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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?

DameEnidsOrange Sun 18-Nov-12 21:27:34

Just lurking on your thread, as mine used to be around the £120 mark and has recently jumped to more like £160, if that makes you feel better.

However, we have to buy shedloads of free from stuff (gluten and dairy intolerances)

Shop in Aldi. Seriously. I have cut my weekly shopping bill from £75-100 to £25-40 and we are eating just as well as we used to.

ATourchOfInsanity Sun 18-Nov-12 21:30:10

Can you do a pizza (or two) instead of ready meals? Even a branded bought one that can be added to with extra cheese/ham to make nicer? Seen a few huge ones in ASDA but bet Teco do some too - would that work with your family instead of say a Curry for £12 or whatever?
You might well do that already, so sorry if this isn't any help!
Do you get branded washing powder/conditioner? I bulk buy mine on Amazon with subscribe and save which does shave a bit off. Also I hear the own brands are actually preferred by a lot of MN'ers, so could be worth checking out.

Myliferocks Sun 18-Nov-12 21:30:40

I spend £100 a week on 7 of us.
We don't eat meat every night and I find where we live Asda is cheaper than Tesco.

KirstyJC Sun 18-Nov-12 21:31:06

Wow - that's a lot! There are 5 of us and with an occasional treat (ie croissants for Sun breakfast) I spend about £65-70 per week.

Are you buying value cleaning stuff? The dishwasher tablets that are less than £2 a box, the washing powder in the huge great big pack for about £8 which you then only use half the recommended amount of (still going strong into the third month of use) etc? The value crisps at 68p per bag of 12 packs?

Only buy shampoo / shower gel etc when it's BOGOF or half price etc and stock up.

Don't bother with the cheap loo roll or coffee though - some things you can't compromise on.

Adversecamber Sun 18-Nov-12 21:32:07

Stop shopping exclusively at Tesco, try Aldi and also grocers shops and local butchers. I used to buy all my shopping at Tesco and it became far too expensive. We also have shops like Home Bargains where I live, I bought Kraft salad dressing for 60 pence instead of a pound in there last week. It takes more time but has saved me a lot of money.

Mine is £100 a week for me, DP and DD (3).

But I'm a brand snob.

marquesas Sun 18-Nov-12 21:33:55

That does sound a bit high - does it include alcohol? I'm sure one ready meal a week out of 21 isn't the cause of the increase.

I also shop in Tesco and my total has recently gone up a lot as well although I couldn't identify anything in particular that's gone up.

MummysHappyPills Sun 18-Nov-12 21:35:05

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MummysHappyPills Sun 18-Nov-12 21:36:10

And don't shop in tescos, it is a rip off. Asda is cheaper and aldi even cheaper again.

BillyBollyBandy Sun 18-Nov-12 21:38:13

Aldi is excellent. I can spend £70 in Tesco without noticing, same amount if Aldi £35. Full shop with everything including washing powder, dishwasher tablets, loo roll etc still on £50. Quality better imo and great if you cook from scratch.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Sun 18-Nov-12 21:46:20

Yes to value cleaning stuff. Yes to bogof.

I think part of the problem is that some nights we eat different things. DS is a resistant eater (am another thread about this!) so he always eats different foods to us unless we decide to eat fish fingers and chips (i can just about tolerate this once a week). DP and I have chicken once a week or maybe twice. The rest of the time we eat different things. Why? Yes I ask myself that frequently. I like super healthy vegetarian food with lots of beans, lentils and rice and fresh veg. DP hates my food so he either has what junior has or I might get something out of the freezer and defrost it for him (sausages etc). Or I ask him to sort his own food out, depending how ratty I feel (frequently) in which case he has beans on toast or egg on toast.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Sun 18-Nov-12 21:49:29

Ok, I'll give aldi a go. I don't have time to go to different places unfortunately but I know that would be the best solution.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Sun 18-Nov-12 21:51:29

Fruit and veg is supposed to be good there, right?

brighthair Sun 18-Nov-12 21:53:43

Can you batch cook instead of the ready meals? I do that and take a portion to work but find it easy at home too so I can just grab something out the freezer and its a meal

BillyBollyBandy Sun 18-Nov-12 22:12:12

I changed from M&S to Aldi on an economy drive last year and wouldnt go back. We have treats from Marks but all everyday stuff is Aldi. They do some lovely frozen fish and frozen lamb shanks, as well as good food and veg

Adversecamber Sun 18-Nov-12 22:18:29

Fruit and veg are good, there was a thread in the sponsored discussions section about Aldi about a week ago, have a look there. I have just bought their own brand dishwasher tablets and noticed the box had a Which report best buy logo on it.

