How much do you spend /week on groceries? groceries, expense, average
Posted 23 May 2011 - 04:40 AM
Posted 23 May 2011 - 10:25 AM
I'm not sure, but where I live we have several organic type markets and the price for that stuff tends to be higher then non-organic...which is funny if you think about it since chemicals cost more money then not using chemicals. But I guess it's all supply and demand. Anyway, I allot $100 for 2 weeks of groceries for 1 Adult and 1 child (6 yrs). We do have other money for eating out which covers a few meals as well.
Posted 23 May 2011 - 12:36 PM
The chemicals are not expensive, and pesticides allow "traditional" farmers to keep more of their produce safe from pests. This means organic farmers produce less because organic produce is much more susceptible to pests, and Americans don't like buying food that is half eaten by bugs. As a result, organic farmers must charge more per unit.
Posted 24 May 2011 - 11:35 AM
Posted 24 May 2011 - 12:37 PM
Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:54 PM
Food in my dessert city is expensive, but this is way out of control. I also like buying organic produce and meat, but how much is too much?
And how much is inflation playing a part in all of this. I'm just dumbfounded!
Posted 11 June 2011 - 08:38 AM
Do you use coupons at all? Stock up on items when they're on sale rather than when you need them? Stockpiling can be tough though depending on your city living arrangements. While I recognized that you choose organic, a lot of those companies are starting to produce coupons to attract new customers. Depending on where you live, try to find a local blogger that covers coupon matchups for your preferred supermarket, if possible. Being in the city, I'm not sure if you're hitting supermarkets or have easier access to say, butchers, farmer's markets, etc. to shop that way.
I'm in the NJ burbs, about halfway between NYC and Philly. I can't afford to buy organic consistently, but try to buy organic produce when the sales are good. We spend roughly $125-$150 a week on grocery store shopping (so it may include cleaning supplies, etc.) for a family of four (2 adults, plus 4&6 y.o.). Blog-wise, I following http://www.livingrichwithcoupons.com (She's a national blogger, so she actually links up with other bloggers to cover most of the major supermarkets in the country) and http://www.generousavings.com (currently local, but her ShopRite coupon matchup makes a point to highlight organics if there's a ShopRite near you)
Posted 12 June 2011 - 03:31 AM
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 09:17 AM
Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:16 PM
I clipped four coupons that were in a flyer at the store, and saved $4. The total came to $154. I'm making progress, but I don't think that this will be enough food for the week! Next week, I have to remember to get coupons from the "manufacturer," or in this case "Organic Valley."
Posted 28 June 2011 - 07:27 AM
As much as I'd love to shop only at places like Whole Foods, the closest one to us is 35 miles (one way), so the gas alone wouldn't be worth it.
We do not buy boxed or packaged food and have recently been following the Clean Eating plan for the last several months. I'd love to use coupons, but unfortunately, most coupons are for boxed or canned products that we don't use.
Surprisingly, clean eating isn't expensive. We don't buy any 'weird' foods that you might think you'd have to include in the menus.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:32 PM