When my 4 boys were home, our typical, weekly food bill ranged between $135-$150, and seldom went over that, except during holiday times when I bought a lot of extras.
Expenses of around $25 per person were fairly typical. And now that it's just my husband and me, our bill varies between $35 and $70 per week, or about $200-$250 per month.
So, for the two of us, we spend on average about $32 per person per week, with some fluctuation. And that's with a fair amount of padding and spending on discretionary things we didn't make a habit of buying when our boys were home.
I have come to realize that this budget is miniscule compared to families I know who spend much closer to $50 per person, and some who even spend $100 per person for their groceries.
So, you might think we must be starving on that budget. But nothing could be further from the truth. We eat very well and include tons of fresh food, fruits and vegetables in our diet.
So, how do I do it? I follow some practices and avoid others to stay within those budget parameters.
Here are some of my specific pointers for shopping and cooking for a healthy diet that ensure we get our daily servings of fruits and vegetables without breaking the bank.