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.

BamBamAndPebbles Sun 24-Feb-13 13:49:55

One man
One woman
One boy
One toddler
One Baby
One cat
One dog

Shopping £143 this morning. Will prob top up on fresh stuff mid week so maybe another £10. Plus £10 to school dinner money.

But that's everyone's food, drink, snacks, cleaning stuff, formula milk, nappies etc for the week.

Why are you "confessing" what it costs?

Myliferocks Sun 24-Feb-13 13:56:36

2 adults and 5 children ranging from 17-8 and a cat.
£90-110 per week plus another £10 top up during the week.

BamBamAndPebbles Sun 24-Feb-13 13:56:40

This is absolutely true-my dh has a little moan every week at the amount it costs. I said he should go then.

He went a couple if weeks ago and it came to £190!!!

He hasn't moaned at me since smile

Possiblyoutedled Sun 24-Feb-13 13:57:59

We have two dds 11 and 2 and me and dh. Always around one hundred but includes lunch for all of us as we take our own. Plus treats like wine and chocolate nappies cleaning etc. I don't believe it when people say they feed 6 for 30 quid tbh and I don't actually want to eat crap. We enjoy decent healthy food and pay for it so I don't care.

ouryve Sun 24-Feb-13 14:01:45

2 adults, 2 primary school boys. We average about £600 over the course of a month.

Dinner might be £15 for all of us one day and £3, the next. We don't need to budget, but do look for good offers and buy as much as possible in season (unless I fancy something ridiculous like babycorn in February - February's a month when eating seasonally is a bit tedious, though!)

MrsMargoLeadbetter Sun 24-Feb-13 14:03:01

£85ish for me, DH and DS (4.5). DS has school lunches 4 days a week, which is additional £8 pw.

Have managed to reduce from more by shopping online, we shop at sains so could reduce further if we went elsewhere.

123rd Sun 24-Feb-13 14:05:58

Family of four-me, dh, dd9& ds6 and it always come to around £120 ish and I do buy a mix of valve things-biscuits and brands -Heinz baked beans. I do look out for BOGOF offers so then towards the end of the month I try and have one week where I only buy the fresh fruit and veg and live out of the freezer for main meals.

Coconutty Sun 24-Feb-13 14:06:35

Over 200 a week for 4 of us, so much money and seems like a waste.

Springsister Sun 24-Feb-13 14:07:28

£80 for big shop. 2 adults, one boy, one toddler, one cat.
Plus £30 top up midweek.
Dh buys us sat evening meal usually around £15.
So we spend around £125 pw.

KnittedCharacter Sun 24-Feb-13 14:11:00

Me, dp and six month old ds approx £80 - £90.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Sun 24-Feb-13 14:13:57

Why are you 'confessing'? You are buying food for your family, not gambling or blowing it all on shoes. Presumably your DH is also eating what you are buying?

There are 4 of us - me, DH, DS1 4, and DS2 23 months. I spend roughly £130 a week, that includes nappies but not booze.

Sulawesi Sun 24-Feb-13 14:14:25

I seem to be posting this every other day at the moment!

5 of us, twin 10 yr old boys, 8 yr old boy.
2 dogs

£200 per week at Ocado and Abel and Cole. Can be up to £1000 a month f we have friends or family over for dinner or to stay the weekend. Hardly eat out at all and only the odd take-away.

Always buy free-range meat, organic milk and fruit and veg. Lots of fresh fish, fresh pasta. Love good food, need to cut back but find it very hard I must confess blush.

DH works at home and I'm at home so we eat every meal here. Wonder if people include their work lunches when they are adding up the price of their weekly food bill?

Yama Sun 24-Feb-13 14:17:16

We shop in Aldi (main) and Lidl (stuff like Greek yoghurt and kale).

This week it was £89 in Aldi and £18 in Lidl.

This includes all meals and lunches for 2 adults and two children. Also, any cleaning products and, usually, 2 bottles of wine. There were a few extras this week as dh is having friends round one night.

