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PeaNut 487,485
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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:45:14 PM
How many people do you shop for?
How often do you shop?
Where do you shop?
How much is your average bill?

Im curious, b/c I feel like I spend a ton of $$ every week on groceries.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 7:58:59 PM
7-5 adults, 2 kids
Once a week
Mostly Kroger with an occasional Trader Joes and Sam's Club thrown in.
$250/wk. I don't use coupons, buy few convenience foods and we eat pretty darn healthy. My total includes cleaning supplies, etc.


PeaNut 596,666
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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:07:04 PM
How many people do you shop for? Just myself and two dogs, three cats.

How often do you shop? Once a week sometimes twice if I'm getting a lot of fresh vegetables. I try to buy in small quantities so that food doesn't go bad on me.

Where do you shop? Usually Wegmans

How much is your average bill? $50 to $80 a week
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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:12:26 PM
two of us adults
shop Fareway
and buy all my milk at Walgreens with rewards card
lots of other foodie items with rewards as well
$50 per week

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PeaNut 52,817
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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:22:11 PM
Three people: DH, me and DS (who is 5)
I do most of my shopping on Saturdays, but that includes multiple stops.
In season (May-November), more than half of my shopping is at our local farmer's market. Most of the rest is at Whole Foods and New Seasons, and a bit at Fred Meyer.
On average, I spend about $150/week. That does include poultry and seafood, but no pork, beef or lamb, which we buy in bulk once a year. Also does not include any kind of non-food items.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:23:24 PM
once every two weeks
Meijer, Sam's Club, Whole Foods


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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:37:06 PM
2 adults, 1 teen boy
2 to 4 times a week
A Giant store & WalMart & a local butcher shop

I don't know for sure what we spend a month. Probably between $500 & $700.

We buy a lot of organic foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. When we shop the market with the good selection of specialty items, the bill is easily $75 for 2 bags of items.

I try to plan, hit sales and stock up when frequently used items go on sale. But, some of the prices have just gone crazy. Spent $5 on a container of strawberries on the last trip.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:41:31 PM
2 Adults, 1 12 yo
Sunday morning
Average $110-140

Grocery Store and farm stand

I don't coupon, but I do try to shop to the sale. I read the flyers and see what is on sale where. If I have the time I will hit both stores (within 5 min. of my house) if not I go to the one with the better savings that week.


I just don't see why people think I'm too patronizing (that means I treat them as if they were stupid.)

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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:46:45 PM
Once a week, Sunday morning, HEB. 2 adults, 2 kids age 10 and 12. About $200/wk including paper products and cleaning supplies. Not many convenience foods other than breakfast cereal and individual Greek yogurts. Embarrassingly, 10% of our grocery budget each week is spent on yogurt.

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PeaNut 197,496
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Posted: 11/11/2013 8:51:22 PM
I shop for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.
Ideally, I go shopping once a week.
I typically go to Kroger, but I'm thinking about changing that.
I probably average $125/week. Or at least that's what I'm shooting for.


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:32:37 PM
6 people-- 2 adults, 3 kids and a baby (3 months old, doesn't eat food yet)

once a week with the occasional extra trip for milk and fruit

Winco, Safeway, Fred Meyer, Costco and the farmer's market (during the summer)

$125-$175 week

does not include cleaning stuff and diapers which I get at Target...


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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:42:35 PM
I feel sooooo much better about my food bill after reading these posts.

I am shopping for 3 most of the year (have a kid at college). I go EARLY Monday morning most of the time. Generally to Wegman's and Stop and Shop…sometimes Whole Food or Shoprite.

I have been spending between $110 and $150 a week depending on the menu that week. I thought it was getting out of control, but now feel like it is similar to others. I just think that food costs have gone through the roof in the last 3 or so years.

WIsh I had my grandma's green thumbs, she lived off her garden most of the year.

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PeaNut 110,613
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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:53:37 PM
How many people do you shop for? 4

How often do you shop? Every Friday

Where do you shop? Walmart and Costco

How much is your average bill? $100 weekly at Walmart, $250 monthly at Costco, including paper, cleaning, shampoo, etc.

I meal plan and buy meat in bulk. It makes a huge difference in my grocery bill. I used to spend almost $1000/month.


PeaNut 487,485
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Posted: 11/11/2013 9:56:08 PM
Well, Ill add mine...

I shop for 5 (2 adults and 3 growing kiddos)
I shop once a week
I mainly shop at Wegmans (maybe Ill pick a few paper products up at Target)
I spend between $160-190 a week.

I just feel like that is really A LOT! I do use coupons and buy on sale as I can, but even the coupons lately stink! Im not sure if its that Wegmans is so darn expensive, or maybe its just food in general is pricey.



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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:04:25 PM
I shop for two adults, 2 teens. One of who is a football player--a lineman. So he eats a ton and a lot of it is lean protein. Also, I usually buy at least one meals worth of food for the food pantry.

I usually spend about $150 a week, which includes health and beauty and cleaning supplies. I do all of our main shopping at a military commissary, which is significantly cheaper than most grocery stores. I do use coupons--probably about $20-$30 a week. (The commissary has their own coupons, often on meat, produce, milk, cheese, etc.)

I often make a produce run mid week, but that total is in the $150 estimate. We don't eat out often--maybe once or twice a month. I cook ahead of time and freeze meals, which is very convenient for our busy schedule--a kid always needs to be somewhere or picked up from somewhere. When it's really crazy, I buy Stouffer's lasagne or pre made chicken Kiev or an easy meal. Or we will just have hot sandwiches.

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Posted: 11/11/2013 10:29:41 PM
2 adults
Once every 2 weeks
Trader Joes and Whole Foods
350.00 every 2 weeks ($175.00 a week)
including ingrediants for homemade cat food-ground turkey and pumpkin

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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:03:26 PM
I'm single so I just shop for me. I pretty much buy what I want without worrying about what is on sale or coupons.

I shop at Winco every 4-6 weeks and usually spend around $125 there. I will also go to Walmart or Target every two weeks to pick up a few things. Spending about $30 each time on food.

I typically run to the small, local grocer across the street once a week for milk and a few other things. Spending about $10-$20 each time.

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PeaNut 48,862
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Posted: 11/11/2013 11:14:23 PM
2 adults, 2 toddlers

I usually spend around $90 at our fruit market (much fresher fruits, vegetables, meats, etc.) weekly and then anywhere between $100-$250/2 weeks at the grocery store, depending on what we need. That includes groceries, cleaning supplies, health and beauty items, dog food/treats.

I sometimes make a run to Costco for toilet paper, paper towel and some odds and ends. Usually can keep it between $75-$150. Sometimes monthly, sometimes every other month.

We also spend a ridiculous amount of money on Zone Perfect protein bars every month but we love them.

ETA: my grocery bill sometimes includes diapers too. I usually buy from Amazon but sometimes we run out before the next shipment.

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Posted: 11/12/2013 12:16:11 AM

I shop for 3 people. Myself, DS 20 & DS 14. I spend $100/wk which includes groceries and toiletries. I do most of my shopping at Kroger, some at CVS and Walmart.

I belong to a couple of FB coupon groups where some of the other members are very serious about couponing. They've helped me save quite a bit of money.
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