For those willing to share, how much money do you spend on food and household items each month? And how many people is that for? A family of 4? Just yourself and a cat?
My wife and I have kept track of our spending for over four years now. If you were to look at our budget, you would think we were annoyingly frugal, cheap turds that don't know how to enjoy life. But, you would also see that our money spent on food (not eating out) and household items is out of control. We spend around $800-1200 a month for groceries and household items.
I feel like this is absolutely absurd, but when we review our receipts line by line, everything we buy seems completely necessary or mostly necessary, without any luxuries or nonsense items.
I have talked with friends and some family, and most people are spending about as much as we do on this stuff, but I have one friend who claims she only spends $150 on groceries and household items per month for two adults and an 8-month old.
Our spending is for two adults and a 15-month old. We don't eat super well, but we eat healthy foods, no boxed dinners, we eat a lot of produce, we never eat out, and my wife does a lot of work from home so she eats all of her meals at home, as does the baby. The household items are necessary, such as toilet paper, napkins, soap, laundry detergent, etc, so nothing too odd there. We buy things on sale if we have a choice, and we stock up when we can. We consume everything and waste nothing between trips.
The only thing I can think of is that we over-consume things. For example, my wife seems to go through an entire roll of paper towels every day or two, whereas if I am alone for stretches of time, a roll of paper towels lasts me over a week or more. Same with food--if we buy one container of ice cream or 3 containers, it lasts the same amount of time, no matter how much we buy. So maybe if we simply don't buy something, we won't use it and therefore won't spend money on it? I don't know!
So, what does everyone else do/spend? $1200 a month for this part of the budget seems ridiculous to me. Heck, when I was a single guy (albeit nearly 6 years ago), I spent under $100 for food and household items per month, plus $60 per month eating out. So how do I go from $160 per month as a single guy to $1200 a month with a family of three????