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Old 03-30-2016, 02:39 PM   #11
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larry, you are either very organized, or OCD. Nothing wrong with either way (says she who could be a "mini-Monk").

Our son ate like that too. Except he's 6' 1 1/2", never topped 180-185 during high school, and played sports each season. That kid ate ferociously during football season! Now that he's on his own, I think he hover around 170.

IF I tracked our monthly purchases, my numbers would be all over the charts. If meats are on sale for great prices, I load the freezer, then don't buy any for ages on end. Some weeks I might spend $120 for the two of us, others might be no more than $60. Now you have me wondering what our buying pattern would be over a year's time. One of these days I'm going to have to log into Discover and view my monthly grocery spending. Or at least check the annual pie chart to give me an idea.
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Old 03-30-2016, 03:50 PM   #12
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larry, you are either very organized, or OCD. Nothing wrong with either way (says she who could be a "mini-Monk").
Definitely a little bit of both, until I really need to find something, thats when the organization goes out the window, and I can't find it at all
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Old 03-30-2016, 10:48 PM   #13
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We only spend about 500 a month on groceries for 3 people. We eat out once a week and maybe one or 2 times we'll grab a Burger King or Taco Bell.

Maybe get the son a gym membership. 250's kinda big and can lead to health problems. I don't mean to sound preachy. lol
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:31 PM   #14
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Larry, that's awesome that you've kept such records over the years. Very interesting to see how the grocery bills changed with the family growth and other factors. You're saving a boatload of money with your gardening.

I've been thinking about this. The nearest I can come up with....I think I average around $150 a month just for the food bill, not paper products or incidentals. It changes, of course - sometimes it's not nearly that much, sometimes it meets that amount, sometimes it goes way over. Depends on if I'm craving some good seafood, nice rib eyes for myself and/or guests, or if there's a good sale on something, or if I need to re-stock.

I live alone and keep my freezer jam packed with meats. Right now I don't think I could fit anything more in there. LOL. Most of my food $$'s go to fresh fruits and veggies, dairy products, wine , etc. I hardly ever eat out or order in, mostly because it's just me and the serving sizes are way too big for just one.
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Old 03-31-2016, 12:20 AM   #15
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I just figured it out for some financial stuff tonight, we spend about $120 a week on food for the two of us. Every other week we have Mom and Dad over for dinner. I spend about $30 a week on my lunches for work, comes out the same if I get take out or buy it in the store. Work food is tough, no place to store it, premade gets soggy and gross, so I tend to buy a bag of greens and assorted veggies, meats and cheeses for topping, assemble at my desk.
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Old 06-01-2016, 04:37 AM   #16
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Wow that's a big grocery bill. Especially since you grow a lot your own food. Our family of 4 spend about $700 a month here in South Africa.
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Old 06-01-2016, 12:35 PM   #17
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I can only spend what is allotted to me in Food Stamps. $136.00 a month. Pirate has his own food stamps and buys his food separately.
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:06 PM   #18
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I can only spend what is allotted to me in Food Stamps. $136.00 a month. Pirate has his own food stamps and buys his food separately.
It's usually much more efficient and frugal to pool limited resources and then plan a menu for the month.

Because buying/preparing 2 separate meals everyday is pricey. I lived as a boarder once in a lady's house for 6 months (the co. I worked for transferred me on a short-term basis to a different city), and I wasn't sure how long I'd be there so instead of signing a lease, I just rented a room.

I paid her an extra $150 a month, and was able to eat with her and her daughter every night. I was a young bachelor at the time and knew nothing about cooking (other than heating up a can of soup or using the microwave). So I ate a nice hot home cooked meal every night -- spaghetti/meatballs, lasagna, etc..

She said she usually ends up throwing away a certain part of the leftovers anyway, so I am sure I didn't add much to her food costs. And for breakfast, I just had cereal or oatmeal usually. A few times a week, she'd cook up a hot breakfast -- pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns.
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Old 06-01-2016, 06:22 PM   #19
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It's usually much more efficient and frugal to pool limited resources and then plan a menu for the month.

Because buying/preparing 2 separate meals everyday is pricey. I lived as a boarder once in a lady's house for 6 months (the co. I worked for transferred me on a short-term basis to a different city), and I wasn't sure how long I'd be there so instead of signing a lease, I just rented a room.

I paid her an extra $150 a month, and was able to eat with her and her daughter every night. I was a young bachelor at the time and knew nothing about cooking (other than heating up a can of soup or using the microwave). So I ate a nice hot home cooked meal every night -- spaghetti/meatballs, lasagna, etc..

She said she usually ends up throwing away a certain part of the leftovers anyway, so I am sure I didn't add much to her food costs. And for breakfast, I just had cereal or oatmeal usually. A few times a week, she'd cook up a hot breakfast -- pancakes, eggs, bacon, hashbrowns.
Federal law requires that Pirate and I keep our foods bought with Food Stamps separate. And we do try to. Also he gets his Food Stamps much later in the month.

Grant you, I cannot eat a whole dozen eggs by myself. And he could go through a dozen in a week. So I buy all the eggs. Mainly because I use them in baking. I also buy all the condiments. Otherwise it could take me a couple of years to use us a bottle of ketchup. He is a big meat eater. I am not. And there are some meals where the recipe requires using something of someone else's food supply.

His dry foods are in a small cabinet in his room. We share the fridge. Ninety-nine percent of the freezer is filled with his meats. And he has his own shelf in the fridge. He cooks his meals, I cook mine, unless one of us has leftovers that we will never eat. It is a system we have worked out and pretty much within the law.
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Federal law requires that Pirate and I keep our foods bought with Food Stamps separate. And we do try to. Also he gets his Food Stamps much later in the month.

Grant you, I cannot eat a whole dozen eggs by myself. And he could go through a dozen in a week. So I buy all the eggs. Mainly because I use them in baking. I also buy all the condiments. Otherwise it could take me a couple of years to use us a bottle of ketchup. He is a big meat eater. I am not. And there are some meals where the recipe requires using something of someone else's food supply.

His dry foods are in a small cabinet in his room. We share the fridge. Ninety-nine percent of the freezer is filled with his meats. And he has his own shelf in the fridge. He cooks his meals, I cook mine, unless one of us has leftovers that we will never eat. It is a system we have worked out and pretty much within the law.
Oh I thought you guys were married or in a relationship.

I'm no expert on how food stamps work, but the laws about keeping food separate are probably more along the lines of "you can't be feeding other people with your food stamps and thus overstating how many food stamps you need"? But heck at $136/month, there's no chance of that.

They probably just have the laws a certain way to keep certain people from abusing the system. If you were to buy certain items and he were to buy certain items, and you both ended up eating all the items in one month and used all the food stamps up AND your collective nutritional needs were better met that way. I don't think that'd be against the law. But like I said who knows. The government's pretty silly with their laws.

Plus some people just like to keep their food separate and have widely divergent food tastes.
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