Saturday, March 13, 2010
Your grocery bill... and other stuff.
I am curious. What do you spend on average per month on groceries and how big is your family?
I don't need exact numbers, just a round about number. On just groceries alone I spend about $350 per month. We are a family of 6 to include 2 adults, an almost 9 year old boy, a 7 year old girl, an almost 3 year old boy, and the baby boy who will be 1 next month. Obviously for the baby, formula is still a constant, but we have added a lot more foods to his diet.
I budget $400 per month and with the extra we are able to go out to eat at least once per month. I don't use a lot of boxed and canned items, except for some veggies and fruit. I love being able to provide good food for my family without it costing me an arm and a leg.
I have had a few comments lately (not here) that because I don't spend a lot on food that I must not be providing enough for my family. What do you think? I have found it to be cheaper to provide home cooked from scratch meals cheaper then buying all the prepackaged crap.
I love cookbooks and I love easy to prepare meals. I just recently bought myself a new cook book and I plan on going through the cookbook and bringing you all along for the ride. I am going through the book today to make up my list for the next 2 weeks. So starting Monday (maybe tomorrow) I will be sharing with you what I cook and bake including a picture. The cookbook is Don't Panic, Dinners in The Freezer
My plan is to cook for 2 weeks put have enough food for the whole month, give or take a few staples like milk, cheese, fruits, and veggies while still keeping within the budget.
I hope you all enjoy this mini excursion into my kitchen.