Average grocery bill for family of 4
|Foreword: In this article, we give you the estimated average grocery bill for a family of 4 in various family structures. For all categories, the US average grocery bill for a family of 4 is about $1,000.00 per month.
Question: What is the average grocery bill for family of 4?
Answer: According to the United States Department of
Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average
grocery bill for family of 4 in the United States is slightly more than
one thousand dollars ($1,000) per month. This is based on a moderate cost
plan for a family of 4 consisting of two parents in the age range of 19
- 50 years, with one child 6 - 8 years old and a second child 9 - 11
years old. Details are shown in Chart 1 below.
As you can see from Chart 1, the estimated average grocery bill for
family of 4 ranges from just over six hundred dollars ($600) per month
on a thrifty plan to more than twelve hundred dollars ($1,200) per month
on a liberal plan. For your convenience, we've highlighted the average
value for a moderate cost plan.
For a couple with older teenagers (especially sons), the average grocery bill for family of 4 is slightly higher, ranging from almost seven hundred dollars ($700) per month on a thrifty plan to almost fourteen hundred dollars ($1,400) per month on a liberal plan. Details are shown in Chart 2 below:
If, however, the children are younger as in Chart 3 below, then the average grocery bill for family of 4 is reduced to less than nine hundred dollars ($900) per month on a moderate cost plan. In our example, we assumed one child in the 2 - 3 years old range and a second child 4 - 5 years old. As you can see from chart 3, the average grocery bill for family of 4 in this example ranges from about five hundred fifty dollars ($550) per month on a thrifty plan to almost eleven hundred dollars ($1,100) per month on a liberal plan.
The USDA site contains additional data that you may be interested in, such as the average grocery bill 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 different size families, you must add 5% for a family of 3, 10% for a family of 2, and 20% for singles.
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 grocery bill for family of 4 within a certain region of the country and should not be used to make any financial or life-changing decisions.
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