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What are your normal weekly grocery prices?

February 20th, 2011 at 05:44 pm

I went grocery shopping at the cheapest grocery store today and used $16 in coupons. However, my grocery bill was still (around the usual $100)... today $115. I realized today that I have a fear of not seeing food or having the feeling of being low on food. So, I seem to always be around $100, buying the two for ones etc. I am not sure if it is my habit of spending the $100 (ish) per week or if that is really what a normal family of 4 spends per week? So, what are you grocery totals per week? What are the usual/regular cost saving meals? By the way, I tried Hamburger helper tonight for the first time, but used ground turkey since it was on sale. It was pretty good and my husband said that he'd like it again. We also had fruit salad and biscuits. I think the total meal was less that $2 per person.

13 Responses to “What are your normal weekly grocery prices?”

  1. crazyliblady Says:

    I spent $168 at the store on Saturday for about 2 weeks worth of food. The only things I will need to get next week will be probably 3 envelopes of salmon or tuna, a beef roast, and some fresh fruit and veggies. Once I get my car back, I plan to go continue go shopping every 2 weeks for real all the time. Because it requires more planning, I feel like I save money just by being more aware of what is needed. I saved $26.00 at the store Saturday between coupons and store sales. My store doesn't give a discount for bringing a bag anymore. Sigh.

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    I forgot to say that I shop for 2 adults and 2 cats. It makes a big difference with how many people and furballs you are feeding as to how big your grocery bill is.

  3. snafu Says:

    We're seeing significant price increases each time we buy groceries. We're told prices are up 4% or something silly but my total is up more than 12% since September when a large bag of rice went up to $18. for no discrernable reason. My biggest challenge was to know what I was going to make combining what I had in the pantry/freezer with what I bought that all four of us would eat and enjoy.

    I finally hit upon the ideas of writing my list from flyers/adverts and filling out my menu planner at the same time. It relieves me of the 5:00 p.m feelings of panic of what to feed the hungry mob [my family] and flexible enough to change meals around to suit.

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Like Snafu, we have been seing our grocery bill increasing because of prices going up. We spend on average $100 a week for the two of us, but we buy a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, and some of them out of season, which makes things expensive.

    I am a self admitted food hoarder because I don't like an empty pantry. I try to keep on top of the pantry and fridge so I don't throw stuff away and waste it. I try to buy things on sale and use coupons.

    I make casseroles or soups and stews on the weekends to heat up after I get home from work so we aren't tempted to get something out.

  5. Miz Pat Says:

    I spent $66 on groceries for one old broad and 3 dogs. I didn't plan anything - I've had a sinus infection and I'm dead on my feet.

  6. J-Money Says:

    I have recently started grocery shopping with a calculator and it really helps out! Keeps me in-line with what I budgeted to spend that day. I went grocery shopping at Walmart on Saturday and spent $150 (maybe $20 was non-food stuff) to feed a family of 5. I pre-made a meal plan for each night of the week and have about 12 dinner meals included! Some meals are simple and cheap (Hamburger Helper was one of them LOL) but I found a ways to really stretch my dollars if I throw in a few of those low-cost/easy meals. Have your entire dinner menu of cheap meals wouldn't be advisable b/c they are usually not as healthy but it doesn't hurt to mix in a few of those to stretch your budget. Mix in stuff like chili dogs, pancake dinner, french toast casserole, hamburger helper....fish tacos using frozen fish filets , etc. Just a few ideas I mix in every now & then. My single biggest food expense is BREAKFAST! My entire family LOVES cereal for snacks & breakfast...and sometimes even dinner if we have late ball games so we go through milk & cereal on a regular basis. I need to find a way to cut down this section of my grocery bill...coupons help but not always.

  7. CampFrugal Says:

    We are a family of four (sometimes 5 when my oldest is home) with two cats. I have budgeted $100/week towards groceries (food and all household) but I really strive to go below that amount, so I can get my debt paid off. My tips for grocery shopping is finding sales, using coupons, planning menus, using one item for two meals, having a leftover dinner each week and cooking from scratch.

    Using one item for two meals - buying a rotissiere chicken for one meal and using the leftover chicken for say chicken taco's, chicken nacho, chicken chili, etc. the next day.

    Or making ground beef tacos and using the rest of the taco meat the next day for chili. Taco meat makes great chili.

  8. CB in the City Says:

    I spend about $40-50 a week for me and two pet cats and three feral cats.

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    edit problems...

  10. MonkeyMama Says:

    We average $125/week. This includes 2 ravenous children, and a cat. Plus all household supplies, cat litter, detergent, etc. It's hard for me to narrow down precisely what is for human food.

    Our cheap strategy is to shop sales and know which stores have the best prices. It's not always the onesd you think. We don't shop the traditional "cheap stores" but we stay the hell away from Safeway any more (pricey!). The local high end grocery chain has the best prices (& high quality food). I am sure we could save a few cents going to some discount Food store, but the quality would suffer for the fresh produce, meat, etc. As far as big warehouses, buying bulk just doesn't work for us.

    The best stores changes with time. Safeway was one of the best a few years back (for bulk purchases), but now the prices make us cringe. So we swithced stores. We haven't noticed an uptick in prices with this strategy. (I mean - don't get me wrong - prices are up - but we just shop differently to keep our bill the same. Primarily buying sales at this store works pretty well). Then again, we get a lot of stuff at Target now, too. More bulk stuff there (has replaced Safeway, for us).

    We eat pretty well. We just try to keep it home cooked. Obviously we don't eat steak and shrimp every day, but we eat a fair amount of meat, buy a fair amount of treats, and splurge on more expensive fish about twice a month. Pasta, hamburger, chicken, rice, we seem to buy a LOT of. Potatoes, eggs, bread, too.

  11. MonkeyMama Says:

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  12. MonkeyMama Says:

    sorry! triple post? ugh

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