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 How much do you spend on food per person a month?
$250 (29 votes)
33.33%
$350 (15 votes)
17.24%
$450 (14 votes)
16.09%
$550 (8 votes)
9.20%
$650 (7 votes)
8.05%
$850 (5 votes)
5.75%
$750 (4 votes)
4.60%
$1050 (4 votes)
4.60%
$950 (1 votes)
1.15%
87 Votes Total Last vote Thursday, May 17, 2012, 6:36am by BloodBtype
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Captain_Janeway
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I would say DH and I spend around $300 per person per month on food. We are not the same genotype, but we are both A's and food is not  cheap, especially produce. Even some of the locally grown produce is still not cheap. Droughts and sometimes excessive rain play a role in the price of locally grown food. Once a month we shop at Costco and on average that ends up being more than $100, but not everything we buy is a food item either.

I buy chicken, turkey, sometimes lamb and sometimes beef, but these items are not always organic and most of our fish we catch ourselves and  freeze the rest. Venison is on my neutral list so I hope I can start eating more of it.

Good quality cheeses and nuts can also be costly as well. But my mother in law has a pecan orchard and pecans are on my diamond list. Almond butter is too expensive and quite frankly I could do without it, not really fond of it anyway. Walnuts and hickory nuts are great if I can beat the squirrels to them. The only grains we eat are oats, rice and quinoa and occasionally spelt.


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I spend 700-800 dollars for Emma and I ( without supplements etc)
and Denmark have some of the higest food prices in the world- but some of the bedst prices on organic food. The price difference are not big.
1 liter full fat milk
organic 9 kr/1,68 $
regular 7,50 kr 1,40$

My food

all dairy is organic
Most of our veggies are organic
75 % of fruit organic
eggs always organic
Meat; all pork is( but I only tiny amounts of that )
- beef about 50 % the rest is grass fed local stuff.'
Turkey regular - can´t get anything else.
Fish regular - salmon organic raised or wild.
Chocolate. coffee, tea and sugar are always fairtrade and most of it organic.
grains and flours organic
nuts - sometimes but often nut.
wine - no but often fairtrade.

I make ALL food - bake my own bread- cakes etc- never buy readymade desserts, icecream etc.
I have my own bees(honey) and hens ( eggs)
I grow a variety of veggies, fruits and nuts- so in the months July - octobre I don´t buy much.



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I'm not sure but, to estimate high, I put $550.  

I cannot believe how much I spend on groceries!!!  In some ways, my pure, whole foods, organic lifestyle is cheap:  for example, I buy a bag of onions, a bag of sweet potatoes, organic eggs.  Things like that, imho, are an excellent bargain.  But then on other things I spend SO MUCH!  The cat and dog food brands I buy are through the roof, as are the Applegate Farms luncheon meats, the little packaged herbs I buy, the fresh and frozen organic fruits and veggies, the olive oil (although my HFS has great sales quite often on olive oil), the supplements (CoQ10 and glucosamine sulfate), frozen organic meats, etc.  They are all great bargains in the sense of they keep me healthy, but somehow, for instance:  last Friday I spend $146.00 at the health food store.     Now, granted, I bought organic Halloween candy to the tune of about $21.00, so take that out because it is unusual/atypical and I "merely" spent $125.00.  But, to be honest, I spend about that much ($125.00) every week!  That is to feed myself and my three pets.

Scary.


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Since this is conveniently the first of the month, I'm going to start tracking my food expenses.  I've never been sure what my food costs are because so many things are mixed on the same receipts:  food, herbal supplements, body care products, and cleaning supplies.  I'll know more by the end of this month.  



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battle dwarf
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for myself a month i put the 250$ becuse 150$ is not on the list. i am cheep as dirt...or is it poor as dirt? when i get stuff i get it in bulk and make it last, and i do that with non food items as well. i rarly eat out so it dose not even factor in. my animals eat almost as much as me. the goats eat about 60$ worth every month. the cats get a 14$ bag every two months with this brand. the 25$ bag for the ferrets will last them four months with the big boy eating as much as all three girls. most of my bill is the meat i buy all at one time for a month. if it is a good month or i have bought a bulk item (like raw organic cacao powder) it might go as far as the 250$.


