I have free accomodation (small apartment on Miami Beach) for 2 or 3 weeks. I'm debating for how long I should stay for as I don't know how much I will have to spend on food. How much would my food bill be for 3 weeks from a supermarket? I will eat out once or twice a week (nothing expensive). I usually eat the general stuff, cereal, sandwhiches, pasta, meat etc.. nothing fancy, and a few beers.
How much do you spend on food (for one) a week, I don't want to stay for 3 weeks and have to starve!
Thank you in advance!
Without going to the super market and pricing everything i'd say it can be done for under $20 per day,A jar of instant coffee should last 3 weeks $4
Bag of sugar $5 should also last 3 weeks
Big box Cereal $7 should last 2 weeks
Cans of soup no more than $2 per can and usually $1 per can
Bread $3.50 a loaf
big jar peanut butter $8
Kraft Macaroni and cheese 2 or 3 boxes for $1
six pack of beer $6-$8
Supper for 1 at a reasonable restaurant $15-$20
I'm not sure what food prices are in Miami, but that previous poster's list seems expensive. Here are Austin, TX prices:
Instant coffee: $3
4 lb bag of sugar: $2
breakfast cereal: $3 or $4 depending on what you get and what's on sale
Canned "meal" type food, like hearty soup or canned pasta: $1.50
Bread: $2.50 to $3.00 depending on how fancy it is
peanut butter: $4
1 lb of deli-sliced turkey or ham: $6 - $9 depending on the store
1 lb of deli-sliced cheese: $4 - $8 depending on the store
dozen eggs: $1.50
I think if you go and buy a week's worth of groceries, including some of the items from above along with some fresh vegetables and ground beef or boneless chicken, then you can get out the door spending $50 to $70, depending on the quantity and variety of what you buy. You can certainly be more frugal than that though and still not "starve". What's your budget, anyway?
There are a great variety of stores to choose from when shopping for food. As a general rule, Wal Mart is cheaper for most products than the large chain stores. Most cities have Dollar Stores. They contain a large selection of food as well as many other products. I would shop there first, then move on to regular food stores. Store brands are cheaper than national brands. Take a look at peanut butter, jam, bread, cans of soup, etc. Compare the store brand to the well known national brand. You will see the price difference and decide. This can save you a decent amount of money. Of course meat/chicken is more expensive than pasta, macaroni & cheese, cereal.
Become a savvy shopper and your weekly total will not be too bad. Good luck with your planning.