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    Grocery spending 2014

    I've kept close track of my food spending for years and years. I think I'm slightly OCD about it, but it's interesting when I add it all up for the year, which I did this week.

    I averaged $133/week for food (not wine or catfood or cleaning stuff, and not eating out.)

    That's 3 adults, maybe 3.5, because Sarah eats here two or three times/week, and it includes all the groceries I bought in Florida this summer, because I bought all the food and did all the cooking for the 3 of us. (Dh and dd seem to have mostly eaten frozen pizza and scrambled eggs in my absence, but they did save all their receipts!)

    About 20% of our grocery spending is for our CSA - we get about half of our produce, all of our eggs, butter and milk, and some of our meat from them. I mostly shop at Aldi and the IGA, but we've made several trips to Whole Foods and TJs over the course of the year.

    We ate out about once every 10 days, mostly when we were out of town.

    It seems like a lot! I do buy pretty much whatever anyone suggests. I could surely spend less, but I can't think of any pressing reason to do it...

    Anybody else track their spending for the year closely?
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    I don't even track my spending weekly . When we made some massive changes to have me stay home I started a price book and set benchmarks for various food items and have maintained a mental price book ever since. Essentially we don't buy meat unless it's on sale and non-essentials we typically wait for sales as well. We pay whatever we need to do for things like milk.

    I don't know what a weekly spend is - but probably around $100+

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    I've gotten pretty good at using sales and coupons to have one heavy grocery shopping week per month and then the rest are light shopping trips for perishables like fruit and vegetables. Last week the grocery bill was 40 dollars the big week is maybe 150? The average is probably 100 per week probably less.

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    It would be impossible for me to calculate a weekly total because we entertain a lot (especially over the summer and the holidays) and we go out to eat (or drink) often.

    Just my AMEX bill shows more than $5k for the year, but there is probably at least that amount on other cards (plus cash).

    So my best guess is that we spend on average $1k a month, probably a bit more

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    I have no clue. I feel like I should though.

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    Mint says just over 11, 600 for the year. Plus dining out. Which is about 9k. That's $1600/month, but there are five of us. Weekly is $384. :faint And it probably includes alcohol as well as supplies, etc bought at the grocery store but that aren't groceries.

    But, food and dining out is one place where we spend money and we entertain a LOT. I'd like to see that number cut down to closer to $300/week this year

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    Grocery spending 2014

    In the last two weeks, our grocery situation changed big time. According to my app from the store I do most of my shopping at, I was spending about $150/week. That includes cleaning supplies and toiletries, too, though. I can tell already that that is going to go down big time.

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    I spend 150 - 200 a week probably. I just bought a bag of grapes and it was $12.

    Stores were sure quick to jack up their prices when oil took a big jump a couple of years ago. Now that it's down are they as equally enthused to lower their prices? No. :gg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamapalooza View Post
    I just bought a bag of grapes and it was $12.
    Fresh fruit is another thing we only buy on sale and/or in season

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    I tried keeping track once and it was impossible because I got no help. "I had some time to kill so I went and bought a lot of stuff I thought we might need. Receipt? I'm supposed to save the receipts?" :gg

    We easily spend 250-300. Way too much.

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