I second batch cooking but sounds like your DH does not like a dinner without a hunk of meat. I have made quorn and veg curries no one had a clue it was not real chicken.

Yup, go to Aldi/Lidl. I prefer Lidl, their breakfast cereals etc are nicer.

Get cheaper cuts of meat, eg if you're eating chicken are you eating breasts? Buy thighs instead, it's E2.65 for six in Lidl, I debone and skin them (look for vids on youtube) and DH and I have one and a half each. You can roll and stuff them too, they're great in coq au vin or a curry.

Downside is that you don't really get lentils and the like in Lidl/Aldi, but if you have an Asian grocer near you check them out for veggie stuff it's generally cheaper and nicersmile

Buy frozen vef, eg broccoli as thre's less waste and it's cheaper. I only ever buy fresh carrots or whatever is on offer.If any of your DCs are in nappies, Lidl nappies are excellent. Oh and Lidl fish fingers are very nice, and cheaper than Tesco value.

Durab Sun 18-Nov-12 22:55:17

Another Lidl fan here.

Re ready meals, as you cook most nights, can't you make double occasionally and freeze the rest, then you'll have a freezer full of really nice ready meals and will barely notice the cost. I add a couple of good handfuls and lots of veg to anything I make with mince and no-one even notices they're there (chilli spag bol, shepherd's pie etc). Half a pound of mince will easily feed four of us for two nights. Freddie, Lidl do do bags of red lentils smile

Have a look at your cleaning products. It's very easy to spend a lot here, but what do you really need? There aren't many jobs that can't be tackled with either economy bleach ( just a drop in a bucket of hot water is excellent for floors, but yes I know not everyone want to use belach) or washing-up liquid. Lidl washing liquid for clothes is fab.

Same with toiletries, just try down grading a bit and see if you can really tell the difference. I used to but Pantenne/Herbal Essences type shampoo, now I use Lidl own brand (75p) and it's honesty just as good. Their shower gel is c. 38p.

Your DH eats beans or eggs, if he has to cook himself, but needs meat if you're cooking? confused Let him have the (cheap) beans and eggs then grin

Iamnotamindreader Mon 19-Nov-12 02:12:17

Shop at your local butchers and greengrocers after 4pm you may find them trying to sell stuff off cheaper.

I shop at Aldi - for a weekly shop it's just over £75 and that's for 2 adults, 2 teen dcs and a fat labrador.

I menu plan, make a list of things I need, and stick to it - don't have the money to spare to do anything else tbh.

Aldi face cream (Lacura brand) is fabulous btw, if memory serves it has won some beauty award or other.

That does sound a lot for shopping in tesco! Maybe that's why it's doing badly compared to the others in the big 4. For what it's worth, me DH and 19mo varies between £70 to £100 with ocado. I do buy the waitrose essentials, but only branded cleaning products. (Brand snob here too). And the more expensive weeks include a bottle of wine as well.

All I can think of is you eat too much meat. Have you see Jamie's 15min meals? We already eat quite a lot of vegetarian. But it's a revelation how he feeds 4 with only 4 chicken thighs or 2 pieces of steaks. I would have doubled the meat portion before.

Oh and branded toiletries too! But the price of food has risen a lot. I'm sure not so long ago I had some £50 shops, and I never went over £80.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Mon 19-Nov-12 08:45:57

onelittle, yes I remember those carefree days of cheaper shop and spare cash. My friend shops at Waitrose and she swears its cheaper than tesco.

We honestly don't buy a lot of meat. This week we bought 2 chicken breasts (yes, they are organic but I am thinking about the welfare of the chicken) and a jumbo pack of fish fingers. Every three weeks we buy DH a 6 pack of sausages.

Some excellent advice from everyone. Thank you. So this is my plan of action:

*do a shop at aldi and see what I can get cheaper from there.
*when cooking for myself, make double batch and freeze one batch.
*menu plan (I have tried before but my grand plans always go a bit pear shaped after a few weeks but it's possibly because I am not realistic enough)

I'll report back in a few weeks to see how much I have saved!

forevergreek Mon 19-Nov-12 08:52:24

I think Waitrose IS cheaper but it depends what you buy. We buy mainly organic, fruit/ veg/ meat/ fish, and essentials to make meals with that. Our shop is £60/70 a week from Waitrose/ ocado.

