A family of four spends, on average, $243.70 per week on food at home with a moderate plan, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data from May 2016. Of course, that amount can be less with a thrifty plan — $148.50, on average, for families with children between 6 and 11. The average for a liberal plan featuring larger quantities of food is a shocking $296.30 per week.
Most weeks, I beat even the lowest average for food spending at home — and I buy organic items, fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses and more for a family of five. I have two daughters who are 9 and 11 and a 4-year-old son who often eats twice as much as his sisters. And I’d say our meal plan is moderate, not thrifty.
Now, I know that there are people who can buy $200 worth of groceries for $20 with avid couponing. However, I manage to feed my family well for about $125 per week, without spending hours searching for coupons. Here’s how I do it.
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