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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
the little packaged herbs I buy

have you tried growing the herbs you love in pots? i grow mine in the kitchen window and it is so much cheeper and better tasting than the pakaged ones. i hcurrently have rosemerry, thyme, three kinds of basil, oragano (a second kind outside as well), terragon, and salad burrnett wicht i really have not used but is still cool.
oh an even though it is outside i have enouph cylontro for a really big family of mexicans when it is in season.



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I can't get basil to grow in my yard (too much shade and/or needs consistent watering, like, DAILY, which I'm bad about), and I fear that if I grew it in the house, I could never grow enough, as I eat a TON of basil.  But it is surely worth a try because a little container of organic basil costs $2.99 at my HFS.  PLUS it goes bad very, very quickly.  (Spearmint, on the other hand, lasts and lasts and I'm finding that it is wonderful in a variety of savory dishes.)  I think I will try growing some basil and spearmint inside.  Thanks for the idea.  I'll have to keep the kitties out of it, although I don't think either one is poisonous for them.  Thank goodness Hurley (my puppy) can't jump up high enough to get to those.  If he likes the remote control and cat poop, just think how much he'd love to get into potted herbs!


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p.s.  Speaking of herbs, I also am getting really into using a LOT of organic dried spices and, whew, those are expensive!  I go through tons of Frontier Adobo seasoning, granulated garlic, oregano (oregano is currently my herbal love affair) and curry, just to name the ones I use most.  Oh, and of course my sea salt, which is $8.99 for a little shaker (Celtic brand).

All I know is, every week I go into the HFS and leave having spent around a hundred dollars, more or less.  And then, usually another time during the week, when I just go in for ONE THING, not for my big weekly "chi spree", I STILL end up spending WAY more than I intended, which is why I selected "550", because I have no idea, but it seems that my monthly food spending is way, way, way up there in orbit.  And that is with trying to be frugal!  I AM frugal in many ways, I mean, no processed foods, no things like sodas, etc., lots of onion, sweet potato, brown basmati rice, eggs, canned wild salmon which is often on sale at my HFS, el cheapo staples like that.  Yet SOMEHOW...they love to see me walk in the door at my HFS!!!


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p.p.s.  How do I pay for my "organic habit" on my salary, you ask?  Simple:  no cable, no internet, basically no furniture, house is disintegrating, no entertainment budget, no vacations, etc.  Little things like furniture and a solid house pale in comparison to how precious it is to me to keep myself healthy!

(No sunglasses, either.)


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Quoted from Peppermint Twist
I think I will try growing some basil and spearmint inside.  Thanks for the idea.
...
If he [Hurley] likes the remote control and cat poop, just think how much he'd love to get into potted herbs!

The spearmint will grow like a weed and is usually very hardy...  Mint is also a spreading plant, so it is good to keep it contained in a pot...

Oh, yes, Hurley will LOVE moving all of the dirt out of the pot onto the floor, if he gets the chance...         


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Quoted from ABJoe

The spearmint will grow like a weed and is usually very hardy...  Mint is also a spreading plant, so it is good to keep it contained in a pot...

Oh, yes, Hurley will LOVE moving all of the dirt out of the pot onto the floor, if he gets the chance...         

Oh, trust me.  

He's going to the dog park tonight, to play with his BFF, Bella.  His favorite, favorite thing is being chased, but he also enjoys tugging on the same stick that Bella has, AND digging holes.*  He also loves to horse around with Bella and he isn't averse to chasing her and/or other dogs, but again, his FAVORITE thing is to be the chasee.  No one can catch my little Italian Greyhound-Border Collie-other stuff mix!

Note:  Both he and Jamie, my beautiful doggie who passed away in December, enjoyed digging up bromeliads in the yard, including and especially pineapple plants.  Dude, I just now realized something:  bromeliad and bromelain have the same root!  Pineapple is a bromeliad and bromelian is the pineapple enzyme.  Duuuuuude, my mind is blown.  I'd better log off now.

To the dog park!

* He often digs holes very enthusiastically and all the dirt (or a lot of it, anyway) goes into the holes of my Crocs Classics.  Ya-HOOOO.



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FYI, we have oregano growing indoors.  Our three cats ignore it, even though they will bite other plants.


My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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I weighed in on 650...but is more like 600 for two.  of course the poll is skewed since people are either voting as one or two or whole family...but still a good exercize.
I face it, we like the best food...organic, grassfed, etc. I cook virtually all our meals from scratch.
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Quoted from jayneeo
of course the poll is skewed since people are either voting as one or two or whole family...but still a good exercize.

