How Much Money Do You Spend a Week on Food?

by Randi

Let me ask you a question:

How much money do you spend a week on food?

Do you even know? Can you take a guess?

If you follow the recommended food guidelines put out by the United State's Department of Agriculture (USDA), you are probably spending anywhere from $124.60 to $241.10 for a family of four with two adults and two children between the ages of six and eleven. The range is calculated at four different levels:

  • Thrifty plan
  • Low-cost plan
  • Moderate-cost plan
  • Liberal plan

For a family of two on the thirfty plan, the USDA recommends $85.60 per week…per week on the thirfty plan!

I spend 50% less than what the USDA says to spend per week to feed my husband and I and we eat really well!

It is no wonder we are a nation that is in debt and living pay check to pay check if we think we have to spend these outrageous amounts on food.

How many of you throw food away every single week?

How many of you have five different options for breakfast in your fridge? Your pantry? Your freezer?

How many of you buy foods because they are convienent?

If you are doing any of these things you are throwing your money away!

Here are a few things you can do to cut your spending this week!

#1 Create a meal plan and a shopping list! (If you shop without creating a meal plan and without a grocery list, you can not know if you are sticking to a budget or not.)

#2 Go to the grocery store once a week!

#3 Do not shop when you are hungry!

#4 Only buy ONE breakfast option for the week, not five!

#5 Stop buying juice and soft drinks, drink water!

#6 Quit buying convenience items like frozen meals, pre-peeled garlic, and individual yogurts…you are paying for convenience!

#7 Buy mostly foods with one ingredient: broccoli, chicken, almonds, brown rice…understand?

Following these tips will not only help you save money while shopping at the grocery store, they will also help your waistline!

These guidelines will naturally help you lose weight because they force you to choose healthy, unprocessed foods. It's a win-win!

If you want to hear from the absolute expert about how to find the excess money you are spending in your food budget, go check out my mentor Dani Johnson at www.danijohnson.com.

Last Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, Dani did a call specifically on targeting excess spending in your food budget so you can pay off your debt and save money. Click here to access last Wednesday's call.

So what will you do? Will you say, "there is no way this could be possible" and just ignore this message and look the other way? Or will you listen so you can learn how to take control of your spending? Please share your comments below or visit me on Facebook.

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Health and blessings,

Randi

Randi's passion is to teach people the importance of getting into the kitchen to cook! When people get into the kitchen to cook, they can control their health and their waistline. She uses fresh ingredients and traditional foods in her cooking like butter.  She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, exercise enthusiast and a consultant for an international marketing company.

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