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    Default How Much Do You Spend on Groceries?

    Been fidgeting with our household budget and I'm told by husband that my weekly grocery shop is too much.

    I set myself a budget of $150 too $200. Usually spend 180$.

    We have 2 kids (2yrold and 4yrold) and 2 adults in the house, plus Leo.


    Am I over spending?

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    we spend about that for a week, but we usually do a fortnightly shop, cos mum gets paid every two weeks. Usually we spend around $300, usually under.

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    Hubby and I are the only humans here and we spend around $200/fortnight. Then I spend another $100-$130 on the pets

    IMO you're not overspending if you buy enough for the week and you aren't splurging on things you shouldn't.

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    How the hell do you manage to feed four ppl on that Rebec.

    I'm all ears, cause I wish like heck I could cut my grocery bill down too. I'll easily spend $300 and if that lasts a week I'm a monkey's uncle. Sigh.

    Mind you, my 14 year old is now 6 foot 8 inches and eats like a Clysdale, so that doesn't help, but still...

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    Sounds alright to me.

    I usually do a big shop every 2 weeks with little top ups (usually only if theres something specific I want to cook)

    I would notmally spend around $150 a fortnight and maybe $50 inbetween.
    That feeds OH his mom (who eats like a bird) and myself.

    It does depend where I shop though, I usually go to Aldi for my packet stuff, fruit and veg market for fresh stuff and butchers for meat.
    If I shop at Safeways I spend around $200 a fortnight

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    Well husband theory is that since he isn't here for 2 proper meals -only here at dinner time - day 5 days a week then I shouldn't have to spend so much. (lol men hey)


    We have the money to spend more, but we are saving for a deposit on house so every bit I can save helps.

    I cook with Lentils and Kidney beans a fair bit too. If recipe calls for 500g mince, I do 250 mince and the rest lentil or bean. (lasagna, burger patties, kofta, sheps pie)

    The kids snack on carrot, tomato,cucumbers, apple, sultanas with yogurt and honey to dip it into. But im pretty lucky that they will go and grab a tomato from fridge and eat it like an apple lol.
    Of course if there is sweets or chips in the house they would want that first! Its nice to be able to spoil them with that stuff so I don't want to cut it from shopping list all together.

    LOL @ Clysdale comment, I can only imagine... I hope im am back working by the time Sunny is 14...He never stops eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebec View Post
    Been fidgeting with our household budget and I'm told by husband that my weekly grocery shop is too much.

    I set myself a budget of $150 too $200. Usually spend 180$.

    We have 2 kids (2yrold and 4yrold) and 2 adults in the house, plus Leo.


    Am I over spending?
    Definitely not. We have the same household here (2 adults, 4yo & 2yo + dog) and our average weekly shop is $200

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    Well once a week I buy a tub of ice-cream Rebec. When that's gone no more till next shopping. Same with any treats that are purchased, and I only buy those treats that are on special at the time.

    I find that meat costs a lot! And we do like meat. We eat a lot of chicken though, as we all love chicken and it's cheap.

    We have started to have a lot of wraps for dinner as the boys just love them and don't seem to get sick of them. That way at least they are eating fresh salad etc. I've cut down a little bit by doing it that way, but not enough IMO.

    I'm also not a person that seems to spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking stuff from scratch. This slow-cooker has made a good difference though (when I remember to take things out of the freezer, that is. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by rebec View Post
    Well husband theory is that since he isn't here for 2 proper meals -only here at dinner time - day 5 days a week then I shouldn't have to spend so much. (lol men hey)


    We have the money to spend more, but we are saving for a deposit on house so every bit I can save helps.

    I cook with Lentils and Kidney beans a fair bit too. If recipe calls for 500g mince, I do 250 mince and the rest lentil or bean. (lasagna, burger patties, kofta, sheps pie)

    The kids snack on carrot, tomato,cucumbers, apple, sultanas with yogurt and honey to dip it into. But im pretty lucky that they will go and grab a tomato from fridge and eat it like an apple lol.
    Of course if there is sweets or chips in the house they would want that first! Its nice to be able to spoil them with that stuff so I don't want to cut it from shopping list all together.

    LOL @ Clysdale comment, I can only imagine... I hope im am back working by the time Sunny is 14...He never stops eating.

    Maybe tell your husband to take over the grocery shopping for a couple of weeks and see how he does

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megan View Post
    Maybe tell your husband to take over the grocery shopping for a couple of weeks and see how he does
    That's a good point Megan.

    I'm sure my husband still thinks a 3 litre bottle of milk costs $2!

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