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Oct 15, 2006 07:17 PM

How much do you spend on your weekly food bill?

The topic regarding cooking on a budget, got me thinking about what people are spending on food per week.

What is your budget? Of course, include the number of people and age.

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  1. I'm cooking for two, but I don't go out of my way to economize at all. I average about $200 a week, not counting restaurant dining.

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    1. re: davefaris

      I think I'm close to $200/wk for 2 adults now that Whole Foods came to town. It was less before. My cheese addiction has a lot to do with it. $5-$10 to try a bit of cheese really adds up. Last night I was there and the cheese guy walks out of the back and says "so how much Fluer Vert do you want?" The wine lady sneaks up behind me does the hands-over-eyes-guess-who game. The Deli guy seems hurt that I don't get any roast beef from him. I think I am spending WAY too much time at WF.

      1. re: danna

        Thanks! I was beginning to feel a little self-conscious about spending twice as much as everyone else who answered. And, yes, Whole Foods does bite deeply. I do most of my shopping at Harris Teeter, but special items (like Humbolt Fog and Picholine olives, as well as dry aged strip steaks and organic salmon) tend to drive up the bottom line.

    2. I shop for a family of five, 2 adults and 3 kids and spend an average of $120 a week. This is my total grocery bill and does not include any extras.

        1. Excluding sundries, non-food items and alcoholic beverages purchased at the supermarket, the cost of food alone generally averages $20-25/week for one person. That doesn't include the cost of eating lunch or dinner at restaurants once or twice a week.

          1. I don't know, and to be honest I'm a bit scared to figure it out. I know it's waaaay too much, but you've got to have a hobby, don't you?

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