We do not buy any sweets, chocolates, crisps, cakes, biscuits or juice.

It wasn't that long ago that our Aldi shop was £60.

Dothraki Sun 24-Feb-13 14:23:44

4 adults £45. I do not buy crap - or snacks, biscuits,crisps, or ready meals. I enjoy cooking and make everything from scratch.

MrsMarigold Sun 24-Feb-13 14:26:01

Similar sized family. I do one big online shop per month - £200 for nappies, wipes, cleaning products, clingwrap, loo roll, tinned stuff and pasta etc.
£25 per week on veg/fruit box delivery
£50 per week on other fresh stuff, meat, fish, yoghurt, milk and bread.
£40 per month on snacks - DH gets v excitable if there aren't any - these include olives, dried fruit, pistachios, cashews, fancy cheese (comte/manchego/gruyere) and quince paste. I would not buy these normally but it's worth it to keep the peace. *Top tip nuts from Lidl are tastier and better value.

So about the same. DH usually takes us out to lunch on Saturday.

He thinks I'm profligate with my housekeeping money but by the time I've done the grocery shopping and got shoes/clothes for the children, there isn't much left so I hardly ever buy stuff for myself. Make-up etc is horrendously expensive.

MrsMarigold Sun 24-Feb-13 14:31:15

cat food once every three months bought online. for £30

Ragwort Sun 24-Feb-13 14:35:13

Three of us and we spend around £100 a week, no nappies but a lot of wine and beer grin. That includes lunches as DH works mostly from home (takes sandwiches if out) and DS takes a packed lunch.

Would spend more if we have visitors; I could cut back but am in the fortunate position of not having to - and as we rarely eat out I consider it perfectly reasonable to spend a decent amount on food. Managed to spend nearly £30 on a very mediocre meal out for just DS and myself last week sad, which was a complete waste of money.

2 adults, 2DCs (8&11), £25 a week in Aldi. Plus £18.50 school dinners, £10 in the butchers and £5 in the greengrocers.
=£58.50 p/w term time, cheaper in the holidays.
Includes booze, snacks, non-food etc. and lunch for DH.

OptimisticPessimist Sun 24-Feb-13 14:36:28

1 adult, 3 DCs aged 3, 5 and 9, two cats. Older two get FSMs so don't need to do lunch for them during school weeks.

I do an online shop once a fortnight that I try to keep under £140 and then top up with fresh fruit, veg and milk over the fortnight. Probably £20 at the most. So about £160 a fortnight. My kids mainly eat small portions of main meals though, so I can freeze quite a lot of leftovers and make things last that way. I suspect that when I have 3 teenagers it'll be much harder grin

Rattitude Sun 24-Feb-13 14:36:57

For two adults, I spend about £35/week, shopping at two supermarkets (Aldi and Morrisons). This includes a bottle of wine and fancy cheeses, but no crisps, biscuits, ready meals.

In addition, I spend (on average) about £10 / week at my local butcher's.

All meals are taken at home. We eat very well (I think).

Lunch is usually a salad, or soup with something else. I am ruthless about portion size with regard to meat though: 100g/person only, so one chicken fillet will typically feed us both.

For dinner, we probably eat fish twice a week (one dinner with fresh fish, one with tinned tuna) and have meat 3/4 times, so once or twice a week, we will have a vegetarian option.

To really save money on your supermarket shopping, you have to switch to Aldi or Lidl and you will probably pay only 2/3 what you pay for similar goods at Tesco/Sainsbury's. However, a lot of people find that they cannot get all the stuff they want at Aldi/Lidl so you might still need to do a top-up shop at another supermarket.

If time is of the essence, you may want to try either Aldi/Lidl and do a big shop there ever fortnight or so, and buy the complement at your usual supermarket.

LillethTheCat Sun 24-Feb-13 14:40:51

Me, DH, 8YO DS, 5YO DD1, 17MO DD2, cat and Dog. Friday we spend £123 on our weekly shop and will probably spend another £10 on Tues for top-up.

