I have talked about my anal grocery shopping numerous times before especially in this post which forever doomed Kim to be lovingly known as the “Budget Nazi”. Back then we were spending $135 a month on one person’s meals. Granted we do budget for eating out approximately twice a month (usually limited to $50 for the two of us) but there have been times when we got by on less.
On CNN there is a video segment (above) that talks about one CNN reporter living on $176 for the month. He gave a quick rundown of how he ran the experiment including stating that he wasn’t taking food from friends, family, or utilizing freebie meals anywhere. He was living all within that budget. He went on to say just how difficult it was for him to do this and how he had to buy things on sale (gasp!) and buy “knock-off” items (oh no!) to stay within the budget. At the end of the segment he noted that a lot of people contacted CNN stating that people live on a lot less every month and that he should feel lucky he got that much. I agree. Fuck, we have jobs and pay our own way and yet we routinely spend less than what he did on groceries for a month and eat just fine.
So, being that CNN feels that $176 isn’t enough money for one person to eat for a month, I want to know how much all of you spend on groceries in a month. Do you feel that $176/month for one person is easy or difficult to meet? Do you even budget or pay attention to your grocery bills every month?