I spend $175 a month on groceries for my small family of three. I wrote about spending less on groceries in this post about eating meat-free. Several people (okay, two people) asked me how I manage to pull this off. According the USDA’s “thrifty” meal plan, a family with a man, woman, and three-year-old would spend $414.20 per month. (We’d spend $800 on the “liberal” plan!) So it seems that we are spending less than half of what other “thrifty” eaters are spending–and we eat mostly organic food!
This is a bit puzzling to me, as we don’t do anything too extraordinary to save money on food. I haven’t planted a garden since two summers ago (and it was a failure), I don’t clip coupons, and I don’t shop at Costco or other huge warehouse stores. I also buy many expensive ingredients, like olive oil, nuts, and fancy cheese. If I had to, I could save even more money if I got better at gardening, stopped buying organic foods, and cut out a few costlier items on my grocery list.