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How is $70 enough????

Posted by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:49 AM
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Chicago is an expensive city, yes?

So how does a family of 4 survive on a $70 weekly grocery budget? I don't get it! I live near Columbia MO, family of 5 and we spend $150 on average per week. We dine out 2-3 per month as well but that's "fun" money.


Explain please!

What's your budget and what city are you in?
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ElitestJen
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:50 AM
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My family could do it. We live in Okc.
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rosemagic01
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:51 AM

$70 a week I could do in a heart beat. I'm in NH. Thats what I tend to spend every two weeks right now. But we would be more comfortable at $50 a week. 

CrickettyBoo
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:52 AM
Wow. How many in your fam?

Quoting rosemagic01:

$70 a week I could do in a heart beat. I'm in NH. Thats what I tend to spend every two weeks right now. But we would be more comfortable at $50 a week. 

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by Anonymous 1 on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM
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I could do $50 a week im in phoenix .
rosemagic01
by Ruby Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:53 AM

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Quoting CrickettyBoo:

Wow. How many in your fam?

Quoting rosemagic01:

$70 a week I could do in a heart beat. I'm in NH. Thats what I tend to spend every two weeks right now. But we would be more comfortable at $50 a week. 


CrickettyBoo
by Silver Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:54 AM
Maybe I'm the weird one...
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wickedfiress
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:56 AM
It depends a lot on the staples one has on hand, and what type of foods one eats.
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Summerlion1123
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:57 AM
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Im in san Diego, ca. I spend about 150 every two weeks. (Give or take.)
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MumsTheWord571
by Platinum Member on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:57 AM
Los Angeles, 80-120 a week depending on what we need family of 4
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teaspring
by on Jan. 5, 2013 at 5:58 AM
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I don't see it either really.  If you had a good base in the freezer/in the pantry, like plenty of meats already stockpiled in the freezer and plenty of canned goods already on the shelves, then yes, $70 a week would be plenty.  But milk is close to $5 a gallon here in the southeast, bread is over $2 a loaf - that's $15 of it per week right there, leaving $55 to buy everything else. 

Frugality is a lost art these days, though, I think.  My mother, she could probably have gotten by on half that, honestly.  She never spent money on soda - we drank Kool-Aid, tea, or water.  We never ate out except on Father's day or Mother's day.  I never had a McDonalds meal until I was about 11 years old when I was invited to a classmate's b-day party that was held at the one in town.  Momma cleaned the bird instead of buying just packs of chicken legs/thighs/breasts/wings.  She was the most frugal person I've ever known, and probably will know ever.  

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