How Does Your Food Spending Compare to the Rest of the USA?

Find out how your food spending compares to the rest of the United States with this nifty calculator over at Mother Jones:

Most of the data comes from, a startup that tracks US spending trends by studying the credit card transactions of 20 million American households each year. Bundle gets credit card data from Citigroup—one of its major investors—scrubbed of names and other identifying characteristics. We looked at Bundle data from 2009 for the biggest 100 US cities and noticed some fascinating foodie trends. For instance, Austin, Texas, spends almost twice the national average for dining out; five Detroit households could eat for a year on an average Austinite's food budget.

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I lived in Michigan for 40 years. I go back every 4-5 months. A gallon of milk is $2.50. No tax on food unless it's been prepared (like deli foods, restaurants, etc). Beef runs around $2.79lb.

3 years ago I moved to Louisiana (for work) and a gallon of milk goes for $4.00 - $6.50 depending on where you shop plus 10cents tax on every dollar. Beef costs on average $4.50lb. Higher quality beef, much higher prices. Hamburger - the cheap stuff in the plastic tube - will run you around $3.79lb.

You pay tax on EVERYTHING!! One of the poorest states in the U.S. and everything costs so much more!! I don't get it.
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