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Old 03-30-2016, 05:24 AM   #1
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My Grocery Expenses tracked over the past 16 years.

So, I recently was preparing my taxes and was going through all my expenses.
I came across my food expenses and remembered that there was a thread that pops up, from time to time , " What is your limit" where we were discussing our food budgets.

I don't necessarily use a food budget, but I figured it might be interesting if I compiled all my data from over the years ( since 2000) and make a chart to share with you guys. ( This is what I do at 2:27 am when I can't sleep do to insomnia)

Sure, there are many variables when looking at my chart, that will vary from each one of use, Such as:
-I live in a NYC Suburb
-We are a Vegetarian Family
-Inflation
-Avid gardner, so a lot of produce from June - October
-Eggs from chickens for the past 10 years ( really does make an impact)
-Family of 4 ( Son and Daughter), I tracked the kids ages too.
-The $$ amounts includes non-food Items ( detergent, napkins...)
-Restaurants/ going out to eat not included (that's listed under entertainment)
-More and more into cooking over the years
-Food Network
-Forums such as DC
-More (exotic/expensive) items easily available do to current food trends
-And probably a bunch more things I can't think of at the moment.

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Old 03-30-2016, 08:31 AM   #2
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I added a Weekly column for those Mathematically challenged.
( Im English challenged, so I'm sure you'll find many grammatical and spelling errors)
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:32 AM   #3
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I think you should paste a copy of this on the refrigerator door!

It seemed like a very scary number until I did the math. It works out to about $65-70/week for each person. It is within the USDA numbers for a moderate to liberal food plan, take a look.

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/sites/defau...oodFeb2016.pdf

I have tracked my income and expenses for years. I like to look back and see where the money came from and where it went.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:41 AM   #4
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Interesting, Larry. Your cost went up by almost 4 times over the 15 years.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:59 AM   #5
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Pretty cool, Larry. It would be interesting to see inflation factored into that.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:18 AM   #6
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Nice work Larry!
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:08 PM   #7
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It seemed like a very scary number until I did the math. It works out to about $65-70/week for each person.
That's pretty much dead on what I spend on groceries per week as a single person. In fact, my monthly food budget is $250. And I live in the Midwest, where food is relatively (by my standards) inexpensive, or at least compared to other places I've lived.
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Old 03-30-2016, 12:30 PM   #8
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Awesome stats!
I don't think I can track our grocery expenses over time like that. I can see my brother doing something like that......he even tracks his haircut expenses. He's also a CPA so I can see him doing that on his spare time....LOL
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Old 03-30-2016, 01:44 PM   #9
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Larry Ė is the big increase over the years due to your kids becoming teenagers, or is it other factors?

I spend $600 - $700 per month for the two of us. I thought it was kind of high, but I guess not so much.

I donít shop to a budget, and just buy what I want. We donít eat much beef, but have seafood once or twice a week. The seafood is mostly from the supermarkets, who generally have decent seafood, and not the expensive seafood store. We always have fresh fruit in the fridge, and donít buy much in the way of convenience foods.

Iím one of those people who believe that wine is a grocery, but thatís tracked separately.
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Old 03-30-2016, 02:12 PM   #10
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My son's appetite is unbelievable.
He's 21, 6ft and 250 +
He has a pre-dinner, while waiting for dinner to be ready, then dinner and a post dinner before dessert.

Im guessing just their growth and increasing appetite explain a good portion of the increase. For the past year he has been working, not home as much for dinner, and often buying his own stuff, so I expect things to level off.

My daughter eats like a bird.

Also, I think my increased interesting cooking more exotic things, and watching the cooking shows, just cooking being as much of a hobby as it is a necessity, that also may have drove up the numbers.

We only go out to eat maybe 3 or 4 times a month at the most. Every other meal is prepared at home.

Except holidays and days off, we're all out of the house for lunch.
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