Ok, I saw this on Angie's blog and just had to share. This is a table that the government put together (I think for our amusement). There are 4 columns showing the USDA's idea of what the American cost of foods at home are. There is a liberal, moderate, low-cost and thrifty plan.
According to this site, my family of 6 would be spending $346/weekly or $1498.80/monthly on the liberal plan!! I don't think I would call that liberal, I would call that foolish!
Even on the "thrifty" plan, my family would be spending $177/weekly or $769.60/monthly! I can't believe that our government is issuing a statement like this! If people are spending this much on groceries and believe they are being thrifty, it's no wonder our country is in so much debt!
Our grocery budget is $50/weekly or $200/monthly. That includes all toiletries items and make-up, etc... The USDA plan is only counting food. This plan must include several eating out splurges. If not, I have no idea where all that food must go.
Check out how much your family could be spending and compare to what you actually are spending.