Grocery Budgets

So, how much does your family spend per person in groceries? We’re a family of 5 and we spend about $150/week on groceries only. That works out to $120/month/person on food. I’m not sure where else to cut costs. We don’t do boxed meals and try to buy organic/natural as much as possible so I know we’re going to spend more than if we bought more conventional foods. Here’s a look at this weeks grocery bill:
Total items – 47
Total savings – $21.43
Total cost – $150.44

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Is this normal? Can we save more? Are we already saving as much as we can? I’ve planned out the menu for the week and reused as much as possible. I did need a few staples this week, but try to buy in bulk as much as I can. Not sure what else to do to help cut costs. Thanks for any suggestions, tips, or ideas!

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On Second Thought…

We always go grocery shopping on Fridays & Saturdays. It’s when we get paid and when the farmer’s markets are open. I try to meal plan and make up a list Thursday night so we’re all set to go.

Well, this next week school starts. So I had to make sure I bought enough for school lunches too; and not our traditional throw everything together and call it lunch. Summer lunches are pretty lax around here. It’s all edible and healthy, it may just not necessarily “go” together. I can’t do that for school! It took more thought and planning this week than I’ve had to do for the past few months.

While I was home putting things away and portioning out the bigger containers I got to thinking. I don’t know if I bought enough! A single can of fruit in juice only makes 4 lunch servings around here. I also need enough portions left for after school snacks when the kids are home. And weekend snacks. And snacks for my hubby to take to work. And now I’m really thinking I definitely didn’t buy enough food. I may be making a second grocery run Tuesday night to stock up on lunch items so I can feed my boys.

Does anyone else have this problem too? Please tell me I’m not alone here. I plan, I prep, and my boys eat it all in the blink of an eye. I don’t think I’m gonna be able to keep up with their appetites when they get out of elementary school.