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£100 per week for weekly shop

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PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Sun 18-Nov-12 21:25:26

There are 3 of us in the family (DP, me and DS, 4). At the moment, we are spending hundred quid on weekly shop inc food, basic beauty stuff and household cleaners. It used to be around £75 but it's jumped up recently. We go to tesco and buy a range of value and branded products. Most nights, I cook from scratch, apart from Thursday when I get ready meals in for convenience as I stay behind at work.

I've always thought our shopping bill was a bit excessive but I seriously can't think of anything that we can do without (maybe apart from the ready meals but they are a life saver). We literally buy the bare minimum.

How do you keep your weekly shopping bills down?

blueshoes Wed 28-Nov-12 08:40:12

Thanks, 5dcs. Might grab one of those joints myself at Sainsbo as they are on offer!

Blueshoes i had this http://www.sainsburys.co.uk/groceries/index.jsp?bmUID=1354056287492 from sainsburys which is £4. I see the much bigger ones for £10 + i didnt mean that big blush i just meant not the slices or halves you get. I normally get the shop all at once online but my sister had seen these so i didnt order it with my shop and went to sain instead.

Well done!

blueshoes Tue 27-Nov-12 21:00:32

5dcs, are you sure about the £15? That looks at bit too low. I would have thought the large ham joint in itself would cost at least £10.

Sounds like yourdoing great!
I do batch cooking, today for example i used a big ham joint, parsnips, carrots and potatoes, chopped toms and frozen peppers ( plus store cupboard bits) and made 4 meals ready for the week.
Ham ready for ham, chips and peas, a pie, veg soup mix, and veg turnovers. Also did chocolate cake, welsh cakes and tomato and pepper soup for lunches.

So the ingredients cost probably £15 but i have lunches, dinners and desert for all 7 of us for the next 4 days.

I spend about £50-70 a week on ocado.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Mon 26-Nov-12 13:58:13

onelittletoddling. Thanks for clarifying why you felt sorry for me grin as I was a bit shock!

My DP is not pressuring me to reduce the cost especially as he pays for it and anything left over, I keep. I just want to keep some! We live quite a frugal lifestyle (hard to imagine, I know) in many ways - we don't drink or smoke, don't get takeaways, go out once a month for a cheap meal, don't have sky, only buy clothes in the sales, have the best deals (for insurance etc) but the price of food shop is something that we struggle with.

Anyway, did my shopping on Sunday. Meals planned, went on a full stomach, did some of my shop (veg/spices/dried beans/lentils) at an Asian supermarket and also bought Tesco brand stuff for some things and some frozen fruit too. Still bought Shreddies, cheerios and fresh strawberries though. [Smile] Grand total was <looks for drumroll smiley> just under £76. That's a massive save. I'm very impressed with myself. I didn't buy ready meals, which saved me about a tenner. Instead, I decided that on Mondays, I will make a double batch of something and use it on Thursdays as well. So for tonight, I have made a veg packed sauce to eat with baked potato and cheese and salad and we will eat the sauce with pasta on Thursday. Vegetables etc from the Asian shop saved me a lot of money and not buying branded butter, bread, porridge, Special K, chocolate, yogurt all added up.

If I keep this up, and I have every intention of doing so, I will save about £96 a month, which will go in the holiday fund.

Thanks everyone thanks

blueshoes Sat 24-Nov-12 23:12:33

£100+ a week for 3 adults and 2 children (9 and 6), mostly at Sainsburys. Includes food, cleaning products and bath toiletries.

melliebobs Sat 24-Nov-12 23:05:11

There's 3 in this house. Weekly shop varies from £40-60

We shop at Asda
Every meal is planned
Nothing is bought that isn't on the list
Always compare prices on price per kilo etc rather than what's 'on offer'

LadyKooKoo Sat 24-Nov-12 23:02:57

I agree about the reductions in Waitrose. There is a 'Little Waitrose' opposite my office and I pop in there every day. I have picked up foot long cucumbers for 10p, single peppers for 5p (78p in Tesco!) as well as bags of mince meat for £1 and 8 packs of sausages for 25p.

vj32 Sat 24-Nov-12 22:34:29

Our local Aldi is disgusting and horrible. You have to queue for ages, always, staff are rude and unpleasant as is the store (virtually impossible to get round with a pushchair.)

Far better to shop at Waitrose - get all fresh stuff and veg when it is reduced and stick stuff it in the freezer, topped up with fruit, veg and eggs from green grocer and basics like cereal from other supremarkets. I rotate between Sainsburys, Tesco, Asda and Morissons depending on the deals they have on when I need to buy expensive items like nappies or washing powder. And use coupons. But seriously, if you have the time, visit Waitrose when they do their reductions - really nice stuff that sometimes they pay me to take away.

Fluffycloudland77 Fri 23-Nov-12 20:50:54

I put non brand stuff into brand packets so dh doesnt know that we've changed.

