Average Monthly Household Grocery Bill

Find out how much Canadian spend on grocery each month.

About three months ago, I posted an article on Average Monthly Grocery Bill. I was hoping people would comment on that article, sharing how much they spend on grocery with me and the readers. Sadly, people in Canada don’t like to share their thoughts, I suppose. 🙁 I know a lot of people come to my site for this info, but are unwilling to share. 🙁

So, I decided to find this information on my own, and certainly I found it. So should I share it here??? 😯

The data include average annual household expenses for all provinces & territories in Canada: Yukon (YT), British Columbia (BC), Alberta (AB), Saskatchewan (SK), Manitoba (MB), Northwest Territories (NWT), Nunavut (NU), Ontario (ON), Québec (QC), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), New Brunswick (NB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

The average annual food expense for family in Canada ranges $7500 to $9000 (monthly $625 to $750). 🙂 The statistics does not indicate how many people in each household, but my guess would be for a family of 2.5 persons. According to StatCan, the average number of persons per private household in year 2011 (the most recent data) is 2.5 persons. So, you can calculate the expense for families of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, so on. My monthly grocery bill for me alone (I’m single still) is around $200; however, I include personal care, some health care, and dining-out as part of my grocery expenses. So I guess I’m doing alright.

Example for the average Canadian:
$8109 ÷ 12months ÷ 2.5 persons = $270 per month per person

See how much Canadian pay for the government (tax) in relation to food/shelter!!!! 😯 😯 😯

National Average Annual Household Expenses Year 2014

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Total expenditures 77,339 68,358 70,501 68,650 69,215 84,406 86,997
Total current consumption 57,717 51,638 52,114 51,736 50,664 61,660 61,730
  Food 8,489 7,388 7,527 7,683 7,771 8,102 14,744
  Shelter 13,087 13,128 14,130 12,311 13,187 19,409 13,610
  Household operation 4,668 4,190 4,408 4,333 3,643 4,691 4,877
  Household furnishings & equipment 2,265 1,532 1,773 1,996 1,776 2,226 2,269
  Clothing 3,664 2,814 2,824 2,791 2,994 3,884 4,305
  Transportation 13,783 11,951 10,985 12,375 10,443 11,712 6,466
  Health care 2,175 2,505 2,084 2,382 2,557 1,868 956
  Personal care 1,025 1,159 892 1,079 1,047 1,312 1,1417
  Recreation 4,390 3,224 3,221 3,236 3,262 3,739 6,778
  Reading materials & printed matter 118 235 151 140 134 123 213
  Education 781 1,268 1,269 1,041 909 1,897 N/A
  Tobacco & alcoholic beverages 1,541 775 1,346 1,078 1,432 959 4,242
  Games of chance (net amount) 219 284 n/a 202 150 134 299
  Miscellaneous 1,511 1,185 1,292 1,090 1,359 1,598 1,114
Personal income taxes 13,622 10,867 12,394 10,703 13,005 15,526 17,499
Personal insurance payments and pension contributions 4,489 4,354 4,295 4,438 4,458 5,115 5,064
Gifts of money and contributions 1,511 1,499 1,698 1,772 1,090 2,105 2,703
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Total expenditures 76,434 85,456 100,957 80,776 86,958 107,641 80,728
Total current consumption 55,966 62,287 71,211 60,931 62,903 76,620 59,057
  Food 8,417 8,708 8,740 8,218 8,678 11,022 8,109
  Shelter 14,481 16,238 20,676 18,497 16,443 21,697 17,160
  Household operation 4,279 4,604 4,907 4,524 4,706 5,777 4,393
  Household furnishings & equipment 2,108 2,112 2,359 1,987 2,477 2,735 2,067
  Clothing 3,058 3,331 4,378 3,101 2,914 4,078 3,503
  Transportation 12,433 14,126 15,402 11,511 13,344 15,276 11,891
  Health care 2,289 2,314 2,515 2,522 1,846 1,456 2,251
  Personal care 1,088 1,131 1,425 1,183 1,225 1,699 1,207
  Recreation 3,680 4,823 5,147 4,180 6,198 6,720 3,843
  Reading materials & printed matter 157 164 207 163 303 260 144
  Education 975 1,123 1,442 2,011 1,075 722 1,502
  Tobacco & alcoholic beverages 1,192 1,663 1,637 1,103 2,077 3,033 1,222
  Games of chance (net amount) 210 183 167 169 306 670 156
  Miscellaneous 1,600 1,765 2,210 1,762 1,311 1,476 1,608
Personal income taxes 13,528 15,471 21.294 13,005 16,081 22,228 14,867
Personal insurance payments and pension contributions 4,875 5,298 5,928 4,263 5,814 6,385 4,871
Gifts of money and contributions 2,064 2,400 2,524 2,576 2,160 2,408 1,934

Additional Information

  • Income tax includes provincial health care insurance premium for data collected in year 2014.
  • Food expenditures include both food purchased from stores and from restaurants combined!
  • Transpotation includes both private and public transportations.
  • The most recent household expenditure data for the three territories (NU, NWT, YT) were collected in year 2012. Caution should be used when comparing provincial and territorial data since the collection method was different in the territories and the collection year was also different.

Reference: Statistics Canada

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195 Responses to Average Monthly Household Grocery Bill

  1. Karina on 2017/07/27 at 1:27 pm

    What are you people eating :))) I spend 1500 per month for me my 1,5 yo and husband , sometimes it’s 2000 per month . Really I’m curious what all day staying mom who should eat 3 times a day and toddler to feed eating ? Share please :))

    • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/07/28 at 3:09 pm

      Breakfast in our home (2 adults) is usually bacon and eggs or home cooked hot porridge (rolled oats or cream of wheat- not that instant crap), along with toast and fruit.- $2.00
      Lunch is usually coffee and pie/donut/cake (sweet of some sort) but ‘normal’ people would eat a sandwich- $2.00
      Supper is almost always meat, potato, salad or side vegetable-$4.00
      Snack (or some other treat) nacho w/salsa,black olives,cheese, sour cream-$2.00
      Total- $70 week for 2 people
      We also go thru about 4-6 L of milk a week

      If I was to go shopping for groceries (and I don’t) , I can imagine we would spend a LOT more on food, because unless we get everything on sale (and stock up) the regular prices of food are high. We look at all the flyers, pick out the really good sales, and if we happen to be by hat store we stop in and stock up. I have cases of food under my bed because we live in a small space.
      Meat is usually whole chicken, roast pork, ground beef or pork.Instead of buying deli meat…cook a roast…much cheaper.
      Curious…what do you buy?

      • Ally Oop on 2017/07/29 at 7:13 pm

        Here are the estimated amounts we pay monthly per food category:

        Meat $200
        Dairy & Eggs $160
        Vegetables (includes both fresh and frozen) $140
        Fruit $100
        Bakery $50
        Other $280

        Then there are the nonfood items to consider (ie. toilet paper, kleenex, paper towel, saran wrap, tin foil, parchment paper, laundry soap, dish soap, cleaning products, baby wipes, diapers, etc.). Those items I limit to $100 per month. So total expenditures for groceries would be $1030 per month.

  2. Joy on 2017/07/19 at 4:26 am

    We spend 550 a month for a family of four, that includes two teenagers.We are in Winnipeg where food is ridiculously expensive,but we don’t eat meat everyday.When we do it’s generally chicken or ground beef.I buy frozen veggies in the winter, fresh in summer.Very little in the way of convenience foods.We also have two cats, so our budget includes food, litter, treats, etc.

    • marco on 2018/02/24 at 12:57 am

      Winnipeg is cheap I spend 600 a montn the for 2 ppl in winnipeg

  3. Journeys of The Zoo on 2017/07/19 at 12:42 am

    I’ll share. For a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 kids), in Ontario, we spend ~$300 a month. To qualify,

    We hardly eat beef but do eat chicken breasts and pork tenderloin (I stock up when it’s on sale every few months). We eat a lot of eggs, beans and legumes. I have a small garden and bake all my bread products (mostly because my family loves them but also because I have the time and it does save money).

    I will stockpile canned beans, cereal and peanut butter when it goes on sale but only for a few months (as that’s the frequency of sales here). My budget above includes that.

    I don’t include our eating out bill in my budget. Even so, we only eat out once a month (sit down dinner) unless we’re travelling and then a McDonalds or Subway meal.

    I generally shop only for the week. I love the variety in our meals and find that we hardly ever throw out food (we compost it in our garden or give to my friends two goats!). We do not have a deep freeze, just a small fridge/freezer.

  4. Candice on 2017/05/07 at 4:37 am

    we are a house of 2 adults and 3 kids + two parrots and two cats and live in the lower main land of BC. we try to spend 350$ or less a week. I am vegan and eat lot of organic fruits and veggies but the rest of the family eat a mix of all. We used to spend a lot less and I had to cut it down to try and keep it around 1300 or less a month. I am always looking though flyers to match prices, even on produce to help save money. I also shop at superstore for the most part, as the pc points really add up and help!

    • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/05/07 at 7:28 pm

      Sometimes I wonder if people here are serious…..are you telling me people actually can spend $50 a day for food !!!!!

      • Ally Oop on 2017/07/29 at 7:19 pm

        For a family of 6:

        Breakfast $8
        Lunch $15
        Supper $25
        Snack or Baking $10

        Easily $50 gets spent. The big cost is the meat. I buy cheap and meat at supper is about $10 and a salad would be about $10 here too. We never have anything left over. School lunches consist of a sandwich (no but butters allowed which leaves deli meat, canned meat or cheese which adds up), some sliced vegis, a fruit and a treat. Breakfast is cheaper cause no meat, either eggs, toast or cereal.

