- 43% of our food budget is spent eating away from home;
- we spend12% of our total income on food;
- the average for a single person is $373; a family with children is $821; and
- no, this doesn’t include alcohol; that’s another $34/month.
In my own spending plan, I keep my categories broad and only track about 15 different areas. One is the ratio of groceries to eating out, and when I’m spending more than 35% of my food budget on eating out, I’ve got some realigning to do.
If you want to see where your spending plan lies, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey publishes annual data of more categories than you’d ever want to see: http://www.bls.gov/cex/2008/Standard/cucomp.pdf .