Okay, we put ourselves on a strict budget a few months ago and we spend $125 per week on groceries and all other household stuff like cleaning supplies, shampoo etc. That's for the three of us.
Well, I have been amazed at what we can do without. Not like the old days when I just bought whatever I wanted. Sigh. I make a lot more stuff from scratch, like oatmeal cookies for the kiddo, in big batches and freeze them in dozens. I won't buy, like, processed cookies anymore.
I try to use coupons whenever I can. A Costco just opened here and I'm tempted to join so I can do the bulk-buying like you Lylah, but I'm sort of afraid it'll open the floodgates and I'll inadvertently end up spending more than before, you know? (Is it really worth shopping at Costco??)
Hopefully in a couple more years I will have a proper veggie garden up and running. I would love to be doing what you are doing now, Lylah, and eating my own veggies and maybe fruits, too.
One thing that helps - as you have noticed, Kristen - it's cheaper to go without meat. I'm vegetarian and my husband only eats it when we go out. So that makes it easy to save. I do spend more to get the organic dairy and eggs, though.
I can definitely imagine how some people spend hundreds a week, although $800 is a heck of a stretch! Lots of meat, processed foods, and stuff like milk and orange juice really adds up.