Id like to get mine down too. Am thinking of doing away with crap that mainly me and DH eat. Also thinking of going to Aldi and Iceland to do shopping. Im fed up with having no disposable income after Ive been shopping.

Dont often buy alcohol so it is mainly just crap (biscuits, sweets, cake etc) that I could do with cutting out.

jellybeans Sun 24-Feb-13 14:47:11

About 130 a week (2 adults 5 DC) plus 20 top up. Includes packed lunch for two and DH and 2 have school meals 20 quid a week. We have a mix of value and branded and have to buy some gluten free which is expensive and adds on about 10 to 20 a week.

tilder Sun 24-Feb-13 14:47:17

It always horrified me how much we spend. I am careful, I cook from scratch, buy budget brands, eat meat 3 or 4 times a week. We are a family of 5, children 6, 4, 1. I spend approx £225 per month for an online shop, £40 a month for veg box, £35 a month milk bill, £15 a week top ups. So I guess around £100 per week, give or take.

I would love to know how people do it for so much less. Last months online bill had nearly £100 just on cleaning products (all value brands), loo roll, fire lighters, cat food, nappies, wipes and toiletries.

tilder Sun 24-Feb-13 14:48:22

That doesn't include lunch for dh either.

Dothraki Sun 24-Feb-13 14:59:43

Tiddler - at least it should go down, the price of nappies and wipes are ridiculous.

Goober Sun 24-Feb-13 15:02:17

Tesco online shop today £140.
2 adults, 2 teenagers and a big dog.
That's everything, no midweek topping up.

Sulawesi Sun 24-Feb-13 15:11:36

4 x adults £45?

I just cannot imagine how that is possible unless you are permanently hungry. I don't mean to sound critical as we spend a hideous amount on food and am in a very fortunate position to be able to, but really??

Theas18 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:12:45

maybe £70 max in Aldi (and that usual includes an " aisle of wonders" unexpected buy eg replacement rice cooker!) and £10 top up (milk fruit) fr 2 adults 2 teens.

Occasional herbal tea, coffee and stock cube shop for a " named " super market and loo roll from home bargains.

DH gets a school lunch an DS eats at school. DD2 takes sandwiches etc.

We eat well, though I get the feeling people on here would feels we don't " eat properly" because a hearty home made soup with bread would be proper meal not a " snack" meal etc.

We do eat meat, but yes a chicken does do 3 or more days- that'll be 2 days roast and 1 stew. Don't see any reason for huge meat portions even for hungry people/teens . Fill up on the potatoes/cauli cheese /cabbage/peas/carrots that accompany it!

higgle Sun 24-Feb-13 15:13:16

2 adults and one teenager £95. This includes packed lunches for all of us and the cleaning stuff but no flowers, wine etc. I can't manage the faff of going to lots of places so I do main shop at Tesco and top up at Sainsburys. I also keep costs down by having good stocks in - always one on the go and one spare with ketchup, mayo main ingredients etc. This way I can take full advantage of bogoffs, special offers etc. because I could feed us for a week if I had to from the storecupboard and freezer. As we number one veggie, one coeliac and a normal person I though I had to spend more than most people. When DS1 is home and there are 4 of us I can feed us all well for £105.

Theas18 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:14:54

Sulawesi I could do 4 adults for £45 if I thought about it. We wouldn't starve or feel deprived, though there may be a "fruit is pudding " blanket rule!

Sulawesi Sun 24-Feb-13 15:24:46

Cries as we don't even eat pudding... blush

We don't eat pudding, except in summer when we forage for tree fruit, or pick berries from our fruit bushes.

Coconutty Sun 24-Feb-13 15:35:33

We don't have pudding, own pets or drink alcohol! 45 for four seems very little to me.

Jayne266 Sun 24-Feb-13 15:58:49

2 adults and 1DS (weaning) last shop was 65 pound

tilder Sun 24-Feb-13 16:16:49

Can't wait to get rid of nappies and wipes. That will save money. But i expect that would then go on buying more food as the children get older.

