Lets say you're single and on a budget. How much is a reasonable basic budget to spend on groceries?
My example shopping budget would be based on a menu for a week. Basically I'd eat dry cereal for breakfast, make a sandwich for lunch then have something different for dinner each day. I'd drink milk or water for meals. This is very similar to what I would do back when I was single myself.
The basic menu for the week would be :
Breakfast = cereal and milk every day
Lunch = piece of fruit, 1 oz bag of chips, sandwich of lunch meat & cheese
Dinners = Monday : spaghetti & salad, Tues: TV dinner, Wed : tuna sandwich & can veggies, Thurs : soup & salad, Friday : pork chops & potato, Sat: chili, Sunday : grilled chicken, salad & can veg
This isn't necessarily the most healthy eating possible but I have some fruits and veggies as well as meats and grains. I think its fairly well balanced.
I found prices at Safeway for the items and figured rough costs per week as follows. Prices will vary from store to store and week to week. This is just a snapshot of example prices.
Here is the shopping list for weekly items :
|Gallon of Milk||$2.79|
|Loaf of bread||$1.69|
|2x can veggies||$1.60|
You would also need to buy some items every few weeks.
|22x 1oz chips||$7.70||3||$2.57|
|3 lb pork||$6.57||3||$2.19|
|5 lb potatoes||$2.59||10||$0.26|
So between the $23.94 on weekly items and the $10.47 per week for items you buy less regularly you'd have a total weekly cost of about $34.41. That comes out to $4.92 per day. Lets round it up to $5 a day.
If you shop around for bargains you should be able to do better. If you shop around a little that would give you extra money to spend on extra stuff like some ice cream or maybe a nice steak once in a while.