If you’ve just started budgeting or planning to start, you’re probably trying to figure out how much to budget for each category. If you’ve budgeted for a while and you’re interested in seeing how your budget compares to ours, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post, I’ll be covering our grocery budget.
Get to the point already!
Here it is – each month we budget $500 for groceries for a family of 4. We previously budgeted $475 just a few months ago, but recently increased it. We’ve got 2 adults in our house and 2 girls, ages 10 and 8. (Man, can they put away the food though!)
We use our grocery budget for a wide variety of items.
- Food purchased at a grocery store or to be consumed at home
- This doesn’t include snacks purchased at a gas station to be eaten the car (that would go towards dining out).
- It would include milk bought at a gas station for use at home, or snacks purchased at a gas station if we were taking them to a party.
- Toilet paper
- Cleaning supplies
- Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc
- Dog food
How is that possible?
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at Aldi. It’s quick, convenient, has great prices, and the options are actually pretty healthy without us having to think about it. They sell the majority of what we need and for everything else we supplement with other stores.
We also use Target’s subscription service which saves us 5%, with an extra 5% off for using our RedCard. This allows us to get what we need (dog food, razors, and vitamins) when we need them.
You might now be thinking:
“Do you eat a lot of processed food?” Not really.
“You must eat out all the time. Show me your dining out budget!” Patience, young Padawan. We don’t eat out that much, maybe a few meals a week.
How much do you spend on groceries each month? Do we spending more or less than you do? I’d love to see in the comments below.