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Aibu to spend 160 a week on food shopping

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user1484615313 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:27:14

We're a family of 6.
2 adults 3 teens one toddler. Included in the shopping is baby wipes /nappies and toiletries. Is this too much ?

MorrisZapp Sun 11-Jun-17 19:28:24

How could it possibly be too much? Are you unable to pay other bills?

delilahbucket Sun 11-Jun-17 19:28:38

Can you afford to spend it? If so, it isn't unreasonable. If you can't, then YABU.

AndNowItIsSeven Sun 11-Jun-17 19:28:49

Yes, what are you buying? We are a family of nine and recently the shopping bill has crept up to £90.

upperlimit Sun 11-Jun-17 19:31:03

Too much? confused

Spend what you like, it's your money.

Whatsforu Sun 11-Jun-17 19:31:55

Family of 9 and you spend 90 pounds!!! There are 4 of us and we are at least 90 per week. We do like our food.

Allthewaves Sun 11-Jun-17 19:32:02

Family of 5. With 3 primary age. Dc have been diagnosed with dairy and wheat intolerance - cutting out has made a huge difference to their health BUT my food bill easily tops £100 plus a wk when it used to be £60

Blumkin Sun 11-Jun-17 19:32:53

Surely it depends on what you can afford? If it's not placing a financial strain on your family then that's ok, if it is then cut back by shopping in cheaper places, eating more lentils, etc.

These threads always turn into a but of a bun fight, some people will view £150 as a ludicrously high amount and accuse you of stealth boasting, others will spend similar amounts...

Fairylea Sun 11-Jun-17 19:34:18

We spend a lot on food. About £150-200 a week, that doesn't even include alcohol as we don't drink..! We are a family of 4 and just really enjoy food. We eat a lot of branded and finest stuff from Tesco just because we like it. We eat a lot of things like smoked salmon, steak and lots of fresh veg and fruit. We just really love good food, it's our one main pleasure! If you can afford it go for it. We've been at the other end of things and had a period of extremely low income (on income support) and managed on £50/60 a week because we had to and it was do able but if you don't have to then spend as much as you want.

witsender Sun 11-Jun-17 19:35:19

How long is a piece of string surely?

Untangled07 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:41:48

How can anyone possibly answer this? It depends entirely on your financial circumstances and whether you and your partner are both happy with the amount you spend. There are certainly ways you could reduce your food bill if that's what you want.

barefoofdoctor Sun 11-Jun-17 19:45:17

If you can afford it then no it isn't too much. I spend far more then I should on our supermarket shops but am a bit weird about what I eat and always stock up when something we will need is on offer. A high proportion of our income goes on (healthy/daft faddy) food, but we just do without other things. Reading (charity shop books), listening to the radio, gardening and hiking are entertainment and hobbies, no mobile phone contract/sky TV/takeaways/eating out. I've noticed several perpetually 'skint' (though with much higher income than me), friends spending repeatedly on lunch, coffees throughout the week (then pleading poverty and never repaying the odd drink I stand them). All relative. If it isn't a problem then crack on. Food is important!

TrueSay Sun 11-Jun-17 19:46:58

Well I don't every week we are 2 adults and 2 young DC. I bought 120 nappies today- also big boxes of weetabix because they were on offer. £70 Aldi and £50 in Asda.

That's a high week for us.

That includes all our meat and veg. Plus we had my mum for 3 days.

DH has a heavily subsidised canteen at work so for 1.50 he can get like chicken salad - and tonnes of salad and superfoods with that - they actually have like an AA rosette chef!! Ridiculous. Anyway so he doesn't take lunch. Eldest eats one meal
At school so generally me and the toddler.

Have frozen some meat and fish from this shop for next week. Next week I'll spend about 50 I think.

But you spend what you need to spend!

Peaceandharmony7 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:50:00

If you can afford it then it's not too much but is it at a cost of not saving for pensions/kids futures etc?

I'm sure it's doable for a lot less.

StressedMover Sun 11-Jun-17 19:50:25

I think £160 per week for a family of 6 including 3 teens is very good.

StressedMover Sun 11-Jun-17 19:52:52

Look at it as £3.81 per person per day. That's food, toiletries and washing products!

muckypup73 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:53:15

Teens eat a hellof a lot, I am sure you can bring it down a bit if you wanted to, depending on where you shop.

MacarenaFerreiro Sun 11-Jun-17 19:55:23

Spend what you like. Doesn't affect me in any way at all. If you want to cut it down you might be able to but if you can afford it, crack on.

BewtySkoolDropowt Sun 11-Jun-17 19:56:17

£50 to £60 here for three adults (one of which is a teen adult). That includes cleaning stuff and cat food for two cats.

You could probably do it for less, but if you can afford it and you are happy with what you buy, then it's not a problem.

Theresnonamesleft Sun 11-Jun-17 19:56:28

It depends if you can afford it.
If any of those teens are girls this will push up the toiletry bit a lot. Nearly broke me have 3 females in the house.

user1484615313 Sun 11-Jun-17 19:56:58

We can afford it atm. But would like to save a little more now. So wasn't sure if my spending is over the top or average for my size family.

zzzzz Sun 11-Jun-17 19:57:05

Doesn't sound extravagant at all

AndNowItIsSeven Sun 11-Jun-17 19:57:27

Whatsforu we only have two teens though, the younger five are 6,5,3,3,2.

caffeinestream Sun 11-Jun-17 19:57:31

So long as you can afford it, spend what you like.

It's only "too much" if you're going without necessities in other areas, or unable to pay the bills.

NoodleNinja Sun 11-Jun-17 20:00:27

Family of 5, I do one £60 shop for staples then £20-£30 a week in the butchers and probably £10-£20 a day on fresh food/slimming world things. It's a LOT when I think about it but there are definitely days when the kids are moaning there's nothing to eat. Although what they mean is there isn't any junk/convenience food, plenty of fresh/frozen though.

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