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Jan 27, 2011

The sting of food prices

Lately I have been feeling like I go to the grocery store and get some great deals yet I come home with nothing. I am a coupon user and a sale watcher but yet I feel like I am still not coming out on top. I did a little research and it turns out that the average family of 4 (although we are 5) spends about $500-$1,000 per month on groceries. The $500 side is for the thrifty families who use coupons and shop sales. This is all so crazy. I am sure most of you feel the same way. If you want to eat healthier you really have a lot of work to do. I love to have salad with meals but have you seen the cost of produce lately?? A bag of lettuce costs about $4 and you get mostly air! I have learned that my local grocery store marks down that kind of stuff according to expiration date. If I make a salad that day I often can get the same bag of lettuce for about $1-$1.50. I sat down yesterday for about 30 minutes clipping coupons according to a sales paper and once I did my shopping trip I got $110 of food items for about $70. Sadly I still feel like I got very little and I will still end up going to the store by Saturday. I almost wonder if ordering out a few days a week would work out to the same cost. Hmm. What about you, are you feeling the sting from the cost of food?
Shelly, Mom Files


  1. The cost of food is unreal these days! I like to stock up when they have BOGO sales, but still it seems like I have to get groceries at least once a week. Thank goodness it's BOGO week at my local grocery store, unfortunately they don't have any fruits and veggies on sales this week and with 2 kids I always have to have a good supply of then and the price of them is unreal. :o(

  2. i go to the farmer's market to get fruits and vegetables or to the asian market theirs is always cheaper and better quality than the grocery store. I also bought a small deep freezer so that when i can I buy in bulk

  3. I am trying to figure out a way to eat healthy without spending my entire pay. Food is so high and healthy foods are the highest. A co-worker suggested I try Sam's Club and buy food in bulk but that is only good for some items.
    I have been using coupons and trying to plan ahead by reading the sales flyers. But I think what I need to do is become friends with a extreme couponer and let them do my shopping. HAHA.

  4. Girl, YES. Food is so ridiculously high, and I keep telling myself I need to start clipping coupons like you and a few other smart moms I know. Would you recommend any good sites/particular papers?

  5. i am really feeling it and it's only two of us, so i know those of you with children are hurting. i spend hours hunting down bargains and i have begun to clip coupons. and there is no longer a such thing as 'discount' food stores, they are all high, even walmart. triple the pain if you try to eat even relatively healthy. that's why micky d's and other places like that are so popular. yeah it's sucky food, but when you are struggling with life, you tend to go for the quickest, easiest, less expensive options. i don't do it, but i totally understand why people do.


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