How do two foodies survive on a budget?
September 22, 2010 1:02 PM Subscribe
You are a foodie, you don't eat out often, and you manage to spend less than $400-500 on food a month for two people, including going out. How do you do it?
posted by two lights above the sea to work & money (66 answers total) 116 users marked this as a favorite
The Mr. and I are huge foodies. He is an omnivore, and I am pescetarian. We've been spending anywhere from $500-700 on groceries alone, and up to $300 on going out a month. We know the simple solution for cutting down on going-out expenses, and we've been working on (and succeeding, a little) going out less.
How to you spend way, way less on groceries and still enjoy food at home every day?
We really enjoy eating tender white fish a few times a week. We also enjoy other types of seafood, such as clams, mussels, crab, etc. We eat a lot of Mexican food. We'll sometimes have a simple fillet with rice and a veggie. We love cheese, and we have a soft spot for good ice cream and snacks. We're not particularly snooty about our meals, and we'd be happy to eat "peasant food", as long as it's delicious and relatively good for us. I also bring my breakfast AND lunch to work, and I usually eat yogurt and a granola bar for breakfast and a tuna fish or PB&J sandwich for lunch. The Mr. buys lunches, but it'd be neat if he could bring lunch to work too.
A few more specific questions:
-Can stores like BJ's really save us money? Do they have a good selection of groceries? Seafood? Canned goods? Does it make sense to go shopping once a a month for pasta/canned/goods/fish (to freeze) and then once or twice a week for veggies and other perishable stuff?
-Do you have a lot of luck clipping coupons? It doesn't seem like a lot of the brands we use put out coupons. Is it time to give up brand loyalty to save money?
-Along the same lines, I prefer natural/organic products for both food and hygiene products. The Mr. couldn't really care less. Does BJ's carry those products, too? Is it time to give that up, or at least compromise a little?
-Do you have any tips on beating the boredom of eating in most of the time?
-Any tips of making great meals in less time? I work until about 6pm, and the Mr. works until 8pm some nights, so making quick meals is key. I know about making big batches and freezing them, but again, that gets boring.
Thanks ahead of time!