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Foreword: In this article, we give you the estimated average food budget for a family of 3 in various family structures. For all categories, the US average food budget for a family of 3 is about $763.90 per month.

 

 

Question: What is the average food budget for a family of 3?

Answer: According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average food budget for a family of 3 in the United States is approximately seven hundred sixty-four dollars ($764) per month for all categories combined. This is based on a family of 3 consisting of two parents in the age range of 19 - 50 years, with one child 6 - 8 years old, as shown in Chart 1 below.

As you can see from Chart 1, the estimated average food budget for a family of 3 ranges from about $517 per month on a thrifty plan to about $1,028 per month on a liberal plan.

average food budget for family of 3

For a couple with a teenage son, the average food budget for a family of 3 is slightly more, at about eight hundred twenty-seven dollars ($827) per month for all categories combined, and ranges from about $554 per month on a thrifty plan to around $1,111 per month on a liberal plan, as shown in Chart 2 below:

average food budget for family of 3

Chart 3 below shows another example of the average food budget for a family of 3, where the family consists of a single parent with two children. In our example, we assumed a single mom with one child 6 - 8 years old and a second child 9 - 11 years old. Using our example, the average food budget for a family of 3 ranges from about $486 per month on a thrifty plan to around $966 per month on a liberal plan, with an average of about $723 for all categories combined.

average food budget for family of 3

The USDA site contains additional data that you may be interested in, such as the average monthly food cost for single males and single females at various ages. However, remember that the data shown is for a family of 4 and individuals living within a family of 4. To adjust for a family of 3, you must add 5% to the values shown on the USDA charts in order to arrive at the correct values (we have done that for you in the charts shown on this page).

Of course, the cost of living varies throughout the United States, even within the contiguous 48 states, not to mention Hawaii and Alaska. Note that all costs shown above are expressed in $USD. These costs do not take into account the difference in diet and the availability of various food groups. The costs will vary with time and from place to place. Therefore, these costs are intended to provide only a rough approximation of the average food budget for a family of 3 within a certain region of the country and should not be used to make any financial or life-changing decisions.

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