to think that £500 is far too much to spend on groceries in a month?

(294 Posts)
fartlek Tue 27-Sep-16 14:40:25

I just totted up what I spent at supermarkets this month and realised that this is why I am £20 away from the end of my overdraft the day before payday. DH has also bought groceries this month so this isn't even our entire bill! We don't share accounts so it gets a bit murky as to who spends how much on what (this is a whole other thread to be started in relationships, we won't go there just now) but I'm pretty sure this is extortionate.
I have never been much of a budgetter when it comes to food shopping, I just buy what we need and try not to go for the most expensive item. What do others spend if I may ask?

Osirus Tue 27-Sep-16 14:48:27

Probably about £500. Two adults, one baby and three cats.

SallyMcgally Tue 27-Sep-16 14:48:56

Is it just you and your DH? Seems quite a lot for just two people, but not mind-blowingly extravagant. We probably spend just under that on a family of four.

arethereanyleftatall Tue 27-Sep-16 14:49:37

About the same. 2 adults, 2 young dds.

happyfeet1 Tue 27-Sep-16 14:50:27

£60 a week for me and 3 kids. It was £90 a week until I started shopping online (Asda) and using a meal plan. I could do it even cheaper if I shopped around at Aldi etc, and stuck to a list, but I don't have the time at the moment.

horseymum Tue 27-Sep-16 14:50:33

If you want to make any savings, have a watch of 'eat well for less' on BBC iplayer, gives some good ideas.

Spice22 Tue 27-Sep-16 14:50:34

Is that just for you and your husband? If so , then I think it's a loooot

Wrinklytights Tue 27-Sep-16 14:51:03

It depends how many are in your family, but meal planning is the best way to save money on your food shop IMO.

vulgarbunting Tue 27-Sep-16 14:51:06

It's fine...I worked out the other day that I spend £450 on food for myself every month (excluding meals out!). Eek!

Branleuse Tue 27-Sep-16 14:51:22

i dont think thats an extortionate amount at all, but it depends how big your family is

liz70 Tue 27-Sep-16 14:51:31

Roughly that, maybe slightly over. Family of five, two teenagers plus 7 year old, and dog, two Guinea pigs and tropical fish 🐠 as pets.

PerspicaciaTick Tue 27-Sep-16 14:52:42

How many people are you feeding and how much food do you throw away?

DrawingaLine Tue 27-Sep-16 14:52:50

Just me and DH and the medium-sized dog.

In a 'normal' month, we'll spend about £350.

In a month where we have a BH weekend or Xmas or birthday we can easily spend £700 on groceries booze

fartlek Tue 27-Sep-16 14:53:34

There are three of us. Me, DH and 6yr old DS. Our cat gets special vet food so this doesn't even count her shock.
I know that DH has probably spent at least £100 if not more on groceries this month so that puts us nearer £600.

DiJiBiDi Tue 27-Sep-16 14:55:10

I do a weekly meal plan which costs around 40£ a week, and it's just me and DH.

I find planning my meals out and keeping things organized keeps you on top of everything but I sill think 40£ a week is too much for two people confused

fartlek Tue 27-Sep-16 14:55:55

What is a BH weekend Drawing? sounds fun!

witsender Tue 27-Sep-16 14:56:04

It isn't extortionate, if you can afford it. We are probably at around the 100 a week mark with two kids and two adults, plus dog.

Noodoodle Tue 27-Sep-16 14:56:23

About 80-90 per week I think, 2 adults, 2 kids...some cats. I reckon it would be less if I meal planned properly but I'm rubbih at it.

DoItTooJulia Tue 27-Sep-16 14:56:55

Is it just food or all cleaning supplies, toiletries, booze? Do you all have packed lunches?

redskytonight Tue 27-Sep-16 14:56:57

How much you spend will vary depending on
- number of people
- number of meals (e.g. DC having school dinners)
- how often you eat out/get takeaways or conversely entertain
- appetite of people you are feeding
- whether you are deliberately trying to spend as little as possible
- whether you like brands
- whether you like spending more on items you perceive to be value for money

We probably spend a bit less than that on a family of 4, all meals, 2 DC eat like adult, very rarely eat out.

But I don't think any level of food spending is extortionate if you are happy with it.

nocampinghere Tue 27-Sep-16 14:57:57

if it includes groceries too (toiletries, non food eg dustbin liners, washing powder etc..) then i don't think it's extortionate.

toomuchtooold Tue 27-Sep-16 14:59:24

Probably spend about 400 quid on food for 2 adults and 2 kids. Don't feel too bad about that as we seldom go out for food and that figure includes lunches for me and the kids. But we live in Germany, the land of cheap food. If we lived in the UK it would easily be another hundred - not because things are more expensive like for like but I would go nuts buying the sort of posh cook-chill meals you just can't get here. Oh, for a Waitrose 10 quid meal and wine deal!

fartlek Tue 27-Sep-16 14:59:26

I try not to throw too much away but we often don't get to the end of a loaf of bread before it goes off/stale. And DS has almost never cleared his plate.
It sounds like there is a lot of variation in how much people spend. Is this down to different shops or different areas of the country? I'm central(ish) Edinburgh and shop between Sainsburys, Morrisons and ASDA because they are closest to me. Aldi and Lidl are much further away and not on any of my regular routes but I might think about making a special trip if it will make a difference.

MissBattleaxe Tue 27-Sep-16 15:00:04

Do you buy lots of convenience food or cook from scratch?

I spend £80 a week for me, DH, 2 DSs and 3 cats.

ScarletSahara Tue 27-Sep-16 15:04:00

I'm in the South and we spend around £300 for two adults, a toddler and a cat. We recently switched to doing most of our shop (80%) at Aldi and topping up after at Sainsbury or Waitrose. I meal plan and shop to that. It's made a vast difference to finances doing these things!

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