What’s Your Food Budget?

Glue 4 Families had a great post on grocery budgeting and what the US spends compared to other countries. It’s really interesting…check it out real quick!

I commented that I spend about $80 for food a week, not including miscellaneous stuff, like paper towels, pet food, tp, etc. A couple other commenters were surprised.

So I thought I’d do a quick demo on how we get through the week.

I keep our dinners at $6 or less a night. That’s $42 or less. Sound hard? It was at first. But dinners don’t have to be complex to be good. One night I might have split pea soup with sausage in the crockpot (under $2 for the peas and $2 for the sausage links).  Then I use the other link in something else that week, like a red beans and rice ($2 for big can of kidney beans, got the sausage, put it over rice).  We also buy bags of potatoes (new potatoes 5 lbs @ $3) and have potatoes, veggies ($1 for frozen) and bratwurst ($2-3) and again, use the potatoes in something else, like ham and potato chowder (ham for $2-3 and $2 for celery). And breakfast for dinner is a fun one, too (french toast, $3 for bread, $1-2 for extra eggs, $2 for sausage).

Some things are staples…flour, rice, eggs, cooking supplies, cereal. I make cornbread, biscuits, and/or bread throughout the week, too, to add to the soups. And we do a lot of brown rice, which we also eat for breakfast…rice and flies (add milk to the rice on the stove, throw in raisins, cinnamon and sugar and heat up).

That’s where the rest of the $80 goes, to the staples. And I spend about $15 on baby food/formula a week. But that shouldn’t last more than a couple months longer (yay!)

But we also have the non-food items that 4 people need, the pets, and regular household supplies. So not every week is 80 bucks, but we try to keep it close.