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May 2nd, 2013
05:46 AM ET

The cost of feeding a family of four in 2013

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.

Filed under: Minding Your Business
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  1. Ginny1

    Does the $146 include staples such as toilet paper, detergent, soap etc?

    May 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  2. Adrienne

    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.

    May 2, 2013 at 6:05 am | Reply

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