Would love to have a breakdown list or menus of how people feed families on a fraction of my budget. I reckon if we dropped all non essentials, ate veggie only or only very cheap meat, I could feed us for £45 a week but would still need cleaning, toiletries etc on top.

I sadly enjoy budgeting and did a dinner party for 8 the other week, 3 courses for £45 excluding booze. The lamb was local organic as well <smug>. Was delicious. Thought I was pretty economical in the weekly shop to but not according to this thread!

Dottiespots Sun 24-Feb-13 16:19:53

For adults and two cats(two parents and two grown up children) between £125 to £180 per week. Shop in Tesco (tried Asda the other week....crap and not cheaper at all....I was not hitting my bum cheek as I walked out wink...No ready meals ,loads of veg, chicken,cheese,fruit,chocolate and biscuits, bread which I freeze,milk, real salty butter,bacon. Have noticed that food has gone up by 50p per item in the last 5 months (roughly). I guess I could cut this down but most of my money goes on fruit and veg and I believe that good healthy food keeps you......well....."healthy". My daughter works part time (when shes not at Uni) in Tesco so I do get to use her Privilege Card which knocks ten per cent off my bill.

Dottiespots Sun 24-Feb-13 16:20:16

Four.......Four !!!!

erowid Sun 24-Feb-13 16:22:27

I always find it hard to work out how much we spend per week as we bulk buy a lot of stuff which lasts us a couple of months. Tea bags, rice, noodles, pasta, white vinegar, flour, toilet roll, cat food, spices, washing powder, tinned tomatoes, beans, lentils, cooking oil, cordial, stock granules... it all lives under the stairs.

Chinese and Asian supermarkets are great for picking up sacks of stuff in bulk.

LouiseFisher Sun 24-Feb-13 16:25:18

2 adults
2 children

= £150 p/w

Dottiespots Sun 24-Feb-13 16:25:36

Tesco World Aisle in the large shops are brilliant for stocking up on cheap bulk buy items as well. smile

CremeEggThief Sun 24-Feb-13 16:26:25

Usually between £45 and £65 for us. I use either a combination of Lidl, Tesco and the Co-op, or an online shop from Sainsburys. I always ensure I never have to buy all cleaning products and toiletries at the same time. We are 1 adult, 1 10 year old boy and 1 cat. We are also vegetarian, except for the cat!

flubba Sun 24-Feb-13 16:27:40

OP we have roughly the same aged children as you (plus 2 cats) and spend under £80 a week at the supermarket, with probably a £10-15 top up with milk, bread and fruit during the week. We don't buy booze (because of the budget we're on), and we buy a lot of value products.

We have a five-week food rota (for main supper meal), and everyone has packed lunches so no money's spent on food during the week. We eat meat about 2-3 times a week and a roast chicken at the weekend too.

Our 2 year old is in re-usables during the day, so that probably saves us a tenner a week or something.

Schooldidi Sun 24-Feb-13 16:30:18

I've just spent £90 for two adults, one teen and one toddler. Plus £10 per week for dd1's school dinners each week.

That pays for all food, toiletries, etc unless we decide to have a takeaway as a treat. I could probably cut it down by meal planning and list making, possibly even by doing it online, but my time feels more valuable than the cash atm. If things get tighter then we might start doing more of the money saving tips.

DeathMetalMum Sun 24-Feb-13 16:30:22

Around £130 a fortnight for the three of us. Me, dp and dd (2). Inc nappies washing powder, coffee etc not usually any alcohol. We also spend around £20 a month at the butchers on chicken and nice sausages (about the same price as supermarket but fab sausages) we get theese in bulk and freeze. Then up to £10 a week top up for bread, milk or anything we forget off the shopping list.

