan on growing and raising a bunch of food. Chickens (for meat and eggs), and a gigantic garden - hopefully to grow enough to eat and freeze. The property is also COVERED in wild blackberries, which is an awesome bonus.
Bekki, now I'm jealous.