The poll specifically states per person


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i grew more than i could eat in oragano this year before it went to seed. i exspect i will have at lest as much or twice as much next year.
oh btw mint likes a shady yard. my chocolate mint in growing on the north side of the house like there is no tomarrow. makes a nice ground cover.
vacation? whats that? is that were you splurge on a nice bottle of deep red wine and a good library book? and intertainment is watching ferrets wrestle right? whats wrong with furnature that some one left on the curb i ask? you are reading from the queen of recycle and "fine living" by reduction. you reduced your stuff and i reused it.


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I tried growing herbs outside this last summer and it was a futile effort.  To much sun and perhaps not enough water even though I had them on a drip system, it just wasn't enough.  They just got so dry and brittle.  I don't have a green thumb at all, that is Johns thing.  Plants grow for him!  Maybe that is why they died?  He wasn't here to keep an eye on them.

Now that John is home and it has cooled off considerably, only 85 here today , I think I will try growing some herbs again..  With Johns help of course   We could even do some topsy turvy's with tomatoes and other compliant veggies.  


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which ones did you try frosty? oragano likes hot dry sun. mine sat out at the beginning of the driveway with no watering all year and grew outragasly. i really should have cut and dried some of it, i just don't use that much of it. if i had cut dried and crushed it i could easily have had a gallon bag of the stuff... in both greek and european variaties.


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Yes, I'm wondering, too, Frosty.  We actually have trouble with mint.  It tends to get infested with spider mites and shrivels up starting with the bottom leaves and working up to the top.  Spider mites like certain plants and prefer them dry, so it's important to keep spraying the leaves of a plant they might infest, and you have to get under the leaves, too.

Have you taken a specimen to a local nursery?  Make sure you seal it in a ziplock bag so as not to contaminate anything it comes into contact with.


My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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Quoted from battle dwarf
oh btw mint likes a shady yard. my chocolate mint in growing on the north side of the house like there is no tomarrow. makes a nice ground cover.

REALLY?  Interesting!!!  THANKS!  I might do a ground cover of it along one side of the house.





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Wait a minute, spider mites?  I'll have to rethink, maybe.  But that one side of the house is a candidate for some sort of fabu, edible ground cover.


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I spend a fortune on foodl (I voted $950). Everything I buy is organic/biodynamic and all meat is grassfed. I also grow some of my own vegetables and fruits in my garden. Food is my main expense - I am not a big shopper - and I love cooking. And I am slim, just in case you wonder ....
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I am betting the A's have the lowest cost diets...


It's true O's pay more for food.
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which ones did you try frosty? oragano likes hot dry sun. mine sat out at the beginning of the driveway with no watering all year and grew outragasly. i really should have cut and dried some of it, i just don't use that much of it. if i had cut dried and crushed it i could easily have had a gallon bag of the stuff... in both greek and european variaties.




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Oregano, rosemary and basil.     All of them dried up.  100% sun all the time in an average temp of 110 (in the shade) doesn't do well.  I am assuming the direct sun like that the temp is hot, hot, hot, so, they fried, fried fried.  Even with a drip system they didn't do well.   And I don't have a green thumb at all.  My indoor silk plants (at my office) would die if they could.


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Quoted from Henriette Bsec
I spend 700-800 dollars for Emma and I ( without supplements etc)
and Denmark have some of the higest food prices in the world- but some of the bedst prices on organic food. The price difference are not big.
1 liter full fat milk
organic 9 kr/1,68 $
regular 7,50 kr 1,40$

My food

all dairy is organic
Most of our veggies are organic
75 % of fruit organic
eggs always organic
Meat; all pork is( but I only tiny amounts of that )
- beef about 50 % the rest is grass fed local stuff.'
Turkey regular - can´t get anything else.
Fish regular - salmon organic raised or wild.
Chocolate. coffee, tea and sugar are always fairtrade and most of it organic.
grains and flours organic
nuts - sometimes but often nut.
wine - no but often fairtrade.

I make ALL food - bake my own bread- cakes etc- never buy readymade desserts, icecream etc.
I have my own bees(honey) and hens ( eggs)
I grow a variety of veggies, fruits and nuts- so in the months July - octobre I don´t buy much.



Great food list
Do organic eggs taste better than the usual ones? Ive always wondered..maybe I should buy some and see


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