Did you know that the USDA estimates how much it costs to eat? "The
Moderate-Cost, and Liberal Food
Plans each represent a
nutritious diet at a different
cost. The Thrifty Food Plan is
the basis for food stamp
allotments." The site with ALL the links is here http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodPlansCostofFood.htm.
The most recent data - for May, 2011 - is available here: http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/Publications/FoodPlans/2011/CostofFoodMay2011.pdf
(where they also have links to what they figure people will each on
each plan.) According to them a family of thee, one woman my age, one
man my husband's age, one man my son's age, will need to spend $494.90 a
month ON THE THRIFTY - the LOWEST COST - of the plans.
now my budget for all 'grocery' type items (food, cleaning supplies,
cat supplies including Frontline but NOT including the vet) I'm spending
$400 a month. Which I suppose explains why I'm finding this really
really hard to live on. That's rather a relief, as I had begun to think
that I was screwing up somehow.
I could not do this without having a freezer - which
allows me to shop sales and stock up on things. And I certainly
couldn't do this if I wasn't cooking almost everything from scratch, which probably means I couldn't do it if I had to leave the house to work.