There are lots of things sucha as snacks on the list and a few we could cut back on if needed. We do online shopping though and think we could save a bit by going else where like aldi/iceland but we don't drive.

birdsofshore Sun 24-Feb-13 16:33:43

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

roughtyping Sun 24-Feb-13 16:41:16

My, OH and DS aged 9 - one bigger shop per month approx £80-90, smaller shops each week approx £40. We don't buy alcohol

It's depressing how expensive it's become. I was a single parent for a long time and until maybe a year ago didn't spend anywhere near that much. It used to be approx £25pw. At one point when I was at uni and really struggling we managed on £10 a week for food for LO and myself for a couple of weeks - v v hard but doable - dont think you could do it now.

DCIlouisemonroe Sun 24-Feb-13 17:03:23

150 per week not including booze.
Have started buying cleaning stuff at Home Bargains to cut back a bit.
3 of us -the pet food not included in the 150 either.
All out all day too so no lunches.

LeftMeInSuspenders Sun 24-Feb-13 17:10:08

2 adults 3 DC (8,6,3)

£90-100 per week.

That's for basic shopping- 3 meals per day. No alcohol, biscuits, treats.

It is depressing, I agree. Used to spend about £60 just a couple of years ago.

roughtyping Sun 24-Feb-13 17:15:21

Sorry - ours includes packed lunches. DS and I have school meals once per week (I'm a teacher!) so that's another £4. Doesn't include stuff for 2 rabbits.

Sulawesi Sun 24-Feb-13 17:16:25

£10 per week??


roughtyping Sun 24-Feb-13 17:32:29

Yes sulawesi! It was hard going. Not something you could do long term. Lots of value beans and baked potatoes and veggie stir fries.

I've done £10 a week, lots of value tinned tomatoes, 9p noodles, kidney beans, bacon trimmings and square bread.
It's not sustainable long term, but it can be done in a pinch.

ouryve Sun 24-Feb-13 19:04:18

Those struggling with the relentless cost of nappies and wipes - if you're not adverse, Amazon is a great money saver. If you're a member of Amazon family, you get a one off £20 off £50 to use, as well, plus an extra 10% discount on nappies. I recently ordered 12 packs of pyjama pants (DS2 is still in nappies at 6 and the 4 a day I get from the NHS are nowhere near enough) plus a 12 pack of wipes and it cost me about £27 after the voucher and all the discounts.

Two adults, one toddler a dog and a cat - £65 per week which is everything including snacks, lunches, cleaning stuff and washing powder plus the odd treat like posh ice cream or a bottle of wine.

tilder Sun 24-Feb-13 20:06:44

Am impressed inmyspare. I don't think I managed that even as a student.

Thanks for the nappy tip ouryve, will check it out.

forevergreek Sun 24-Feb-13 20:31:49

£70 a week. 2 adults 2 toddlers. We eat organic butchers meat,veg, dairy .prob veggie meals 3 days. Shop Waitrose. However,None of us snack, no alcohol, no cereal apart from nice porridge, no excessive cleaning things. We also only cook one meal, not several options.

So we eat very wholesome and well but the lack of other things mean we can spend more on that. So approx £10 per day on food which seems plenty.

Today we have all had:
Breakfast: porridge with honey and nuts and grated apple.
Lunch: mushroom Spanish omelette.
Dinner: lasagne with mixed green veg
Late desert: tin peaches and ice cream.

Sulawesi Sun 24-Feb-13 20:51:02

Forevergreek, our eating habits seem quite similar to yours so why does mine cost £130 a week more than yours shock.

We had porridge and bagels for breakfast.
Lunch was ham (free range), tomatoes, cheese, apple, kiwi fruit, pitta bread and houmous.
Dinner has just been fresh pasta, free range chicken with courgettes, peppers, pak choi, tomato and mascarpone sause plus fresh parmesan cheese.
They (DC's) are now chomping their way through ambrosia custard pots, slabs of cheese, oddities, slices of melon ....

This is a normal day, so not much in the way of snacks - apart from a couple of slices of toast and marmalade with my tea. We do seem to eat a lot of food but most of it is healthy like yours.

