Grocery Spending Survey


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Thanks for participating in the Grocery Spending Survey. Just look at the table below to see how your spending compares. As you might imagine, many things affect family spending on groceries. Not only family size, but the age of the family members, how often they eat out, where they live, dietary restrictions and even whether they grow a garden. Far too many to try to control in a simple survey like this. But our goal wasn't to provide a tremendous amount of data. Rather, it was to help you to decide whether there was room for improvement in your grocery bills. If you find that you're much higher than average you may be leaving too much money at the grocery store.

You'll find our readers' responses in the first table. A second table showing figures from the U.S. Statistical Abstract are included in the second table.

Finally, you might want to follow the link at the end of this article to see what some people are doing to reduce their grocery bills.

Family Members
$0 to $25
$26 to $50
$51 to $75
$76 to $100
$101 to $125
$126 to $150
$151 to $175
$176 to $200
above $200
1
44%
44%
13%
-
-
-
-
-
-
2
17%
38%
31%
8%
4%
2%
-
-
-
3
4%
33%
31%
20%
4%
4%
4%
-
-
4
4%
20%
31%
23%
14%
5%
1%
-
3%
5
-
20%
20%
30%
13%
9%
2%
2%
4%
6
-
6%
29%
29%
21%
9%
3%
3%
-
U.S. National Food Expenditures
Size of Family
Annual Expense
Weekly Expense
1
$2,500
$48
2
$4,366
$84
3
$5,228
$101
4
$6,280
$121
5 or more
$6,805
$131

Check out these readers' suggestions for grocery savings.

If you haven't already participated, please tell us how much you spend each week and how many members are in your family. We'll update the survey periodically with your results.

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