Originally Posted by ember15
How the heck do you spend so little?
Yes $200 a week would be enough for us
$10 Coffee hour
Leaving us $30 for a modest dinner out or something else, gifts, etc.
I need to be spending less but its a challenge.
There are only two people in our house. We don't eat a lot of meat, which is the most expensive part of most people's grocery list. When I make a meat-based dish, I use 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of meat called for by the recipe. For example, if I make chicken stew, I cut up one or two pieces of chicken, and then fill up the rest of the crockpot with vegetables. That will feed us for several days.
Most of the time, I use meat as an ingredient in a dish, rather than as a main course, which cuts the serving sizes WAY down. I can make a pork stir-fry that will feed both of us for three meals using two pork chops. As a main dish, those two pork chops would have only fed us once.
My dad fishes a lot since he retired, and my mom hates fish, so he brings me his catch. Right now, I have 4 HUGE bass in my freezer (over 4 lbs each). One of those bass will feed the two of us for at least three meals.
The biggest part of our grocery bill is pet supplies. We have five cats, two big dogs, one medium sized dog, and two small dogs. The dogs go through a 50-lb bag of food in two weeks. If the big dogs are not kept supplied with chew toys, they will find other things to chew on - shoes, furniture, etc. Those big rawhide bones last them just under a week.
Our cars get very good gas mileage. My commute to work is very short (15 minutes). My car has a 15-gallon tank, and a tank lasts me a week and a half. Himself has a longer commute (45 minutes), same size gas tank, and a tank lasts him almost a week.
What's a $10 coffee hour? I buy rain forest certified coffee, and I don't pay $10 a package for it.