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  1. We have a family of 7 and our grocery budget is about $1000 per month. I guess that really isn’t too bad.

  2. Meal planning helps so much! It helps minimize food waste too.

    • You’re absolutely right. Meal planning does help you keep down food costs.

  3. This is a great article. Thanks.

    • Thank you! We’re glad you liked it!

  4. That’s interesting! How do meals eaten away from home factor into these figures? Do these include food purchased in grocery stores for home consumption only?

    • That’s a good question! When I looked at the figures in the report I did not see anything to indicate that restaurant meals were included. However, it does say the meals were prepared at home. But it could certainly have a large impact, either way, on a family’s monthly grocery budget.

  5. Combine frozen leftovers to make a new meal. Just like macaroni and cheese could be added to meat to give you a meal that lasts for a couple of days. You could also add rice to mac and cheese or pork and beans. This is a healthy thing – less meat and more vegetable’s.

    • It’s a great idea to stretch your meat when you are trying to eat frugally. However, rice, mac and cheese, and even beans are not actually vegetables. Both Rice and Mac & Cheese are in the pasta and grain category. Beans are legume’s. To eat more vegetables you have to add vegetables, like tomatoes, onion, broccoli, etc. Thanks for your comments, though. You have the right idea.

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