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#8943442 - 02/13/17 09:58 AM How much do you spend on food?
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It seems our food bills are out of control and we always food prep, I rarely buy lunches, always brown bagging it, etc.

Easily $800/month for two people \:\|

Only caveat is almost everything is organic, lots of fruits/veggies, that's still pretty high no?

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#8943467 - 02/13/17 10:16 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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Too much, and were bad for buying too much raw and letting it go bad

Where do you shop?

You can get deals on fruits and veggies from those places that have random farmers market loads and you just pay $10 for a bag of random goodies. You get a lot but each week it changes

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#8943482 - 02/13/17 10:29 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: loudsubz]
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 Originally Posted By: loudsubz
Too much, and were bad for buying too much raw and letting it go bad


This is our issue as well - mostly due to poor time management. We'll go grocery shopping on Saturday but sometimes we don't get a chance to cook until Wednesday or Thursday which is a little fucked. We toss a lot of food, which is quite aggravating. Debating on grabbing one of those big chest freezers to stash in the basement.

For food bills, our household of 2 are doing about $450 a month.

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#8943487 - 02/13/17 10:33 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: loudsubz]
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 Originally Posted By: loudsubz
Too much, and were bad for buying too much raw and letting it go bad

Where do you shop?

You can get deals on fruits and veggies from those places that have random farmers market loads and you just pay $10 for a bag of random goodies. You get a lot but each week it changes



No frills/walmart for staple shit that's cheaper than competitors and Frescho for fruits/specialty items.

Free range chicken breasts directly from a farm supplier - cheaper than stores, I buy in bulk (70 chicken breasts last us 2 months usually).

We've done the farmers market thing, along with deliveries, etc. doesn't work for us. Cost isn't much different than the store, but it lacks variety.

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#8943488 - 02/13/17 10:33 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: fatso]
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 Originally Posted By: fatso
 Originally Posted By: loudsubz
Too much, and were bad for buying too much raw and letting it go bad


This is our issue as well - mostly due to poor time management. We'll go grocery shopping on Saturday but sometimes we don't get a chance to cook until Wednesday or Thursday which is a little fucked. We toss a lot of food, which is quite aggravating. Debating on grabbing one of those big chest freezers to stash in the basement.

For food bills, our household of 2 are doing about $450 a month.


450 for all of your food consumption? Coffees, take out, etc?

I don't understand how people do it.

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#8943494 - 02/13/17 10:37 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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For family of 5, we spend between 550 to 600 a month.

I spend a fair bit of time reading fliers and making a note where to buy the food from. Also we buy most of our organic goods from costco and we order our organic produce online and have it delivered every thursday for ~$80 a week.
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#8943496 - 02/13/17 10:38 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: c2k]
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600 all organic for 5 people?
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#8943500 - 02/13/17 10:40 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
600 all organic for 5 people?


bush and stick special pricing. Far different from the scummy GTA pricing.
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#8943514 - 02/13/17 10:45 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: c2k]
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Show me what you are eating and how much you are paying for things...lol jk I know you won't.

Thanks for the input though, it's dismissed.

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#8943518 - 02/13/17 10:48 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
Show me what you are eating and how much you are paying for things...lol jk I know you won't.

Thanks for the input though, it's dismissed.


Organic craft dinner for 5 can bring in those numbers \:\)

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#8943533 - 02/13/17 10:58 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: loudsubz]
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Costco is around 200 per 2 weeks for meat and other bulk shit, plus another 200$ at no frills for other shit. Another 100 for little one for organic food
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#8943541 - 02/13/17 11:04 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Denis Si]
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#8943548 - 02/13/17 11:08 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Denis Si]
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If my combined grocery and restaurant bill tops $250/month I'd be really surprised. Living alone + eats healthy + controls portions + buys deals + doesn't waste shit = cheap food budget.

FWIW: I don't buy into the whole organic craze. It's entirely unregulated and thus not worth the cost since I have no idea what I'm actually getting versus the regular stuff.

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#8943557 - 02/13/17 11:16 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: eddie_82]
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 Originally Posted By: eddie_82
If my combined grocery and restaurant bill tops $250/month I'd be really surprised. Living alone + eats healthy + controls portions + buys deals + doesn't waste shit = cheap food budget.

FWIW: I don't buy into the whole organic craze. It's entirely unregulated and thus not worth the cost since I have no idea what I'm actually getting versus the regular stuff.


Same here

I think eating healthy is a more important step anyways

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#8943562 - 02/13/17 11:17 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: c2k]
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 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
 Originally Posted By: fatso
 Originally Posted By: loudsubz
Too much, and were bad for buying too much raw and letting it go bad


This is our issue as well - mostly due to poor time management. We'll go grocery shopping on Saturday but sometimes we don't get a chance to cook until Wednesday or Thursday which is a little fucked. We toss a lot of food, which is quite aggravating. Debating on grabbing one of those big chest freezers to stash in the basement.

For food bills, our household of 2 are doing about $450 a month.


450 for all of your food consumption? Coffees, take out, etc?

I don't understand how people do it.


Oh fuck no... sorry, I misunderstood - that's just our grocery bill. We'll do maybe $100 on eating out and take-out, $200 on coffee, maybe another $100 or so in lunches when I forget to pack them, so ya, not far off from where your budget is.


 Originally Posted By: c2k
 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
600 all organic for 5 people?


bush and stick special pricing. Far different from the scummy GTA pricing.


Yeah, that's impressive for five people - are you eating just carrots and cereal??? \:o

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#8943567 - 02/13/17 11:20 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: fatso]
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 Originally Posted By: fatso

For food bills, our household of 2 are doing about $450 a month.


similar over at my place.
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#8943573 - 02/13/17 11:26 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: loudsubz]
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 Originally Posted By: loudsubz

I think eating healthy is a more important step anyways


It's all a complex matrix. Buying sales and in bulk helps a ton. Not wasting is huge too (only buy what you'll use). Portion control is obvious.

