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How much do you spend on your weekly food bill?

bearzie Oct 15, 2006 07:17 PM

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.

  1. davefaris Oct 15, 2006 10:58 PM

    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
      danna Oct 18, 2006 06:42 PM

      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
        davefaris Oct 18, 2006 07:09 PM

        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. bolivianita Oct 15, 2006 11:55 PM

      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.

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        Procrastibaker Oct 16, 2006 12:06 AM

        Recent thread on this topic:


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          Sam D. Oct 16, 2006 03:46 AM

          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.

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            PaulV Oct 16, 2006 04:00 AM

            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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              NovoCuisine Oct 20, 2006 03:00 AM


            2. yumcha Oct 18, 2006 03:12 AM

              For a household of two, and a semi-occasional third visitor, I'd say we spend about $70-80 a week.

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                wraparoundsmock Oct 18, 2006 07:14 AM

                For two people about $125 a week for food

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                  ubermasonfan Oct 18, 2006 08:43 AM

                  I live by myself but my SO could burn water so I pretty much feed her most nights of the week. On average, my grocery bill is around $100/week and then I'll prolly spend another $50-$100 taking her out on the weekends.

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                    Rick Oct 18, 2006 03:20 PM

                    We spend about $100 per week for two adults. We eat out 2-3 times a week on top of that.

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                      swsidejim Oct 18, 2006 07:11 PM

                      2 adults + 2 Hungry cats.. =

                      $75 per week @ the grocery store

                      Plus however many times we eat out

                      1. shana Oct 19, 2006 07:58 PM

                        we are also 2 adults and 2 very hungry cats and we do about $75 to $80 a week plus $25 a week at the cheese store. of the $75-80 $20 or so is spent at Asian markets on veggies/fruit.

                        1. Hoosierland Oct 19, 2006 08:05 PM

                          About $60 per week with booze, for myself only. That does not count the $17 a week I spent in the spring for my CSA veg and fruit share. I don't even go to the supermarket anymore, all shopping is between the CSA, farmer's markets, bodegas and an Italian Deli.

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