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Oct 23, 2008 10:31 AM

Average Grocery Bill-for 2

Looking for a consensus. What's your average MONTHLY grocery bill for 2 people. -Please note if you're an occasional Whole Foods shopper or any other significant items that could rack up your bill. I'm trying to find a good number to compare to, since our bill is outrageous and I need to tighten the pursestrings a bit! :) Thanks in advance for your input.

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  1. I would say $500 is pretty average for a grocery bill, split into two or three grocery runs. I generally split that between one slightly more upscale trip (for better produce, coffee, tea, spices), and one SuperTarget/Cub (better deals on cereal, boxed items, soap, t.p, etc).
    That includes frozen lunch items for my husband at work.
    I am not counting any special trips, like if I am having a dinner party...and that doesn't count wine, beer or spirits.
    This will be an interesting topic to hear what other people spend. I am always fascinated by people's shopping carts at the grocery store, it is amazing how different the items in each cart can be!

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    1. re: run2eat

      I eat healthy but never over 100 a week for 2 sometimes 3.

    2. I try to keep it under or at $100 a week, so between $300- $400 a month (including those damn nonfood items that always run up the bill). For the most part it's for all three meals since lunch is usually left overs and breakfast is cereal. I tend to make around 4 trips a week to the grocery store because I don't have much space to store food and try to buy only what we need. Mostly shop at Star, TJ's and Whole Food (depending on who has the best price and selection). Occasionally I will hit up Costco for meats and coffee.

      Now that it is fall/winter I am trying to do more soups/stews (things to freeze) that are cheaply done in bulk. To help lower my bill I've also stopped buying soda, most processed food, and bulk packages that I end up throwing away instead of finishing.

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      1. re: viperlush

        Forgot to add: Live in Cambridge MA, tend to eat out 2x a week, and rarely use coupons.

        1. re: viperlush

          New budget of $60 a week for food and non food items (excluding one cat's prescriptive diet). Mostly shop @ Star/Shaws (standard grocery store), Russo's (local grocery store w/ excellent produce), and Market Basket (discount grocery store). Bi monthly $100 trip to Costco for meats, coffee, etc. Eat out a couple times a week (mainly drinks and app after work). Still rarely use coupons. For two people and two cats.

          1. re: viperlush

            My husband spends at least $50 a month on toys and treats for our two miniature pinschers (spoiled lil darlings!). We have dinner on Friday nights at our Elks Lodge ($13 per person for the buffet; $16 for rib eye steak dinner) and occasionally go out for breakfast on weekends. I work 20 minutes from home so I eat lunch out every day and buy great coffee each morning from Human Bean via their drive-through. But our budget for home-cooked meals each month is probably $500 to $600 per month. I love fresh seafood (we live in Oregon and crab season just opened) so that's spendy. And that amount includes a lot of household items that are not paper towels, cleaners, baggies, foil, etc. That stuff really adds up. We have a great discount grocery here -- Grocery Outlet -- where I could really save some money, but I hate running to several different stores. So I bite the bullet and usually do Albertson's or Safeway. Hopefully, when I retire I'll be able to hit the sale items from various stores more often and do a little couponing, as well. I enjoy the new *Extreme Couponing* show and it is amazing to see how much they save. But I don't want to spend 40 hours a week doing it, as some of them say they do.

            1. re: pilotgirl210

              Extreme Couponing is fake!!! I'm on a coupon website ( and we all hate that show. The stores featured bend or break their own rules so these people can come up with their savings. Average savings for dedicated couponers is 40 - 60%. I don't get that because we don't eat packaged, processed foods. I can save a lot on paper goods, and non-food items, like laundry soap and such.

              My average food bill is $100/wk, but that takes into account that it goes up during the fall when I'm buying meat and poultry to freeze and eat during the winter,and down now that I'm buying dairy and fresh produce only. The price of EVERYTHING has skyrocketed, though, so it'll probably go up further.

              1. re: The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah

                there should be separate lines for people with more than a few coupons

        2. At least $500. I make weekly trips to Whole foods(mostly sale items, veggies,dairy) and TJ. I also make stops according to what I need and where I am at the time at Costco, Sprouts mkt, fish mkt, Veggie and friut stand, and much more. We try to eat Vegetarian meals for lunch and dinner at least a couple times a week and still spend a fortune.

          1. 500, at least, but probably closer to 600-700. I'm an occasional WF shopper for things like cheese. I support the local bakeries. I go to specialty stores for prime meat and other things.

            I mostly don't think about it, though, because it's pretty frightening.

            1. 1x a month wholefoods -type store shopper, otherwise buying lots of fresh veggies and normal groceries at the supermarket if they are on sale..I try to avoid full price.
              I'm about 400 a month