I don't buy useless snacks and junk food every week either.

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#8943578 - 02/13/17 11:30 AM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: fatso]
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 Originally Posted By: fatso


Yeah, that's impressive for five people - are you eating just carrots and cereal??? \:o


lol. We buy our meat in bulk and freeze them, but it also helps the fact that we mainly buy our food on sale aka reading fliers and finding out what's on sale.
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#8943695 - 02/13/17 12:49 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: c2k]
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Around $200/wk in groceries. Trying to cut down hard on eating out to 1/week for family but I've bought lunch probably 3 times/ week for myself. I don't do Timmies/Starbucks, just morning coffee at home.
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#8943804 - 02/13/17 01:38 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Big Tasty]
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Gf is easily over $1000 per month for the household. We try to cook a lot home and have leftovers, etc.
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#8943818 - 02/13/17 01:42 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: LNXGUY]
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$600/3 people/monthly, Including every Thursday night delivery.

We eat quite healthy.

We got to Chinese grocery markets for fruits and some veggies (not T&T).

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#8943907 - 02/13/17 02:35 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: OracerO]
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 Originally Posted By: OracerO
We got to Chinese grocery markets for fruits and some veggies (not T&T).



Same here. Get fresh fruits and veggies for cheap.
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#8943937 - 02/13/17 02:53 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Just A Troll]
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Every Chinese store I've been to in Markham and Scarborough has really poor quality of fruits and veggies.
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#8943942 - 02/13/17 03:01 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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I find they tend to have better quality exotic produce like okra, bok choy, mangoes and so on. They have much shittier apples, bananas, oranges and berries though.
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#8943969 - 02/13/17 03:23 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: eddie_82]
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Fair observation.
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#8943970 - 02/13/17 03:23 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: eddie_82]
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 Originally Posted By: eddie_82
If my combined grocery and restaurant bill tops $250/month I'd be really surprised. Living alone + eats healthy + controls portions + buys deals + doesn't waste shit = cheap food budget.

FWIW: I don't buy into the whole organic craze. It's entirely unregulated and thus not worth the cost since I have no idea what I'm actually getting versus the regular stuff.


$62/week including restaurants? That seems impossible unless your restaurant meals are $2 pho and whopper wednesday. Just 7 days of lunch/dinner proteins is at least $50. What is a typical days breakfast/lunch/dinner for you, i'm genuinely curious.

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#8943972 - 02/13/17 03:25 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: robbbby]
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I'm around $400, $600 including restaurants. I eat out way too much.

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#8943974 - 02/13/17 03:25 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: robbbby]
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I think he can pull it off because portion control, he is the only that touched on that here and I know there is a HUGE discrepancy in that factor alone between many of us here. I wouldn't be surprised if I ate double what most of the people who replied eat on a regular basis.




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#8943997 - 02/13/17 03:36 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Risky Business]
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 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
I think he can pull it off because portion control, he is the only that touched on that here and I know there is a HUGE discrepancy in that factor alone between many of us here. I wouldn't be surprised if I ate double what most of the people who replied eat on a regular basis.



I'm not doubting that he can do it, he has no reason to make it up but even controlling portion size it seems tough.

$250 in a 30 day month is $8.30 a day. Divide that by three meals. Heck, lets pretend he fasts and only eats lunch and dinner, that's $4.15 per meal. That's like ramen budget IMO.
The fact that it includes restaurant food makes it seem even tougher to do. Say $30/month on restaurant food, that leaves $220 for grocery food at $7.30 a day.

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#8944068 - 02/13/17 04:28 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Just A Troll]
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 Originally Posted By: Just A Troll
 Originally Posted By: OracerO
We got to Chinese grocery markets for fruits and some veggies (not T&T).



Same here. Get fresh fruits and veggies for cheap.
not all that fresh. One of the reasons for China store pricing(besides lack of frills) is because they buy old produce/near expiring stuff. It's not that great quality and if you pay attention next time you can watch the guys loading the shelf examining each piece and throwing a lot of it away(as its clearly gone bad).
Still edible until it's actually bad but I wouldn't really call it fresh.
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#8944150 - 02/13/17 05:19 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: Polkaroo]
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I think we are around $7-800 factoring coffee and shit.
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#8944225 - 02/13/17 07:12 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: robbbby]
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 Originally Posted By: Risky Budiness
I think he can pull it off because portion control, he is the only that touched on that here and I know there is a HUGE discrepancy in that factor alone between many of us here. I wouldn't be surprised if I ate double what most of the people who replied eat on a regular basis.



I'm not doubting that he can do it, he has no reason to make it up but even controlling portion size it seems tough.

$250 in a 30 day month is $8.30 a day. Divide that by three meals. Heck, lets pretend he fasts and only eats lunch and dinner, that's $4.15 per meal. That's like ramen budget IMO.
The fact that it includes restaurant food makes it seem even tougher to do. Say $30/month on restaurant food, that leaves $220 for grocery food at $7.30 a day.




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#8944254 - 02/13/17 08:09 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: eddie_82]
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forever alone. eating ramen.
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#8944299 - 02/13/17 08:58 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: robbbby]
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#8944311 - 02/13/17 09:09 PM Re: How much do you spend on food? [Re: The Postman]
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Uhhh we spend 1k a month on food. Two people. Not counting coffee, dessert or non essential meals. This is groceries plus known days of eating out (we don't cook on weekends). Vas how are u doing 800? Surely you consume more food than I do...or not XD
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