Quoting Retrokitty: I find it cheaper if you plan it right. Also it helps if you take advantage of farmer markets, local meat dealers, and growing your own garden.
I have a food budget of about 500 a month for a family of 5.
We can't afford to always buy fresh produce and such because it gets expensive up here. Hell grabes are almost $4 a lb!!
We stock up on meat (the leaner the better), lots of canned veggies and fruits, and when we can afford it the fresh stuff.but for us it's more important to make sure that $500 dollars can go far and in that case sometimes we have to settle for the unhealthy stuff because it's gonna last us longer.
Some things are more expensive, some are less. Organic produce is generally more expensive than the non-organic. But a pound of bulk rolled oats is a lot less than than a pound of processed cereal. And food made from scratch is usually both healthier and cheaper than pre-made, highly-processed foods. It just takes time and planning...buy on sale, make batches to freeze when ingredients are cheap, plan meals carefully so you don't waste any food because you didn't eat it fast enough, etc.
Yes, in my area it is more expensive to feed a family of 5 a diet with lots of fresh produce and green or organic products than to get the crap. I spend between 400 and 600 a month depending on if I need staples or not. If I got healthier foods I would be spending about 1000 a month. I tried it I ended up blowing our entire months food budget on 2 weeks worth of food and we had to rebudget our pay for the next 2 months to make up the difference.
However, to be fair, this may be in large part due to the numerous food allergies that I and my children have (no one is allergic to the same things) and to the fact that one of my children and I myself have sensory issues so we end up with more expensive produce than we might otherwise have had to get.
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