How much you should REALLY spend on groceries each month *update*
I thought this chart was really cool because the USDA broke down different food budget plans and how much each family should actually spend on food, according to family size and budget.
I was actually surprised that even the CHEAPEST plan for like a family of 3 was around $250 a month. It's really eye opening on how little is actually spent on food vs what should be spent on food. Check it out.
So for a family of 4, monthly groceries should be anywhere from $500 a month to $1200 per month. Here's a link to the costs per family size for June 2011
W\hat is your family size and do you spend the amount suggested by the USDA?
*Update* So i'm trying to get more information from the USDA Food Plan Cost website about where they get the numbers. I think it's based on the average for the united states.
The put allot of information in varying forms and a bunch of different links, so you kinda have to dig around. But here's a little bit of info that i found if anyone is interested.
The Thrifty, Low-Cost, Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food Plans each represent a nutritious diet at a different cost. The Thrifty Food Plan is the basis for food stamp allotments. (All files are PDFs unless otherwise noted.)
Cost of Food ― 1994 to Present
Official USDA Food Plans: Cost of Food at Home at Four Levels, U.S. Average (These are the most recent Cost of Food numbers.)
Other Current Publications
For information on putting the Thrifty Food Plan into practice, please see the Recipe Finder database, which contains recipes for use by nutrition educators working with the SNAP (Food Stamp) eligible population.
Recipes and Tips for Healthy, Thrifty Meals
The meal plans and recipes were developed and evaluated by The Pennsylvania State University under contract with the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Four-person families with limited incomes prepared and evaluated the menus and recipes for taste and quality. Note: This publications is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 1995 and the Food Guide Pyramid and is provided here for historical purposes.