Originally Posted by rabid_child
I thought the pics are just one weeks worth of bought food? I don't think I have enough counter space to drag out all the jars and bags things I get food bits out of
Yeah, youre right. It was my own misinterpretation. I tried to make it similarly to the photo essay (and different from the German familys groceries featured there, to be sure), incl. all of the fresh stuff for one week - not recommended, the remaining greens are not so fresh anymore now! But at least I was clever enough to put only one spice jar and one oil, representing all the different ones I use during the week. (wrong thread for this anyway, sorry)
Regarding the OP, as others already said, it differs greatly not just depending on where you live but imho most of all depending on your preferences and expectations.
I know very well how to get by on a low budget, but it means not much organic foods, less fruit, less fresh/raw vegetables (more frozen broccoli/kale instead), not buying things like fancy spice mixes, and not as much variety overall. All of which I really like, so when I can afford it, I dont mind spending a bit more. But it definitely is manageable to get by at the equivalent of $200.
Always buying foods in the least processed form available (e. g. dried legumes instead of canned, flour and yeast to make your own bread), sticking to seasonal (and local, if possible) produce, cooking from scratch and in larger batches (to freeze and reheat, or eat the same or something similar, with alterations, several times in a row) helps a lot.