Grocery Diaries
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We Became New Parents at the Start of the Pandemic — Here’s How Much We Spend on Groceries
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Their Thrive Market membership is key.
Dec 2, 2020
I’m a Teacher in San Francisco, CA — Here’s How Much I Spend on Groceries for One Week
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Nikki likes to support local businesses and buy speciality ingredients — while also saving money.
Nov 27, 2020
I’m a D.C. Consultant — Here’s How I’m Shopping and Eating a Week Before the Election
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A week before the 2020 election, Sean and Laura, political consultants in D.C., have a lot on their plates. (Pun intended.)
Oct 29, 2020
We Make $30K and Have Twins. Here’s What We Spend on Groceries.
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The family made 6 different shopping trips and ordered takeout in that timespan.
Oct 25, 2020
How a Couple Eats for 2 Weeks on $180 (Thanks to Grocery Subscription Services)
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"We are shopping at grocery stores and warehouse clubs less and relying on our Misfits Market and ButcherBox deliveries more."
Oct 18, 2020
How a Door Dash Delivery Driver Spends $100 on a Week’s Worth of Groceries
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Mary (a Door Dash delivery driver), her husband, and their daughter spend $100 a week on groceries in CA. Here's how they make it work.
Aug 23, 2020
How a Family of 4 in Texas Spends $150 on More than 2 Weeks’ Worth of Groceries (and Doesn’t Waste a Thing)
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Shopping for two adult males (one picky and one not-so-much, a flexitarian), and myself has been an exercise in culinary flexibility.
Jul 27, 2020
How This Las Vegas Couple Makes a Trader Joe’s Trip Last for 2 Weeks
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"Our goal is to balance buying enough groceries to cut down on grocery trips, but also not clean out the grocery stores for those who can’t afford to buy as much as we can."
Jul 10, 2020
How a Yoga Instructor in Vermont Spends Less than $200 on a Month of (Mostly) Plant-Based Groceries
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Here's how Charleigh feeds herself for less than $50 a week.
Jun 21, 2020
How a Vegetarian Family of 6 in Delaware Spends Less than $100 on a Week of Groceries
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To feed her vegetarian family of six on less than $100 a week, Christine shops at Aldi and Lidl and makes sure her pantry is always ready for anything.
Jun 14, 2020
How 2 Biologists in Alaska Spent $340 on Groceries for 3 Weeks During the Pandemic
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Wait until you see their meal plan (complete with ground caribou!).
Jun 8, 2020
How I Shop and Meal Plan for 2 Weeks’ Worth of Groceries
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Here's exactly what I bought and the recipes I plan on using.
May 15, 2020
“I Used to Go to the Grocery Store Every Day.” Here’s How This New Yorker Is Making One Trip Last Two Weeks.
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Haley used to go to the grocery store once a day to pick up items as needed. Not anymore! Here's how she's making it work for two weeks on one Trader Joe's trip for $83.
May 8, 2020
A Couple with a Toddler Had to Double Their Grocery Budget During the Pandemic. Here’s What They’re Buying.
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Maria and her family's grocery budget has more than doubled during the pandemic. Here's exactly what they're making and why they decided to go to the grocery stores they did.
May 1, 2020
How to Eat for 3 Weeks on $85: A Virginia Couple’s Grocery Diary
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Anna and her boyfriend, who follow a plant-based diet, usually spend $20 a week on groceries. They decided to stock up for three weeks at a time during the pandemic to limit their outings.
Apr 24, 2020
How a Journalist and Her Husband Follow the Keto Diet on $150 a Week in the D.C. Metro Area
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"One of the biggest difficulties with going keto has been finding easy, pre-made things to keep around for busy days and emergencies. Making everything from scratch is cost-effective and delicious, but there are days when we just don’t have the time."
Mar 12, 2020
How a Teacher in New Orleans Spends $56 a Week on Food and Drinks
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I always try to spend a little less in the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras, because it is usually a spending frenzy.
Feb 25, 2020
How a Couple Running a Start-Up Feed Themselves (and 3 Kids) on $80 a Week in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Dave and Brooke work together on their outdoor sporting goods start-up. They are currently living off of savings and feed their family of 5 on a thrifty budget. Here's how they make it all work.
