A Poll

I want to know:

  1. how much do you spend on groceries per month (including household cleaners, personal items, etc. but NOT dining out);
  2. what part of the country do you live in; AND
  3. what is your family size?

I’m looking to see what other families of 3-4 in the Bay Area spend but am generally curious. Trying to see if we spend more than usual and if we should cut back somehow. Please email me privately if you don’t want to comment, kathryn at pobox dot com.

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4 Comments on “A Poll”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    Only two of us in our household here in RI, but I’d say an average trip to the grocery store runs us about $100-$125. I don’t buy too much by way of pre-made foods, so not too many coupons involved. So I guess we spend approx $400-$500 monthly.

    Once our Little One arrives (hopefully soon!) I’m guessing that number will go up quite a bit, although my plan is to make my own baby food so I don’t foresee crazy spending on multiple jars of expensive baby food.

  2. kate Says:

    i spend about $125 a week for groceries which includes all the kitty food and paraphernalia. i’m the only human. plus four feline weasels. we’re on the north carolina coast. maybe this is a lot to spend, but i look at it like this: i don’t smoke or drink (much 🙂 or socialize much. and i don’t shop for clothes or shoes or household stuff beyond what is utterly necessary. healthy organic food is one of the main ways i take care of myself and my loved ones. i love to food shop!

  3. Kathryn Says:

    I’ve gotten such an interesting range of responses by email, on FB, and here! The highest number I’ve been given is $2,200 a month for a family of four. The lowest for a family of four was $400 a month, but I don’t think this included anything other than food. A lot of people, for a family of 3 or 4, seem to spend about $1200-1400 a month in the Bay Area.

    So, family size and location definitely have an impact. For our family, we spend about $900 a month on food, household items, and pet supplies. I don’t go to Whole Foods or get a lot of organic food. I think we can reduce it a little with more conscientious purchasing, but probably not by much.

  4. Sharon Says:

    We have four humans (two in diapers) and one cat (on thryroid medication) and live in the Bay Area. We spend about $500 / month on food and about $150-$250 on household items. I cook most food myself for the family, with an occasional meal out. Some organic, but not “I’ll make an extra trip to the store” for something. My husband’s company subsidizes their lunch by $6 a day, so that certainly helps on cost, too. I also don’t use many cleaners – bleach, vinegar, windex and an organic lavender all-purpose cleaner covers most of my needs. I do get a little kick out of thriftiness, but I don’t mind a nice splurge now and then.