We don't buy any processed food/ snacks/ etc which I reckon is where a good chunk of people's weekly shop goes.

We buy big pots of organic Greek yogurt, and decant. No little pots.

Zoomania Mon 19-Nov-12 08:52:29

I also find waitrose cheaper than tesco...go at the end of the day and buy their discounted food and freeze it! I then pick up fruit and veg from market stall.

cjbk1 Mon 19-Nov-12 08:58:42

So; about this Aldi business; do they also stock brands or just their own? is it 'normal' stuff or very limited like Lidl? is a large part of the shop taken up with rubbish seasonal non-food? has anyone tried the Hatfield one? thanks in advance

i shop in Tesco and have noticed a big increase recently (from £60 PW to £90 pw) and we havent changed what we buy.

We tried Aldi at the weekend and bought everything we would usually get and more and spent £42 shock i started laughing when the woman told us the total as DH was saying it was what i was buying was causing the price increase! bollocks to that i say so we are now shopping at Aldi for the forseeable future grin

forevergreek you sound like me. I also don't buy any processed food or snacks. And I decant big pots of yoghurts too.

Myliferocks Mon 19-Nov-12 12:13:06

We don't have an Aldi where I live and I can't get everything I need at the local Lidls.
I end up doing the shopping in two halves at two different supermarkets and spend more if I use Lidls. Iyswim.

forevergreek Mon 19-Nov-12 13:04:38

And Waitrose does free home delivery smile

Badvocsanta Mon 19-Nov-12 13:09:04

Ocado is cheaper than tesco!
I like aldi but simo their meat is a bit iffy...last pack of ham I picked up was grey (bluergh)
I tend to do an ocado order once a week £50-60 ish and then top up at the co op.
It does come to £100 per month but their are 4 of us and we eat some form of meat/fish/poultry every day.

BillyBollyBandy Mon 19-Nov-12 19:57:46

Aldi do their own brand and also some "proper" brands, so Hovis bread, cheerios, as well as a specially selected range which is nice - 2 frozen lamb shanks for £4 with sauce and that is probably the most expensive thing in there!

I spent £35 today and bought lots of fruit and veg, 2 chicken portions (organic and £3.50 so better be good!), turkey mince, 18 yoghurts, bacon, creme fraiche, passata, bread, cake, eggs, potatoes, a toy car and a kids book for xmas.

OP - can you post a whole shopping list? Difficult to see where your money is going from what you have said on the thread!

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Mon 19-Nov-12 20:59:29

I'll try apple. I will write what we bought on our last shop.

Cereals (special k, shreddies, cheerios, Jordan's jumbo porridge)
Warburtons wholemeal bread
Lurpak spreadable butter
Value butter (lasts 3 weeks)
5 bottles of 4 litres milk
Organic chicken breasts (2 breasts)
Green and black chocolate (lasts 2.5 weeks)
Baked beans x 3 small tins - Heinz
Eggs - free range
Bananas (5), strawberries (2 punnets) blueberries (2 punnets), raspberries (2 punnets)
Spinach, red pepper, tomatoes, mushrooms, lambs lettuce
Fish fingers, chips, peas
Ginger biscuits x 3 packs
5 pack walkers crisps
Kitkat - pack of 6 mint flavour
Olive oil (lasts ages)
Ski yogurt (4 pack x2)
Tesco Greek style yogurt (big pot)
Ready meals (chicken curry and red Thai curry)
Rice (lasts ages)
Thai red paste, chipotle paste, curry paste
Tinned chickpeas, canillini beans, red kidney beans
Toilet paper
Dove deo
Covent garden soup

That's it I think. The healthy stuff is my food, the crappy stuff is mostly DP's and DS just eats fish fingers and chips, only eats strawberries and raspberries and cereals with the occasional biscuit thrown in.

AlbertaCampion Mon 19-Nov-12 21:05:36

Ah, this is easy! A lot of the items on that list are branded goods. The branded cereals, for example, which are often heavily marked up against the own brand equivalents - and don't taste any different. Try going down a brand when you shop next, and you'll save £££. smile

ATourchOfInsanity Mon 19-Nov-12 21:11:19

Milk in Aldi is 4lts for £1 smile

ledkr Mon 19-Nov-12 21:12:46

I spent 100 on Aldi last week trying to save money. I always see these threads where people say they feed 8 for a fiver and I think it depends on what you buy. We have nice meals all from scratch with lots of veg I buy wine and some chocolate decent meat and we all 4 take packed lunches and fruit to work. If I just bought a few boxes of cereal some bread and butter and 7 evening meals then it would be cheaper.

