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amother




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Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:07 pm
I’m trying to cut back on expenses, and I want to figure out what’s normal to spend on food and groceries (meds, detergent, deodorant), etc.
Not including clothes or anything else.

How much do you spend on this monthly?
Can you please share family size and general location?

Thanks so much!
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amother




Outerspace
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:12 pm
I don’t think there is any “normal”. If you feel you need to cut back, look at your expenses and see where you can? Just because I spend more doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t cut back if financially you need to or just because I spend less doesn’t mean you have were to cut.
Do you use prepared foods? (Do you have the bandwidth to prepare?
Paper goods? Name brands?
More expensive cuts of chicken/meat or expensive dairy?
Do you throw away food?
Where do you shop for produce?
Do you make impulse purchases?
Is your freezer full of things you don’t really need?
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amother




Alyssum
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:15 pm
I ask in a non snarky way how this information could help you?

There are so many variables that go into how much a family spends on food - even a family that is identical in terms of size - genders - age of each child will wind up spending a different amount because a family will have different priorities.

Some people choose to spend a large percentage of their money on food because it is important to them but they are frugal in other areas.

Some people work long hours so they have to spend more on take out or buy ready made food.

Some people enjoy cooking which can translate into either spending a lot on food or spending less on food because they are willing to be creative using less expensive ingredients and/or cooking ahead so that they always have something to pull out of the freezer

And obviously income is going to be significant - if money isn't an issue than money will be spent on more expensive foods - in general of course.
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amother




OP
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:29 pm
Both of you make good points.

There are online calculators for food expenses but kosher food is more expensive so it doesn’t help. I want to get a ballpark idea of what is a normal amount for a family of 7.

It might not make sense but it’s good for me to know where I’m “holding” spending-wise with the current food prices. Help me gauge if I’m spending too much or not.
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Carnation
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:36 pm
Family of 5 kah and we spend around 1200 a month on food.
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amother




OP
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:56 pm
amother Carnation wrote:
Family of 5 kah and we spend around 1200 a month on food.


Thank you!
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amother




NeonOrange
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 10:56 pm
Somewhere around $1500 and that includes dry goods, diapers and wipes (2 kids in diapers) family of 7, oldest kid is 9. Lakewood
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amother




NeonPink
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:04 pm
amother Carnation wrote:
Family of 5 kah and we spend around 1200 a month on food.

Does that include fish and meat/chicken? Mine closer to 16
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amother




Leaf
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:07 pm
family of 4 about $1300 a month
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amother




Cadetblue
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:07 pm
Family of 5 approx 1300- 1500 on food (we host bh) but does not include diapers, Wipes, etc
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amother




OP
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:10 pm
amother NeonOrange wrote:
Somewhere around $1500 and that includes dry goods, diapers and wipes (2 kids in diapers) family of 7, oldest kid is 9. Lakewood


Thank you, all these responses are so helpful.
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amother




Carnation
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:16 pm
amother NeonPink wrote:
Does that include fish and meat/chicken? Mine closer to 16


Yes but I don't do alot of expensive protien. Chopped meat goes alot farther and I'll do salmon smaller cuts so cheaper.. I do chicken cutlets too but put more carb or veggie on plate
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amother




Eggplant
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:42 pm
$2400
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amother




Milk
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:54 pm
I'll answer even though I hardly think this will be helpful to you.
I spend over $3k a month on groceries.
Family of 5 adults, 1 teen, 1 school age.


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amother




Jade
 

Post Tue, Nov 29 2022, 11:56 pm
amother Carnation wrote:
Family of 5 kah and we spend around 1200 a month on food.


This number sounds about right to me. also a family of 5 in lakewood.

It does vary each month
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amother




Hosta
 

Post Wed, Nov 30 2022, 12:03 am
We are 2 adults, 3 kids. OOT so kosher prices a little higher, regular groceries a little lower. My kids get no food in school. We spend about 1500 a month
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Dodgerblue
 

Post Wed, Nov 30 2022, 12:14 am
Family of 7 in Lakewood, oldest kid is 12. We spend about $2200 a month. My kids do not get any food in school.
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Purple
 

Post Wed, Nov 30 2022, 12:17 am
7 people (kids are bigger) we spend about $2000 a month plus
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Feverfew
 

Post Wed, Nov 30 2022, 12:26 am
We're a family of 7 kah in Lakewood. Oldest is 9. I estimate about $1,700 a month on groceries. Maybe more. We don't eat fancy, it just adds up a lotttt.
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Cyclamen
 

Post Wed, Nov 30 2022, 12:43 am
Family of 5 and my guesstimate for groceries is around $1200-$1300 a month not even including diapers and wipes and toiletries and paper goods embarrassed we eat a ton of fresh produce.
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