Saying "every family is different" sounds extremely cliché, but it's true.
There's no rule book or set of guidelines to follow. It all depends on your habits and your family members.
That's why when things come out about what a "typical" family or "normal" family does, people take offense. Who is this family we're all trying to model ourselves after, and what if mine is nothing like theirs?
Growing Slower posted an image using stats from the USDA regarding the cost of food. The website posted a chart of "monthly grocery budgets" for thrifty families.
Facebook page The Real Deal Of Parenting re-posted the image and it's garnered a lot of attention.
Some people found the chart to be accurate:
While others found it way off (in both directions):
Another mom pointed out that spending money on groceries can often be seen as taboo.
"I go to Sam’s Club and purchase the bulk snack items, i.e.: Cheez-Its, Goldfish, Fruit cups, Cheese Stix, Granola bars… and fresh fruit and veggies and they only drink water," writes Kara. "They have PB& J sandwich, 3 dry snack and 2 fresh (1 is for snack time )snacks… Is this excessive? A few of my good acquaintances have mentioned they think my kids are sort of spoiled. We do not want to raise them to be that way. Though we can afford to spend more on groceries, I just want to make sure we are not “spoiled”."
There are a ton of factors that come into play, of course, when it comes to budgeting. Do you have dietary restrictions? Are you eating organic? How old are your kids? How many meals a day are you eating? Do you cook food in advance? Do you eat out a lot? What is the cost of living in your area? These are all questions that will affect your budget. However, it's always interesting to see the suggested amounts when it comes to the "average" family.
Are you falling into the USDA's cost of food budget? Or is your total way different? Let us know!