How much do you spend on groceries each month?

(35 Posts)
Queensland Mon 02-May-16 22:43:43

I'm starting to think that we spend a ridiculously high amount on groceries each month. I went to the supermarket yesterday and spent £350, the girl on the till was very shocked when I told her it would probably last less than two weeks! She said that her mum spends £60 a fortnight on food etc for 3 people!! There are 5 of us, 2 adults, 2 adult children and a young teen plus 2 dogs and 3 cats. I'd just be interested in the average monthly spend. I think most of our monthly budget goes on food!

Pinkheart5915 Mon 02-May-16 22:46:20

I spend £95 a week it's me, dh and ds who is 8 months ol

calzone Mon 02-May-16 22:47:58

I shop at Lidl and reduced section of Waitrose.
Spend about £60 a week for 2 adults and 2 children.

Pinkheart5915 Mon 02-May-16 22:48:35

We use the farm shop, butchers and then a supermarket to top up.
I do a lot of home cooking even bread clearly too much time on my hands
Ds has breast milk so he milk costs

Iamnotloobrushphobic Mon 02-May-16 22:48:54

We spend about £500 per month which includes food, toiletries, cleaning stuff, nappies etc. We are a family of five - 2 adults, 2 teens and a baby. 2 members of the family are on special diets (gluten / dairy free) and that costs quite a bit, without the special diets we would be spending less.

CremeEggThief Mon 02-May-16 22:49:51

£35-50 per week, mostly shopping at Sainsburys online. That's for me and 13 year old DS. However, we are vegetarian.

flossietoot Mon 02-May-16 22:50:14

About £125 a week for five of us. Most of that is M and S. £350 is quite extravagant.

PippaFawcett Mon 02-May-16 22:52:36

We spend approx £550 a month and we are trying to reduce it at the moment. That is for four of us and includes packed lunches for DS, 4, but no lunch for DD or me during the week as we both gets ours for free and no dinners for the DC during the week as they get theirs at childcare which we pay for separately. We do a lot of grabbing tea as we go which mounts up and we need to meal plan. I do use the market and Aldi when I can but I can't do all the shopping there. We also have one GF person which does mount up but neither of us drinks so we probably should be able to do it for far less.

YoungGiftedwithflab32 Mon 02-May-16 22:55:35

As a family of 5 we spend approx 520 per month give or take for nappies every couple of weeks, that's a lot when I think that I am actually trying to budgeting in a way, I do a meal plan for each day and make a list from that, think I'll look at cheaper meals confused

plannedshock Mon 02-May-16 22:56:54

This drives me nuts I spend at least £100-£130 per week, me, dp, 2 dd-3 and 1.
This is most things, inc nappies/wipes and dps packed lunch all week.
I then spend another £10-15 on things we run out of-milk/bread.
How do people manage to spend less?!?! I do lidl and sainsburys

Muskateersmummy Mon 02-May-16 22:58:03

We are on a budget of £400 a month, but am looking to reduce it if I can. There's 2 adults and dd. That shopping does all of us all three of our meals each day with no top up shops

foursillybeans Mon 02-May-16 23:02:28

£400 a month for 5. All big eaters (not over eaters but no tiny children's portions) and meals cooked from scratch with ocassional frozen pizza & breaded chicken. Alcohol, groceries & toiletries included. Looking to reduce this to £350 but proving very difficult indeed.

TheTartOfAsgard Mon 02-May-16 23:05:36

Myself and two tweens, spend £50-£60 per week sainsburys online which includes ds packed lunch stuff, plus dd has £15ish a week on school dinner card.

pussinwellyboots Mon 02-May-16 23:16:07

About £325 a month for 2 adults and two kids aged 6 and 8. Mostly Aldi with additions from Booths (on a sat for our free guardian) or Sainsburys as needed. I feel like I should be spending less, but I don't add up the pennies as I go round.

