I was having a conversation, as much as you can have one on facebook, with a college friend. She was bemoaning the price of groceries and comparing what she spent to what her parents spent.
My basic argument in a nutshell, was that we pay more due to several reasons 1) inflation. For a cool webpage with an inflation calculator click here. Here is the example it kicked out for me:
What cost $25.00 in 1985 would cost $49.19 in 2009.
Also, if you were to buy exactly the same products in 2009 and 1985,
they would cost you $25.00 and $12.22 respectively.
This does not necessary accurately reflect groceries per se but it gives you a general idea. 2) healthier eating. We all know how easy it would be to get a cheap meal at McDonald's or some other fast food restaurants. Also, go to the store and check the prices between white and wheat bread on the same brand; even if its store brand 3) We typically pay more for convenience food. By this, I mean, since most of couples with or without kids are both working. They are not always using, for example, dried beans or making bread from scratch on a regular basis, This something I know my mother did as we were on a very tight budget.
So, what are you spending a week on groceries?
This month I am tracking my groceries. I'm not particularly on a budget, but want to see what I am spending in a month for our family of three (diapers included). I'm hoping that we spend less than $400 (100 per week or 33.33 per person per week). My running Tally is in the blog August and Everything.