I will probably have a bowl of cereal before bedtime.


everydayaschoolday Sun 24-Feb-13 21:10:56

£90 - £100 per week. DH, me, DD (primary school) & baby. 3 packed lunches x 5 days.

One Tesco online delivery per week - no topups (resort to frozen veg at end of week).
meal plan around 50% off offers.
Cook from scratch (other than frozen pizza and emergency bag of chicken nuggets!).
Bulk cook and freeze in portions.
No wine etc but sometimes couples of bottles of beer for DH if on offer.
Meat for every supper (DH's insistence!).
No nappies - we use reusable cloth ones & doing well on second child.
No biccies, cake or crisps (holiday treats really). Little bit of baking at home but not much.
Never buy ready meals.
I like Aldi & Lidl and would switch, but use Tesco online for convenience as we both work f/t.

willoughboobs Mon 25-Feb-13 00:44:01

about £60-£75 pw for 2 adults and 2 dc

all home cooked food, some of the things i cook are...
shepherds pie,pork curry,sea bass, sunday roast, Bolognese,carbonara, chicken chasseur, sausage casserole, pasta salad and Chinese sticky pork.

i also buy daz and comfort and andrex toilet tissue
the only things i buy in the value range are beans, passata and toms. i also buy apples, pears, grapes and bananas.

i think i do rather well on this budget, we are very lucky that both our dc don't like juice and they are not that keen on sweets or crisps either, so this saves me a lot of money smile

flubba Mon 25-Feb-13 05:57:40

sulawesi the foods you mention are £££ which is probably why your food bill is so much more expensive than others;

We had porridge and bagels for breakfast. - bagels aren't cheap for how many meals you get out of them
Lunch was ham (free range), tomatoes, cheese, apple, kiwi fruit, pitta bread and houmous. fruit and veg, cheese and free-range products are expensive. Sad but true.
Dinner has just been fresh pasta, free range chicken with courgettes, peppers, pak choi, tomato and mascarpone sause plus fresh parmesan cheese. Your ingredients are expensive. Why fresh pasta as opposed to dry pasta? Fresh parmesan cheese is a massive luxury to me. envy grin
They (DC's) are now chomping their way through ambrosia custard pots, slabs of cheese, oddities, slices of melon .... ready-made puddings, cheese and melon are all £££

The reason I looked at yours is because lots of friends of mine have asked me how we keep our costs down too, and they have similar shopping habits to yours - so spend a lot of money on really nice food. For us, we're saving for something big in a few years' time, so we're really trying to stick to a budget. We do eat well although I wouldn't ever class our food as 'luxurious' smile

forevergreek Mon 25-Feb-13 07:24:25

Yes I would say the same.

Your main things would be:

Not seasonal veg- We tend to stick to what's in season

Too much at one meal- we have fresh pasta but would be with a little bacon maybe and a couple of veg. Instead of chicken and 4-5 veg. Chicken would be for the next day. For example we ate fresh pasta last week with fresh leeks, mushrooms, courgettes and frozen broa beans - only courgettes aren't really in season. Was in a carbonara sauce. With parmasan ( sold as a huge block). No meat

Individual portions- we don't buy individual yogurts/ custard/ etc. just large pots of organic Greek yogurt that we add honey/ frozen berries to.

Maybe too much choice again/- small custard pots/ cheese/ melon etc. from your menu everyone already had cheese at lunch and at dinner. Then more cheese after dinner. Maybe one portion of something a day. so desert if you have is just melon and a late pot of custard decanted/ homemade. Melon is also out of season right now. I know bananas aren't but much cheaper still.

As from next month lots more things are around

OhTheConfusion Mon 25-Feb-13 09:25:39

Dothraki, could you possibly tell us all what you make/eat for £45 a week? Where you shop and if that includes any snack at all?

There are 5 of us, 2 adults, 3DC's aged 10, 8 and 18mths. Our Sainsburys shop is roughly £140pw (including £10 worth of wine), we then spend around £30 during the week on top up milk, bread, extras. Also £25pw on school lunches and DD2 and I have lunch with friends once a week so another £10.
So a whopping average of £205pw on food blush and that's before we take the kids out for a coffee or ice cream at weekend (£18 yesterday!).

