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Old 08-03-2014, 02:27 AM   #1
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.....So I got to thinking tonight about the amount of money people spend on groceries, and asked myself, "What is the bare minimum of money required to purchase enough groceries to last a week AND allow for 3 meals a day?"

I started calculating how much I spend weekly on groceries excluding any fast food/leisure outings. The tally came to about $50 a week (...but that also includes junk such as Cap'n Crunch cereal, gummy bears, etc.); remember I'm a single guy. I wondered how much I'd save if I cut the junk off of the list and stuck to basic meats, veggies and fruits........thus, the challenge was born.

Fanatics, what do you think the bare minimums would be for a single person and a family of 4? I'm guessing that a single person could get by on $25-30 a week if we're talking a bare minimum figure; a family of 4 would probably be around $100 (..my inexperienced guesstimate). Have any of you ever dissected your grocery bill and asked yourself this same question or experimented to see what your minimum expenditures would be over a week's time? If not, would you be willing to try - for a week - to gather data? I'm extremely curious to see what the averages would be.


P.S. I spent $26.49 today at Ralph's (..$2.00 of that figure were for two, $1 packs of Haribo gummy bears ). My basket basically consisted of eggs, apples, ground beef, tortillas, turkey sausage, cheese, tomatoes, almond milk and yogurt. I already have a bunch of frozen chicken in the freezer, so I didn't need to buy meat.

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Old 08-03-2014, 03:00 AM   #2
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unfortunately I have been drinking to much this evening to wrap my mind around this..... but we spend a grip on groceries for a family of 4 ...... even if it is healthy, the "basic's" and in bulk to stretch it out ......

oh and 1st......
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Old 08-03-2014, 03:04 AM   #3
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You can make a $5 Costco rotisserie chicken go a long way. Mix it up in some rice with cream of mushroom soup and bake it. Eat it plain with some veggies on the side. Shred it for some sloppy joe type burger goodness.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:12 AM   #5
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As a single guy too, I've done the math! Whenever I am eating healthily (not often enough ) my grocery bill is anywhere between 35-55/week. Eat crap and it's never less than 60, and today it was 75! So, by being a lazy slob I double my food bill, shorten my time on this rock and have less dough for hookers and blow...
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Glad you made this thread. Groceries have gone way up. I spent $75 on 13 items at the grocery store the other week. It's absurd. My dollar has less buying power.

I need to go shopping today, I'll see what I can get away with for this week
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.....So I got to thinking tonight about the amount of money people spend on groceries, and asked myself, "What is the bare minimum of money required to purchase enough groceries to last a week AND allow for 3 meals a day?"

I started calculating how much I spend weekly on groceries excluding any fast food/leisure outings. The tally came to about $50 a week (...but that also includes junk such as Cap'n Crunch cereal, gummy bears, etc.); remember I'm a single guy. I wondered how much I'd save if I cut the junk off of the list and stuck to basic meats, veggies and fruits........thus, the challenge was born.

Fanatics, what do you think the bare minimums would be for a single person and a family of 4? I'm guessing that a single person could get by on $25-30 a week if we're talking a bare minimum figure; a family of 4 would probably be around $100 (..my inexperienced guesstimate). Have any of you ever dissected your grocery bill and asked yourself this same question or experimented to see what your minimum expenditures would be over a week's time? If not, would you be willing to try - for a week - to gather data? I'm extremely curious to see what the averages would be.


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I don't think (for me) when I eat junk my bill goes up- it actually goes down. A healthy week consists of Kefir, greek yogurt, eggs, butcher fresh cheese, whole bean coffee, half and half, broccoli, whole wheat pasta, several kinds of sausage, some chicken, celery, apples, grapes, (other fruits and veggies), and peanut butter.

Unhealthy weeks sub some of those out for frozen cookies, more pasta and some cereal, bread (basically more carbs) and I believe it's cheeper. That said, I have not precisely kept track.

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Glad you made this thread. Groceries have gone way up. I spent $75 on 13 items at the grocery store the other week. It's absurd. My dollar has less buying power.

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As a family of 4 (wife and two young daughters), with coupons and e-coupons and buying things on sale (10 loaves at once when BOGO), we still spend around $120-150 a week (around ~$500/month).

At the same time I do save 6% with my AMEX Blue Cash Preferred. Rack up so much savings with that damn card! For us, we figure we can still eat good name brand food as long as when it goes on sale we buy more than what we would need for the week (plan for months). Now, with fresh food that's obviously a week thing, can't buy Banana's in bulk!
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i just stopped eating as much

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i spend $500 a month on commuting gas , who the fack can eat anymore?
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I'm usually $250-300/month depending on how much beer/wine I buy. 90% of my meals are some variation of chicken and rice or pasta and I don't think I could do much better for the dollar without driving across town to an Aldi or Costco, but it isn't worth the time.
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I really have no idea. Non-perishables we buy in bulk from Costco/BJs, same with meat. Meat we use the food saver and freeze it, so we usually buy about 20 pounds beef/pork/chicken breasts and just freeze it. Lasts quite a while. Fresh stuff we buy regularly, but we don't have a regular shopping list.


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I got cleaning supplies and storage bags from Sams over a year ago, and finally I'm starting to run out. Buying dry goods in bulk saves so much in grocery costs. You just really need to think about the products you'll need for cleaning over the year.
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Getting into coupon apps and stuff, I have a 10% student discount and my girlfriend works for a grocery store and gets 10% off any store brand items I'm trying to get our grocery bill down to $50-75 for just me and her.
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I spend like 220 a week between whole foods costco and onnit. that's for 2 people. but I like eating good food.
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There was another thread on this a while ago. My wife and I spend ~$75 a month between the two of us after coupons. Before coupons it's double that. It's pretty staggering how much you can save by using coupons and shopping smart. It's just the two of us though.

Also there ain't nuttin to be 'shamed bout dem haribo bears.

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Jesus, this is the third time a thread along these lines has been opened, I didn't mind the second one because someone promised a link for a coupon site, but they never delivered!!!!!! $35 a week single person.


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Jesus, this is the third time a thread along these lines has been opened, I didn't mind the second one because someone promised a link for a coupon site, but they never delivered!!!!!! $35 a week single person.


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