Supermarket shop how much do you spend?

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magazinefiend Sun 24-Feb-13 13:45:05

OK so its nosy to ask. But I am fed up of arriving home with weekly shop and having to confess to DH how much it cost. We are family of 5 (me, DH and 3 DS ages 7, 5 and 2) and if I count evrything including nappies and washing powder ( and the midweek topup for milk etc)that makes at least £145 that I am putting into the superms pockets every week. and we are not eating lobster. a weekly shop includes stuff for kids packed lunches, a bottle of whatever wine is on offer, and food that i cook- no ready meals unless you count fishfingers! i make a list and all the other tips telly give you. Please don't tell me to go to 3 diffrent places to get bargains because I really haven't time. and yes, I know there will be those of you on benefits etc who are now saying £145!! She doesn't know shes born etc, and Ladies ( and Gentlemen) if you are in this situation I applaud you because i don't know how you manage.

I know. It amazing to see what we 'think' are correct portion size and what an actual portion size is.

We do MyFitnessPal to log what we eat. We both lost weight since having to change our diet.

TheSecondComing Mon 25-Feb-13 14:55:00

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DewDr0p Mon 25-Feb-13 14:59:41

2 adults, 3 hungry boys, 1 cat. Spend £100 online most weeks. Maybe spend £5 on average at the butchers too. Boys also have school dinners (££!).

That doesn't include booze and we no longer need nappies (hurrah!) But it does include most toiletries and cleaning products.
We buy decent meat (free range/organic) and organic dairy where possible. But we eat veggie an increasing amount.

OhThisIsJustGrape Mon 25-Feb-13 15:12:02

2 adults, 17yo, 13yo, 5yo, 2yo and a dog. £160/week, Waitrose with free delivery smile

This includes a week's worth of meals - I cook from scratch every night - plus lunches for everyone apart from the 13yo (her school lunch about £8/week on top), nappies, wipes, all cleaning products/toiletries/dog food etc. I don't shop anywhere else during week apart from maybe a loaf of bread and a pint of milk to top up.

I was spending way over £200/week online before Christmas and then topping up during the week to the tune of £30/£40. I've cut back but not noticably so, I've cut down meat portions - before I would buy 2 packs of stewing steak for example whereas now I just buy one and bulk it out with even more veg. No one seems to have noticed smile. We have meat at pretty much every evening meal so it was costing a fortune.

I also make sure I have enough meals planned and shopped for to last the whole week. This way, I have no need to enter a supermarket as I was finding that even just popping in for a couple of things meant I would come out £40 lighter - things would just catch my eye and end up in my trolley! If I need milk and bread I will go to corner shop, they don't accept card payments and I rarely have more than a couple of quid cash on me so can't go mad buying things I don't need.

WorriedMary Mon 25-Feb-13 16:34:33

4 of us 2 DS's (7 & 4) and two cats, plus I run a CM business (mainly after schoolies who have toast and homemade pud).
£130 / week online shop.
Plus £20-30 top up shops.

Blackqueen Mon 25-Feb-13 16:52:20

Me, DP plus two permanently hungry teenage boys is usually between £115 - £140 per week (sainsburys both work f/t so don't have time to shop around) plus top ups for extra bread/milk etc at tesco local.

MooseBeTimeForCoffee Mon 25-Feb-13 17:04:35

Me, DH and 14 month old DS.

We live in a small city (130k people) which is a 5 hour drive from the nearest big city. All food is trucked or flown in. Food is very expensive as a consequence. It's easy to spend $300 (£200) a week on the basics with no alcohol.

SisterMaryStigmata Mon 25-Feb-13 17:16:10

2 adults, 4 year old DS and 10 month old DS and the weekly shop comes to £60 from Sainsbury's, with maybe £20 spent at our village shop and fishmonger. We don't buy nappies or formula milk from the supermarket, though.

My DH always, always moans that we eat too many lentils and not enough steak but I do 100% of the shopping and cooking so that's how it is!

muddyin2013 Mon 25-Feb-13 17:45:01

4 of us. I count DS2 as an adult as he's 16. So 3 adults plus DD 11.

I spend approx. £150 - £180 per week. Including school lunches/school snack for DCs.

I use the local market for veg. Local butcher for meat. Farm for eggs.

Also go to Aldi/lidl/supermarket.
We don't drink alcohol. And I bulk buy as much as I can. looking at the 50 loo rolls blush

muddyin2013 Mon 25-Feb-13 18:19:55

higgle Dh says if the apocalypse happens, we're be fine as the cupboards/freezer are always full.

I wanted to buy a large sack of balsami rice in lidl on Sat. DH reminded me of the ones already in the cupboard.

Paintyourbox Mon 25-Feb-13 18:29:20

Reading this thread with interest, our shopping bill has gone up massively now DD (8 months) is off the breast and on formula.

There are 3 of us- me, DP and DD and a weekly shop is around £75 including all cleaning stuff, nappies, wipes, formula and food for DD at the childminder (she gives them snacks but we provide lunch). Sometimes I will spend an extra £5 during the week buying milk and bread.

Prior to that it was £50 a week but formula is very expensive (I always buy a few ready made cartons too in case of night time wake ups where she is screaming and hungry) as are jars of baby food so generally I try to send left overs from the previous night for DDs lunch.

I don't know about anyone else but I feel really horrified when I think about the horsemeat scandal- I don't object to eating horse on a moral level but I think that deception surrounding what is in the food we eat is much more widespread than we think. It's been making me think about doing our shopping a lot more locally and I am going to try doing the majority from the local greengrocer and butcher and seeing how costs compare.

Happygirl77 Tue 26-Feb-13 23:03:33

You are doing well (by my standards!) We are also a family if 5 (dc 6, 3 and 1) and spend c £200/week (Sainsbury's). Some 'specialist' food as dc3 has allergies and dh likes the finer things in life. It is what it is!

higgle Wed 27-Feb-13 10:52:01

I'm thinking I might do a bit better if I could factor out the top up shop, always get distracted with a few extra purchases. Unfortunately my lot eat all the fruit and nice things by the end of the weekend so I have to get two lots at the moemnt.

PootlePosyPerkin Wed 27-Feb-13 11:09:10

There are five of us, DCs 15, 12 & 18 months and two adults.

I do a "big shop" in Aldi once a fortnight, which comes to around £90. I also do top-up shops in between at Tesco & probably spend another £50-£60 over the fortnight on those. So, all in all, we average approx £75 per week. That includes nappies, wipes, baby milk, all cleaning products etc. & a small amount of alcohol.

DS1 & DH take a packed lunch & DS2 has £3 per day dinner money for school.

I agree with LeftMeInSuspenders though, prices have gone up a lot over the last couple of years. I remember a time when spending £90 in Aldi would have been almost undoable grin.

scabbysnake Thu 28-Feb-13 21:01:21

1 adult & 2 hungry kids here, £30-£40 a week depending on how careful I am being. We hardly eat meat & I make most things from scratch. I shop about to get the cheapest deals.

blondieminx Thu 28-Feb-13 21:14:33

DH (six foot six hungry lump wink)
Me
Toddler DD
Blondiecat

Spend about £65 a week in Aldi/sainsburys (always includes a bottle of red!), plus another £5-10 midweek on top up bits. That includes wipes but no nappies plus pet food.

I buy all my cleaning stuff from the pound shop/home bargains though. Got huuuuge 72 wash box of Daz for £9.99 last week in hb!

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