  5. Hanna on 2017/03/31 at 5:01 pm

    We are a family of 4 in Toronto, 2 adults and 2 kids, we spend minimum 2000$ per month for food and house hold items. We don’t eat fancy but since we have kids, we eat healthy and select food with good origin(nothing we buy from China, even garlic). Our fish is very expensive as every time we shop at Korean market for fish and some other items, average bill is 200$. That does not include my husband lunch and eating out. Show me how to reduce I please as we both have good income but we have nothing in saving.

    • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/04/01 at 2:54 am

      I have written a few posts here, so hopefully they will help. Take $200 a week in cash, and use this for your groceries. When it is gone, it is gone. Take the other $300 you didn’t spend and put it in savings. Until you are ‘forced’ to be more resourceful, you will ‘overspend’ Get your kids involved and ask them for suggestions on how to save money, but still get what you want. Treats aren’t treats, if you always have them.

      • R on 2017/04/03 at 2:38 am

        $2000 per month sounds way over the hill for a family of 4. We are a family of 6 adults, and I always manage to keep our grocery bill under $1300. We buy a lot of organic and I don’t waste anything. Costco sells alot of organic stuff in bulk. Also plan your meals, and if possible cook one meal that will last for two. For example I cook dinner that is enough for lunch the next day. This saves a lot o money.

      • Dena Ellis on 2017/12/05 at 11:47 pm

        I am from Mesa, Arizona U.S.A. I really think this is a great idea which i am going to put into effect immediately. Thank you

  6. Steve on 2017/03/12 at 1:52 pm

    We budget $1600 every month for food for two adults and one small dog in Nanaimo BC, that is being frugal and mostly sticking to bulk stores such as Superstore and Costco. We also garden throughout the year. I’m surprised to hear how much less others are paying

    • Ally Oop on 2017/03/14 at 1:23 pm

      Yeah, I can’t believe it either. We are pretty frugal in my family but we spend at least $900 a month–$280 on meat, $170 on fruit/vegis, $110 on eggs/dairy, $120 on non-food items (diapers, wipes, toilet paper, tin foil, shampoo, etc.) and $180 on dry food items (flour, sugar, yeast, canned goods, packaged goods, school snacks, juice boxes, etc.) and $30 on dog food.

    • R on 2017/03/15 at 2:36 am

      $1600 for two adults and one dog? Unbelievable. My family of 6 adults spends $1300/month and we buy a lot of organic food. We live in Ontario, is food alot more expensive in BC?

  7. That Girl on 2017/01/11 at 11:47 pm

    I tracked all of our spending through 2016, 2 adults living in rural-Interior of BC — the annual 2016 bill came to about $7000, so about $600/mos. This doesn’t include alcohol, eating out or pet food.

    I love cooking and baking, and we enjoy a fairly healthy/nutritious diet — we do buy some organics (mostly veg), grass-fed beef; hit costco for coffee and cheeses, etc. We go through plenty of eggs but I buy local farm eggs and pay 3/doz. We don’t eat out very often and don’t touch fast food (mostly because we’re too lazy to drive in to a small town with few decent restaurant options 🙂 (side note: fast food is expensive in Canada)!

    Anyway, this year I’ll plant more in the garden and will start doing a bit more flyer shopping. I’ve even resorted to online staples shopping (e.g. tea, spices, toiletries) at Amazon & London Drugs and considering I don’t need to spend time/money on gas , and factoring in free shipping it can be a good deal.

  8. Caity on 2017/01/11 at 3:17 pm

    I can do 300$ for 2 adults every month! Takes alot of planning and looking for deals though.

    • devisecreateconcoct on 2017/01/12 at 10:10 am

      Caity – amazing. You are an inspiration!

    • Ally Oop on 2017/03/14 at 2:02 pm

      I just don’t see how. That would be $3 a day for 2 adults. The cheapest supper I can think of is spaghetti with canned sauce which would come to a minimum of $2 ($1 for pasta and $1 for sauce). Even if all you drink is tap water, that still leaves breakfast, lunch and snacks. Tell me Caity, what did you eat last night? Plus what do you spend monthly on hygiene items, laundry soap, dish soap, toilet paper, etc?

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/03/15 at 1:21 pm

        I’m not Cathy, but you are mistaken. She said she spends $300 a month, which would be $10 a day. I mentioned this conversation to my adult daughter yesterday, and her reply was “OMG, how could anyone spend that much money a day on food” (she was referring to the $900-$1600 month people). We could understand if you had 8 kids….but they stated it wasn’t.
        As someone who spends $210 month, and gets about $90 in free food a month (incentives via c.cards/ store programs), it really is very easy, and it actually gets easier every month.
        We buy toilet paper when on sale, and buy about a years worth.Same goes with most laundry detergent, dish detergent, shampoos etc., and canned and bottled foods.
        We don’t buy a lot of frozen food, as we only have the freezer in our apt sized fridge.
        We do buy a lot of fresh fruit and vegs. This week I cooked a chicken. Our meals were based around that. One day we had mashed potatoes and broccoli w/ cheese sauce. Another day we had baked potatoes with stir fry mushrooms/peppers/onions. Last night we had barbeque chicken pizza, made on a naan bread base.
        Breakfasts are usually bacon/ eggs/toast/fruit/coffee. If not that, it is a veggie omelet. Today was homemade oatmeal porridge with apple and cinnamon, toast, and coffee.
        Lunches are usually simple. Either leftovers, or muffin or pie w/coffee. Supper is usually 5 pm, because we are hungry.
        Evening snack might be nachos w/ salsa/black olives / sour cream and cheese….or a baked apple or a chocolate bar.
        Now…..how about you tell us what you have. Might be an insight into why you find it hard to believe how some of us live so cheaply?

      • Ally Oop on 2017/05/08 at 7:32 am

        Truthfully, I went to bed hungry tonight. My husband and I are both working now but after expenses we had $90 left to spend on groceries for 2 weeks, in a house already full of empty cupboards.With the money I bought 2x4L of 2% milk, a 4L of homo milk for the baby, 2×18 packs of eggs, a small container of margarine, 1 large box of cereal, a large box of soup crackers, 2×12 packs of soup, a package of cheese slices (for sandwiches for the kids school lunches), 2×6 packs if strawberry-applesauce, a box of granola bars, a bag of apples, a 10-pack of juiceboxes, a large bag of carrots and a small bag if diapers (couldn’t afford a whole box). Luckily, we still had some potatoes and rice at home. Notice we didn’t buy a single piece of meat? I am getting so frustrated. A couple months ago when I was on mat leave and collecting EI. we actually had more money because we weren’t paying childcare expenses. To make well balanced meals, I would say we need minimum $150 a week for groceries and that’s not counting nin-foid items.

  9. Mo on 2016/12/30 at 8:37 pm

    Hi everyone. This is certainly a lively post. I live on my own and I average approximately $210.00 per month. This includes food and toiletries and other necessary household items. I am pretty sure that I can reduce this and I am working to do so. I live in the heart of Toronto, Ontario.

  10. Ally Oop on 2016/12/08 at 1:03 am

    I’m in Saskatchewan and my family of 5 has been hit hard by the falling economy. My family has been going to a food bank for a while. My husband lost his job five months ago and hasn’t been able to find anything that pays enough or that has hours that work around my work schedule. Because of childcare costs and fuel costs (we live in a rural area), a minimum wage job for him would actually mean less money for us unless he can find something that isn’t the same time as my job so I’ll be home to look after the kids. After rent, power, heating, gas, car insurance, car payments and phones (no home phone) we have about $300 a month to spend on groceries but after the costs of non-food items like diapers/wipes ($40), dogfood ($40), toilet paper/kleenex ($20), shampoo/conditioner/soap ($3weeklaundry detergent ($8), dishsoap ($3), mouthwash/toothpaste ($8) and other non-food items that come up, that leaves about $150 a month to spend on food. A 4L of milk is about $5 and we go through about 10 jugs a month so that’s $50. An 18-pack of eggs a week makes $16 a month. Margarine is about $10 a month. I bake all my own bread to save money and essentials like flour, sugar, yeast, vegetable oil, whole wheat flour and brown sugar comes to about $40. That leaves $34 which doesn’t get us much. At minimum, I think we would spend $200 on meat and $150 on produce with $200 left for other food. I think $700 ($175 a week) on food.

  11. Colleen on 2016/10/05 at 6:42 pm

    I need clarification… what year is this table based on 2007/2009 or for 2016? I need current numbers.

  12. Rick on 2016/07/29 at 3:11 am

    This is insane. It literally doesn’t make sense to me. Do people truly have that little money or are they just saving huge amounts or spending on other things? I’m spending 1500 a month MINIMUM ON MYSELF. I’m 33 and live in Saskatchewan. Granted I work away from home about 25 days a month so almost all my meals are from a restaurant of convenience store, but still. Not many things shock me when reading the news these days but this innocent little article on monthly spending has. I do remember first starating out at 18-20 and working for 9 bucks an hour. Sure then a guy would spend 40 bucks a week on groceries. Maybe. But that’s when you’re a kid. Just….crazy to me is all. I guess there are some truly hard up people out there.

