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How Much Do You Spend a Week on Food? — Survey of the Day

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Food costs may be on the rise, but, according to a new survey from Gallup, Americans are still spending less in inflation-adjusted dollars on food than they have in the past.

In a poll of 1,014 adults, Gallup found that the average American spends $151 a week on groceries and eating out. To break that down, eight percent spend less than $50 a week, 17 percent between $50 and $99, 26 percent between $100 and $149, 15 percent between $150 and $199, 21 percent between $200 and $299, and ten percent spend more than $300 a week.

This is the first time Gallup has asked this question since 1987, but during the ’80s the polling company found that the average American spent between $157 to $214 in inflation adjusted dollars on food.

In 1967, the average food per month expenditure hit $234 (inflation adjusted), the highest amount on record.


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