Feb 13, 2020
How a Family of 4 Spends $100 a Week on Groceries in St. Petersburg, FL
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They do all of their grocery shopping by bike!
Jan 28, 2020
The Traveling Couple That Lives in an RV Full-Time and Spends $150 per Week on Food
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Amanda and Trevor say that the limited pantry space in their RV helps curb their grocery budget.
Jan 15, 2020
Here Are Kitchn’s Top 10 Grocery Diaries of 2019
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We give you permission to peek into these Grocery Diaries.
Dec 29, 2019
How a Couple of Immunologists with 2 Kids Under the Age of 3 Feed Themselves on $75 a Week in Denver, CO
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"Before children, our food budget was $50 a week. This became unattainable once our oldest started requiring real food."
Dec 18, 2019
How a Neuroscientist and His Partner Feed Themselves on $100 a Week in Pittsburgh, PA
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"After some experimentation, we found that $100/week for food, including dinner out, works best for us."
Dec 5, 2019
How a Medical Lab Tech Feeds Herself on $100 a Week in Chicago
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Christine relies on her her air fryer and Instant Pot to make a week's worth of budget-friendly meals.
Nov 7, 2019
How a Graduate Student Who Also Works Full-Time Feeds Herself on $40 a Week in Minneapolis, MN
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Stephanie has a busy week at work, and relies on vegan zucchini enchiladas to get her through the day.
Oct 2, 2019
How a Social Media Director Feeds Herself on $250 a Week in Brunswick, Georgia
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Rebecca always leaves room for ice cream because #yolo.
Sep 5, 2019
How a Retired Chaplain and Her Husband Eat on $150 a Week in Atlanta, GA
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The couple rotates grocery shopping between Kroger, Sprouts, Trader Joes, Fresh Market, and Whole Foods. They like the diversity.
Aug 14, 2019
How a Part-Time Pizza Shop Employee in Springfield, Oregon Spends $60 a Week on Groceries
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Patience lives just a few minutes down the road from a Walmart where she gets most of her groceries for the week, supplemented by a few free pizzas from work.
Jul 31, 2019
How a Woman in Delaware Spends $75 a Week on Whole30-Compliant Groceries
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Sugar-free barbecue sauce is what keeps Alicia going.
Jul 16, 2019
How an Electrical Engineer in Indiana Spends $25 a Week on Groceries
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Ebony's secret? Buying in bulk! Her best-kept secret is a 20-pound bag of basmati rice from Sam's Club.
Jun 26, 2019
A Week of Groceries on a $115,000 Combined Salary
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During the week, Christina and Ralph rely on plenty of PB&Js so they can splurge on the weekends.
Jun 5, 2019
How My Grocery Bill Changed When I Was Vegan for a WeekGroceries
Ethics, sustainability. and health are often the most important factors in choosing a vegan diet. But what about budget?
May 30, 2019
How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Baltimore, MarylandGroceries
The first in our Food Budget Diaries series follows a mom of three young kids.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Madison, WisconsinGroceries
Emily's secret weapon to staying inside her weekly food budget? Ground beef.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $84 a Week in Walla Walla, WashingtonGroceries
A freelance science writer and an engineer aim to eat for about $4 a meal at home. Here's a glimpse into how that looks for a week.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 4 Eats for $150 a Week in Waco, TexasGroceries
Our food budget diary column continues with a family of four who rely on secondhand coffee, beans, and pulled pork to get them through the week.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $150 a Week in Bentonville, ArkansasGroceries
In this week's budget diary Sarah and her fiancé, Matt, are trying to limit their food spending to save up for their wedding.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $100 a Week in Boston, MassachusettsGroceries
In this week's Budget Diary, Stephanie and her partner have a fun night out with friends and cook most of their meals from scratch.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $50 a Week in Atlanta, GeorgiaGroceries
A 29-year-old Ph.D. student and her partner rely on kale, cookies, and wine to get through the week.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 7 Eats for $125 a Week in Peterborough, New HampshireGroceries
A 37-year-old photographer and her family rely on the slow cooker, sandwiches, and a good brownie recipe to get through the week.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of Two Eats for $230 a Week in Washington, D.C.Groceries