  13. Trish on 2016/07/28 at 2:48 pm

    I live with my 7 year old child. I love to cook, I love to eat well. I have meat, fish, lots of cheese which in Quebec is outrageously priced (but worth it) and I buy stuff like cashew butter and hazelnut flavored vinegar. I like specials but I’ll buy things I wantneed at full price. I very occasionally buy a package of garbage chips or cookies from the store, but most of the very small amount of premade food I buy is artisan and local made. I get deliveries from Lufa farms which have all sorts of fresh local produce and artisan foods like pasta, bread, better meat than the grocery store, etc. I go to the grocery store (IGA) for everything I don’t get from Lufa. I think I spend more than I really need to, but hey I am a foodie. I think I spend around an average of 160$ a week but I don’t even really budget it, it costs what it costs. This includes everything, soaps, paper products, alcohol. Ouchy.

  14. Donna on 2016/07/24 at 12:27 pm

    I live in NL and I find it very hard to live off $100 per week. That was while I was working. Now that I am laid off I am spending between 38 and 50 per week. I am ready to hit the food banks. Where do you get this information? NL is one of highest taxed and priced provinces in Canada. Even the farmers markets are outrageous in price. May want to research before throwing this online.

    • Kathryn Dockrey on 2016/07/27 at 1:54 am

      My husband and I eat an average of $50 a week. If you post what you are actually buying , I’d be happy to offer suggestions of how to lower your costs, without resorting to a food bank

    • Ryan A. Smith on 2016/07/27 at 2:00 am

      The information on this page is available from Statistics Canada. Unfortunately, the data is for year 2007 and 2009. The Conservative government eliminated census years ago, and therefore there isn’t any up-to-date statistics. The Liberal brought the census back this year; however, the statistics, if you’ve filled out the questionnaire which you should have by now this year, isn’t geared toward household spending, etc. My personal grocery spending hasn’t changed much between now and year 2007. The average cost of grocery has increased slightly year after year, but hasn’t really changed that much. My monthly grocery was about $200 on average in 2007 (one person) and is about $210 now. Well, at least the food I buy hasn’t increased in price that much.

    • Kathryn Dockrey on 2016/07/27 at 4:43 pm

      I just wanted to show what we have purchased so far this month.Because we take advantages of specials and reduced foods, it may not seem like a balanced diet…but we have a LOT of food in our pantry and freezer. (we bake our own bread in bread machine)

      month of July 1-27 2016
      For 2 adults- Canada

      =$157.09 spent so far

      sugar- 8 @ $1.99 = $11.94
      brown sugar – 2 @ 1.99 = $3.98
      reduced produce 8 pkgs @ $1.49 =$11.92
      garlic naan bread 3 @ $.99 = $2.97
      roasted pepper and paprika hummus $4.49 (reduced) =$2.24
      bakery (reduced)=$0.50
      canned vegs 6 @ 2/$1.00= $3.00
      toilet paper-$4.99
      227g spinach (reduced) 2 @ $0.50= $1.00
      227g mushrooms- $1.97
      2l blueberry cheesecake ice cream- $1.77
      2l vanilla ice cream- $1.77
      cantaloupe- (reduced) =$0.99
      thick n rich pasta sauce 2 @ $0.99= $1.98
      aylmer diced tomatoes=$0.99

      sesame honey almonds =$4.39
      baking powder= $1.79
      raisins= $1.02
      dates= $0.59
      black mission figs= $1.05
      turkish apricots= $5.65

      3 lbs onions- $1.99
      canned baked beans 2 @ .89= $1.78
      3 lbs apple= $2.49
      3 lbs carrots- $1.49
      2.2L Xtra laundry detergent 2 @$1.99= $3.98
      10 lbs – $1.99
      close-up toothpaste 100ml- Free 2 @$0.79=$1.58 (realised when we got home, cashier didn’t ring them in) =-$0.00

      bakery $2.99 (reduced) =$1.49
      bakery $4.29 (reduced)=$2.14
      Bakery- $1.30

      4L milk 2 @$5.69= $11.38
      tomatoes $1 lb= $1.63
      tomato soup 8 @ 2/$1.00= $4.00
      cream mushroom soup 8 @ 2/$1.00= $4.00
      veg soup 8 @ 2/$1.00= $4.00
      4L milk 2 @$5.69= $11.38
      Imperial Margarine – 3lbs – 2 @$2.99=$5.98
      large eggs 4 doz @$1.99=$7.96
      whole chicken=$7.39

      haddock= $4.58
      red peppers=$1.73
      green peppers=$1.24
      green peppers- $0.62
      bananas (77c lb) =$1.65

      • CJ on 2016/09/09 at 4:35 pm

        Thank you for sharing your food list. Where do you shop that you are able to get such low food prices?

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2016/09/11 at 9:23 pm

        CJ…we are from Nova Scotia. We really never go grocery shopping anymore. When the flyers come out, I look and see what the loss leaders, or store sales are….then stock up. Some things like milk, rarely go on sale here, so whenever we are in the store, the first place we visit is the ‘reduced to clear’ area for produce and meats. Eggs go on sale here once a month…we get 6 doz. Our fridge isn’t big, and we don’t own a separate chest freezer.

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2016/09/11 at 9:27 pm

        CJ…didn’t answer your question. We shop mainly at one supermarket, but the others are really good for sales.

      • CJ on 2016/09/13 at 6:46 pm

        Thanks for the info!!

      • afamaral on 2017/01/29 at 3:24 am

        The cheapest dozen eggs in my neck of the woods is almost $4 and goes up to $7, cheapest bread from instore bakery almost $4… cheap haddock is about $10… whole chicken over $11… red peppers $5 for 4… at least the milk seems comparable… otherwise, $200/mo for groceries alone (let alone toiletries) is accomplished only with bulk dry goods.

      • Lynn on 2017/03/11 at 9:55 pm

        I’m not being a smart ass but your very first calculation is wrong. 8 sugar @1.99 is 15.92 not 11.94 as you suggested. Not sure which items are taxed. That is a lot of sugar to use. Beware of the health implications. Thank you for posting this I am struggling financially and am very I interested in how others get by in the hopes Its can find some changes I can make to help ends meet.

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/03/14 at 11:26 am

        Lynn, Thank you for the correction, on the sugar. Not, it isn’t taxed. This sugar will last me several years. If you post your grocery sales receipt, it would help for myself and maybe others to show you where you could save.

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/03/14 at 2:40 pm

        here is what we purchased Feb 2017
        $210.47 out of pocket
        $90 free- pay all our bills using credit cards, so we can get Airmiles / PC points
        As you can see, we buy a lot f reduced produce and sale products.
        We waste very little.
        Also includes our toiletries (razors ) and cat food supplies.

        2- VH saucue- Tikka Masala/mango curry 2@ 2.98 (800 PC pts) = $5.96

        aylmer diced tomatoes 2 @$0.99= $1.98

        NN green olives 2 @ 2/$4.00= $4.00

        PC salsa- 3 @ $1.99 (1500 PC pts) = $5.97

        PC Xmeaty dry cat food- 3 @ $7.49 (4000 PC pts) = $22.47

        NN black olives 5 @ 5/$5.00= $5.00

        V8 energy drinks pk 4- 8@ $0.50= $4.00

        Unico kidney beans 2 @ $0.99= $1.98

        cauliflower- $3.49 (reduced) = $1.74

        Turkey Meatloaf $11.49 (reduced) (1000 PC pts ) = $5.74

        Maple Glazed ham- $11.99 (reduced) (1000 PC pts) = $5.99

        5000 PC pts- spent $50 + 1c per litre gas coupon

        NN our cream 500ml- $2.99

        4 L milk- 6 @ $5.69= $34.14

        NN stuffed chicken 2 @ 2/$4.00 (800 PC pts)= $4.00

        NN coffee 4 @ $4.69 (3200 PC pts) =$18.76

        NN coffee 4 @ $4.69 (3200 PC pts) =$18.76

        bananas (89c lb) = (400 PC pts ) = $2.22

        bulk mushrooms – (400 PC pts) = $2.28

        chocolate bar- 3 @ $0.75= $2.25

        chocolate bar- SCOP= $0.00

        3 lbs carrots $1.49 (reduced) = $$0.74

        3 lbs naval oranges $5.99 (reduced) = $2.99

        Roma tomatoes ($2.19 lb) = $2.17 (reduced) =$1.08

        PC chicken –$12.32 (reduced) = $6.16

        PC chicken- $12.57 (reduced)= $6.28

        wonderbread- $3.39 (reduced) = $1.69

        whiskas treats =$2.99

        eggs 2 @$1.99= $3.98

        4 pk rainbow peppers – $4.99 (reduced) =$2.49

        cantaloupe- $2.46

        raisin bread- $3.00 (reduced) =$1.50

        cooked chicken tenders (4 pk)=$4.49 (reduced)= $2.24

        cooked tators and cheese =$4.49 (reduced) =$2.24

        cooked chicken drumsticks (2 pk)= $2.98 (reduced) =$1.49

        4 lb clementines – (1400 PC pts) =$6.99

        Country Harvest Bakes 2 @ $3.49 (6000 PC pts)= $6.98

        PC tortillas- 2 @ 2/$5.00 (800 PC pts)= $5.00

        Rainbow peppers 2.5 lbs- $6.99 (reduced) (600 PC pts)= $3.49

        cauliflower (reduced)=$1.74

        bananas – 89c lb- $1.37

        Pork shoulder roast- (1000PC pts)= $5.01

        Old Mills apple pie – $2.50

        NN cool whip 2 @ 2/$6.00 = $6.00

        1 lb strawberries – $2.49

        1 lb strawberries $2.49 (reduced) = $1.24

        Tostitas 320 g- $2.50

        4 chocolate bars @ $0.50= $2.00

        2 tubs of flour (approx 15 lbs) 2 /$10.00= $10.00

        Dozen eggs 2 @ $1.77=$3.54

        1 kg icing sugar 3 @ $1.99= $5.97

        cinnamon hearts candy (reduced) – $1.00

        10 lbs potatoes- $3.50 (discount)= $2,65

        Mach 3 sensor razor- $11.99 (reduced) (senior discount)= $4.79

        Purrfect start cat litter- 18kg- $7.99

        227g mushrooms 2 @ $0.97 = $1.94

        éclair- $0.69
        ww pita bread- $0.99
        1 L nutrifil – $3.99
        sweet potatoes (79c lb) = $2.95

        chicken hot sauce (gravy)- 2 @ 2/$0.99= $0.99
        tenderflake lard454g- $2.49
        gagnong mint patties 2 @ $0.99= $1.98
        Box 12- vachon -ah caramel $1.84

