The average American family of four spends about $900 on groceries each month, according to averages calculated in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Thrifty families of four spend between $533 and $612 each month on groceries, depending on whether the kids in the family are between 2- and 5-years-old or 6- to 11-years-old.
And for those with no kids — or at least ones that no longer live at home — the average twosome spends about $560 each month on groceries. Thrifty couples spend about $350.
Jennifer Morris, a Las Vegas mother of five and a Grocery Smarts coupon class instructor, said she reduced her grocery bill from $1,100 a month to just $470 — which would put her in the “extremely thrifty” category, if the UDSA had one...