Okay, I know we've been getting hard for a long while now at the gas pumps, but food is getting outrageous, too.
On the normal average, we spend $500-600 a month on groceries (family of 6). The past 2 months, we've been hitting $600+. This is a good chunk of our income for the month.
Who can live at these rates of inflation? Around here the average COLA raise (cost of living) is about 2-5% (if any). But other things are jumping at much higher precentages. No wonder so many people are losing their homes.
The official USDA July 2007 Food costs said the average to feed MY family is:
Okay, so by these averages, apparently I am doing pretty good at the grocery store....yeah right! Just ask our budget....he's ROFL.
Is anyone else experiencing the quandry of how to cut costs at the check out? Does anyone have any suggestions?
Don't even get me started on fast food or restaurants...this is just the actual grocery costs. Who can afford to eat out these days? Well, anyways, we can't. It costs us $20 for lunch at McD's (& such). Just for 30 days of lunches out would be $600. This doesn't include breakfast or dinner. Restaurants are even higher ($40-50 for dinner)...$1500/mo. Can you imagine?
Please share with me ways to cut down costs...I will post some of the ways I'm going to start being frugal in my next post.