The Average Family Grocery Budgets

Estimating for a family's grocery budget must take into account food preferences, family size and geographical location. Families looking to lower their monthly grocery bill can change their buying habits to save money.

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Family grocery budgets vary by location, family size and food choices.

Average

According to the Money Central website, groceries make up approximately 7.5 percent of the monthly budget. In dollars, a family with four people spends an average of $540 a month, as of 2010, on groceries reports the Family Resource website.

Geographical Differences

Food costs vary depending on where you are living. For example, a family living in Pella, Iowa spends 8 percent less on its food and grocery bill than the average American. However, residents in San Francisco, California spend 20 percent above average on food of groceries.

Lowering the Bill

A family can spend less than 7.5 percent of their budget on groceries by buying sale items, using coupons and opting for less expensive alternatives.