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    Default What does your family spend in groceries a month

    After having noticed many items we use often go up since the new year...the 500.00 a month budgeted does seem to go far for Us(family of 3)...but 600.00 seems to be a good budget amount...how is everyone else doing? Janine

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    I stopped looking. Terrible I know, but better than freaking myself out. I was able to stay around $400 a month when we were in Ontario, but it pretty much doubled after we moved home. A little better I think this past month, as the teenager (+boyfriend) is away. But once school is back in next month it will go back to being through the roof.

    I haven't noticed many actual price increases, but the decent sale prices have all but disappeared.

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    Oops, I just realized that this was a Canadian Poll....Sorry about that, my figures probably don't apply.

    I try to stay between 400-500 a month. I have noticed the prices creaping up though on items like milk and coffee etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iansmommy View Post
    Oops, I just realized that this was a Canadian Poll....Sorry about that, my figures probably don't apply.

    I try to stay between 400-500 a month. I have noticed the prices creaping up though on items like milk and coffee etc.
    Milk has not budged here yet...still 4.69+enviro feeand deposit...but the breat we use went from 1.57 in Jan 2011...to 1.97 in May.

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    Between 400 and 600 a month for a family of 7 in Ontario. Ad- matching, stock piling, having a garden, shopping sales and using coupons is the only way to fly for us. If I didn't, we'd easily be closer to 1000 a month (and our kids don't drink juice or pop, eat candy/junk food or prepared/frozen meals!) KD is a HUGE treat for them

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    My food budget for 4 is $500 a month (can't add more) and that also includes non-perishable items, like laundry, toiletries, cleaning supplies, health aids, etc..

    It doesn't seem to be enough, but it's all we have..

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    We're at between 600-700/mth for a family of 4. This includes pet food and HBA.

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    Is couponing bigger in ONT? Cause the coupons here in AB are for processed stuff...which we don't use often anyway...The farmers market has just this past week has started selling fruit and veggies...appparently the gardens are behind around here.

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    Sorry another foreigner-- I'm south of the border in central NY. Things are very pricey here and going up by the minute. I still spend about $100 a week for just myself and DH, 2 dogs and a cat. Some of that goes to stockpiling and part to DH's particular wants-- he is a very picky eater. He is in for a rude awakening however when his unemplyment runs out in 2 weeks and grocery budget drops to about $40-$50/wk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy5456 View Post
    Sorry another foreigner-- I'm south of the border in central NY. Things are very pricey here and going up by the minute. I still spend about $100 a week for just myself and DH, 2 dogs and a cat. Some of that goes to stockpiling and part to DH's particular wants-- he is a very picky eater. He is in for a rude awakening however when his unemplyment runs out in 2 weeks and grocery budget drops to about $40-$50/wk.
    Sorry about the unemployment...hope he finds something asap.

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    I haven't really counted but I would estimate about $300 a month for the two us. I live with my ex, we're now just friends and roommates and it's an excellent arrangement!

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    We have been able to reduce our grocery expenses over the past year with very little effort. This time last year we were spending between $700-$800 a month for two adults and two teenagers who eat like adults.

    As of the end of July we are averaging $400 a month. DD moved earlier this month for college and is living in the dorms. Now, we are only buying for just the three of us. It looks like our average is going to drop to between $275-$325 a month.

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    I'd say anywhere from 400-600 I stop tracking. I will start again next month when I'm on a better routine.

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    For 2 of us we spend about $300 a month. Trying to get that down though.

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    560 a month for 6 of us - 5 are teens or adults - one 10 yo
    includes cleaning -paper - beauty - food - pet bunny
    i had special food needs due to my fibro and IBS ( esp no beans )- my 14 yo has shellfish allergies- my 10 yo has to avoid too much dairy or red dye .

    we eat very little frozen / processed stuff - occasional boxed mac and cheese for when my fibro is bad and my kids cook.

    i think you need to have comparisons for your own area though to really know whats going on

    IE for me - i would get close to 800 in food stamps for same size family if we had no income -
    famliy i have spend 200 a week for 4 people
    so thats 800 for 4 or would be 1200 for 6 for a month -i am at 1/2 of that so i feel good with that

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