what is your weekly food budget...or are you one...

United States
April 10, 2007 10:56am CST
of the lucky people who do not have to live on a budget...we live on a tight budget..we spend about 30.00 dollars a week on groceries and paper products,it used to be 45.00 but we need the extra money for gas in the truck...we also spend around 80.00 once a month at angelfoodministries...so we have cut our food budget to pproximatley 200.00 a month for a family of 3...how do you spend?
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I am so glad that I read this discussion. I use to do angelfoodministries and stopped because my freezer was overflowing. THanks for the reminder, I am going to get on and check out the menu for next month. As for our food budget. I have a family of 4. I spend $150/week on food, laundry soap, shampoo, all that kind of stuff is in the 150 amount. I also budget $30/ week for my husband and I to go out to dinner one night. I know that once I start with angel food again, my food budget will be cut. It is great that you were able to cut 200 a month! It's tough when you are on a tight budget with a large family.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
oh the may menu is great..i was really surprised when i pulled it up...we had steaks from there the other night they were so tender they melted in your mouth
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@sunshine4 (8710)
• United States
23 Apr 07
thanks for the info. i need to order next time. thanks for marking me best response:)
• United States
10 Apr 07
We live on a budget, it's just pretty loose. I might spend $200-$300 every two weeks on groceries for our family of five plus a cat and a dog. When I was single with two kids (before I met my current spouse), the three of us lived on $20 a week for groceries. I know where you're coming from. It's not easy, but it's possible. For us, it mean lots of cheap hotdogs, canned veggies and ramen noodles.
• United States
10 Apr 07
got to love those ramen noodles...we buy them by the case
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
10 Apr 07
We used to spend $250.00 a month, but with the food prices going up as they have now we spend around $270.00 a month for a family of 2 sometimes 3 we babysit alot durning the month bought 2-4 imes a week. I try to buy food that last then if there is any mmoney extra I will buy a little junk food. But that is all. We don't have a car my husband get picked up for work and we have family take us to twon when we need to go or they stop by when they go to see if I need anything. We may spend alittle more when I buy fruits that are in season because we love friuts and veggie that are fresh.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I have 3 teens and myself. We spend probably about $500 a month, maybe less. I don't know for sure as I pretty much spend what I have left after bills. I would say $400-$500 a month is fairly close.
• India
10 Apr 07
We are on tight budget. WE a family of two have manged with 40 dollars a month. Which include the cost of milk,rice,wheat,sugar,vegetables. But don't spend much on outside resturants.
• United States
10 Apr 07
My hubby and I don't budget our money for things. We spend around 100 dollars a month on groceries for 2 people. We eat out once and awhile and that adds up also
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
10 Apr 07
We shop every two weeks and we spend about 100 dollars for 4 of us and 5 cats and 3 dogs and 1 bunny. We too get Angelfood ministries when we have the cash to send in to them. We seem to spend about what you do and have more animals. We do have the extra 15 dollars for the dog food each month and then milk a couple of times a week. Good luck finding the deals.
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@smartmom (827)
• United States
11 Apr 07
For my family of five (incl. two diaper children) I have a grocery budget (incl. diapers, toiletries, cleaning items, paper towels etc.) of 100 dollars, but I try to spend between 60 and 80 dollars a week. Then I save the rest and spend it when diapers are on sale, as we have two diaper children in our family. What I hate the most about being on a budget, is that if I need something special one week such as vitamins, advils, sun lotion etc., then it can completely blow the budget, so my only option is to cut down on something that we really need. I spend several hours a week trying to find the best deals, and clip coupons, but I like the idea of saving so it is not that bad. The best part about saving, is that my five-year-old son is really beginning to pick up on the savings, and he is actually becoming rather thrifty. I have looked into the angel food ministries thing, but I really feel that I am able to get a better deal, when I buy in bulk and on sale. Do any of you U.S. moms get WIC? If you do not already get it, I really think you should see, if you qualify. You have to be pregnant or have kids under 5 and meet income requirements to qualify.
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• United States
11 Apr 07
WIC is a great program...i had it when i was pregnant
• United States
10 Apr 07
I have a family of 7 (5 children and a hubby) and one cat. Our monthly budget for food and all household items is $250. Most of the time I spend less than that though.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
that is amazing...can you share your tips on shopping...what kind of meals do you make?
