Our average breakdown per month (thank you, mint.com!) for two adults, in the SF bay area is:
- $900: groceries
- $300: restaurants (a couple nice paleo dinners plus a few from Chipotle or similar)
- $60: supplements
Groceries are a combination of Safeway.com (staples), Amazon.com (dry goods, vitamins, etc), BrandonNaturalBeef.com, Trader Joe's (mostly wine & coffee), PlanetOrganics.com (produce, meats, cream, eggs), and Whole Foods (they're a 5 min walk away and the only ones with the amazing Wellshire bacon).
I'd love to get raw dairy and pastured eggs/chicken, but as you can see, most of our shopping is online and that's a little harder to come by :)
However... as of January, we added a major line item: personal chef services at $200/week. Sounds crazy but it is one of the best things we've ever done. My husband took a senior position with a startup this winter and I run a small business. I enjoyed paleo cooking while life was a little slower paced and learned a lot, but there are too many other fun things to do beyond preparing good food right now.
We had got to the point where dinner was the two of us standing over the counter devouring a pre-roasted chicken at 9pm and knew that this wasn't going to be sustainable. For ~$900/mo (+ groceries -- she shops/cooks/delivers weekly) we get almost all our meals prepared for the week (we eat twice/day) in handy containers, causing us to eat out less because of the awesome flavours and variety. I still cook steaks or egg breakfasts 1-2 days/week. I've educated her on paleo-friendly ingredients and techniques, and she is motivating us to try new foods like veggies I've always been afraid of and organ meats.
So our current monthly food budget (not including occasional restaurants) is about $1800.
EDIT: I realize this is probably not a helpful post for those looking to trim down their food budget, but it has been quite a revelation for our particular situation. I haven't seen chef/food prep services discussed anywhere, so I hope it's useful to someone else who might be in the same boat.