How a Family of 5 Eats for $200 a Week in Baltimore, Maryland — 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 Diary follows one cook for one week, chronicling what they shop for, what they eat, and how much it costs.

Name: Jocelyn
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Age: 32
Number of people in family: 5 people. Me; my husband, Tim; two toddlers, Watson (3) and Vivian (1 1/2); and one breastfeeding baby, Freddy (3 months).
Occupation: I’m a linguist; my husband is a mathematician.
Salary: $160,000 a year (combined with husband)
Weekly food budget: $200

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