How much could I, would I, should I spend on food?? Handy chart!

Just an interesting little chart for your all’s information. I feel that people on both poles of the spectrum (always cooking elaborate meals vs. always eating out) tend to worry or at least wonder at the amount of money they spend on food. Elaborate meals require lots of fresh produce, which is more expensive than frozen dinners, and the cost of eating out factors in “ambiance,” labor and a mark-up on the food itself.

The USDA has gathered statistics right HERE that list the average cost of food for different age/gender groups at four different pricing levels.

You can click on the links in the footnotes to read how they determined all of the terms they use in case you don’t trust the government or are just a curious person on the search for more knowledge about how people and institutions operate.

Reading these charts can either make you feel a little bit better or a little bit worse about your food-money habits. They are listed by week, so it would be pretty easy to keep track of your food costs for a week and compare them. Then you can see if you would qualify as someone who spends a “thrifty,” “low,” “moderate” or “liberal” amount on food.

So if you come home from the grocery store and you’re like “GODDD WHY DO I SPEND SO MUCH ON FOOD???” but really it’s a relatively small amount, you can sigh with relief! I think this is useful!

For example, in June, the average THRIFTY single female between 19-50 spent $43.44 a week on food, meaning this SINGLE LADY (WHAT UPPP) managed to eat on only $6.21 of food a day.

Panera salad, you are 7 something. You are not thrifty and do not feed me for one day. Even spicy chicken sandwich at Wendy’s, you are 4 something. These are the two examples I will offer for eating out and ominously let YOU decide (that it is OBVIOUSLY cheaper to make your own food no matter how cheap take-out seems).

The liberally-paying female paid $86.16/week and $12.31 a day. This is kind of a huge difference to me. And probably objectively. I mean, it’s twice as much.

I fell in around thrifty, so I had the pleasure of congratulating myself! Back: patted.

So now you know the condition of your food budget and the condition of my back!

Flower and a butterfly flying out of the goddamn frame on the left.

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3 Responses to How much could I, would I, should I spend on food?? Handy chart!

  1. Thanks for pointing out the statistics. Sounds like you’re already on board with the program. It’s tough to do, so you’re to be congratulated (back-patted) by all. It really is a lot cheaper to skip restaurants and take-out (except for occasional celebrations, of course) – and to eat at home, or at friends’ homes. If you cost out most recipes – even nice, party food, you’ll find that you save a lot by spending a bit of time to prepare food. And eating at home doesn’t have to be boring.

    • Thank you, Laura!! Yes, the the party-food type stuff or just treat-yourself kind of recipes are where I find the most surprises in how inexpensive it is. I like your blog subtitle, so fitting to the situation haha. Keep up the home cookin!

  2. Pingback: Good eating, good prices, REAL EVIDENCE | Deep Fried Epiphany

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