How Much We’re Spending on Food

Average Household Grocery BillAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American spends $3,838 each year on groceries (that include men, women and children, so adults will spend more, children will need less, and teen boys will eat us out of house and home). This figure does not include eating away from home (dining out), which would be another $2,600. The US Census Bureau says that the average family household has 3.14 members. What that means is that the average family household is spending somewhere north of $12,000 (or $1,000 a month) for groceries and another $8,000 or so on dining out, for a grand total of $20,000 a year on feeding ourselves.

Obviously, these costs vary depending upon where we live and what our dining lifestyle is, but the reality is that we spend a BOATLOAD on food. There’s no denying we overeat as a nation, but what about overspending on our grocery bills. In most places in this country, even without being a “super couponer,” we could get by on anywhere from $75 on the very low end to $150 or so on the upper end per person each month. For the same household of three, that would equate to $2,700 to $5,400 per HOUSEHOLD per year.

How can that be, many of us are asking? Well, for one, this will not include very many pre-packaged foods, chips, soda, wine, pre-baked cookies and rolls, and other pay-for-convenience foods.

What about you? How low or how high is your monthly grocery bill per person per month? How much does it vary by season? Want to tell me I’m off my rocker? Please feel free to leave a comment (appropriate for mixed company, please).


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