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Highlandfling80 Mon 22-Aug-16 20:18:55

My dbrother is always saying we should visit more. He lives 200 miles away. However as on holiday a bit closer say 60. Miles we have decided to visit. I plan to take wine and treats as we are a family of 5. He has suggested that when we arrive we go shopping with a view to us splitting the grocery bill. We will be staying one night and have to of course pay petrol to visit.
Now I am in two minds about this. We probably have more money than they do so do you think this is fair?

ny20005 Mon 22-Aug-16 20:21:01

Only if it's groceries for the evening meal & breakfast the next day - not their weeks shopping 🙄

Arfarfanarf Mon 22-Aug-16 20:22:35

I would stop off on the way and arrive with a meal.
I assume he isnt expecting to do a weeks shopping and have you pay half!
I would grab stuff to make an evening meal plus a box of cereal for the morning and maybe some nice coffee. It sounds like money might be tight.

chough Mon 22-Aug-16 20:23:04

It's a shame to spend time food shopping when you're only there for one night.
Could you agree to each cater for certain meals, eg you take food for Saturday lunch and Sunday breakfast.
Or eat out and divide the bill?

Missgraeme Mon 22-Aug-16 20:25:09

Sounds like he maybe has ideas to bill u for 50%of his weekly shop!! Suggest a take away and bring treats etc!

HerRoyalNotness Mon 22-Aug-16 20:25:21

Seems a little off, unless they're really skint. If take some milk and juice, maybe bread for toast or stuff for cooked breakfast. Then when you get there offer to shout a takeout. My dbro doesn't have much, but I know he wouldn't ask for money for shopping, however I would take stuff with us.

ThatsMyStapler Mon 22-Aug-16 20:27:50

oh for goodness sake, stop off on the way and pick up some bits or you'll end up paying for his weekly shop as well

DownWithThisSortaThing Mon 22-Aug-16 20:29:45

I think it's quite tight of him personally to want to split the money for food when you're only staying one night. If you were staying for a week then yes I'd understand it. If I was him I would just cook for you and not ask for money.

Agree with a pp, I would just pick up some food on your way for the evening and next morning there's no fretting over what you might owe him.

Masketti Mon 22-Aug-16 20:34:50

You're visiting once in a while and he's already quibbling about the cost? Whatever happened to hosting?

Highlandfling80 Mon 22-Aug-16 21:28:30

Think I will substitute some of the treats for practical items like bread and cereal.

Cherrysoup Mon 22-Aug-16 21:58:05

Hang on, he invited you, so he hosts and pays. By all means, take practical stuff, bread, cereal, milk, makings for a meal. Don't waste part of your visit shopping-what if he wants to do a full shop for a week?!

Dontyoulovecalpol Mon 22-Aug-16 22:00:24

Ask him what the hell hes on about, why would you want to spend your holiday at the supermarket? Ask him what he wants picking up and get it on the way

It would be more normal for you to all go out for dinner IMO

thisismyfirsttime Mon 22-Aug-16 22:08:59

He's invited you, you're staying one night?! Personally I pay for dinner/ takeaway and breakfast (cereal/ toast/ bacon rolls etc) and all the alcohol/ drinks. It's what you do if you host isn't it? Guests may bring a bottle or two and sweets for the kids if they like. Is he not well off? What will this shop consist of? If he's doing a bbq and cooked breakfast or something and wants you to pay half I'd tell him plans have changed and you don't have time to stop by. Assuming he's been asking you to stay overnight all this time, not just to pop in?

Mummyboyswife Mon 22-Aug-16 22:11:53

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TaterTots Mon 22-Aug-16 22:16:25

Grocery bill for what? One night?

Tell him to fuck off.

Oysterbabe Mon 22-Aug-16 22:23:03

I think if he can't afford to host the 5 of you and you can afford to buy food and you really want to see him then it would be reasonable to take food.

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seven201 Mon 22-Aug-16 22:29:38

It's weird! Sounds like money is tight for them st the mo though. Even so though you'd have thought he could scrape enough together to cook something cheap and cheerful for his sister and family. I obviously don't know his financial situation though!

BeenThereDoneThatForgotten Mon 22-Aug-16 22:32:36

Take some breakfast stuff and suggest getting a takeaway.

SuperHeroesForKids Mon 22-Aug-16 22:38:38

We are a family of 5. We live 200 miles from family.

When visiting we take cereal, milk, bread, butter, tea cakes, crumpets, juice, beer, wine....

As were visiting go out for dinner/get a take away.

Is your db skint? You stayed previously and raided the larder? Sounds like he doesn't want to be out of pocket - which I kind of understand.....

What's happened when you visited previously?

Gardenbirds123 Mon 22-Aug-16 22:41:50

He sounds grabby

Even If money v is tight for him there are less aquward ways of keeping his costs down Eg 'Hope you don't mind a simple macaroni cheese for dinner and tea and cornflakes for breakfast'

That wouldn't cost him more than a few quid to do and gives you the option to pick up a salad and wine etx if you wanted to jazz it up a bit

he shouldn't ne inviting people to stay if he can't manage that.

Its even weirder that you hardly ever see each other and he wants to hang out in the supermarkethmm

Agree with PP you should decline supermarket, and offer to pick something up on route.

Let us know how much / what he asks forgrin

DancingDinosaur Mon 22-Aug-16 22:44:45

Maybe he's completely skint. Take enough food for your dinner and breakfast. Job done.

molyholy Mon 22-Aug-16 22:47:49

It wouldn't occur to me to expect invited guests to bring or buy a meal, and thats friends, let alone my brother or sisters!! I would suggest takeaway and offer to pay towards it and I would take plenty of booze.

Highlandfling80 Mon 22-Aug-16 22:49:03

Always bring wine or champagne. Also other bits and bobs. On one occasion we were going to eat out but couldn't find a suitable venue and on that occasion I did buy some bits as they didn't have suitable food in. So maybe that is why it is expected.

Babyroobs Mon 22-Aug-16 22:50:50

i would just pay for a takeaway and wine.

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