How much do you spend a week on food?

  • jeremylk7

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    Jan 29, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    Hello all, I've been trying to prepare meals because I'm getting more serious about lifting.

    I was wondering for you guys in good shape how much do you spend a week on groceries?

    I've heard as high as 500 dollars? There is no way I could afford that a week.

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    Jan 29, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    I'd say between $50 - $100 is reasonable. And that's not including supplements.
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    yeah $80-100 is more than enough for one person.
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    About £60 ($90).
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    I've no clue, Costco quantities last anywhere from a couple weeks to a month or two or more if it's things I freeze and only eat in small portions at a time.
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    Jan 29, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Hmm, yeah about $50 a week, plus a blowout (anywhere from $100 to $300) at costco every 6 - 8 weeks. But sometimes half of that is pet food.

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    Jan 29, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    $370/month average over last 12 months, up 5.5% over last year's average, I believe due to inflation. I would not be able to eat $500/week in food even if I ate meats which I'd imagine more expensive than when I last bought them 20 years ago.

    The current $92.50/week spending does not include restaurants but does include other supermarket items such as detergents as well as snacks for the small amount of entertaining I've done, being in a new area.

    Probably the people spending $500/week on groceries are pigging out on endangered species.

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    Jan 30, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    A 100 dollars seems like a lot and 500 seems really high for 1 person. icon_eek.gif Check out what is on sale and what is in season. Plus, it will give you a variety.

    I go to the store planning out my meals for the week, and what I would want for dinner for the next two to three days.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
    About 45$ to 75$ dollars
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    I'm able to spend $30-$35 per week. I'm very efficient at making meals with stuff I already have in the house and turning leftovers into new meals. A lot of it just involves thinking outside the box.
  • dc415

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    Jan 30, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    just ran through my finances last night... looks like i spent about $65/week on food, not including eating out.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:13 AM GMT
    The combined bill for me and my boyfriend is around $250.00/week - $400.00/week but that's because we always have friends coming over for dinner/lunch.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    I don't know how you people get away with 30-35 or even 60 a week. I spent just around 100$ every week.

    (However I make all my own meals aka don't eat out soo maybe that's the difference)
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:19 AM GMT
    nenslow saidI don't know how you people get away with 30-35 or even 60 a week. I spent just around 100$ every week.

    (However I make all my own meals aka don't eat out soo maybe that's the difference)


    It's easier than you think regardless of where you shop. Like I said, it's a matter of making the most of what you already have, thinking outside the box, making a list, and sticking to it. More importantly, I try to incorporate one ingredient to multiple meals to minimize wasting.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    I'd say for me, I spend an average of $70.00 per week on food. No sodas, chips, cookies, etc. Maybe some corn chips, darks chocolate, peanuts, stuff like that to snack on.icon_neutral.gif
  • nanidesukedo

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    Jan 30, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    I do about $15-20 a week and then about $16 on eating out...so about 36 dollars a week...

    Yay for kroger and buying crap on sale that is about to expire and freezing it/cooking it immediately :p
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidPerfect timing! Just got home from the grocery with my weekly needs. $69.
    It's usually about that amount, then I eat out on the weekends mostly.


    haha - you said 69...


    I have been eating cheaply lately. But on average - I would say probably $75 - $100....


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    Jan 30, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Hey guys Ive said it before and here it is again. You guys are so lucky that food in North America is so cheap. I spend just on my own and not including various non food groceries $150- $160 per week.
    That is not eating out, eating rather basic foods. I prepare a list, shop for items on sale I do like to purchase fresh/ unprocessed, organic food when possible but in Australia its damn near impossible to spend less.
    We have no competition in the supermarket industry the consumers pay a fortune, the farmers get paid little and all the profit goes to Coles and Woolworths.
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    Jan 30, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    dontellmeyorhot saidHey guys Ive said it before and here it is again. You guys are so lucky that food in North America is so cheap. I spend just on my own and not including various non food groceries $150- $160 per week.
    That is not eating out, eating rather basic foods. I prepare a list, shop for items on sale I do like to purchase fresh/ unprocessed, organic food when possible but in Australia its damn near impossible to spend less.
    We have no competition in the supermarket industry the consumers pay a fortune, the farmers get paid little and all the profit goes to Coles and Woolworths.


    LOL! I think food here is expensive compared to some places in Europe. When I lived in Russia in 2006, I was able to live off $15 a week! That's how cheap it was at the time. Although supermarkets with more international and Western goods are definitely pricier. I stuck to as much Russian food as I could.
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    Location is important, we should be saying where we are. mid-sized city in Ontario, Canada here.

    Lately I've been spending about $25-30 per week. It's a little lower than it should be because on Hallowe'en and Xmas I stock up on clearance chocolate to last me several months.

    But I am a crazy bargain hunter. Almost everything I buy is at a great sale price. I buy in bulk when something goes on sale, and before I run out of that product, another sale happens so I am continuously stocked with it without ever being stuck paying full price. I choose which store to go to based on their flyer each week, sometimes going to more than one.

    It's harder to manage with perishable foods though, being a single person. I usually get the large size and have to get it all in me like I'm on Fear Factor so it doesn't go to waste. I NEVER buy fresh meat because it's expensive and I don't have the energy to prepare/clean up. It just sits in my freezer until burned.

    I also don't buy into the organic scam, so that's a lot of money not wasted.

    I find the farmer's market to be a rip off except at the end of the day, when they're desperate to clear out stock and you can get fantastic deals then.

    I'm a nibbler and dont' end up eating very much over the day (bigger guys will need to eat more to maintain). But the numbers I'm seeing amongst you other guys are astronomical to me. I could shop for you and save you a ton (with a little somethign for myself icon_wink.gif )
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    I'm a fat ass 150 a week :/ (usually go to a nice dinner once a week though)

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    dontellmeyorhot saidHey guys Ive said it before and here it is again. You guys are so lucky that food in North America is so cheap. I spend just on my own and not including various non food groceries $150- $160 per week.
    That is not eating out, eating rather basic foods. I prepare a list, shop for items on sale I do like to purchase fresh/ unprocessed, organic food when possible but in Australia its damn near impossible to spend less.
    We have no competition in the supermarket industry the consumers pay a fortune, the farmers get paid little and all the profit goes to Coles and Woolworths.


    Time to open an Australian supermarket. Anyone want to partner with me?
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    Jan 30, 2012 2:55 AM GMT
    Between $100- $150, a week. I noticed it has increased due to meat increasing in price. I usually shop at Trader Joe's some items are more expensive, but I like the quality, as well as the freshness of the organic foods. Also the meats, chicken seem has less fat than at Safeway's and Raley's. I do not buy any cookies, etc. processed foods.... just the essentials. I am cooking more which I enjoy, I putting more use of my intermediate middle skillet in my stove, put a little bit of olive oil, some onions, green peppers and the desired meat and have a great meal.icon_biggrin.gif
  • tautomer

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    I'm at about 90$ per week. I go out to eat quite often so it's a bit higher then it would be if it were not for that. The main reason I do go out to eat is due to time constraints.
  • Webster666

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    Jan 30, 2012 2:57 AM GMT
    $500.00 !?!?!?!?

    I don't have a clue what I spend on groceries.
    I pick out what I want, swipe my debit card, and away I go.
    I never look at the receipt.
    But, I don't think it could be anywhere near $100.00.