      • Ally Oop on 2017/03/15 at 5:19 am

        I can already see a major difference in costs from what we pay in Saskatchewan to there. Meat here is twice the cost at least (that’s when it’s marked with a 30% off sticker) and produce here is 5 times the amount. The prices you pay for stuff is probably what I paid about 5 years ago. I recall that when I was going to university 12 years ago I had a $35 a week budget which was very easy to adhere to. Also, the only non-food items you have on your list are cat litter and razors. What about things like shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, feminine hygiene products, etc.? I buy those type of things in bulk when there’s big sales and if you do, that should be included in your monthly average.

      • Kathryn Dockrey on 2017/03/16 at 2:34 am

        I included my list of what we actually bought.This is not a monthly average. The razor purchase, was for the razor itself. It will be probably be another year before we need razor refills, as we just bought $100 of them in Jan. Toiletries and cleaning supplies are not bought in bulk, but we do stock up when they go on sale, thus it will be probably be another year before we need to start looking for the next sale.
        I would say our grocery prices are similar to yours. Only difference is, I won’t buy them unless they are on sale, or 50% off. I have cases of food, purchased on sale, and because of buying these foods on sale, we keep our costs low.
        Some people go shopping with a grocery list. We don’t. We look at all the flyers, and write down the sales. Walking into the grocery store, we have a routine. We head straight to the ‘reduced to clear’ sections.Then we walk the entire store, as unadvertised specials can be anywhere.
        I cannot remember the last time we had to throw food out for spoilage.
        I’d still be interested to read your grocery list for a month 🙂

  15. Alex on 2016/06/20 at 4:13 am

    We are a couple in our 60’s and I have to eat gluten and dairy free for health reasons.My husband eats gluten and dairy free because he likes to. We eat mostly organic. We spend $16,000.00 a year on groceries. Our bill shoots up in February when we go to the States for the month. We eat several servings of fruit and vegetables a day. We rarely eat any processed food. We eat small servings of fish and chicken 4-5 times a week. We comparison shop. This total doesn’t include alcohol or meals out. We’re both still working but are concerned about how we are going to eat when we are on a fixed income.

  16. Lella on 2016/05/12 at 3:12 pm

    We are a family of 2 adults living in Toronto.
    I make sure everthing we drink and eat is on sale.
    We still on average pay between $800-$900 a month in groceries. I make everything from scratch, including home made bread once a week by hand no bread machine.
    So what am I doing wrong? No process foods. I’m a flyer shopper.

    • Natalie Rosann McDowell on 2016/08/23 at 1:04 pm

      Sometimes making things from scratch does not mean cheaper. Better quality/ more nutritious, probably, but not always cost effective. My suggestions to cut your food bill: try a ‘beans and toast’ diet (not literally) as in use up all of the food in your pantry. Give yourself $20/week for some fresh veggies and fruit, but that’s it. Then, sit down and decide what meals you and your partner like to eat: stir fry, quesadillas, sandwiches, sushi, whatever. List your most loved and most common meals. Then price out the cost to make each of those meals. Every single cent. If a pepper costs $3, figure out how much you include in your recipe and how many servings that will get you (1 whole pepper goes into recipe, recipe serves 4, cost of pepper for that meal is $3.00/4=0.75). I think people underestimate how much each meal costs them when they eat at home. “I could have this steak and asparagus at a restaurant for $100, but I made it instead!” without realizing that yeah, you made it at home, but it still cost you $30. You said you use flyers, which is great, so plan a weekly or monthly meal plan around the seasons cheapest veggies. If you can get into freezer meals, do it, it can be very cost effective! Have one meatless meal each week and one “treat” meal a month. That doesn’t mean restaurant, just means fancy-ish food at home. Lastly, buying certain things in bulk is a good idea if you have the space to store it. Do you have a big freezer? Look at buying your meat in bulk. We buy 1/4 of a cow each year, at it works out to a much better price (I think it’s $2-$4/lb) and when chicken goes on sale I buy as many as they will let me.

      Sorry for the long post- I live in the GTA so your food will be more expensive than mine, but my partner and I eat really well and I spend $200-250/ month TOPS.

      • Mo on 2016/12/30 at 8:46 pm

        Great points Natalie. Where someone shops also makes a huge difference. I will only shop at No Frills or Real Canadian Superstore. There is a huge price difference compared to other grocery stores. I top out at $210 per month for one person including toiletries and household items. Aiming to reduce this amount as I know there are other things I could be doing to reduce grocery cost.

  17. ib on 2016/03/16 at 5:34 pm

    We are a family of 6 with 4 kids (4,5,8 and 16) in Winnipeg. We both work full time and sometime additionally on-call, so not a lot of time left for meal prepping. We spend on average $725/mo for groceries/toiletries including OTC drugs and paper products, etc. We prefer to have meat everyday, so I usually plan for that. Plus we buy fresh/frozen veggies and fresh fruit. We don’t buy much pre-packaged food. I shop mosty Costco, then the loss leaders @ Sobeys and No Frills. My kids know if it’s not on sale, we are not buying it (now they look at the flyers lol). We stock up on items, then I prep and throw in freezer. For example, I typically will buy ~15lb ground beef, then cook it all adding carrots, onion, garlic, let it cool and bag in Ziploc bags and freezer. We use this for stroganoff, taco, spaghetti, chili, sloppy joes. I pre-season my chicken before it goes it the freezer, so I can just take it out, put it in crockpot frozen and let cook all day. With the carcass I make stock in my crockpot that night, then strain the next morning, then freeze the stock. I cook enough for leftovers for lunch or next day. We always take leftover for lunch except for the kids in school, they prefer sandwiches. For breakfast it is cereal/oatmeal or toast, pancake on weekends. I do buy the pack of instant oatmeal but only on sale and stock up, then I add extra plain instant oatmeal to stretch it. Bread and tortilla is cheap at Costco, so we stock up. I have a price list I keep, if I see it this price or lower I buy lots (cheese $1/100g, butter $3/lb, oatmeal packs $2/10pk, tuna $1/can, whole chicken $3/lb, pork $3-4/lb, lean ground beef $3.99/lb, etc.). We do not grow our vegetable/fruit as I have tried in the past and apparently I can even kill green onions. We have $100/mo for eating out, which means we rarely go out and if we do it’s a mom and pop’s place.

    • Stacey on 2017/01/13 at 4:08 pm

      We live south of Winnipeg and have the same size family. We spend almost identically! I’m happy to read your comment and know I’m not too far out on what I spend.

    • marco on 2018/02/24 at 1:09 am

      I’m living in south winnipeg Me and my partner spend min 600.00 a month on groceries we buy what we want don’t bother about “deals” maybe we shouldd start. Side note we also eat out minimum once a week sitdown.

  18. Mike on 2016/02/23 at 7:10 am

    If your spending $200 a month on food, your purchasing very little produce and all processed shit!! Get real folks, average family of 4 to eat healthy costs $800-$1000/month. Who ever wrote this article is living in 1950!!

    • kathryn on 2016/02/24 at 2:51 am

      Most of all the produce I buy is packaged for ‘reduced to clear’. Nothing wrong with it, and many times I get to try new things,at a fraction of the price.Usually it is a big tub of whole mushrooms, bags of peppers, cantaloupes etc…for $1.49. When you buy cheese and other fav foods, when they are on sale…and stock up, you can slash your grocery in half. If it’s not on sale…I probably don’t need it.

    • Mary Foley on 2016/04/16 at 12:53 pm

      Really? $1,000 a month for four? I spend only $600. for four and we eat healthy and do not buy anything processed.

      • chantal on 2016/04/16 at 5:41 pm

        We are a family of three who live in Ontario. That is three adults and spend 400 a month on food. We hardly buy process foods. It is possible. We buy all are meats on sale and buy for three months worth when they are on sale. The fruits and vegetables we eat depends always on sales. If you follow the sale and know your prices you can bring down your bill.

      • Ally Oop on 2016/12/08 at 3:23 am

        Wow. Food prices must be cheaper there than in Saskatchewan.

    • Tesfa on 2016/06/08 at 6:13 pm

      The writer said , he spends $200 per month while you spend $800 for 4 people a month. Then, your figure agrees with his findings.
      Why are you blaming him?…be real your self. You missed his point.

