My husband and I have always had a grocery budget in place. Some months I spend under it and some I spend over it, especially those months when I need to stock up on bigger items we’ve run out of. An example of that was at the end of January. We needed paper towels, soda, Lysol wipes, cereal, yogurt, all things that had coupons at Costco that month. Well many of those things will last us several months.
Is it fair to take it all out of January’s budget? My husband has suggested that I divide it out amongst upcoming months and it will just carry over and in a sense, be in that next month’s spending. I think it works pretty well for us.
What I’m challenged by lately is all this hype about people who spend so little week-by-week at the grocery store. Ex: “I spend $25.00 a week on my family of four!” So you listen, to find out more of course, and come to find out that in addition to the $25.00 that is spend weekly, they get items out of their stockpile they’ve accumulated in their pantry, garage, and/or freezer. Shouldn’t that count in your weekly spending then?
I don’t mean to sound mean, but where does one’s stockpile money come from then?
I am looking to find out averages that families spend on groceries per week or month, keeping in mind their stockpiles (including personal hygiene and cleaning products). I think our budget is high, but with the cost of food and taxes, it all adds up. I use coupons, I use ads, I do all I can to save, but would love to save any more.
What is your grocery budget, if you don’t mind sharing, keeping everything you use in mind?
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