So any article you ready about budgeting food always has a strong focus on those two items. Problem is, we don't eat either one. My dh will occasionally but neither my kids or I do ever.
So what's a girl on a budget supposed to do? I buy almost completely store brands, shop at aldis and still spend close to $1k a month at the grocery. And other than the baby, most of my kids eat almost as much as an adult.