My goal is $50 a week for groceries. Aiden is starting to eat more than I do at times, so some weeks it's $60. We don't use paper products. We use cloth napkins, utility cloths, etc. normally so we don't have those expenses. Although we do for the next 2.5 months since we're separated from our washer and dryer.
I spend approximately $800/month or $200/week on groceries. That does not include diapers or wipes because we use cloth. Groceries are much more expensive here. For 4 litres (1 gallon) of milk it usually costs me $6.99 (a good sale this week was $3.99 but I don't like to freeze milk, so we can't really stock up). We buy a lot of local foods in season too and pay the farmers we get them from a fair price, so that is a little more expensive (but the food tastes better and is fresher) We very rarely buy anything that is processed, so we don't use coupons and there aren't too many coupons available here anyways. We try to shop the sales and stock up on meat. An awesome sale price for chicken here is $3.99/lb, we buy several trays of meat and freeze them when we get sales. We stock up on TP when there are good sales. We don't often use paper towels and we don't use napkins.
Kristin - Mom to 3 little boys and one baby girl
I do the same. I also often let the oil/fat cool and then dump it directly into the garbage using a rubber spatula and then wash the pan with soap and water. The only thing we use paper towels for is draining the grease when we fry bacon (and fried chicken, fish, French fries, etc.). We tried using cloth napkins, but we found that the grease just does not wash out. However, we very rarely eat bacon or fried foods, so we can make a roll of paper towels last a few moths.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
We currently spend $200/week on groceries /diapers/cleaning products/pets. I would like it to be lower so I'm now aiming for $150.
We use a combination of cloths and paper towel. We use a roll of paper towel a month but when my mom is here we go through a roll every couple days!
DD1 July 2008 (41w3d)
November 2010 (13 weeks)
DD2 August 2011 (33w5d)
For our family of 8 I spend $600/mo on grocery, household stuff, cleaning supplies, health & beauty, diapers/wipes, etc. I go grocery shopping once a week so that we always have milk and fresh produce. We budget $50 for eatdates/eating out and $15 for school lunches for 3 boys (that typically carries over into the next month because they only eat school lunch once a week)
Chase-13, Trey-11, Layton-9, Zander-5, McKay-3, Declan-1, Keely born 9/6/2012