As some of you may know, Mr. R didn't work much during the month of September; to the point where I am having to call some of my bills and make arrangements. Ehh, it doesn't happen often, and most are willing to work with me because I am usually on time and make more than minimum payments. Also, blessedly, we only have one credit card, and it only has $400 left on it, so it's not a huge issue. Anyway, the one area where I tend to not pay attention is our grocery bill...I went online and checked how many times I went to Publix and Winn-Dixie in August and I was SHOCKED. I spent nearly as much on my groceries as I do my mortgage (which is $1300-ish.) Oh my WORD people, I have got to get this under control. What a WASTE. I am spending about $300 a week on groceries and eating out, and I don't even have a stockpile.
So that leads me to my next question. For those of you who have larger families, which include teenagers, how much do you normally spend on groceries per week? Do you shop weekly, biweekly, monthly? Do you bother with coupons or just buy store brands? Do you eat organic or buy as many pre-prepared foods as possible? Do you calculate in for kids bringing all their friends over? Do you have an eating-out budget?
For the past two weeks, I've only had $80 per week to spend on groceries. Heck yes, it was tight and we are not eating as healthy as I'd like. That makes me reason (in my own head, which is not always a good place to be!) that a budget of $150 per week would be acceptable for us. This would need to include breakfast (which for the kids is cereal, but I prefer stuff like eggs, omelets, bacon, that kind of thing) three kids packing lunches which include a sandwich, a drink, and some sort of snack, after school snacks, a decent lunch for me (I don't care for sandwiches much, I actually prefer leftovers!) and a good hearty dinner. Plus maybe a dessert for the kids a few nights a week. Do any of you menu plan? If so, how far in advance do you plan?
I'm curious to hear from you! Please comment, and tell me how you budget to feed your family!