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Is $200 enough for a week?

post #1 of 15
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I have been trying to build up an emergency fund since we have never had one, so I have been trying to keep things to a mininium. Could you live off of $200 a week for things like groceries, misc, eating out, and gas?
post #2 of 15
I spend somewhere around $200 a MONTH on groceries and we seldom eat out, so that would be plenty for us.
post #3 of 15
We couldn't but every family is different.
post #4 of 15
It wouldn't work for us. Dh travels for work, so together we spend about $100 a week just on gas.
post #5 of 15
We usually live on less than that per week, but we're only a family of 3.
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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

I spend somewhere around $200 a MONTH on groceries and we seldom eat out, so that would be plenty for us.

How the heck do you spend so little?


Yes $200 a week would be enough for us
$100 groceries
$60 Gas
$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.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Phoenyx View Post

I spend somewhere around $200 a MONTH on groceries and we seldom eat out, so that would be plenty for us.

this is our family as well too - I budget about $40 per week in groceries & we eat everything out of the home. (there are 3 people in the family)
post #8 of 15
This amount will do us for 2-3 weeks on an average, unless something out of the ordinary comes up or I catch a good sale in the store.
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Originally Posted by ember15 View Post

How the heck do you spend so little?


Yes $200 a week would be enough for us
$100 groceries
$60 Gas
$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.

For three of us (2 adults/ 8 yo) our breakdown would be the same as yours. Anything less would be getting really tight! I've tried and tried to get the food bill consistantly under $100/wk but in my area that means really scaling back on quality to get quantity. I cook and bake ++ so it's not like I don't work my pantry either!!!!
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Originally Posted by ember15 View Post

How the heck do you spend so little?


Yes $200 a week would be enough for us
$100 groceries
$60 Gas
$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.
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