This fall I joined the Holistic Moms Network and have enjoyed attending the local meetings and being part of the email loop, but find some of it a bit over the top. I have to keep myself in check to not spend hours a day reading and following all the trends and ideas of ways to be healthier and greener and more natural in everything. I struggle to remember that not everything that I read or hear from these well-meaning women is truth; in fact, most of it is just speculation or humble opinions. Yet, there has been a very interesting thread about how much various families spend on food.

Apparently, most of the families that commented spend about $700-800 per month buying mostly organic produce, grains, dairy, eggs, and free-range meats. Some spend as much as $1500/month for a family of four and some as little as $350/month. Some people included soaps (laundry, dish, and body) as well as vitamins and homeopathic remedies, which I think are pretty expensive. We fall somewhere in the middle, but our difficulty in cutting back on food expenses is not in the grocery store, but in eating out. If we stopped eating out altogether, we could easily halve our food expenditures. I’m not interested in pursuing that budget shortcut just yet. I really enjoy dining out for the break it provides me from cooking and cleaning up after meals, but also for the chance to try foods that I don’t/won’t make at home.


  1. Emily Fano said,

    November 16, 2008 @ 9:51 am

    Hi Shannon,
    I so agree with you about eating out as a break from cooking and cleaning (aka household drudgery) and, like you, I like to discover/eat new foods that I wouldn’t make at home, especially Indian – my favorite. My kids have started eating Indian food as a result. We’re just about to go out to breakfast to my favorite French bistro, though I must admit that the economy is making eating out look a bit extravagant right now. (P.S. I’m Media Coordinator for Holistic Moms!)

  2. Michelle said,

    November 17, 2008 @ 9:03 pm

    Shannon, I’d love to talk to your most about the first paragraph sometime. It intrigues me…
    I think we fall in the middle of the road on groceries. But to be honest I haven’t actually sat down and figured it all out yet!

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