There was some drama on the farm this morning. I looked at the bank account and added up all the money that had been spent at grocery stores in the month of June. $840. The month is not over yet! Holy &*%$! The farmer says that cannot be right and does the math himself. $737. One charge from Walmart - he went there, I didn't - was not for food. Add to this, the $565 we spent on our CSA share for the season. $1,300 spent on food in a month. *thud*
We agreed that this is too much. He shops too often. We need to limit it to once a week with an agreed upon list. The more you visit a grocery store, the more you will spend. One of the secrets of saving money is to stay out of the darn stores.
So then I start wondering what is reasonable? Google is my friend and pulls up one of my favorite sites: The Simple Dollar.
That was back in 2008. What about now?
The USDA still has a calculator. Updated March 2010
For our family of three, with two adults and one child, the grocery budget numbers look like this:
Low cost: $575
Moderate cost: $713
Liberal cost: $876
Wow. I really thought that we could eat well on about $400. I guess I owe the farmer an apology.