    • Steph on 2016/08/08 at 7:20 pm

      Agreed. We are a family of four and even spending $800-1000 a month on groceries is stretching it. I also cook most of our meals from scratch. We load up on the fruits and veggies but they usually cost a small fortune. This is for those who do not buy Greek yogurt or organic anything. This is for the people who don’t give a shit what they put in their bodies.

    • tootsuite65 on 2016/10/16 at 4:55 pm

      Agree with the poster! Family of 4 and we spend easily $2k per month on groceries. Granted, a lot of our purchases are organic (for health reasons), but I’ve got 2 adult sons still at home – (sheesh!) who are paleo and BIG eaters and my requirements are vegan/vegetarian And yes, we buy on sale whenever/wherever and bulk as well. Started keeping track of groc. expenditures recently to see where/when we can cut back on things, but frankly, not much wiggle room.

  19. Harry on 2016/02/02 at 4:25 am

    Montreal, QC. Single. Spend about $400 monthly on food including groceries, eat-out.

    • souliersnoirs on 2016/06/05 at 1:29 am

      Montreal, QC. Single. I spend way, way, more than that — usually $600 or more monthly on groceries and eat-out food. I think it is disgusting, but finding and reading more sites like this will motivate me to slam on the breaks and spend more normally.

      • Kate on 2017/09/04 at 4:27 pm

        Montreal too, single woman. Spend average 300-330 on groceries per month, don’t eat grains except the occasional loaf of bread. Eat eggs every day, meat usually chicken) maybe 3x per week and on-sale red meat 2x per month. This doesn’t include eating out. I am not very heavy and don’t need a lot of food. Even though I know shopping in bulk for families is cheaper than being single, I’m astounded by the low amounts being thrown around here. What on earth are people eating? Potatoes?

  20. Donna on 2016/01/06 at 12:54 pm

    I spend $150-190 per week in groceries for one person. Gas for my vehicle is $80 per week for six months then it’s every two weeks. My utility bills for 7 months runs from $120 to 300 depending on the weather. Cable is $113 per month. Rent runs from $900-1900 per month. I don’t have a mortgage so I am safe there. Newfoundland is far from being the cheapest place to live in Canada.

  21. deb2000 on 2016/01/01 at 1:10 am

    Most people only have a small fraction of the so called average amount to spend on food. We have to feed the two adults on about $200 per month total. There is no choice but to shop the specials. Even then there are items like milk that do not ever go on special, at least not where I live. Prices in BC seem to be on the high side. It’s getting to the point where, with I have to spend, I can’t even afford a lot of items even when they are on special.

    • Mary on 2016/01/03 at 2:24 pm

      We are two in our seventies. On pension day, I buy about $300.00 worth of groceries. I have to have a lot of meat as I am on dialysis and this is when I load up on nonfood items such as soap, tissue, etc. I also will get my fresh fruit but I do buy frozen vegetables as I know they are flash frozen at their peak. If cooked properly they taste just as good. In fact, I served frozen asparagus to some dinner guests and they thought it was fresh. During the rest of the month I will buy milk, cream, lettuce, tomatoes, bread and things that we run out of and that don’t keep. Altogether, I figure we spend about 400-450 on food. I never buy junk food or prepared food except for the odd frozen pizza. I have always cooked from scratch and enjoy cooking so it is not a burden. I would love to be able to cut down on my grocery bill but it is impossible. I went grocery shopping a few days after Christmas and the prices had increased – A LOT. 2016 will be even worse.

  22. Geraldine on 2015/12/31 at 10:44 pm

    We are a family of 3, all adults and I’ve spent on average $160 a week in 2015. This includes toiletries, pain killers, vitamins, prepared food and a lot of juice. I also buy water.

  23. Matteo Grdina on 2015/12/16 at 5:43 pm

    whats the avarage food costs for 1 person in bc?

    • Catrina on 2016/03/16 at 6:34 pm

      If you’re making all your own meals (no fast food or eating out) and eating a healthy diet (5 f&v a day etc) then the cost (in BC) is an average $20/day per person . If you eat organic then this would be alot higher of course.

  24. Gee on 2015/12/02 at 2:23 pm

    We are a family of 4 (2 kids under the age of 7) in Oakville, ON and we spend $650-800 on food which I think is reasonable. I wish it could be a little less but I use the app flipp to price match EVERYTHING and then I also use CO51, Zweet to claim back money.

  25. Robert Pennant on 2015/10/27 at 6:54 pm

    I’m a long-term unemployed single male in Toronto and my average monthly grocery bill is around $180. I have to shop using a calculator and record each purchase as I make it so that I don’t go beyond my $45 weekly limit. As my savings continue to deplete, I’ll have to find a way to bring this amount down even further, which is unfortunate because that will make me less able to take advantage of economies of scale.

    • mary on 2016/01/04 at 1:55 pm

      45 a week is very low. what kind of food are you buying and do you think you are able to get the nutrition you need?

  26. kathryn on 2015/09/11 at 2:56 pm

    For the past 4 months, I have kept a record of our groceries + toiletry purchases. This is for 2 adults (6’1 210 lbs & 5’1 115 lbs)
    May= $330.26
    July= $227.20
    average of $246.58 month or $56.90 a week

    We waste very little food.
    Yesterday, for example I had 1 apple, a handful of blueberries, and 1/2 of a too soft mango…added a crumb topping,popped into oven
    Well, I made a fruit crisp for dessert.

    I wanted to make a tuna casserole, as we had some leftover mac and cheese and canned peas. I just didn’t have any cream soup or enough mayonnaise for the recipe.Instead I took 2 mushrooms and cooked them with some onion, added butter, flour, and milk and made a sort of mushroom soup…and I added some ranch salad dressing to the mayo. I had a handful of uncooked elbow macaroni and cooked it with the boiled eggs. When finished, I stirred in a spoonful of cheez whiz. Mixed the stuff all together.popped it in the oven. Turned out great. 🙂
    ….substitute and get creative.

    Stocking up on sales, really lowers your grocery bill. ..and cutting down on ‘convenience’ foods. They really aren’t good for you. Instead of buying frozen pizzas, make your own.

  27. chantal on 2015/08/04 at 10:55 pm

    We are a family of three. Myself, husband and nineteen year old daughter. We live in the Ottawa valley. We spend 400.00 a month on all food and toiletries. Most of are meals are made from scratch but we do buy some process food. Some of are months are as low as 250.00. Last year we spend an average of 340,00 a month. We follow all the sales and hardly buy anything unless it’s on sale. The only hard thing to get is fresh fruits and veggies in the winter at a good price. I am starting to have a hard time to find beef at a very good price. So we have been eating more chicken and pork lately. If you follow the sale you can lower your grocery budget by so much.

    • GM on 2015/09/10 at 6:01 pm

      family of 4 in Calgary. 2 kids age 5 & 10. We spend about 600-650 a month, only groceries. We buy on sale compare prices, shop mostly at Superstore and No-frills. my numbers are EXACT as I’ll keep all the receipts (item by item) since 2002 and have a database off expenses.

      • Nelson on 2015/11/11 at 3:53 am

        We are a family of 4 in Ottawa and we spend at least $1300 per month! My son eats mostly gluten free, we often buy organics, local, fresh fish and a lot of French pastries. We often invite family and friends. It is time to make some savings but it’s tough as food prices keep on increasing.

      • Alla Zilberg on 2016/12/13 at 11:08 pm

        Family of 2 + baby + 2 huge dogs also in Calgary. We spend way more than that as we try to buy organic and local. I still do price match when i can and look for best deals, but man, Calgary is so expensive, especially if you want to eat healthy

  28. Emmanuel on 2015/07/28 at 7:43 pm

    Im not sure where your stats come from (Im presuming statscan)? I recently moved from Mississauga to Halifax and I can assure you the food prices (except fish and especially beef) are at least 20-30% higher. Match that with a depressed economy, high unemployment and lower wages it’s tough. I believe that food prices are somewhat fixed at some level. Transportation costs must of gone down due to oil, so where is our break.


  29. susan brown on 2015/01/13 at 2:35 pm

    For the lady who thinks we don’t have points cards for grocery in Ontario, look up PC points which you can use at any Presidents Choice including No Frills. I shopped at No Frills a couple of weeks ago and used my points and I paid $30.00 less.

    • k1029 on 2015/01/14 at 2:03 am

      I have a points card now. I looked into it after seeing it on this site. 🙂

  30. Dizel on 2015/01/11 at 11:38 pm

    We are a family of 5..kids 14 (6ft 2inch ), 10 and 3. All very active boys. We live in Toronto, Ontario and I usually spend about 1000 to 1200 a month on food which includes cleaning amd laundry, toilet paper, too the paste ect. And I find that pretty tight. I cook around what is on sale, and I make lots of home made deals with enough for lunches the next day. We usually ray out once a week about $40.

    • Dizel on 2015/01/11 at 11:39 pm

      Oh and I forgot I shop at no frillls, I price match and use coupons.

      • Carmen on 2015/05/11 at 11:58 am

        If you dont mind me asking, how much do you work on a month for total expenses, not just food? your average cost of living, including phones, cable, mortgage (average) transport etc. Just trying to get an idea if a monthly income of 4000 initially would beable to sustain a family of 5.

  31. Chris on 2014/11/22 at 7:54 pm

    We use mint.com and it helps us keep an idea of where our money goes. We appear to be spending about $1000 for 2 ppl. But almost half of that is not groceries but coffee, fast food, and restaurants. But we occasionally pay for our friends that are of lesser means when eating out so that bumps the bills out. So if we didn’t eat out we would probably be close to the writers avg. grocery spend. We shop at Safeway only in a pinch and you have to watch save-on-foods for deals or you’ll get hosed. No frills is hard to beat, and local asian markets for veggies are the best combo for us.