A 25-year-old law student and her partner make it a priority to hit up farmers markets and go out regularly with friends.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $185 a Week in New Orleans, LouisianaGroceries
37-year-old Carla and her husband have people over for jambalaya this week after the threat of a hurricane.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 3 Eats for $250 a Week in Boulder, ColoradoGroceries
Elise, Matt, and their daughter, Emerson, are a one-car household and they live off of great protein-packed snacks.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 5 Eats for $350 a Week in Kansas CityGroceries
Juggling homeschooling and multiple food allergies is the name of the game for Christi, her husband, and their 3 daughters.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of Two Eats for $200 a Week in Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGroceries
Marisa and Cris are both training for a marathon, which means their meals are carb-heavy.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 3 Eats for $200 a Week in Ketchikan, AlaskaGroceries
Groceries are more expensive in Alaska, but this family of three loves eating fresh (or frozen) fruit whenever possible.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $125 in Helena, MontanaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them. Name: Elizabeth Location: Helena, Montana Age: 27 Number of people in family: 2 (myself and husband, Alex) Occupation: I’m an attorney and my husband is a landscaper.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $75 a Week in Jacksonville, FloridaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them. Name: Abigail Location: Jacksonville, Florida Age: 24 Number of people in family: 2 (my husband and me) Occupation: I am a high school teacher and freelancer and my husband works for a cabinet company.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 4 Eats for $200 a Week in Mount Clemens, MichiganGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.
May 24, 2019
How One Woman Eats for $85 a Week in Philadelphia, PAGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them. Name: Liz Location: Philadelphia, PA Age: 29 Number of people in family: 1 Occupation: HR Yearly household income: $70,000 Weekly food budget: $85 ($65 for groceries, $20 for eating out) 8:30 a.m.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $75 a Week in Oxford, MississippiGroceries
Stacy and Will are avid meal planners and rely on a few key staples (like oats) to help them stay within budget.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 4 Eats for $200 a Week in Atlanta, GeorgiaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.
May 24, 2019
How a Couple Eats for $120 a Week in Woodbury, MinnesotaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of 2 Eats for $250 a Week in Washington, D.C.Groceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them. Name: Anne Location: Washington, D.C. Age: 38 Number of people in family: 2 (my husband and me, plus our dog) Occupation: I’m a buyer for a grocery chain, and my husband Harry works in business development for a tech company.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of Two Eats for $150 a Week in Wilmington, North CarolinaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.
May 24, 2019
How a Librarian Eats for $50 a Week in Grand Forks, North DakotaGroceries
Hanae is fairly new to North Dakota and lives by herself. She's surprised at how much groceries cost there but makes it work on a $50 budget.
May 24, 2019
5 Things I Learned About My Own Eating Habits While Working at a Grocery StoreGroceries
My first summer job was at the local supermarket in my hometown. For 20 hours a week, I traded my swimsuit for an unflattering maroon smock and rang up groceries, enjoying the air conditioning and fairly mindless work of scanning items and swiping credit cards. Little did I know that I was actually learning (about myself!) while I was there!
May 24, 2019
How a Family of One Eats for $80 a Week in Tucson, ArizonaGroceries
Welcome to Kitchn’s Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.
May 24, 2019
How a Family of Two Eats for $100 a Week in Knoxville, TennesseeGroceries
Maria's son lives with her half the time. This week she eats a lot of Mexican food, and her friends treat her to a few free meals.
May 24, 2019
A Week of Groceries on an $88,000 SalaryGroceries
Find out how Sarah manages to keep under budget. (Hint: She eats the same thing for lunch five days out of the week).
May 13, 2019
How One Woman Eats for $90 a Week in New York CityGroceries
See how one young journalist stretches her money while living in the city.
May 1, 2019
A March Letter from the Kitchn Editor: Nourishment by Heart (Plus One Happy Announcement)People
It’s March, and am I glad to see it! February roughed up my little family with a bingo card of pathetic (sniffles, Tamiflu, bedridden partner, grouchy children — the works!). Anyone else with me? It seems to have been a hard winter for many, a challenging time to eat well; yet of course the tough times are when we need nourishment the most.
Apr 30, 2019