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11 People Tell Us How Much They Spend on Alcohol Each Week — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

A few months ago I took a good look at my overall spending for 2016 (via Mint) to figure out how much I'd spent on alcohol. I found that, when I divided the total number for the year by the number of weeks that had passed so far in the year, I spend an average of $35 a week on alcohol. (Of course, Mint is not a perfect science — at least not the way I use it. There's no accounting for cash spending, splitting checks on Venmo, etc.)

Living in an expensive city like I do, where most people also don't drive and therefore have the "excuse" to drink more, $35 a week seems pretty minimal. It's interesting to me how people have different ideas of what constitutes "a lot" of drinking. Of course, I have to take into account the way I was raised. In my household, there was no taboo against drinking; I saw my mom drink a glass of red wine pretty much every night. I rarely saw my parents have more than one drink at a time, except on special occasions or during family get-togethers — it was simply a thing adults did.

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11 People Tell Us How Much They Spend on Alcohol Each Week — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen. A version of this post originally appeared on The Financial Diet.

A few months ago I took a good look at my overall spending for 2016 (via Mint) to figure out how much I'd spent on alcohol. I found that, when I divided the total number for the year by the number of weeks that had passed so far in the year, I spend an average of $35 a week on alcohol. (Of course, Mint is not a perfect science — at least not the way I use it. There's no accounting for cash spending, splitting checks on Venmo, etc.)

Living in an expensive city like I do, where most people also don't drive and therefore have the "excuse" to drink more, $35 a week seems pretty minimal. It's interesting to me how people have different ideas of what constitutes "a lot" of drinking. Of course, I have to take into account the way I was raised. In my household, there was no taboo against drinking; I saw my mom drink a glass of red wine pretty much every night. I rarely saw my parents have more than one drink at a time, except on special occasions or during family get-togethers — it was simply a thing adults did.

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How a Family of 4 Eats for $150 a Week in Waco, Texas — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Melissa
Location: Waco, Texas
Age: 33
Number of people in family: 4 (me, my husband, a 4-year-old, and an 11-month-old)
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom. My husband is a bookstore manager and bartender.
Household income: $38,000
Weekly food budget: $150

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How Cookbook Author Laura Lea Goldberg Starts Her Morning — Healthy Mornings

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Picture this: It's 2007 in Charlottesville, Virginia. My alarm wakes me with its angry red flashing at 8 a.m., which is the early bird special for me. My first lecture starts at 8:30, and I need at least 15 minutes to walk there.

I hadn't planned on going out the night before, but all my friends were celebrating a home sports victory at the Mellow Mushroom (yes, real name). FOMO won, so as I roll out of bed, I feel my brain rolling as well, which means I also need to factor in a stop at the local bodega.

Ignoring my tangled mess of sheets and messy bedroom, I throw on jeans and a sweatshirt, brush my teeth, and scrunch my hair into a bun. I grab my backpack and a chocolate-oat bar, and scurry across the train tracks to get my favorite fruit drink. I purchase two, along with an iced-filled Big Gulp cup, lid, and straw. I slurp as I walk and cram down the bar before walking into the large auditorium for the start of another college day.

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How a Family of 2 Eats for $84 a Week in Walla Walla, Washington — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Rebecca
Location: Walla Walla, Washington
Age: 29
Number of people in family: 2 people; my husband and I.
Occupation: I'm a freelance science writer and my husband is an engineer.
Household Income: $110,000
Weekly food budget: $84 (eating out budget is $180 per month).

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How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Madison, Wisconsin — Food Budget Diaries

Welcome to Kitchn's Food Budget Diaries series, where we show you how people around the country spend money on what they eat and drink. Each post will follow one person for one week and will chronicle everything that person consumed and how much it costs them.

Name: Emily
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Age: 36
Number of people in family: 5 (my husband, myself, and our kids, a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 10-month-old)
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom; husband is a construction coordinator.
Household income: $54,000
Weekly food budget: $200 a week

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