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10 Biggest Expenses in a Couple's First Year


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Groceries and Food
You have to think about your food budget: It makes up more than 10 percent of most households' expenditures. © IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock
You have to think about your food budget: It makes up more than 10 percent of most households' expenditures. © IPGGutenbergUKLtd/iStock/Thinkstock

As you gaze into each other's eyes during this first year of marriage, it's easy to believe that you can live solely on love, but at some point, you'll find yourself wondering what's in the fridge for dinner. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend nearly 13 percent of their household budgets on food, with approximately 60 percent of that spent on groceries and 40 percent dropped in restaurants [source: BLS].

This is not a category of spending you can ignore. We all have to eat, but you can try to keep costs down this first year of marriage. This is a great time to explore new recipes or share old family recipes with your new spouse, and you'll have the added benefit of learning to cook together.

If you have a yard, consider a home garden. Planting just a few vegetables will not only help you save money on food, but also taste great and be good for you. If you're in an apartment or don't have space or time for a garden, look for a community garden or farmers market nearby. As the farm-to-table movement grows, they're springing up all over the place.


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