Tuesday, February 5, 2008


I think $1500/mo. on food is excessive and I'm starting to feel a bit consumeristic because I know there are people out there whose food spending is a third of ours. Heck, there are people out there whose mortgage payment is less than what we spend on food and - well - that just seems kind of off.

So, internet, I need a little help. Well, some feedback, validation, or whatever you want to call it. I want to know: How much do you spend on food? Because I need to know if we're normal or just insane foodies.

That's right. I want you to crack open your wallet, gather up your receipts, run a Quicken report and spill. Leave me a comment for all the world to see (anonymously is ok). A spending breakdown (dining & groceries) would be lovely.


Law Student Hot Mama said...

Well . . . my husband is in Iraq right now, but when he was here, I'd say we spent about $150 a week. Baby formula is probably another $15 a week. So I guess the total per month is around $660 on groceries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also spent maybe $30 twice a month eating out at cheap-o places . . . you know, the kind you can visit with an infant. So, maybe $720 a month?

Don't feel too bad - the cost of food also varies widely depending on where you live. Where we live, any efforts to buy fresh produce always bust my budget. Oh - and hubby and I can shop at the commissary which also significantly cuts our costs.

Sara said...

You probably don't want to hear from me. I'm the mom of 5 and we maybe spend 800-1000 on food/month.

LawSchoolMom said...

@law student hot mama: $720 per month for two adults and an infant seems in line with my own spending considering very little of that cost ($60) is food for the baby. Ok, I'm feeling a little bit better. :D

@sara: NO! You are exactly the person I want to hear from. How do you keep your food costs low for your family?

PT-LawMom said...

We spend about $100/week on groceries and another $100/week on eating out (Chapin eats lunch out every day and dinner out for him and Pumpkinhead out more than I'd like to admit). So let's say about $820/mo for a family of 3.