What is your approximate budget each week for groceries and eating out (food in general)?
pomegranate / 3452 posts
I think we probably average $100 per week, inclusive of groceries and eating out.
hostess / wonderful clementine / 24942 posts
$100/week for eating out and groceries.
cantaloupe / 6397 posts
We try to stick to $125/week. We've been trying to cut back though! Would like to get it to $100.
coconut / 8847 posts
I think we are riht around $100-150 I like staying closer to $100
hostess / wonderful apricot / 22276 posts
Probably $75/week but we rarely go out to eat. I'd like to start a challenge and try and get that to $50 a week. So $200 for the month.
blogger / watermelon / 14214 posts
We probably average about $75 per week and then eat out on top of that several times a week.
FYI, if you eat pork and you shop at Costco-- their pork chops are $3 off each package. I got a package of a total of 12 chops for $11!
hostess / wonderful watermelon / 39476 posts
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33375 posts
I don't have a set budget, but usually it is around $100 for the week for groceries. We buy a lot of fresh veggies and fruit, which are so expensive.
Then we spend another $100+ on eating out, I would guess. We are cutting back on eating out though, so our grocery bill has been a little higher the last couple weeks.
honeydew / 7589 posts
@Bao: We spend $50 a week and basically never eat out, but it's really, REALLY hard.
I am really feeling the need to up that budget, because every meal plan and shopping trip is so stressful.
wonderful clementine / 24040 posts
I budget per month and include
$100 for lunches
$300 for groceries
$200 for eating out.
So all inclusive probably around $150/week.
@Arden: What do you eat for $50? I can't even imagine. Granted I don't cut coupons and just buy things when we need them. I don't wait till they are on sale as much as I need too.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21520 posts
$75/week for groceries and $25/week for dining out.
wonderful olive / 19349 posts
We don't really budget, but pay attention to how it affects our credit card bill at the end of the month. If it's high, it's because we've been eating out too much so we cut back on eating out and cook more at home the following months.
GOLD / pomegranate / 3396 posts
For me and DH, we spend about 75/week on groceries and buying lunch.
pineapple / 12234 posts
Recently we have been spending too much. $325 a week. Usually it's closer to $200 a week. That includes the grocery store, Costco, and eating out.
cantaloupe / 6875 posts
It use to be some sick number like 250-300 a week cause we would eat out lunch and almost every dinner. Now we are trying to cook at home everyday and eat healthy and we are spending 50 a week.
GOLD / cantaloupe / 6581 posts
I budget 100$ a week for groceries, and about 50$ a week for eating out. It ends up being more like 80$ for groceries, though, which is great because I need to cut our spending big time in preparation for LO!
pomegranate / 3032 posts
I try to spend under $160 a week at the grocery store - that includes 7 days of breakfasts/7 days of lunches/5-6 days of dinners for both of us, pet supplies, cleaning and household items and toiletries.
Restaurants we spend $40-100 a week depending on if i have something to cook at home, and where we go out or order in from
grapefruit / 4511 posts
$125 for groceries and another $50 for eating out.
pomegranate / 3869 posts
I spend around $150/week on groceries. Maybe an additional $40-$100/week depending on the week on eating out.
@Smurfette: Well we're vegetarian so that does save us money, since meat is so expensive.
Each weekly shopping trip usually consists of several types of beans, lentils, frozen fruits and veggies, fresh fruits and veggies, coconut-almond milk, and a few dairy products (yogurt, butter, cheese).
Once a month or so I buy things like seaweed, sesame oil, olive oil, rice, quinoa, oats, wheat, corn, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, curry paste, soy sauce, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pasta, spices, etc).
We make pretty much everything from scratch (I make veggie burgers in huge batches for DH's lunches and freeze them, as well as egg-veggie quiches for breakfasts), including things like bread, so that does save us money. It's still very hard though. I would like to spend $100 a week on groceries.