  32. Al on 2014/11/02 at 8:00 am

    I think i’m going to need some of you to tell me how you manage to keep your grocery expenses so low. I regularly spend around $600/month on groceries (which includes toiletries, cleaning supplies etc) – just on myself. Just today, I went to Safeway, picked up some breakfast foods (ham, hashbrowns, eggs, bread, butter, bag of coffee), some mouthwash, a box of cookies (on sale) and dinner for ONE NIGHT and spent $75. I’ll spend another $75 before the week is through. I’m in AB.

    • Ryan A. Smith on 2014/11/02 at 8:43 pm

      Groceries in Safeway is relatively more expensive. Try Superstore, No Frills, and Loblaws. Buying bulks and generic products is usually cheaper; eg, $8 for 2 bags of frozen no-name veggies (2kg/bag), $3 for 6 bagels or $2 bread, $5 for 6-lb bag of apples, $4.50/kg lean ground beef (on sale), $5.98 for 1.3kg mini-wheat cereal (on sale), $1 pasta in 900g bag (on sale), $4.99 yogurt 100gx16 box, etc. Shop around and stock up over time, and eventually the cost will be less. I stock up foods and toiletries that I use most often when they’re on sale. I go to restaurants, including McDonalds, on average once per month.

      In your case, if you go to No Frills, you can buy hashbrowns $1 (on sale), $1.80 dozen of large eggs, a loaf of bread from $1.50 to $2.50, coffee Maxwell 200g $2.97 (on sale). Stock up coffee and non-perishable items when on sale; pay attention to expiry date whichever grocery store you go to. Check the receipt to verify prices before leaving the store door.

    • Connie McLaren on 2014/11/03 at 1:40 am

      That’s about what I spend per month on groceries – combo of Farmer’s Mkt, organic and Co-op (not including toiletries etc)….just groceries for one person. I also spend between $100 to $300 a month on eating out … this includes occasional fast food, family restuarants and higher end restaurants. I make my own lunch during the work week as well.

    • cheryl on 2016/04/15 at 5:37 pm

      I am a family of 7 – 3 adults, two teenagers and two kids under 7. I usually spend around $2000 a month on groceries and live in AB as well. It is not cheap and most stores have taken away their regular dollar days or BOGO sales. It makes it even harder when the economy is in the toilet and people have to pay $8 for broccolli or cauliflower. I wanted grapes a couple of weeks ago and they wanted $16 for a small bag. It’s ridiculous. You would think they would be giving us a break with the way the economy is and they wonder why so many more people are homeless, on EI or income support….its because nobody can afford to live anymore.

    • Alla Zilberg on 2016/12/13 at 11:11 pm

      Where in AB are you? Northern AB is even more expensive than central / southern. I am in Calgary and I stay away from safeway. that store is so overpriced…sometimes they have good sales on shrimp and fish and their organic produce is decent and not too pricy but the rest of the products there are much more expensive than superstore, save on foods, etc

  33. Tracy G on 2014/10/31 at 3:08 am

    When the kids were home 1 boy and 1 girl, and the 2 of us, the grocery bill never was over $300 a month. That was up to last year, I always save $60 a month to get a side of beef every year and $20 a month to get a side of pork, poultry, or fish I buy when its on sale, and repackage it with my food saver. Fruit I bought by the case, and canned what ever is left into jams, syrup and sliced fruit. Everyone knows that each family is different, and my son ate for the whole neighborhood lol. When bread reached over $2 a loaf, I went back to making it from scratch, which the family loves, and it only takes 2 hours out of my day to do it, and the cost is .67 per loaf, I’ve even calculated in the electricity. In between, when my husband became ill, the income was gone, so I learned a few couponing tricks, when coupons come out, everything stays the regular price, the expiration dates are usually 1 year, so I’d grab a ton of coupons, toilet paper being so expensive, and waiting for it to go on sale, usually at least a month after, that’s when I’d stock up and apply the coupons. You can still eat very well, importantly healthy on a very low budget, but it takes time. So if there is 1 that stays home, take the time, bake from scratch and consider buying meat by the half or quarter, nothing kills me more to see that steak in the summer time runs up to $30/kg when you buy a half a beef it’s $3.75 a pound cut and wrapped and you get all the cuts for such a low price. Summer time I grow my own vegetables, 1 tomato plant produces about 10 lbs of vegetables. So grow 1 or 2 plants, a package of seeds runs around $3 or buy it in the store at $1.50 per lb. If you don’t have garden space, pick up a couple of deep pots, most people give them away over winter on kijiji, grow peas in one and tomatoes in the other.

    • Sara on 2014/12/15 at 7:20 pm

      I am family of 5, n I would love to know where I can find side of beef for $3 at?

      • Tract on 2015/04/24 at 8:53 pm

        i live in Saskatchewan, there is couple I bought from between dalmeny and warman 3.75 per lb cut and wrapped for beef

    • marco on 2018/02/24 at 1:11 am

      Only 2 hrs of ur time! Defeats the purpose

  34. susan brown on 2014/09/20 at 5:02 pm

    We are on a very tight budget having a pension of 19,000 annually after taxes and I am on dialysis so have to eat a lot of meat. Beans, lentils, etc are not an option for me nor is cheese. I am looking for a way to cut expenses and pay down our debt. I do not and never have cooked anything prepared – always from scratch. I must admit we eat well but not extravagantly. Never go out for dinner as we cannot have the salt, sugar, etc.

  35. Mimi on 2014/08/17 at 2:25 pm

    We’re in QC (off the Island of Montreal) and we spend $1400 per month on our family of 5. (kids:11, 8, 3) All boys, so that’s a tight budget lol. This amount also includes toiletries and pet food. Our resto budget is $160 per month. We go to the farmers’ market and buy whatever is in season and we eat beans and rice, poached fish and chicken mostly. We buy rice and dried beans in bulk and make a big pot of lentil soup weekly to stretch the budget. We only eat out on very special occasions. This is our method of staying on track budget wise, but not sacrificing our children’s healthful diet in the process. Like some of the other comments, I too find it impossible to stretch the budget further. We use coupons, stock up during sales etc., etc., how in the world do low income families manage! The obvious answer to that is tragic.

    • kathryn on 2014/08/19 at 12:45 am

      Having raised 3 boys and 1 girl, spending more, does not equate healthier. Buying produce at most farmer markets is not cheaper.
      For your size of family you don’t need to spend more than $15 per day.
      That would include fruit, dairy,vegetables, and meat.That equals $450 month.Throw in another $50 for miscellaneous products.

      You need to train yourself to shop for sales. When you can, stock up.Dollar cost averaging will reduce your budget.
      For example, today (I live in Nova Scotia) lean ground beef was on for $2.99 lb.(pkg was $7.00) Mushrooms were on an instore special for $0.50 a pkg (about 1 lb) A 10 lb bag of potatoes was $4.99. A 600g block of cheddar was $4.88. Last week the local pharmacy had 1.36L apple juice on for 3/$1.00 (I bought 9).
      Our meal today for 3 people was $2.33 hamburg,(made into a meatloaf….we ate half)= $1.65
      $0.50 worth of potatoes, and $0.25 of mushrooms
      apple juice for a drink ($0.17)
      total= $2.57 for 3 people

      Breakfast was homemade cream of wheat porridge with fresh cherries. Homemade bread, using our bread machine. Jam made from leftover berries that I stewed up…cost $2.00?

      Pet food wouldn’t be more that $50-$60 a month.
      Cleaners and toiletries would need to be more than $15 a month.

      In all honesty, unless everyone is overeating, and eating lots of treat food and/or throwing a lot food away..I can’t imagine anyone wasting that much money on food.
      Portion size is very important. meat shouldn’t be any larger than the size of the palm..of the person eating it. After than you fill up on veggies and salad.

      • k1029 on 2014/08/20 at 11:52 am

        Kathryn, by your calculation the cost to feed a person per day should be no more that $3 a day per person. That is breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and drinks. While I think it is amazing that you are able to feed your family for that amount most can not. Just looking at your meal outline I have to ask what else went into your meatloaf? Ketchup, soup mix, bread, tomato sauce, an onion etc.? The homemade creme of wheat, what ingredients were used? No cost included there. How much $ were the cherries and how much did you all eat. The jam reduction, how much sugar was used? What was the cost of the ingredients in the bread that was made in the bread machine? How much yeast, flour, salt, sugar etc. How many slices per meal, did you have butter on the toast? What was everyones lunch and what was the cost? Does anyone have anything else to eat throughout the day?

        Most people try to eat well rounded meals of fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy etc. according to the Canada food guide. And when following the food guide for recomended serving of fruits and vegetables children need 4-5 serving of fruits and veggies and adults 7-10. A serving size is 1/2 cup of fruit or veggies per serving and 1 cup for leafy greens or 1 whole fruit like an apple or orange. So 1 pack of raspberries that they sell here would give you 1 cup so 1 serving each for 2 people. Respectfuly your meal plan does not does not include the recomended daily fruit and vegetable recomendations. I see 5 “servings” in your meal plan, cherries, fruit presserve, mushrooms, potatoes and apple juice. Just by the amounts you suggest in your cost analysis it does not appear that serving sizes were proportionate to the food guide. I also do not see dairy or dairy alternative listed. 6-7 grain products are required i see 2 listed. 2 meat and and meat alternatives required for men it is 3, I see meat loaf and assume each had 1 serving. Grains you probably have it covered white the cream of wheat and bread.