I would love to cut this by around £50 a week!

MrsMarigold Mon 25-Feb-13 11:57:05

We eat meat every day blush and DH says veggie meals don't satisfy him - he works very long hours in a very demanding job and he cycles every day. He prefers white fish, seafood and chicken and although we have meat every day it tends to be expensive last week we had sea bass at one meal at it was £13 for that alone! And he doesn't eat wheat which rules out sandwiches.

When I was single I spent about £25 a week on food - mainly oats and veggies. I was also very thin hmm.

Bacon trimmings are very cheap (<99p/lb) at my butchers, I keep them in the freezer to use as necessary, and 2 or 3 pieces are plenty to make a sauce taste meaty. That way under £1 on meat does 4 or 5 family dinners with leftovers for my lunches.
Risotto, pasta with tinned tomatoes and in-season veg, casseroles etc are good ways to make substantial meals with a small meat content. Add a handful of lentils to bolognese or chilli in place of 1/4lb of mince. Nobody will notice by the time it's cooked.
Roti, pitta and chapatti are cheap and easy to make (just flour and water), to pad out a curry.
Snacks are usually a slice of fruit bread, an oat cake or a couple of cream crackers.
Drinks, usually black tea, water or squash.

grants1000 Mon 25-Feb-13 13:11:24

I love this thread.

I am showing it to DH who thinks I can do everything on £40 per week 2 adults and 2 boys aged 6 & 10.

He's deluded about that and many other things.

OhTheConfusion Mon 25-Feb-13 13:20:18

I bet he is happy to eat more than £40 worth though Grants!

Eskino Mon 25-Feb-13 13:34:20

£90-100 per week for me, DP, 2yo (still in nappies) and 5 weeks old (breastfed) and a cat.

We buy lots of fresh fruit and veg, organic stuff and meat comes from the butcher. We hardly eat processed food I never skimp on groceries really as neither of us have any other expensive habits. I hate for our shopping bill to go over £100 a week.

magazinefiend Mon 25-Feb-13 13:56:11

thanks for your responses everyone. i see that by using the word 'confess' I have given the impression that DH is some kind of victorian tyrant.grin He isn't,but he does always seem to get a nasty surprise at the cost and I think that makes me feel defensive. I am reassured that others seem to be spending roughly the same. i do cook lots of dishes eked out with lentils etc, and always a veggie meal at least once a week and was still feelng like evil spendthrift! so i'm glad it isn't just me and i'm going to blame the suprmarkets especially when they try to charge me a fiver for one lousy block of cheddar.

OhTheConfusion Mon 25-Feb-13 14:05:26

Cheese is a terrible price... I got 1 block of mature cheddar, i half block of low fat cheddar and 1 200g pack of Feta on Friday... for the princely sum of £10.40!

We eat very little cheese, get a block every 2-3 weeks. DS is milk allergic so we save a lot in dairy products.

OhTheConfusion Mon 25-Feb-13 14:33:14

That willl last us 2/3 weeks (full fat for DH, DS and DD2 and half fat for DD1 and I as im at WW and full fat cheddar upsets her tummy [tmi]). It just drives me mad how expensive it is.


I think shopping is just getting more and more expensive.

I spend roughly £90 per week for 5 of us. And that's with up things from the freezer as I tend to baulk cook where I can.


DH was diagnosed with high cholestrol (sp) and diabetes type2 last year and I've saved a fortune on cheese. As he would have cheese and crackers as a supper so I was buying a large packet each week about £8. Now one lasts about month.

OhTheConfusion Mon 25-Feb-13 14:42:21

WheredidI, I have seen a real reduction by joining WW and measuring out 30g for me... DH was horrified to realise his 'bit' weighed 128g. He may be thin but I am sure he must have high cholesterol and solid arteries!

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.

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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)
Toddler DD

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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