forevergreek Mon 19-Nov-12 21:15:06

Swap the cereal for supermarket brands
Don't buy biscuits/ choc/ crisps
Swap blueberries/ strawberries/ raspberries for more local seasonal fruit, or just two instead of 6 plummets and then cheaper fruit

RedZombie Mon 19-Nov-12 21:21:46

Try menu planning a week at a time. I tried to do a whole month, but couldn't stick to it when plans changed.
I buy 80% of my stuff from Aldi and top up in Asda, with the things they dont sell this comes in around £80 per week. the last time I went to Tesco it was £120
My other tip is to not do top up shopping in between your main shop except for absolute essentials like milk and bread. For instance we ran out of cordial tonight do we'll be drinking plain water till I go shopping again on Friday. I probably save myself £20/30 just doing this.

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Mon 19-Nov-12 21:30:48

forevergreek I wish I could swap the expensive fruit for the cheaper seasonal fruit but they are the only fruit DS will eatsad. It costs us a fortune, especially in the winter.

Cereals, yes definitely could swap them for supermarket brands except shreddies, DP says he can taste the difference and he doesn't like the difference (we have tried downshifting like Martin Lewis tells us to on mse). Crisps, biscuits are again DP's and again he likes these particular ones. I don't touch the stuff but to be honest tesco ginger nuts don't cost all that much.

marquesas Mon 19-Nov-12 21:44:03

It's obvious from your list why your bill is so high.

No one who is watching their budget should be buying all those brands - Covent Garden soup for example is madly £££ and fresh blueberries in November shock.

Genuine question - do you really not see how your spending so much?

You really don't need to go to Aldi just yet, cut out the brands and you'll see a difference straight away. Also for example buying one pack of crisps isn't the cheapest way - Walkers crisps are always on a multibuy in Tesco and have long sell by dates

colditz Mon 19-Nov-12 21:51:59

You're buying too much crap. Stop buying biscuits, oven chips, and a variety of cereal. Stop buying covent garden soup. Stop buying blueberries, raspberries and strawberries unless they are in season. Serve meals to your son and husband that are the same meals you cook for yourself. If they leave it because of fussiness, tough titty, they'll soon get hungry without biscuits and oven chips to fill up on. Say no to branded bread, beans and butter, the mark up is huge.

I feed myself, two big eating children and a lot of guests for half what you are spending, and we eat much better than your husband and your son.

Durab Mon 19-Nov-12 22:13:06

I think you mostly know by this point on the thread what you need to change if you really want to save money, I'd just add, no small tins of beans, the large ones are a tiny amount more and will keep in the fridge for a good few days.

All that soft fruit is madness, but I do understand why you do it. Does DS eat veg? If so, fruit not actually all that necessary. Would he eat frozen raspberries? Still extravagant, but just as nutritious, if not more so and much cheaper than fresh in November!

Also do you actually use everything? It's amazing how much the "average" family throws away, so it's worth checking you are only buying what you will use - obvious but there are an awful lot of people who don't. Six punnets of fruit a week for a 4yo is surely a huge amount?

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Mon 19-Nov-12 23:45:44

No, DS does not eat veg , he only literally eats about fifteen things (it's an improvement on this time last year when he only ate about 5 things). He does eat all the strawberries and raspberries actually and if he doesn't we do.

Convent garden soup was an exception to the rule. Normally don't buy this.

Do I genuinely not know why I am spending so much? I know that the fruits are expensive. And the branded cereals. All branded stuff, but we've given own brands a genuine go and it doesn't taste the same (Heinz beans, shreddies, warburtons esp).

We hardly throw any food away. It goes back in the fridge to eat the next day or straight in the freezer. This is something we are very good at, actually, as we made a genuine effort to buy only what we eat from a couple of years ago.

Crisps, biscuits and Kitkat are rubbish. It's dh's choice to eat them. DS is only given biscuits very occasionally.

However, i hope i am not coming over as defensive - just want to let you know what's going on as I do value all your input and suggestions.

I will let you know how my next shop on Sunday goes. smile

Lidl had big bags of frozen strawberries last time I was there, didn't buy them mind but they might be worth a try. Sympathies with the fussy DS, DS was awful a year ago and he grew out of it, thank feck. Lidl cereal is quite nice, cornflakes, weetabix and porridge all good, muesli is lovely. Biscuits etc, nice and super cheap, good selection of yoghurts that are nice too. Maybe a once a month shop in Lidl for dried stuff etc and 2/3 other shops in Tesco?

colditz Tue 20-Nov-12 00:14:39

No it doesn't taste the same, but you have to cut your coat according to your cloth, and if you can't afford to spend one hundred pounds a week on food, you are going to HAVE to get used to different tasting food. And so is your husband.

