What does everyone spend--approximately--on groceries each month? (and how many in your family?)
I'm currently trying to get onto some type of budget when it comes to grocery shopping. I feel like Big D and I are not so good in that department and we often times will buy stuff that we don't need/eat on a regular basis OR we'll shop on empty tummies with NO list in hand. Not good.
Now I'm not looking to be super rigid with my grocery shopping but it would be nice to have an approximation of how much we spend monthly. Going along with menu-planning which I Just started last week, this seemed like the next logical step. Especially considering that after the wedding, we want to start working on our savings account. After I have a baby, I don't plan on working full time anymore (but I will still have to work part time) so we really need to reign in the spending where we can.
Last week's shopping (Thursday) totaled about $120. I'm curious to see how long that lasts. Granted I bought a lot of ingredients that I needed to try out some new recipes...so it was not necessarily all staples. And being that up until 2 weeks ago, we ate out/had take out about 3-4 times a week, I don't have a lot of basics in the house so I'm trying to build up on that (example: boxed rice, frozen veggies etc).
So, now I'm looking for input. How much do you spend monthly for groceries? (and how many people is this feeding) And what are some suggstions you have? Do you find it useful to buy in bulk? Or not? Do you make multiple portions and freeze it? Do you freeze meats? I just want to see how everyone else is doing it these days. D and I are big on freezing meats. We got a vacuum sealer thingy for Christmas so we have been using it everytime we shop. We also have an extra freezer in the basement that we do utilize when we shop at BJ's (warehouse store).
Any input is greatly appreciated!