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Updated USDA national average grocery bill

post #1 of 22
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has been updated through December 2009. The link is:

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publication...fFoodDec09.pdf

We're between the thrifty and the low-cost range of grocery bills. I'm really excited by that because we have a number of dietary restrictions that require rather pricey foods. I think it's a combination of only shopping sales and scratch cooking that keeps our grocery bill low. Woo hoo!

All those frugal strategies really work!!
post #2 of 22
We are between low cost and moderate. I have just started cutting back so I am glad to know where i fall, and it helped me see where I need to work. Good thing is just a year ago I was liberal for a family of 4 and there were only three of us.
post #3 of 22
Thanks for posting... this is so interesting! I've been working on cutting back our Family of Four grocery bill. We fall between Low - Moderate, but I thought we would be in the Thrifty! Looks like I need to keep working on my bargaining skills! : )
post #4 of 22
wow, it shows you how much frugality really pays off! We are half of the still only about half of the thrifty plan though.. that makes me happy

thanks for posting!
post #5 of 22
We are well under the Thrifty plan; in March 2011, with our two teens, the four of us spend $85 weekly on groceries and non-foods. We may have eaten out once. The current Thrifty plan for two adults and two preschoolers is $120 (http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publication...oodFeb2011.pdf). Yay! (Now, we don't live in a big city, where it costs more...)
post #6 of 22
$75 a week for two people is thrifty? That's almost our MONTHLY food budget!
post #7 of 22
Hmmm....I'm not quite sure what number we're supposed to use. It this just for how much you spend at the grocery? Or how much you spend total per month of food? Our grocery bills are very reasonable, but my DH eats lunch out each day, we get carryout food quite a bit, etc. I'm not sure where we fall but I would think if it's TOTAL with everything we'd be on the higher end.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by aliadam View Post

It this just for how much you spend at the grocery?

It says in the tiny print it's assuming all meals and snacks prepared at home.

We are WAY under the thrifty plan. We don't even spend $500 on food and groceries total, including eating out at least twice a week, and including diapers and household stuff.
post #9 of 22
We are under the Thrifty Plan also. I even spent more this month than usual and still under. That is awesome.
post #10 of 22
We're under the Thrifty plan as well.
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