Right now, we're spending about 20% of our household monthly income on food. This is, from what I can see, about on a par with much of the world, where food comprises between 20% and 30% of the annual household income. A lot of my friends are appalled that we're spending so much on food, so I am wondering if our food budget is really so outrageous compared to other folk who are on the same general nutritional track that we are. (Primal; carbs in the form of winter squashes in season; roots like sweet potato, taro, cassava; eggs; grass-fed or forage-fed meats; berries and limited tree fruits and above-the-ground vegetables; animal fat as the primary fat, supplemented with only coconut, avocado, macadamia, or pecan oil)
I recently moved, and my expenses jumped from about 30% to close to 50%. Where I was living before I went in on meat shares with my parents and received all my seafood, eggs, and lamb for free from family/boyfriends family. Where I live now, food is more expensive in general and I don't have the luxury of family hook-ups! It seems to vary pretty heavily from city-to-rural. We spend about $600/month for two of us, and we essentially do not eat out, so that is just groceries. $500 for rent, $200 for extras! Living the glam life.
But seriously, as a student a pretty good chunk of your money is going to go to your food (after paying the school, generally it's a scrape-together to have enough for food and rent). It is probably always going to be close to half of your income, whether that be caf food (which is ridiculously expensive and low quality) or good food, and you have to spend a bit of extra time chasing down odd cuts and good deals. I spend less in a year than all of my girlfriends, who go out most weekends, spend money on hair cuts (better to get familiar with the kitchen shears), shampoos, face wash, alcohol, pizza, mr noodles, takeout, and weed. They act like they are starving students who are very lucky if they ever manage to buy a piece of cheese, but it is all about priorities. I mean students are starving- because they eat nutritiounally void wheat and soy based processed foods thinking they are doing themselves a favour by picking the low-fat meat-free option. Not because they can't get eggs or bones or a head of lettuce. I get half my veg from stuff the grocery store throws out, just takes a little scrubbing and creativity, but it can be done. And honestly, it should be made easy and accessible for all people to be able to eat well! Damn ye food guide...
I spend about $500-$600/month on feeding myself (one adult), including eating out. It's about 30% of my post-tax monthly income. General American food spending is artificially reduced by government subsidies, and most of the subsidized products aren't primal-compatible, so I don't find my numbers cause for concern—as you say, they're on par with much of the world. I'm quite new to primal eating and shopping, and my grocery bill has gone up a bit, but I just remind myself that my health is worth the investment (though I don't eat 100% organic and grass-fed—yet, anyway—because of price concerns).
Ours is about 20% of our budget. A bit less if you don't count the 1/2 cow that we bought (I divided the cost by 3.5, b/c I think that's about how many months it'll last, and added it into the monthly grocery budget in order to answer your question).
I intend to increase that in the future (so that we can afford to buy more organic) but first I must make the debt magically disappear!
Feeding 2 adults, 2 kids and eating 85% of our meals at home.
I have a household of two adults and two active children. We spend roughly 25% of our income on food. We eat virtually 100% organic, and as local as possible. I am the only one who is 100% paleo, but hubby and the kids don't eat much grain or sugars, so are closer than most people. They all eat dairy too, which adds quite a bit to our food bill for local raw goat milk and raw cheeses(they eat a lot of cheese). We grow a decent amount of fruit and veggies in our garden, and have ten egg laying hens. I should add that our income is low for a family of four, and if we had more income, we wouldn't spend much more on food, so, obviously, that percentage will hopefully be lower someday!
I guess about 450-500 euros (eating out included).
I could definitely lower that a bit with more effort, but honestly, I love good quality food, I enjoy eating out with friends, it's part of my culture and part of me. Therefore I don't complain about food expenses.
I spend between $100 and $150 per month. For myself. I am a growing teenager. To be honest... it's really not that different than when I was on SAD with grains and packaged foods, because I am less hungry on paleo. On SAD, I was hungry all the time. I cook all my meals at home.
m a student and dont have a very high income.
-Spend around 40% of my monthly income on food. Around 400 euroes, even if I try to save money on the food I buy. Wonder how high percent it would be if I bought good quality food all the time. Looking forward to the day I can afford that!
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