You seem to have a little bit if an issue with the idea of not having things you want, but they are only wants, branded cereal isn't a need, blueberries for your son isn't a need. They are wants and they can go. It's ok to say "No. You can't have that. It costs too much."

colditz Tue 20-Nov-12 00:16:16

My ds1 would eat three punnets of cherries a week if I let him. I don't let him. They are a rare treat, as in once every three months.

ouryve Tue 20-Nov-12 00:20:50

If you like cooking from scratch, or if you go for fair trade products and/or higher welfare meat Tesco is very expensive, IMO. I find Sainsburys cheaper.

ouryve Tue 20-Nov-12 00:24:09

RedZombie - you get through £20-30 of squash/cordial in 4 days?!!??!!

PopMusicShoobyDoobyDoA Tue 20-Nov-12 00:28:21

Colditz your ds probably eats a wide range of food though. I think DS is my weak spot because of his extreme diet. I am just so happy that he is actually eating fruit that I find it hard to say no.

Interesting about an issue with the idea of not having things you want. Hmm. I am going to ponder on this for a while.

colditz Tue 20-Nov-12 00:44:29

No, not really. He has autistic spectrum disorder, and the only fruit he eats are apples and cherries. Cherries are not an option. He may as well demand moon rocks.

When he was four, he ate eggs, bananas, and bacon. That's it. But I STILL wouldn't buy cherries every week for him, despite his massively restricted diet, because weekly cherries is simply not a viable food option in this country. Weekly apples, fine, eat three a day. Cherries, no. Just - no.

Your sons eating patterns will change, if you force the change. Unless he has some sn, he will eat. You can be kind, and leave him his fish fingers if you like, but I would be serving them with peas, carrot sticks and apple slices, and nothing else until he gets over his oven chip fetish. Personally I'd ditch the fish fingers too.

piprabbit Tue 20-Nov-12 00:47:10

Aldi cereals are great - they do versions of most of the usual favourites for around £1.30. Their chocolate bars are also good value (for DH's snacks). I think you need to given unbranded cereals a good trial - over a couple of months. The main difference seems to be that they have less sugar and salt than some of the branded versions, so they taste different but may also be marginally healithier - you need to re-educate your taste buds (disclaimer: please double check the nutritional info on the packs to be 100% sure).

Definitely buy frozen fruit - the blueberries and raspberries are great and you only need to defrost a handful at a time as and when you use them.

Do you all really drink 1lt of milk each per day? That's nearly 2 pints a day, which sounds like an awful lot.

forevergreek Tue 20-Nov-12 09:48:48

Shreddies branded have almost double te amount of sugar in as most own brands. That's why they taste different.

I would also not buy 6 punnets of soft fruits for one person out of season ( although we could). Like I said, maybe buy 1/2, then keep offering alternatives.

Snacks and demands from your dh sound rather immature tbh. Who needs kitkats? Who won't eat own brand shreddies or beans?

I do understand why you're buying the fruit from a nutritional standpoint but I think it might be worth trying to down-brand a bit. You could compromise and do something like alternate or mix two boxes 50-50?

Also it's probably cheaper per bag to buy a bigger pack of walkers crisps (18?) and you might find the same with other things (4-pack baked beans, biggest possible box of cereal?) This would save you money over the month even if the first week works out more expensive.

As others have suggested frozen fruit is a bit cheaper and good for smoothies if your DS drinks those?

It might actually work out cheaper to get a cheaper cereal and for your DH to add a teaspoon of sugar to each bowl too.

marquesas Tue 20-Nov-12 11:49:18

I can see why you struggle with food for you son if he's reluctant to eat much and I don't have any experience with that but honestly if and your DH can't eat non branded stuff then you really aren't going to make any progress in cutting your bills.

I don't think you can have it both ways - you either down-brand or accept that your bills will stay at the same level. And thinking about the welfare of chickens suggets that actually you don't have to watch your spending imo that's a luxury too far.

Is it your DH who is complaining about the cost of shopping? Does he understand how much of the total relates to his snacks and is he being a bit spoilt about this?

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.

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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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 10:31:06

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

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

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

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.

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.

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'

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.

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

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.

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.

Well done!

Blueshoes i had this 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.

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

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

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