To think spending £64 a month on cereal for one person is insane?!

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Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 07:53:21

Dh has become addicted to Special K. Addicted. He is living on the stuff. He's eating normal meals too but in addition to this is eating bowls and bowls of the stuff.

He's getting through a box (£3.99) every two fucking days! His cereal habit is costing me £64 a month! There's a sentence never thought I'd type.

I've explained to him that his cereal is now costing us one fifth of our monthly shopping budget. Aibu to think he needs to cut back?! Is there some sort of special cereal addiciton group he can go to?

£64! £768 a year!

simpleth1ngs Wed 23-Oct-13 07:54:20

Can you buy from a wholesaler?

rocketeer Wed 23-Oct-13 07:54:25

Refuse to buy it?

HormonalHousewife Wed 23-Oct-13 07:56:18

get a store brand ?

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 07:56:40

Yes perhaps I should look into wholesale.

It started innocently enough with just one bowl a day but before I knew it it was two bowls, then three, then four, then five! Now whenever I see him he's got a bowl and spoon in his hand. What the hell are they putting in it?!

thestauntonlick Wed 23-Oct-13 07:56:53

He's going to get really fat! Has he put weight on? He'll have to go cold turkey, or get a Saturday job or something.

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 07:57:20

Store brands are unacceptable. Apparently. It doesn't hit the spot in the same way.

SantiagoToots Wed 23-Oct-13 07:57:42

He's going to get affy fat on all those refined carbs. Tell him that!

Spirulina Wed 23-Oct-13 07:57:42

He must be putting on weight! It's not good for him either

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 07:57:47

Ha ha at have to get a Saturday job to feed his habit!

aturtlenamedmack Wed 23-Oct-13 07:58:01

Why is ot costing you that much?
If he wants it he can buy it out of his own money, not family money!

Sister77 Wed 23-Oct-13 07:58:30

Buy the store brand and put it in the Special K box

£3.99 for a box of cereal?! Bloody hell. It clearly works as a weight loss tool by making you too poor to buy other food.

YANBU for thinking he's being excessive. Tell him to get a paper round. Or go to costco (and leave him there)

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 08:01:41

It's coming out our food budget. I buy about 5 boxes when I go on my big shop - otherwise I have to make a special trip back in the week for more. The shop by us only has the small boxes which are even less cost effective because they are £2.99 but only last about a day - it then costs £21 a week.

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 08:02:27

Exactly enjoying it's extortionate! I'm not sure why...unless it's because they're lacing it with heroin or something.

Reality Wed 23-Oct-13 08:03:13

Oh god.

I spend £30 a month on coffee pods, and at least £100 on wine.

The monthly shop (other than that) is around £350.

I woudl HATE to think DH was working it all out as a percentage and being resentful. We work hard, we earn good money and as adults I feel we can eat what we like, within reason.

DH is a cereal muncher, I've never added it up but he has at least three,. often four or five bowls a day. He's 11 stone and 5'11. He eats whatever's available but with three DC plus us eating it we go through a box a day.

Unless you really can't afford it, I wouldn't make this into an issue.

LeGavrOrf Wed 23-Oct-13 08:04:12

Is he pregnant? grin

Haha at take him to costco and leave him there.

That is mad to eat that much cereal. It's a load of crap. He may as well eat a bag of skittles.

If it is really a huge proportion of your food budget it's selfish of him to eat so much. Tell him to stop being so greedy and just have 2 bowls a day.

Ragwort Wed 23-Oct-13 08:04:20

Does he eat it in addition to other meals?

Can you afford it? I spend about £50 a month just on the brand of ground coffee I like grin - but we can afford it, I would not be impressed if my DH told me to cut it out.

LifeofPo Wed 23-Oct-13 08:04:37

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LeGavrOrf Wed 23-Oct-13 08:05:50

Crikey I can't imagine eating so much cereal.

Actually reality is right,if you can afford it just let it go tbh.

Mittensonkittens Wed 23-Oct-13 08:06:59

Well not really, I'm a sahm and I find the shopping budget doesn't go as far as it used to anyway. I've cut back other places. Dh also has coffee pods!

I suppose I just think it's unnecessary to eat that much cereal. It's in addition to his other meals so effectively in now having to find that £60 odd pounds a month that would have gone on something else. And where will it end?! Will it be a box a day soon?!

Gobbolinothewitchscat Wed 23-Oct-13 08:07:13

This is very odd. How can he fit this amount of cereal in
and his normal meals?

If be really worried if DH was doing this - Special K (like most cereals) is loaded with sugar.

You need to have a serious chat with him. Load hiseals up with lean protein and get him to eat porridge in the morning. That should fill him up a bit so he can't eat as much cereal

If he's still craving it even though full, I'd get him to the docs to get checked for any deficiencies

iwantanafternoonnap Wed 23-Oct-13 08:08:00

Its because it is full of sugary crap and he has become addicted to that. It is awful shite.

I wouldn't buy it and also why do you have to go back to the store?? he's a grown man isn't he. Buy one packet and tell him when its gone it's gone.

Did laugh at him having to get a Saturday job though LOL

3asAbird Wed 23-Oct-13 08:08:53

I used to like special k redberries but is costly try and only buy when on offer at £2 and spar had it for £1.50 other month.

check out my supermarket see whos on offer annoyingly they dont do bigger than 500g boxes and they never seem to be on offer.

marks, waitrose and aldis do own version maybe try those.

could live off cereal use semi milk,no sugar and sometimes add fresh berries.

Reality Wed 23-Oct-13 08:09:41

How long has he been eating like this?

My food fads only ever last a couple of months. I'm currently on cheesy chips with gravy which has lasted me longer than usual. Before that it was noodles, before that it was black pudding and a poached egg.

I get obsessed once in a while and eat the same thing every day, but it eventually wears off.

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