So from what I can tell, most people with families of 3-6 are spending between $400-$650 per month to eat depending on where you live and how often you go out.
Our current grocery budget it, drum roll please, $375 per month. Not enough. I already knew that, but you made me feel better.
As Sarah says, it appears that we (as a society) are spending a bunch of money on food. I REALLY think we are spending what it costs to eat. We (except for Stephanie) don’t have gardens anymore. . .don’t have chickens to provide our eggs, don’t raise our own meat, or milk our own cows, or bake our own bread (except for Rebecca). Not only that, but the better a food is for you, the more expensive it is. I can get “wheat” bread for $.88 a loaf, but to get 100% whole wheat bread that has some fiber and nutrition, I have to pay $2.29. Cheese is expensive–but it’s an incredibly good way to get some added calcium in each day. I will PAY $3.99 for a gallon of milk because my growing children need it to continue with that growing thing.
It just costs money to eat, people. . .evidently $100-$125 per family, per week.
Thanks for your help.