        So while I get what you are saying about cost and shopping for sale items etc. I think you are being a little judgemental towards others and what their families consume. To eat a well rounded balanced diet low in starches and corbohydrates with plenty of fruits and veggies and leafy grean at the recomended serving sizes for a family of 5 is costly regardless of how well you shop for deals. That is approx 35 servings of fruits and veg per day, 30 servings of grains, 10 servings of dairy, 10 servings of protein. Follow the guide shop for deals and come back with a cost per person.

      • kathryn on 2014/08/21 at 2:29 am

        It is just my husband and myself now, as the 4 kids are grown, and on their own. I’ll try to answer your questions, as best I can. I’m not trying to come across as judgemental,rather impress upon the naysayers, that it really is possible to eat healthy without spending a lot of money.
        I’m 5’1, 115 lbs and my husband is 6’1 and 210 lbs.Just average people.If I was to eat all the food amounts suggested by the food guide, I’d be double my weight.I eat an average of 1200 calories a day, and my husband eats around 2200-2500 cals. To monitor my nutrient intake, I input my food intake into my Cron-o-meter (download it) I’m not perfect, but when eating a varied diet, it balances out pretty good.

        When you start buying food at reduced prices,and stock up when prices are low, it brings down the price.What I buy this week, I may not eat for several weeks, because what I’m eating this week, what I bought a few weeks ago.When 750g peanut butter was on sale for $2.88, I bought 6…you get the idea.

        Meatloaf consists of ground beef, egg,cracker/bread crumbs,ketchup,onion…with brownsugar and ketchup topping.
        Cream of wheat is cooked on top of the stove with water…then topped with a sprinkle of sugar and whatever fruit I happen to have available.The 3/4 pint of cherries was given to me,.I put about 3 cherries on top.The 800g box makes 26 servings at .07 (I paid $1.88 box). The jam did use 4 cups of sugar and a box of pectin.However I used apple juice to extend the fruit.Still gives all the flavor.It made 3 big bottles. The fruit was a handful of bueberries/strawberries/cherries/raspberries that we didn’t eat ,and saved in a container in the freezer.

        Homemade bread is very cheap to make.Costs maybe 50c a loaf and gives 12 big slices. We buy our margarine in 6lb tubs, at $8.99. It was the best price available. I have one slice of toast and hubby has 2.
        Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is essential to get the proper nutrients. It really doesn’ take a lot, to get what you need.
        Lunches are usually a salad or homemade soup or a chili.I use a large variety of vegetables and beans, when making these.A sprinkle of cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt on the chili is yummy.

        Snacks are usually fruit and/or yogurt. Nuts can be sprinkled on your salad/porridge/yogurt or just as a snack.
        We don’t go the grocery store with anything on our list. We let the specials and discount guide what we buy.
        Sweet potatoes are very nutrient dense.Again, portion control.Juices should be limited, as they are very high in sugar, and low in fiber. A cubic inch of cheese is a serving.

        Buy the largest amount, for the cheapest price. If you cannot eat it fast enough, freeze them. That may mean cooking meals and then freezing them.
        Bags of salad greens are always on sale for $1-2. (kale/spinach/romaine). Make your own dressing.

        What puts up the grocery bill? Boxes of pizza pockets, bags of cookies,frozen pizzas,chips,doritos,Buying brand name instead of no name/store brand. Sliced sandwich meats.(.but a roast and cook it.)
        Snackables and single portion packets of treats.

  36. k1029 on 2014/08/05 at 2:11 pm

    We are a family of 3 living in the Ottawa Valley, our grocery bill includes, laundry supplies, toilet paper, vitamins etc. We do have an older daughter her child and spouse frequently eat at our place and we have a dog. We can easily spend $1300/mth, we rarely eat out or buy prepared foods. The cost of groceries is astronomical, it is $6.00/lb for ground beef and $12 for a small whole chicken I often make soup with my carcass, and I plan every meal to make another meal out of it. The “extra meats like bacon is up to $7.00/lb. If you have diet restrictions it could be even more expensive. A family size spaghetti sauce with ground beef, sausage, tomatoes & sauce, garlic, onions, peppers, celery, mushrooms and your pasta can easily cost $40, you can get 2 meals out of it but it still works out to $20 a dinner. 5 years ago I could make the same meal for around $15. I do not understand how low income families are able to keep their families fed, Even kraft dinner is $1/box on sale.

    • kathryn on 2014/08/06 at 2:56 am

      Groceries are not that expensive, if you don’t want them to be.If you want to reduce your food budget, you need to shop sales and buy discount. I bought a 1.2 pkg of extra lean ground beef this week. It was $8.69 a kg. It was further reduced $1.80 because I have joined the store’s ‘points’ program. I will make a pot of chili, a meatloaf, and a casserole with this package of meat. This will provide 6-8 meals for my husband and I.
      Meat should not be the focal point of a meal. A serving is the size of your palm.
      When a store has a sale on broccoli,you buy that, even if you planned on buying cauliflower. When something you regularly buy goes on sale, you stock up.
      Portion control is important.

      • k1029 on 2014/08/07 at 1:43 pm

        Kathryn can I ask what province you live in and what supermarket you shop at to use a points program? I have not seen anything like that in Ontario. We do not have any grocery store with a points program locally that gives any reduction on the items you are purchasing. We have a few credit cards that collect points that you can use later to buy products like Walmart or Canadian Tire. Or gas vouchers when you purchase fuel from No Frills gas station that you can use against your grocery bill at their supermarket. I have never in the 20 years I have been shopoing throughout Ontario seen a points program that you are talking about.

      • kathryn on 2014/08/08 at 1:44 am

        We live in Nova Scotia, and PC Financial offer us points at the Atlantic Superstores,(among others) but in Ontario it would be at Loblaws (and other stores too) I believe NoFrills also have this ‘points’ program.You need to join, to get the extra personalized offers, and then ‘reload’ it each week to your card. It doesn’t cost anything. The stores are tracking what you buy, and then give you offers to buy it again.I have only joined in the last year.
        It seems like a hassle at first, but it is well worth it.

      • k1029 on 2014/08/08 at 11:35 pm

        That is very interesting. I am 99% positive we do not have a points program like that. Ours you collect points on certain offers, say Loblaws, PC blue menu cheese worth 200 points. You may cash in your points for merchandise after you have 20 000 points. It is like air miles somewhat. And many stores offers air miles points like Metro. No Frills does not have any programs it is a discount store only fuel coupons, that I know for sure. Ontario is really missing out on a lot, would be curious to understand why. I would love to compare food costs accross Provinces because Ontario has skyrocketed steadily the last 2 years. I work with the local food bank and the situation has been bleak. Great info, thank you Kathryn.

      • kathryn on 2014/08/10 at 4:18 pm

        Yes, it is this program you are referring to…but there is an extension to this program, which you need to sign up for, that will give you extra offers. Check it out.

  37. DJ on 2014/07/23 at 9:03 pm

    Southern BC, our budget is $700 a month, including all cleaning supplies, toilet paper, laundry and dish detergents, batteries and home office supplies. We are a family of four big eaters. If we eat out, it is once a month, which is rare. We grow our own produce (fruit, vegies and nut trees) I bake and cook a lot. I am now into canning. We are now discovering wine making. We would like to get our own chickens. I do live in the kitchen. It is nice a web page like this exists. Sites like this motivate budgeting and saving money. I am now motivated to cut my amount to $650. Thank you to everyone who opened up and shared a very personal stat.

  38. Cory on 2014/07/20 at 3:42 pm

    $200 a month? What do you eat? That is like 50 a week? I just bought groceries for this weeks breakfast and spend almost $50.

    • Ryan A. Smith on 2014/07/22 at 1:10 am

      I don’t go to restaurant or fast foods very often.

      For just me:

      Breakfast: cereal ($6 jumbo box 1.3kg of mini-wheat for 1 to 2 weeks)

      Lunch: bagel/toast ($4 biweekly) with cheese ($3 biweekly), yogurt ($5 for 16 x 100g biweekly), fruit, coffee

      Dinner is soup (easier to make for one person)
      —meat (beef stew, chicken breast, fish, etc), buy bulk and freeze it in smaller portions in sandwich bags; cost about $10-$15 per week (?)

      —frozen veggies ($4 for 2kg bag of carrot, broccoli, cauliflower that lasts about 1 to 2 weeks)

      —spinach ($6 for 2kg bag that can last more than 2 weeks, so freeze the rest and it won’t go bad)

      —noodle or pasta in the soup. Sometimes add egg.

      Snacks: chips, cookies, trail mix, etc.

    • kathryn on 2014/07/22 at 11:50 am

      That’s what my husband and I spend on average too.The other day as we were walking around checking out specials/discounts at the grocery store, and I noticed 2 steaks on the shelf..for $25!!! My first thought was “who would pay that???” Obviously someone does….certainly not us.

      Our breakfasts are varied, but generally home made pancakes,waffles,oatmeal or cream of wheat porridge, cereal, eggs,toast or bagels…usually served with fresh fruit too.

      Lunch is usually a salad, sandwich, or leftovers.
      Dinner is usually a potato (baked, mashed) 2 vegetables, and a meat.

