How much do you spend on food in one month? First, I guess it depends on how you define your ‘food’ budget. There’s some debate as to whether eating out should be counted within your ‘food/groceries’ budget, or your ‘entertainment’ budget. Personally, I think it goes in your entertainment budget, and I budget (for myself, and to occasionally feed my boyfriend or roommate) about $240 for food every month. Recently, Redditor ScottishIslander posted on r/personalfinance asking how people of the internet keep their food costs down on a monthly basis. The original poster is spending about $600 on food as a single male in NYC. An impressive amount of commenters got into the discussion of how they trimmed down their too-high food budget, and offered suggestions on how ScottishIslander could cut back. (It’s worth noting that I personally wouldn’t want to follow all of their suggestions, and the following quotes are simply what works for these Redditors!) If you’re looking to slash your food budget, here are 27 suggestions to consider.
1. “Cooking. For $10, you can make more than one day’s worth of food. About 75% of the food I eat comes from a grocery store, not a restaurant. Learn to make some meals that last more than one day. A crockpot is simple to operate. Having a few staples (bread, eggs, pasta, etc.) is always important. Buy some things in bulk to use for quick meals (canned, dried and frozen goods). And cut back on alcohol. Alcohol is expensive. Drinking at home is cheaper than drinking out.” — ]kayoss_
3. “Buy in bulk and prepare your own meals. For example, quite often you can get a 10 pound bag of potatoes for $5 and that is enough to have some for every meal all week. Add in a big bag of beans, some barley or rice, some oatmeal, carrots, apples, broccoli, and you’re pretty much set.” — MacintoshEddie