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 Avg amount spent on groceries for one person per month

 


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Foreword: In this article, we give you the estimated average grocery bill for 1 person per month for both single males and single females in various age groups. For all categories combined, the US average amount spent on groceries for one person per month is about $302.00.

 

Question: What is the average amount spent on groceries for one person per month?

Answer: According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average grocery bill for 1 person per month in the United States is approximately three hundred two dollars ($302.00).

This average amount spent on groceries for one person per month was derived by taking an average of the estimated amount spent on groceries per month for a single male and single female in two age groups (19 - 50 and 51 - 70) and four different food-cost plans (thrifty to liberal), as shown in the chart below.

The average grocery bill for 1 person per month varied from a low of about one hundred ninety-eight dollars ($198) for a single female in the 51 - 70 age group on a thrifty plan to about four hundred forty-seven dollars ($447) for a single male in the 19 - 50 age group on a liberal plan. For females, the average amount spent on groceries for one person per month is approximately two hundred eight-five dollars ($285). For males, the average grocery bill for 1 person per month is almost three hundred twenty dollars ($320).

average amount spent on groceries for one person per month

You can view the raw data at USDA. If you want to perform your own calculations, remember that the data shown is for individuals in a four-person family. To adjust for a single person family, add 20% to get the correct values. We have done that for you on the charts shown here.

Of course, the average food budget for 1 person per month will vary throughout the United States, even within the contiguous 48 states, not to mention Hawaii and Alaska. For those two states, the following chart shows that the average grocery bill for 1 person per month is slightly over two hundred forty dollars ($240) in Alaska and almost three hundred fifty dollars ($350) in Hawaii. Both of these numbers are for the thrifty plan, which is the only one listed by the USDA for those two states.

food budget for 1 person per month

Obtaining accurate international figures is even more difficult, as there are so many confounding factors.

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 within a region.

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