@Arden: Yeah DH won't allow meals without meat. Doesn't even like grill cheese and soup, he needs meat in the sandwiches. Plus he doesn't like frozen veggies. I think that I need to just start buying them, and tell him to suck it up. So much cheaper and easier to meal plan that way.
cherry / 123 posts
$50 for groceries... it varies for eating out. It's a challenge to get all we need for $50, but we get the majority of our food at Aldi, and also plan meals based on what's on sale.
nectarine / 2456 posts
we haven't been really on a budget.... you ladies make me think we should try harder. Yikes! Last weekend we went grocery at whole foods and it was $199 - Husband was cooking and he bought live clams, then of course a bunch of other stuff. That doesn't include eating out for lunch on saturday ($20+?)
There's only 3 of us and my LO is not even 1 year old yet !!!! Yikes!
Shoot we really should do better because I want to have $ for my son to go to college. hahaha
pomegranate / 3329 posts
I've been meaning to post this same topic, perfect timing! For our family of 6 including my twice a month costco run it breaks down to about $150 a week. I should use coupons more, but I don't like to buy things we won't use or buy processed food (let's face it if it's there I'll eat it ;/ ) so the coupons usually end up being for household items and I buy those things at costco.
@StbHisMrs: I agree, I used to shop a lot of coupons but now that we are cutting out the processed stuff (especially chips/crackers/pasta) there just aren't as many savings.
@Smurfette: Frozen veggies are our saving grace. They are easy to make and pretty cheap. I do have to say though I am in a funk right now and am sick of them though. I am looking for good easy side dishes (paleo/primal-ish).
eggplant / 11759 posts
Ugh, we don’t really budget for food but we definitely could never spend less than $100/week on food. Usually it’s probably twice that. I try to bring my breakfast and lunch every day to work; but we like to go out at least once on the weekend to lunch which is at least $40-50.
nectarine / 2504 posts
Um... probably 130 a week?
hostess / wonderful honeydew / 32458 posts
We don't have a food budget, but I spend about 100-150/week on groceries (I shop at Whole Foods).
Not bad considering we're a family of 3 solid food eaters.
DH travels 2ish days a week though. He eats out and gets to expense all of his food to clients so that saves us some money.
coconut / 8305 posts
Our budget is "Spend as little as possible". lol. We currently spend about $125-135 a week on groceries. Since being dairy, soy, and wheat free our grocery bill has definitely gone up since substitutes cost more and I have to buy more of them.
blogger / nectarine / 2009 posts
I think we end up spending about $500-$600/month on all food, including any eating out (which we never do, but DH will go out to lunch occasionally.) That covers 2 adults and 1 toddler who eats A LOT.
cantaloupe / 6164 posts
Approximately $100 every two weeks for groceries (we shop at Walmart), and $25 a week for eating out.
blogger / pomelo / 5360 posts
We budget $100/week for groceries, which I don't generally use all of and then $100/week for eating out, which I know is ridiculous. We end up eating out pretty much every day at lunch and that is just soo expensive. Our goal is to get the total number waaaay lower by eating out less.
pomegranate / 3895 posts
About $150/week. We get take-out most Friday nights, but other than that almost never eat out (i.e. we don't go out for "fancy" meals very often, because we prefer to cook for ourselves). We both eat three meals a day at home and buy as much naturally raised and/or organic meat and produce as we can find.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21613 posts
we try to keep it at $100/week but I have a really hard time...I have no idea how to cut costs! I meal plan breakfasts, lunches and dinners. I also coupon when I can, but it's mostly just the coupons from our grocery store
cantaloupe / 6800 posts
I spend about $150 a week. Although it's not Sunday to Sunday, more like a week and a half span.
GOLD / wonderful grape / 20289 posts
I honesty have no idea. I will spend anywhere between $40-60 on groceries on a week when I'm feeling well and cooking dinner ..... but I just never know how my head is going to feel so eating out happens more often then id like. And then of course some of that food will go to waste
pomegranate / 3716 posts
Ugh, I put together a budget spreadsheet at the end of last year, but so far, we haven't even looked at it again. Arghh... I think I budgeted $225 for groceries + $300 for eating out. I'll see at the end of January how far off we are from that...
cherry / 154 posts
We average out around $75/week for groceries, not counting eating out. But we only eat out once/twice a month, so maybe an additional $100 total.
It's gone down recently as DH is eating healthier, meaning less fast food, but we're pretty expensive for just the two of us as I have to eat wheat-free. I used to be able to do groceries at $50/week!
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