I have recently recorded as 200 on an expenditure forecast for a management plan but think it is actually more, so need to reduce it to 200 some how, so do you think 200 per month to include food possibly the odd bottle of wine, toiletries, cleaning and soap powder etc is enough for us both?
My friend works for CAB and she says they allow £35 per head per week for food expenditure when doing spending forecasts for clients. Seems about right to me, although I can't afford to spend that much!
Yes, I do our supermarket shopping (all food, drink, toiletries, cleaning etc) for me and DH (and newborn) for £50 per week or less. I do it online so not tempted by impulse buys and I work out a menu in advance so I have less food wastage. Every time I cook something like a bolognaise I make about 6 portions and then freeze the surplus which helps make savings for the weeks I have to buy the cleaning / laundry items.
Depends if you're trying to shop at M&S probably though! I do tesco online.
I cook most days but tend to have enough for left overs to accommodate next day if I do say a sbag bol, stew or curry for instance. occasionally at weekends probably do pizza but rarely burgers fish fingers chips etc so we tend to have meat and veg or salads or pasta, rice, couscous type meals.
£35 per head per week sounds about right to me as a rule of thumb. I'd count a 5 year old as half a person so would be a budget of around £230 ish a month - say £250 to allow for "oh shit, every single cleaning product I own all ran out the same week" issues.
I think that's a reasonable enough budget, but would make it up to £250 to allow for occasions when you've run out of everything and the toiletries all need replacing at the same time as the cleaning stuff. I try to keep ours to about £50-60 a week, that's for 2 adults, 1 nearly 9yr old that eats like a horse, a cat and a dog.
We aim to do our monthly supermarket shop (2 adults, 1 toddler, 1 cat) for £200. If its less than that we buy beer too! We also shop on line because its cheaper, easier to budget and I feel smug when I compare prices and I realise I've saved £100 by going to asda than ocardo!
Fruit and veg comes off the market - probably a tenner a week and milk and extras come out of 'pocket money' at the corner shop.
We do have some cost savings - mainly veggie diet and real nappies so I'm not sure what adding meat and disposables would do to the budget.
I spend £150-£200 per week on food, for a family of 5 (3 DS's aged 6 months - 5 years). But we do waste quite a bit... I think I could get it down if I shopped more regularly (ie 2-3 times a week instead of once) and planned meals more rigorously to stop buying food "just in case" then finding it mouldy at the back of the fridge.
So yes, I think it is possible to do it for 2 of you on around £50 per week... but only with meticulous meal planning, bulk cooking to freeze and maybe looking for deals on food that is near it's sell-by date?