Even the wartime cook books I read said dont tell your dh you had to economise because they notice moan

steppemum Fri 23-Nov-12 10:52:42

very interesting threads as I want to cut our shopping bills.

tree delivery, my ds eats own brand shreddies, they are 92% wholewheat. About the same as the own brand weetabix. So I don't think own brand shreddies are bad for you (don't know about real thing though)
Not all own brands taste the same. My ds won't eat co-op own brand shreddies but happy with asda and tescos

I meal plan and stick to shopping list, but we spend a fortune. sad

mumnosbest Fri 23-Nov-12 10:31:06

Markets are good for fruit but it goes off quicker cos its not pumped full of preservatives

fuzzpig Fri 23-Nov-12 10:18:30

Around £80-100 a week here, at Tesco. Have to shop online so can't shop around unfortunately. Me, DH, 5yo and 3yo.

We have tried downbranding on some things like cereal, bread and beans, which has helped a bit. The biggest part of our bill is fruit and veg though, we get through loads.

mumnosbest Fri 23-Nov-12 10:18:02

Lidl here too. We spend £70 max per week for family of 5. My 4 tips are:
1) don't buy brands.
2) meal plan and stick to your list.
3) buy bags of frozen veg. Its just as good for you.
4) shop near closing time to get reduced meat etc. You can freeze it.

Bumblequeen Fri 23-Nov-12 10:03:39

I used to be a shop brand snob!

I did not go to Primark or shop in Aldi/Lidl/Netto. I only used brand food items as dm was and still is a food snob. We were by no means well off but dm did not compromise on food.

Fast forward some years and things have definitely changed. When dm visits she comments on some of our brands. I do not listen as we cut our cloth to suit whereas she will spend her last £10 on M & S chicken and have mo money in her purse for the remainder of the week!

Bumblequeen Fri 23-Nov-12 09:11:56

£100 per week for two adults and a child is expensive.

Dh, dd (4) and I- we spend roughly £200-250 per month on shopping - this includes food, toiletries, cleaning products, and lunch for work for dh and I.

I admit to buying cheaper cuts of meat and we rarely eat lamb, beef as it is too costly.

I buy branded goods where it matters to us- baked beans, ketchup, mayonnaise,bread, crisps, toilet tissue.

I buy shop/value brand fruit, sweets, biscuits, cereal.

I always write a shopping list and meal plan.

Crumble mixtures can be frozen so it's quite easy to make some for dinner. I cook my crumbles without pre-stewing, using Delia's recipe

www.deliaonline.com/recipes/type-of-dish/sweet/apple-and-almond-crumble.html

DD loves apple crumble. It's definitely worth a try.

piprabbit Tue 20-Nov-12 14:15:09

BTW, would your DS be interested in eating stewed fruits (apples/pears etc.) with maybe a few raspberries or blueberries for colour? Cheaper than out of season soft fruit, but he may be happier with the mouth feel than moving straight to crunchy apples.
You can make a big batch and freezer in small portion sizes for ease.

Asinine Tue 20-Nov-12 12:57:58

Are you doing blind taste tests with dh? Put the aldi shreddies in the old shreddies box when he's not looking, if he thinks they taste funny, suggest changing to aldi ones wink

treedelivery Tue 20-Nov-12 12:31:38

Btw, we are really tight with shopping which means we can hit the coffee shop for a treat or have odd take aways and so on. Life can't be all penny pinching and denial grin

treedelivery Tue 20-Nov-12 12:25:24

Yours is what I would call a 'treat' shop. Shredders, imo, are a treat food. Essentially no different to a huge box of biscuits. If dh likes them perhaps he could buy them from his own free spends money?

Cereal in this house is porridge or wheatabix. Cheapest brand at the time of buying. Anything else, like cheerio or whatever, is a treat snack and certainly not breakfast. Far too sugary and not remotely sustaining.

That will save you a fortune.

Can you cut back on milk? It's expensive. Porridge, soaked overnight in half milk half water, is just lovely. Takes few mins to heat through in morning, its really easy.

We manage on £40 a week, 2.adults 2 children. Sometimes 60. It's a bore but can't be helped.

Good luck!

I mean I feel sorry as in you can't change it because of what your DH and LO needs/wants.

I feel sorry for you. I can understand totally why your bill is so much higher than mine (despite me shopping at ocado/waitrose). I don't buy any snacks, biscuits, chocolates and ready meals. I cook my beans from dried (using a slow cooker and freeze). DD loves soft fruit too but in winter it's apples and pears for us, except DH has his treat of citrus as that's the only fruit he'll eat.

Do you have an Chinese/Asian grocer nearby? Don't buy rice from the supermarkets. Ditto the thai curry pastes. You get a 5kg bag of rice for just over £10 in a chinese grocer. And the spices and pastes are a lot cheaper and they do keep in the cupboards.

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