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Old 07-21-2012, 06:21 PM   #231
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We try to stick to $100 per week

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Old 07-21-2012, 08:43 PM   #232
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Limit on grocery spending? I don't even keep track, but probably not $100. There are only two of us now. Sometimes after a trip to Costco I have to call some one to come and get some of what ever is in a monster pack. I'm sure we spend more on the cats, dogs and birds than we do on ourselves.

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Old 07-21-2012, 10:44 PM   #233
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Originally Posted by Kylie1969 View Post
We try to stick to $100 per week
What fun I could do with $100/week for groceries! Went shopping in NY yesterday, only managed to spend $75 and that included the makings for laundry soap. And, these items were mostly to "up" the pantry--some mushrooms that were marked down and are now in the dehydrator (oyster and a bunch of others for which I can't remember the name, but recognized), buttermilk, and the big splurge--soft moz cheese.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:31 AM   #234
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Depends how many you are feeding. We are a family of four and the cost of groceries is rising. I tend to spend around 180 these days, per week. I dont use processed food, I cook from scratch.
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Old 07-22-2012, 05:22 AM   #235
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Depends how many you are feeding. We are a family of four and the cost of groceries is rising. I tend to spend around 180 these days, per week. I dont use processed food, I cook from scratch.
Unfortunately, food costs are forecast to continue to rise. I heard yesterday that the price of corn has gone up 50% in the past 30 days. This is due to the drought conditions that are present in so many areas in North America. Not sure about in Europe, but with the state of the euro, I'm sure that has an effect on the price of goods in Europe as well. Increased fuel and labour costs also contribute to rising prices. As does supply and demand. Because of the drought, supposedly farmers are selling off livestock (mostly beef cattle). This is supposed to translate into a drop in beef prices over the short term, but the price of meat and dairy is forecasted to go up in the fall. We're stocking up on chicken feed before the cost of corn goes up again. And, other than using mustards, vinegars, etc., I too cook from scratch and don't use canned/processed ingredients 99% of the time (obviously, if I add olives, those are processed and not s/thing I process at home). We are lucky--we have 6000 row ft of produce planted for our own consumption. We have to devote a lot of time to tending to these plants, but in the end, it is well worth the effort. We usually get enough stuff to get us through the winter re: veggies and have enough to continue to feed the dogs their custom-designed diet consisting of veggies, raw meat, etc. We still buy fresh fruit and some veggies throughout the winter, but usually only those things on special.
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Old 09-06-2012, 04:33 PM   #236
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My boyfriend and I have our shopping down to a science. Each week, we spend about $45-50. We get the essentials every week, like mir poux, bread, frozen chicken, potatoes, and lunch meat. Then, we get things we need around the house or things we want. That usually includes chips and cereal. We ALWAYS have ramen in the house. We make it interesting by adding fried chicken and vegetables, but we usually only eat that if we've miscalculated our spending, or if sandwiches get too boring for lunch. We don't spend much money on junk food at all. Once you get into the groove of budgeting, it's easy to get excited by making it under your limit rather than by a big bag of potato chips.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #237
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My fiance & I get away with about $150/month. I don't like figuring out weekly, because I do a big grocery shopping once a month, & then about $20 every week for perishables/things I forgot.
Although this month is closer to $200, but that's because I found a crazy amount of fish on clearance & I had room in the freezer, so I stocked up (last month was less than $50 for the whole month, so it all works out in the end)
Looking over the answers, I'm amazed at how much people spend. I didn't think I was doing anything impressive, but I seem to be making a week's worth of grocery money last a month!
We eat well too, not just beans & ramen. We also don't buy any junk or convenience foods, so that might be where the savings are coming from (I cook a lot of things from scratch, especially chicken broth)
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:48 PM   #238
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I only shop for meats that are on sale. And I look for Manager's Specials. Those are meats that have been marked down because the "Sell by" date is the day I am shopping. As soon as I get the groceries home, those specials are prepared for the freezer immediately. I live alone, so they are frozen for individual servings. Big cuts of meat, such as a roast are cut down to meal size for just me. I have a meat grinder for my KA and an electric meat slicer.

For cold cuts and cheese chunks, they make it to the slicer. A lot less expensive than paying by the pound at the deli dept. The ends are often big enough to get enough slices for a sandwich for Son #2 when he stops by while working and wants a sandwich he can eat while working. While LOL cheese at the deli can be as high as $4.99 a pound, buying a really thick end, I pay only $1.99 per pound. And I can use it for mac and cheese or sandwiches after slicing it. I often will take a thick cheese end and put it through shredder blade on the FP. Then I will put it in the freezer for mac and cheese. There may be a thick slice of imported Swiss cheese in that package of mixed cheeses. That too gets shredded.

Meat is the most expensive items in your weekly grocery cart. Yet it is where you can save the most money with really careful shopping. Shop alone and take your time. Use the calculator on your cell phone. A five pound roast at $4.99 a pound may look like a bargain. But there may be another five pounder with a "Sell by" date for tomorrow. And tomorrow is Sunday. The meat department is on minimum staff. So no one will be there to mark them as Manager's Special. So that piece of meat is $3.99 a pound. They want it to be sold today.
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Old 03-02-2014, 02:50 AM   #239
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I spend $100AUD a week (I shop fortnightly), including feeding two cats, a dog and have a toddler in nappies. I don't have any cheaper stores like Costco or Aldi, so this is all from chain stores.
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Old 03-02-2014, 03:55 AM   #240
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I'm still holding the line at $35.00/week.

It was interesting looking back over the responses on this thread for the last couple of years. A couple years ago I was budgeting $35.00/week and it was getting tough. I really don't understand how it works, but it does, I have been able to absorb various price increases and or adjust my shopping to take advantage of the "dips" and stay within the $35.00/week budget.

I have started experimenting with the idea of a "simple kitchen". I have started looking at the number of pantry items I have on hand and am making an effort to reduce that number by adjusting the way I cook. Part of it is to save a few pennies and part of it is the challenge of creating great food using a limited number of basic ingredients. One example came to up recently with CWS4322 and her flour based frosting recipe that uses granulated sugar. The recipe makes a great frosting without using confectioners sugar. By choosing this wonderful frosting or perhaps a 7-Minute frosting I can eliminate the "need" for confectioners sugar in my pantry.

I would be very interested in hearing what others do to eliminate or reduce the number of bottles, boxes, cans and pouches on the pantry shelves.

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