I'm just jumping in here, and probably won't post too much. We don't have a set budget for food. (We used to..... $25 week..... many years ago....) It's just the two of us, but we entertain quite a bit and also take meals to my mom. We tend to do some bulk shopping at the Amish discount stores in our area, and then take advantage of sales in local grocery stores. I fill in weekly with milk, fruit, fresh greens. I have a large pantry that is well stocked, and a small freezer, also well stocked. We have a small garden and part of the freezer stash is frozen veggies from the garden (mostly tomatoes). I have enough in pantry and freezer to last us for 4-6 months. We always figured that food was the flexible part of our budget. It money was tight, we ate lean.
This week, I spent more than usual, about $80. Our local grocery was having a meat sale. Brats were 5 for $1.89. Shrimp (12 oz package, cooked) was $5 a bag. Fresh ground pork sausage was $1.89 lb. Found decaf coffee pods (usually never can find decaf) at $3.99 a box, 12 in box.
BUT...... made up for it a little. The local grocery was showcasing its organic and health food market, and had several tables filled with packages of chips, cereals, bars, etc. The gal said to take all I wanted, and that it was free. They just wanted to introduce the food. So I had a loaded grocery bag! Hubby went and also got a loaded grocery bag. When we tallied the value, it came to over $50 of stuff!!!!!!