@kiwikidz (753)
• New Zealand
11 Apr 07
Sorry I'm not a lucky one, as I also have to live on a fairly low budget, there is only me and my partner to feed, one small car that doesn't use very much petrol a week. We eat well and don't starve so I think that is the main thing. Around about $60 nz, a week for food.
• United States
11 Apr 07
We don't have a food budget now. We used to have a strict budget when my husband was in the Navy but since he has gotten out and has a different job we don't have to be on a strict budget. I probably spend about 150.00 a week plus an extra 150.00 once a month at Sam's Club. BUT if something were to happen, there is always enough food in the cupboard to get us through for a few weeks. I've had times where our cupboards were just about empty before grocery day and I refuse to do that now.
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• India
11 Apr 07
no i'm not one of those lucky people who dont have to follow a montly budget. my budget is like Rs. 5000/- (around $100)monthly for a family of 3. this is very tight considering the way the rate of inflation is increasing in India and its hurting the middle-class like anything. specially food, which is not a luxury commodity, is becoming really expensive with most veggies out of reach of common middle-class families. price of fish, an eternal bengali favourite, is also shooting through the roof. i visit those discount stores at the beginning of the month and do my groceries for the entire month. then with the spare money, maybe we go out to dine once a month. weekly shopping for fresh veggies and fish would come to around Rs. 1000/- ($20). apart from these basic things, there are the demands of a growing child who will want chocolates, chips, juices, sweets etc. so, all in all life's tough but enjoyable too.
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@akumei1269 (1750)
• India
11 Apr 07
I don't have a budget habit in a concrete sense of the term . But a broad idea is always followed in my household on the basis of the fixed income that i make each month .One funny thing is that what you have saved ($200)every month is almost the total amount that I spend every month.
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@YazEid (1139)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
i live by myslef and i usually spend 45 - 60 $ weekly on food only .. i think it is a little bet high but that is due to eating is always in resturants .. i rarley bring food home
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
11 Apr 07
We have four in our household right now and we are spending around $250 in food a month. It would be between $55 and $70 a week on average. I'd love not to have a budget but that isn't going to happen any time soon.
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I do have a budget for any shopping that I do. I do not actually have a weekly budget for food shopping because I do one big trip to the grocery store a month. I stock up on meat, vegetables, fish and the fruit that I can. I have a food saver so I am able to keep food longer in the fridge and on the shelves and that helps to cut down on the costs. I also shop mainly from the sale circular and use all the coupons that I can. In total I spent between $100 and $150 a month on food and that includes going back for milk orange juice and more fresh fruit. We do not have an angel food ministries near where I live but I do know some that live in New York City that are able to take advantage of the help.
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I have a family of three, and we spend probably about $65-75 a week on food. It's always been a priority as far as I was concerned, and I would find ways to scrimp for gas rather than go without food. We shop at Sam's club probably around once a month, spending about $100. and that tends to put a dent in the rest of the weekend food budgets because I pick up things in bulk there.
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@pumpkinjam (5602)
• United Kingdom
10 Apr 07
We usually do our main grocery shopping once a month but sometimes we have to leave it 6 weeks depending on other bills and things. I think we spend about £70 (about $140) a month on our main shopping for the four of us. Then we probably spend another £30 ($60 ish)topping up when we can. It is quite a tight budget. I often try to work out if we can save some money or have a little bit spare but we never do. I think we're lucky to have enough money to live on even if that's all we have.
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• Philippines
10 Apr 07
WE used to have a budget of $400 monthly for food alone that was when I havwe good job then. Now, we are on a strict budget. The $400 dollars today includes everything including toiletries, electricity, water, phonebills and all household expenses. Wow! this is all we have to spend and there are no other source of income. I hope mylot would be of great help.
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@wachit14 (3601)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I think it really depends on where you live. Where I live things are rather expensive so although I do try to save on things like paper goods, I don't skimp on things like fruits and vegetables which I like to purchase at an organic food store. I would say my weekly budget probably around a hundred dollars, but once a month I do go to the organic food store and buy around sixty dollars worth of things there. I go to my local Walmart to buy paper goods, dog food and other sundries.