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Sep 21, 2010 04:00 PM

How much do you all spend on food? Groceries vs. Dining out?

or can anyone point me to the discussion thread if this has been shared before?

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    1. The subject has been brought up in the past, but I don't see the harm in a new thread.

      We spend more than average on dining out.....$2500-$3000/month. We spend about $100/week on food for the house (does not include household items, pet food, paper products, etc.) and about $600-$750 on beer, wine and liquor.

      We're empty nesters.

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      1. re: Janet from Richmond

        Is that alcohol figure per week or per month?!

        1. re: Peg

          I'm sorry (it is unclear)...the alcohol figure was for the month at home.

          1. re: Janet from Richmond

            We spend approx.$125 a week on groceries[ CSA box, Trader Joes and Whole foods]] and $250-$350 on dinners out. Double income,no kids. vegetarian@home. omnivores elsewhere. Thanks for the new thread!

        2. These are approx. figures but we spend 50-100 on groceries weekly (grocery store and CSA). That includes 4 dinners, all paper products/cleaning product (but nothing for pets), breakfast everyday, and 5 lunches. My SO buys lunch 5-10 daily (although I wouldn't need to spend much more to send lunch with him but he refuses).

          We eat out pretty much Fri, Sat and Sun (per the SO's request). Meals usually range from 20-100 for the two of us. We try to vary the cost so it isn't 100 at every meal. We don't really drink so I would say we usually spend 0-50 a month on alcohol depending.

          1. again 2 people no kids. both in the service industry so we end up eating at odd hours and hanging out with coworkers and colleagues. we probably spend 90% of our food and drink money, out. Our fridge is pathetic....56 kinds of mustard, some eggs and a quart of milk for coffee.

            that being said, I would say we easily spend $2500/mo. eating/drinking. What can I say, not having kids is effing great!:-)

            1. I'm not entirely sure how much we spend on groceries, because we buy whole hogs, sides of beef, and many chickens at a time (either organic or naturally raised), so we rarely buy meat at the stores. And when we travel to someplace with decent grocery stores (like the Whole Foods in Omaha) we go wild and stock up.

              But, that said, I'd guess approximately $500 per month on groceries--for three adults (well, 18 is "adult" in theory, if not always in practice ;-) We eat out about once a week at a cheap and delicious ethnic restaurant--usually Vietnamese or Mexican--and that runs about $25 for three. And we (shame) have probably one or two fast food "meals" a momth, for another $10--15. About twice a month, we are in a city and have a fancier restaurant meal--probably $40--50. So, on average, about $200 on eating out. I'm an excellent cook--if I do say so myself--and also grow a lot of vegetables every summer, and am gradually augmenting our fruit needs, too (apple trees, pear trees, an apricot tree, two cherries, one plum, also strawberries, raspberries, and black berries...) but the trees are just starting to bear, so it'll be a few more years before I have enough to both eat and preserve.

              We had a huge splurge this month, and celebrated our anniversary at one of the nicest restaurants in the Twin Cities--multiple-course tasting menu with a wine flight--and STILL that came to only $320. I cannot imagine how one spends ten times this much every month. Must live in an extremely expensive part of the country?

              I buy high quality groceries--organic staples, imported cheeses, good quality olive oil, etc.--and we also drink about two/three bottles of wine and a couple six packs of beer, a month. We're not into the harder stuff.