The USDA regularly monitors what it costs to feed a family of four in the U.S. This morning on "Early Start," we're getting a new look at exactly how much Americans shell out for food every week. Christine Romans shares details.
It costs a family of four about $21 a day for food, and on a weekly basis the thrifty plan is $146. On a more generous plan, families are looking at spending $289 a week for grub.
The USDA crunches these numbers so it has a guideline for nutrition assistance, or food stamps.
There are some common sense ways to make the low-cost food plan work, including:
* Avoid buying pre-cut, pre-washed or instant food.
* Canned or frozen vegetables can be cheaper than fresh.
* Cook meals that stretch, like stew and casserole
* Plan your meals.
How much do you pay for groceries every week? Share your tips for big savings on the grocery bill in the comments below.
Does the $146 include staples such as toilet paper, detergent, soap etc?
This couldn't have come at a better time. Food is where we spend the most amount of money for our family of four! I feel like I live at the grocery store and hate it.
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