      We buy a lot of whole chickens, and that meat will last for several meals. Then we take the carcass, and make a delicious soup. Ground beef for meatloaf,meatballs, burgers,casseroles.Steaks for stews, stroganoffs, stir frys.
      Snacks are usually almonds, yoghurt, puddings,salsa/tortillas, occassionally a cookie.

      • Ryan A. Smith on 2014/07/23 at 1:50 am

        Beef is getting more expensive these days, but $25 is not the most expensive. The ridiculous beef is Wagyu Beef at $200!!! It’s very famous in Japan. Recently Loblaws introduces this beef on its self. Better be delicious for that $200 steak!

        Fish and chicken seem cheaper more often, I found.

  39. md on 2014/06/24 at 3:22 pm

    We are family of 4 with 2 kids 12 & 10 We spend about $1500 per month including Groceries, fast food and resturants. We try to buy Oraganic produce and meat from farmers market whenever possible.
    We dont buy any canned produce or meat and 80% of the time eat home prepared meals.

  40. sen on 2014/06/06 at 2:29 pm

    i am a university student in ottawa and i spend 100 weakly on food only i buy mostly fruits and veggies and eat very healthy i do buy some packaged foods but a lot of the money goes to buy over priced fruits and veggies eg: 4 small eggplants 4.99 (that is one meal for me put in the price of rice and onion total 7 dollers for a nutritious home cooked meal produce should be cheaper!!!!!!!!!! 7 times 4 meals a day (i am a tall male) times 7 days in a weak is 196 preposterous i even try hard to eat cheap

    • kathryn on 2014/06/07 at 1:30 am

      I would suggest you start checking out other places to buy your produce.Most people get into a rut, and shop at the same places.
      For a while it might seem like you are running all over the place, but it will probably be worthwhile.
      Consider adjusting your meals to eating ‘in season’ or at least choosing foods when on sale or they have been reduced.
      Take advantage of all points/incentives that stores offer.

      • susan brown on 2014/09/20 at 5:04 pm

        It is not saving money if you are spending it on gas to get these bargains. You have to figure that into your spending.

      • Rebecca on 2015/04/02 at 10:39 pm

        Kathryn, I read most of your replies and I think things may be different where you live. The closest store to me is a Metro (I can walk there). If I were to go to a different store, I would spend more on gas to get there than I would save.

        I’m in Ottawa and spend about $600 a month to feed my family of 5 and the only way I can feed everyone with that amount is by buying everything on sale. We have similar body stats (I’m 5’2, 105lbs) and also far from an overeater.

        You’re very fortunate to be able to spend soo little per month. Unfortunately, in Ontario, it seems you can now only dream of such a small grocery bill.

  41. Cindy on 2014/04/18 at 5:09 pm

    We are a family of six. Mom, Dad, and kids are 21, 15, 13 and 8. We have 2 pets(cat and a dog). We average $1600 monthly give or take. We live in southern Ontario and shop at Fortinos but get all of our meat at Lococo’s to save money. I collect pc points at Fortinos and cut coupons. I cook homemade meals daily and BBQ alot. We try to eat healthy things like salads and breakfast smoothies. If we were to go out(which we never do) our bill would definitely go up. I find a healthy meal at home costs way less. For us to go out to a place like a family diner, we would spend over a hundred dollars easily. How do people afford to go out and why?

    • marco on 2018/02/24 at 1:40 am

      21 and still at home?

  42. hsmith on 2014/02/06 at 9:06 pm

    We are a family of five, living in Mb. Living on one income.( $38,000) Kids ages 1-6. I spend $600 a month on groceries, including all household products and clothes and diapers, bathroom stuff… we grow and can our own veggies and butcher locally bought meat. We buy eggs, milk and honey locally and eat only homemade from scratch food. We are anti processed and gmo based foods. We are blessed to have these options and hope to be fully self sustainable within five years.

    • Steph on 2016/08/08 at 7:25 pm

      You are blessed. I buy local produce and meats every chance I get. I envy that it’s so readily available to you. I hope to eliminate supermarket bought meats within the next few months.

    • marco on 2018/02/24 at 1:43 am

      That budget is ridiculous. I spend that on me and my partne from MB

  43. Karen on 2013/12/30 at 1:52 am

    Family of 4, South Central BC, now all adults (2 do outdoor physical work) plus one cat. Average is $525/mo. Toilet paper is the only paper product I buy, cloth handkerchiefs, cleaning cloths etc., personal care items – soap, shampoo, razor blades – bought in large quantities at usually annual exceptional prices. Fem hyg. is Diva Cup. Deodorant is crystal type – Walmart, SDM, etc., has them for about double the price of conventional, but they last years. Use Country Save laundry det., vinegar rinse, hang dry outside in summer, inside in winter. Buy dishwasher det, plus dish liquid bulk, vinegar as rinse agent. Use vinegar, baking soda, etc plus microfiber for cleaning.

    Small veg garden, 2 small freezers. Meats, some organic, but almost always discounted (go early and often), stockpiled in one freezer. Buy whole chickens, not boneless skinless breasts, make stock (and use it) from bones, pay attention to portion sizes. Produce frequently marked down, some organic, only in season. Buy garlic in bulk or grow it, separate cloves, bag and freeze. Peels fall off frozen cloves. Thaw about 10 seconds to crush. Always use butter, never marg, stick to basic, real food. Dress it up yourself when you can afford extras. Lots of home canning/freezing/dehydrating. Make my own greek style yogurt (2.5L/$3.91) from discounted milk (SDM, 55+) Cook from scratch. Next to no processed foods. It’s all just a cheaply made and inferior copy of something you can make better at home for less. Some eggs are pastured, most conventional. Rice, oatmeal in 20# or more bulk purchases. Bake bread etc yourself. Baked goods are very expensive to buy, but not to make.

    Most important – Make a price book!!! Google it. Sweat the small change – it adds up fast. Took about 3 years of slowly stockpiling at best prices, now only ever have to buy at lowest price. 75% weekly budget is for stocking up at low prices, 25% for fresh produce/dairy (could live on about $30/week for several months if needed). Rarely eat out, budgeted as entertainment. Yes, I am a SAHM. Used to have a “well paying” job. After deducting job related expenses and dividing salary by hours involved in work related activities, we’re much further ahead, healthier and happier now.

    • Eva on 2014/09/30 at 3:46 am

      I make my own yogurt, wear a diva cup, grow tomatoes, bake, I buy pretty much everything in bulk. I am one person, and believe it or not, it actually costs more to eat for one person. I don’t know how much I spend per month because I make so many little grocery trips. I don’t have a car, so I’m very limited in where I can shop.

  44. R on 2013/11/17 at 1:43 am

    Our family of six spends about $900/month on food and other stuff you get at the grocery store such as laundry liquid, toothpaste, paper towels, bathroom tissue, etc. We cook most meals from scratch and buy some organic food.

    • R on 2016/05/13 at 2:25 am

      Fast forward to 2016. I reported in 2013 that I spend about $900/month on groceries and other stuff you get at the grocery store such as toiletries, laundry stuff, etc. We now spend about $1300-1400/month on food for a family of six adults. I buy lots of organic and natural foods, and cook lots of things from scratch.

  45. Tim on 2013/08/30 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t know how those stats are calcuated. Family of five in Southern Ontario. One income. We try to buy healthy food but with two teenagers and an eight year old, groceries are, by far, my biggest expense. 1200 – 1400 a month. For me groceries is everything, so food, soap, toothpaste….whatever you buy to keep the house going. That does not include going out (which we can’t afford anyway) or alcohol (we don’t drink and couldn’t afford it anyway).

  46. Morgan on 2013/08/09 at 7:59 am

    We live in western BC, and have been carefully tracking our expenses for the last 8 months. Our family is 2 adults and two picky elementary school aged kids. We tend to eat a lot of processed foods and meats, but shop very carefully for prices. We eat out 2-3 times per month, ranging from Mcdonalds to Red Robin, and get Tim Hortons coffee and timbits 2-3 times per month also. When I average everything out, we spend $197 per week on food (nothing but stuff we can consume…) I work hard to keep under $200 a week, and thought we were doing well, until I read some of these posts…must be all of the prepared food we eat. While our food isn’t organic, there’s plenty of it, and everyone in the house is in reasonable physical condition.

    There you have it…Lazy (food prep) but thrifty family of 4 on the west coast, eating for $200/week. Hope this helps someone.

    • BB on 2013/09/12 at 3:44 pm

      At $200 a week, you are filling your kids with pesticides and hormones…..better rethink you ‘real’ value

      • Natasha on 2015/02/15 at 1:12 am

        We are a family of 4 ( 2 adults and 2 kids age 7&5) from ON. Our monthly food bill is around $1350.00. I am on the healthy side.That means buying mostly organic veg.& fruits from the dirty list and what ever I can not find local; naturally raised meats, eggs, milk products.We do not have a car.Therefore all my shopping is mostly done at the same butcher store, local natural food store and occasionally I would travel to No frills to safe on org. apples, org. frozen blueberries… One of my kids has lots if allergies since birth.I can only feed him meat and milk products from protein group. No beens in our family.We do eat lots of greens in our family, but kids are picky with fruits, so often I give in and by org strawberries for $4-5.00/box.I mostly cook from scratch and that food bill does not include eating out which is really.We do not buy cakes or other junk food.we do not have a back yard to grow something, and I do stock up on some non perishable foods, by salads and veggies on sale which is not that often for organics. Honestly I have now idea how to make that bill smaller.

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