Sunday, September 2, 2007

A realistic food budget?

I'm attempting to keep my spending on groceries (and dining out on the rare occasions I do that) to $25 or less a week. This seems reasonable to me, especially since my parents still expect me to eat their food whenever I am home. (In addition, it seemed to make my mother pretty annoyed when I insisted on paying for my own groceries when we went shopping together today, but that story probably deserves its own post.)

Yet, I keep getting strange looks when I mention the food budget. Is this amount unrealistic? I'll buy generic, clip coupons, shop sales, and plan quite a few meals around beans and rice or peanut butter and jelly on whole wheat bread. Can anyone out there give me an idea of what it costs them to eat frugally yet healthfully?

1 comment:

Amy said...

$25/week is pretty low for the average American. It's close to the Food Stamp Diet/Challenge taken on by senators earlier this year. On the other hand, I think it's pretty reasonable. And based on your grocery trip post from before, you're not going to starve. My only worry would be the dining out portion, but it all depends on where you go.

I am enjoying your blog. Just found it today and intend to check back often. You're giving me flashbacks to my college days!