Weekly Shop!

(12 Posts)
eb455 Thu 18-Aug-16 16:38:00

Just had a baby and me and my partner are trying to work out food costs, also wondered if anyone had tried 'Hello Fresh'?

We joined and got an intro offer of two boxes for £34.30 per week, and that covers 5 meals. We are lucky to have healthy start vouchers so that and baby milk is around £45, and I only need to add essentials such as milk and juice (things for breakfast and lunch) and nappies so that would make around £60.

Although I'm scared I might like it, in which the cost will go up to £49.00 for 5 meals (excluding weekends obviously) - so add in two meals e.g store frys and that would be another £6-£7, making it £56 without nappies and other essentials. So weekly shop would be stound £70 to £80. Is this ridiculous? We somehow usually spend £60 on food alone in Tesco as we get pulled in by other offers.

Would love to hear people's opinions! X

SwishySplash Thu 18-Aug-16 16:40:42

I think it's a lot of money. You will also need to buy breakfast and lunch. It really depends if you have the expendable income and don't have the time to buy the ingredients yourself.

milkyface Thu 18-Aug-16 16:45:09

I personally don't think it's worth it. I spend about £45-£50 a week on me partner baby and two cats. Inc baby milk and nappies.

That does all meals from scratch plus treats etc..

Not to be judgey at all but if you get healthy start vouchers your income can't be huge so I personally think you'd be better off meal planning, and then just buying what you need! Will end up much cheaper than hello fresh!

eb455 Thu 18-Aug-16 17:08:39

Understandable! Yes it's not massive but me and my partner love food! Think I will do it for these two weeks though! I don't think that £35 is bad plus extras because we don't eat a lot in the day grin thanks for your opinions though!

justjuanmorebeer Thu 18-Aug-16 17:08:45

I think hello fresh sounds like a waste of money. You can recreate the recipes you learn from it though with cheaper ingredients from lidl and aldi or a market stall.

What sort of things do you like for breakfasts? Are you meat eaters? Veggie? Any fussy requirements?

eb455 Thu 18-Aug-16 17:12:26

Usually just have corn flakes for breakfast and we are meat eaters but only 2-3 times a week smile we are lucky and don't have to pay much on rent + bills as we rent off a family member so that was my slight justification behind it confused

Tiggeryoubastard Thu 18-Aug-16 17:17:17

If you can afford it, do it. If not, don't. But it does sound a ridiculous thing to waste money on if you're short and could get the ingredients elsewhere much cheaper.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 19-Aug-16 13:13:23

Don't do it. Aldi is so much cheaper.

We both low carb on £45-50 a week for everything.

You're paying for them to portion up food when the individual components are really cheap.

Rainshowers Fri 19-Aug-16 13:19:23

It's worth a try when it's on offer, we had one and tried some bits we wouldn't usually eat. We wouldn't do it regularly (or at full price) as my DH moaned that the portions were on the small side, and sometimes after a day at work we couldn't be bothered to make what was in the box and wanted an easy pasta meal or something from the freezer.

RowenaDahl Sun 21-Aug-16 21:08:42

So..... £6.86 for a meal two people during the offer and £9.80 thereafter? That is very expensive!

Meal planning and cooking from scratch isn't difficult. Take a look at BBC Good Food website. There are hundreds of recipes and you can search by a couple of ingredients, cooking time, etc.

If you are on a low income, you would be very foolish to buy food this way.

wobblywonderwoman Sun 21-Aug-16 21:10:36

Aldi all the way I think

fluffycloud what do you eat on a typical low carb day from aldi - thank you

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 21-Aug-16 21:25:19

3 boiled organic Eggs and coconut oil latte
Probably small lunch of cheese/ham/salad
Dinner of whatever Dh is having minus the carbs.

Dh low carbs but has carbs 🙄🙄

Lidl does huge kg tubs of full fat Greek yoghurt for £1.35. Lush.

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