Gallup polling reports that Americans spend $151 a week on average on food in 2012 (the last measure I could find). That’s $604 a month. Our $450 doesn’t seem so bad now. It could still be better. We eat convenience foods for breakfast and a couple of different dinners most nights to accommodate the older boy and my husband eating meat, the younger son eating chicken (almost exclusively), and me eating vegetarian (although my veggies and carbs are often their side dishes).
I know that there are many people who feed a family of 4 on much less. I know that there are people who feed a family of 4 on much more. I’m OK with that. I’m working on getting my numbers down. Food was the last spendthrift place I had. I tended to buy anything I wanted or that looked like it might be good no matter how much it cost. Lots of convenience foods and single serve packs for lunches – Lunchables and the like for the kids, and individual packs of chips for the husband and me. We have gotten much better.
Anyway, I just thought I’d offer some perspective on the averages and where we stand.