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Devon
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Rough prices of food

We're looking at booking a holiday in March time next year (during half term) for about 12 days (2 will be travelling days) and will be staying with family and was just wondering how much we should roughly budget for food/spends for a family of 5 (3 kids 7, 4 & 1).

I know it's a "how long is a piece of string" question, but roughly what would you say? They live in the Collingwood area but we'll be travelling all around and going to Toronto.

Thanks :)

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1. Re: Rough prices of food

For dining out, or eating at home??

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2. Re: Rough prices of food

bit of both :)

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3. Re: Rough prices of food

To get a "high end" idea of grocery prices check grocerygateway.com. They deliver and are owned by Longos which is a slightly more expensive food store. For restaurants it all depends on where you eat ... you can do the full gamut from cheap & cheerful to $100+ per person. In you factor the exchange rate ... at almost $2 per pound you have an advantge. I always use the Big Mac as an example ... it costs about 4.75 pounds in the UK it costs $5.25 here.

Edited: 7:56 am, August 06, 2014
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For a general idea of grocery prices, check the weekly flyers from Metro and Loblaws grocery stores:

http://www.metro.ca/home.en.html

http://www.loblaws.ca/en_CA.html

As for eating out, in Toronto alone there are thousands of restaurants of every shape and kind, from high end to food trucks to typical chains like McDonalds, etc. It is as you say a long piece of string... much depends on what types of food your family eats and how much they eat. You can look at a restaurant guide such as this one in Toronto Life, choose some that look interesting, and then check menus online.

http://www.torontolife.com/

Edited: 8:17 am, August 06, 2014
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5. Re: Rough prices of food

When we travelled in the UK last year (when the exchange rate was much better for us, it is now much better for you), we found that the numbers of the prices were pretty much the same as here but, of course were in pounds instead of dollars. So, a restaurant meal that we would expect to pay $15 for in Canada, would be £15 in the UK. This seemed to be true for items in shops and stores also.

In other words, I think that you can expect to pay much less here than you would at home.

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6. Re: Rough prices of food

Additionally, there have been other posts on this topic. Do a search in the box above for food prices, or grocery, etc. and you'll find similar threads. Your family should be able to give you pointers as well.

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I would budget between $100 - $200 for the five of you per day for food. $200 probably is bit on the high side, but if you go for a decent restaurant for dinner, you probably are looking at more than $100 for the five of you.

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8. Re: Rough prices of food

$100-$200 seems more than reasonable as long as the keg or better places aren't involved in the conversation....

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At 7, 4 and 1, you aren't looking at expensive restaurant meals, cuz they can't be served up in 15 minutes or less LOL. This was our go-to restaurant when the kids were young, Swiss Chalet https://www.swisschalet.com/. Another one that you will find all over Ontario is Tim Hortons, http://www.timhortons.com/ca/en/index.php. Or Boston Pizza, www.bostonpizza.com . All family restaurants.

At that eating stage, I usually budgeted $100/day for the eating. Mind you, once you're up in Collingwood in March, that's going to be March break time, with prices on the high side, if you eat in the resort areas up there.

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10. Re: Rough prices of food

Thanks for the replies everyone. They've been a great help :)

This will hopefully be a rec' holiday to see if I like the country (Hubby loves it) to see if we'll emigrate there :D