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Old 01-20-2016, 10:46 PM   #261
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Looking back to when this thread was first started, I can't help wondering if there has been a huge or small increase in ones spending for groceries.

My circumstances have certainly changed. With Pirate here my shopping has gotten somewhat easier even though I have had a cut in food stamps. And there is no increase in SS COLA payments this year.

Pirate get a sizeable amount in food stamps. My stamps buy most of all the groceries for the both of us minus the meats. Since he has no income at all, I purchase all the dry goods for the house out of my pocket cash. He buys all the meats for the month and has about $30 left for milk and other items needed throughout the month. We usually have half the meats left at the end of the month. The next month he buys less meats. So as long as he stays here, I can't really tell what the heck we spend on groceries. It varies so much month to month. I like it better when I live alone.
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Old 01-21-2016, 06:43 AM   #262
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Prices did go up dramatically in last 3 years. I know we struggle.


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Old 01-21-2016, 10:00 PM   #263
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I get the full amount of food stamps for one month, so I guess you could say I spend about $50 a week on just me. But it's a lot more complicated than that because I pretty much shop for the month in one large trip.

My food stamps come out on the 4th and before I started actually cooking instead of eating all frozen food and stuff, I used to have to shop right on the 4th because I'd be completely out of food. I mean, I'd be eating pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by then. Eighteen months later, I'm able to put off shopping till later and later in the month because I am saving on food and in December, I never did do a major shopping trip, just picked up some stuff as I needed it all through the month and actually had money on my card when the 4th came round in January.

This month I needed an angiogram on the 4th, so what with one thing or the other, I didn't get around to shopping until practically the 15th, and then I did use up all my food stamps and what I had left over from December in one trip this time. But I bought a lot and I should have enough food to last me till the 15th of next month or beyond.

So it's really hard to say I spend such and such in a week or a month.
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Old 01-22-2016, 12:33 AM   #264
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I'm solo. I have a roommate that I try not to share things with. Usually $50/wk and I don't go out much for meals.
I had a roommate (expensive San Francisco Bay Area) before I got married and moved here to Ohio. Back then I could barely make a grilled cheese sandwich, lol. So I just gave her an extra $75/week and she'd make enough supper for both of us. And she'd buy me my fave cereal and cold cuts for breakfast/lunch. I didn't mind not having to go to the grocery store or having to cook. She was of Greek ancestry and made awesome meals. There was usually something simmering in a pot on the stove and the house smelled awesome.

As for today, we spend about $125/week on groceries. That includes paper products, coffee, etc.. If it were just me, I could probably get by on $30/week in groceries. But my wife is very selective about what she will eat.
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Old 01-22-2016, 04:47 PM   #265
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I get the full amount of food stamps for one month, so I guess you could say I spend about $50 a week on just me. But it's a lot more complicated than that because I pretty much shop for the month in one large trip.

My food stamps come out on the 4th and before I started actually cooking instead of eating all frozen food and stuff, I used to have to shop right on the 4th because I'd be completely out of food. I mean, I'd be eating pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by then. Eighteen months later, I'm able to put off shopping till later and later in the month because I am saving on food and in December, I never did do a major shopping trip, just picked up some stuff as I needed it all through the month and actually had money on my card when the 4th came round in January.

This month I needed an angiogram on the 4th, so what with one thing or the other, I didn't get around to shopping until practically the 15th, and then I did use up all my food stamps and what I had left over from December in one trip this time. But I bought a lot and I should have enough food to last me till the 15th of next month or beyond.

So it's really hard to say I spend such and such in a week or a month.
Living alone and on food stamps, you do find that when you are dependent on another for transportation, it can make a difference in how you spend those stamps. Due to age related infirmities, taking public transportation each month is out of the questions. I can ride the bus, but can't carry bags or packages. Taxies are very expensive, and the city does provide a van for elderly to do their shopping. But they only put the bags inside the front door on the first floor. Now I have the problem of getting them up to the second floor.

So my son takes me shopping the second day of each month. The day he gets his stamps. The store is HUGE! Spike takes half of my list and shops one side of the store, I do the other half. Since he buys so much less for himself, he can fit his groceries in the child seat. My groceries take up his cart. I use one the electric carts and they don't hold that much. I end up calling him on my phone to come and empty it into his cart. I have to get what I need in one trip due to transportation difficulties. So I spend all my food stamps. Pirate goes shopping with his sister and she shops usually once a week. He spend most of his stamps on meats. The rest we use for milk and bread. I have to give Spike a big, huge Kudo! He loads up the car with my groceries, unloads the car and puts them in the one of the illegal shopping carts that are one the property, and after getting them upstairs to my apartment, puts them all away. I love that boy of mine. I hate shopping.
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Old 02-12-2016, 11:11 PM   #266
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We are now down to three in my household. I try to stay under $70.00 a week. I can remember when that was a full buggy of groceries. Now it's just a few items.


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Old 02-19-2016, 07:51 AM   #267
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I am living with my boyfriend and we try to keep our limit at $70 per week.
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Old 03-09-2016, 03:33 PM   #268
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GotGarlic, the term "beidh ar la linn" is an Irish republican slogan roughly meaning "Our day will come". It would be very provocative to those who take a different view. I will say no more - this is a food board.

Expenditure? I can't really say, only that I prefer to eat less of something good, that a lot of something bad. We cook all our own food at home - no take aways or ready meals. We normally only eat out when we are on holiday - can't do much else when you live in a fairly remote area.
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Old 03-09-2016, 04:04 PM   #269
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GotGarlic, the term "beidh ar la linn" is an Irish republican slogan roughly meaning "Our day will come". It would be very provocative to those who take a different view. I will say no more - this is a food board.
Must I really read over 27 pages of posts spanning seven years to know what you're talking about? A little context, please.
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Old 03-10-2016, 02:53 AM   #270
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Gotgarlic, apologies.. in message 259 you responded to a query about what a particular expression meant. My comment should of course have been addressed to SomaW.
Must be my advancing age...

Off to the shops today. Being ancient, we get free bus travel so that saves on fuel costs (high in the UK). There are a number of 'budget' stores such as Aldi & Lidl and we do quite a lot of our shopping there. Always a like a bargain!
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