Lately, we spend about $250 a month on food-- about $100 the first week of the month and then $40-$50 a week thereafter. Justin gets paid once a month, and lately due to working prevailing wage jobs, his checks have been a bit larger than normal. So, we've been spending a bit more on our first trip of the month to make sure we're re-stocking our freezer with meat and our pantry with staples. Usually we shop strictly on the perimeter of the store with a few detours in for pasta, beans, and rice...which has saved us TONS of money. We also shop with a calculator in hand, which is a BIG deterrent from tossing that extra box of cookies in the cart.
That said, because Justin's checks have been a bit larger, we've recently had the luxury of being able to "splurge" a bit. For me, that was some fancy cheese and a TON of fruit. For Justin that was buying more snacky type foods for lunches--chips, fruit snacks, cookies, etc. But when money is tight for us (as it often is), those are the first things to go. I usually do meal plan for at least the first two weeks when we go grocery shopping, because it definitely helps me spend less!
What about you guys?
BQOTD: How much does your family spend on groceries each week? Do you have a set budget, or do you just fly by the seat of your pants? Do you meal plan in advance? Does your grocery bill comprise most of your food budget for the month, or do you eat out too?