BackforGood Mon 02-May-16 23:24:15

When ds is away at University, the weekly bill for me, dh, and 2xteen dds is always under £50 for the main shop.
So 4.5 weeks x Around £42 = £189
Plus usually have to top up bread = £1 maybe £2....... say £6 pm
Plus about once every 10 weeks or so I do a Farm Foods shop of about £50 .....say £20 for a month

= £215pm
It goes up by £12 - £15 pw when ds is home.

dh, dd1 and I have packed lunches. dd2 I pay for school dinners separately.
About once every 10 days we'll either have takeaway or go for pub meal
No pets. Obv. no nappies or formula, etc.

twirlypoo Mon 02-May-16 23:26:55

Me and the 4 year old. I spend £35-50 per week with an occasional "big shop" to do loo roll /cleaning products / store cupboard essentials etc which is another £30 on top o would say. I wish I could spend more - I hate walking round doing sums in my head to see if i can afford it!

autumnboys Mon 02-May-16 23:32:48

I budget £750 a month for the five of us (2 adults, 2 pre teens, 1 child in ks1). As well as supermarket shops this includes maybe 1 takeaway a month, all cleaning stuff/toiletries & about £40 for school dinners for the older two. i know I could reduce it if I needed to.

Iamnotloobrushphobic Tue 03-May-16 07:09:48

Autumn - how do you only spend £40 per month for two children's school dinners? I only have to pay for one child's school dinners (other has packed lunch) and it costs me £18 per WEEK.

FinallyFreeFromItAll Tue 03-May-16 09:55:44

£350 for two weeks - so that's £175 per week for effectively 5 adults (assuming teen eats as much or more than average adult), plus 2 dogs. Taking off dogs it equates to just under £35 per adult, per week, for everything. I don't think that's too bad.

I'm quite lax about spending and spend £60-80 per week for 1adult, 2 young DC (4yrs&1yr). Although youngest has dairy allergy so costs extra.

Before I left ex we spent £40-60per week for 2 adults, one 3yr old and a weaning baby.

joeythenutter Wed 04-May-16 16:16:12

I spend about £60 per week here for 2 adults and one teen. Its basic meals every night, nothing fancy, last night was mashed potato, fried onions, bacon and brown sauce to give an example. No luxuries in this house.

I buy from the reduced section whenever I can, and often meat from it is frozen on the day of purchase to do later in the week.

The only big store I buy from is Tesco, and mainly other small shops for offers.

GunShotResidue Wed 04-May-16 16:21:56

£40-50 a week for two adults and a toddler (although DH eats 1.5-2 portions of everything, he has a very active job). We eat fairly well, have salmon every week and eat a lot of meat and fresh fruit/veg.

mailfuckoff Wed 04-May-16 16:22:23

we spend roughly 250 a month for 2 adults, 2 DC but dc get free school meals at the moment. We also do a big Costco shop of about 100 every 2 months. It used to be less but has been creeping up and now we have a shiny new waitrose it may go up more. Only DH eats meat regularly (DC have meat at school) and not big alcohol drinkers here.

fieldfare Wed 04-May-16 16:24:12

I do one big shop online at the beginning of the month for dog food, drinks, milk, cleaning products inc laundry and toiletries, dried goods, tea, coffee etc and any veggie bits they have on special offer. That's about £100. Then a weekly shop for fruit, veg, bread, packed lunch bits etc which is normally £40-50.
Around £350 a month really for 2 adults and one growing teen who eats more than me.

JemTheAngel Wed 04-May-16 16:28:43

We have just adjusted our budget because it had got out of date. We are a family of 4 - 2 adults, 2 children. We all eat the same meals. Our budget is £600 per month. It was £400 and I couldn't keep within that. I find that if you want to eat nice meat and fish, it gets really expensive when you are buying for 4. Mainly shop in Sainsburys but supplement from local farm shops.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 04-May-16 16:29:40

Roughly 80 a week for dh and me plus an ever hungry teenage ds. Aldi and just a few bits every month from tesco.

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