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Fussy family fed up of over £100 a week food shop

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Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:18:26

Please please give me your tips on food shopping, if like me you have fussy members of the house.

I have a 14 year old who will live on southern fried chicken and chicken kievs hmm
Have always had varied meals, but lately he will eat hardly anything we cook (need to be more firm)

My partner is so so fussy on alot of things which is highly irritating because as an adult he needs to start trying new things to save our finances, we cant afford over £100 a week.
He hates most veg except peas, carrots, sweetcorn.
Wont have stuff like casserole, lasagne, veggie curries etc which i want to try as the cost of chicken for 6 of us.

Whats everyone elses food budget and how do you keep it low?
Am i being harsh? Im fed up, because i will eat most things and sick of boring food or cooking different for everyone.

Theres 2 adults, 2 teens, an 8 and 2 year old.

Discustard Wed 22-Jan-20 21:20:41

100 pound on food a week for 6 people is 18.50 each. Hard for most people I would think?

GertrudeCB Wed 22-Jan-20 21:23:00

Teenagers cost a lot to feed - when we were 2 adults and 2 teens we were spending around £125 per, no pets then.

katy1213 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:24:06

That's a very tight budget for effectively four adults plus children. Why not let your partner cook if he's so fussy?

44PumpLane Wed 22-Jan-20 21:24:08

For 6 people, including two teens, that sounds like a very reasonable shop

QuixoticQuokka Wed 22-Jan-20 21:25:23

Sounds reasonable for the number of people. Does that include lunches? We are spending £30-£40 for an adult and a teen, including lunch for school and household products though.

Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:26:16

We are on quite a tight budget, really hoping to bring it down to £80 ish.
Its meat that makes our shop so expensive, i would quite happily have meat free days, just need to get everyone else to try it

melissasummerfield Wed 22-Jan-20 21:26:56

I spend around that for 5 people and don't but anything particularly extravagant, think you will struggle to get it down much more!

Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:27:07

It does include all meals, then top ups still needed in the week

Elbeagle Wed 22-Jan-20 21:30:23

We spend around £120 for 5 of us (2 adults and 3 young children, 6, 4 and 1). I think £80 a week for 6, including 2 adults and 2 teens, would be pretty tough to be honest.
Where do you shop?

FATEdestiny Wed 22-Jan-20 21:30:34

I have similar aged children (Mine are 15 14 10 and 5) and we are low income, but I spend usually £120-£150 per week in total - that's with from scratch cooking with at least 5 veg portions per day each.

My food shop usually involved a weekly £80-£90 ish Aldi shop. Then every other day for salad/veg/fruit/milk etc - usually 4 mini shops per week of around £10-£30 each.

ThinkIveFoundYourMarbles Wed 22-Jan-20 21:31:17

Where do you shop, OP?

Passthecake30 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:36:56

I'd struggle keeping my food budget that low, I spend £550ish a month and it's on 2adults and 2 preteens (who eat as much as me).

We are relatively fussy in this house, so I tend to use the same ingredients but tweak it if need be. So on Monday I made sausage casserole with mash, fussy one had sausage, mash, frozen veg.
Friday we have fajitas, kids have wraps, meat, the veg that they individually like, no sauces.

When I cook a chicken I also cook large potatoes for jacket spuds, and freeze for mid week meals.

Things I have done when things were tighter - so 5 days meals , each week were
- jacket potato and toppings
-egg/omelette and wedges
- pasta (where meat is just a small part - such as a few rashers of bacon, passata, frozen veg)
- roast
- left over roast meat in a pie/ wraps/ pasta

Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:37:09

I shop in aldi the top ups in Tesco.
I would be happy to get the aldi shop down to 80 then top ups so it would be £100 tops each week

RippleEffects Wed 22-Jan-20 21:37:48

We use farmfoods meat for curries etc. They do 5 x 1kg bags of skinless and boneless chicken breasts for £15. I like their bags of frozen veg too I think it's 5 for £4. Milk is 2 x 2l for £1.50 and they always seam to have spend £25 get £2.50 off coupons floating around, so if you plan your shop carefully you can get a lot of food for £22.50.

RoomR0613 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:37:59

Wont have stuff like casserole, lasagne, veggie curries etc

They are family basics. What will he eat?

Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:40:14

Looks like maybe im not over spending as much as i thought grin

Maybe im noticing because we used to get our meat from a meat van, so i didnt have to get it weekly and that would bring the shop down in price (used to spend £100 on meat and last months)

aprilanne Wed 22-Jan-20 21:41:28

It's not really a high budget for 6 people .80 pounds is only about 13'50 ish each a week that's to little to spend of food

AMomHasNoName Wed 22-Jan-20 21:42:38

Theres 2 adults 4 kids here too and I aim for 100 a week on shopping. Sometimes I go over as we also have 2 cats and 2 kids in nappies. I meal plan everything and also do a weekly trip to our local butchers that do a lot of reduced meat that goes off in a day or 2 .I put it in the freezer. smile

Tattooedmama Wed 22-Jan-20 21:45:14

@RoomR0613 his diet is pretty crap really.
For example when we have spag bol he dont have the sauce, he has an oxo cube in the mince with then sprinked with cheese and tomato sauce confused
So anything with a tomato based sauce is a no go

Finfintytint Wed 22-Jan-20 21:46:14

It’s doable but you need to have a low meat diet. If you want to have the chicken meals then buy bone on / skin on thighs for about £3 and de-skin and de - bone yourself instead of paying £6.
You can still have the casseroles and curries using the veg they like.
If there’s no food intolerances or allergies then they need to give it a go or otherwise pay for and prepare it themselves. I wouldn’t be tolerating fussiness if budget is so important. You can have really tasty meals on a budget.
Make the basics more interesting with herbs and spices.
Stop catering for the individuals!

RippleEffects Wed 22-Jan-20 21:46:26

DH used to say there were various foods he wouldnt eat. Turns out he didnt actually know what some of them were. So instead of calling something a casserole it might be meat and veg cooked in gravy. My personal favourite, one when DS decided he hated lasagne, is we eat cheese topped pasta pie.

What's the difference between many pie fillings and a casserole - pastry. So steak and kidney without the crust or even casserole with mash on top in a pie dish and suddenly it's a pie not a casserole.

How fussy are we talking?

forkfun Wed 22-Jan-20 21:46:50

I find a couple of really cheap meals a week can really keep the overall spend down. So jacket potatoes and beans one night (chopped up Aldi offer veg as starter, with hummus, fruit or yoghurt as pudding). And pasta e ceci another. And then maybe a lentil soup with crusty bread or a Dal with rice and naan. Def not meat every day.

Mrschainsawuk Wed 22-Jan-20 21:47:12

I spend 150 a month for everything
£25 on 5 kg chicken breast
£20 full pork loin
12 2 sacks of potatoes
Reduced bread 5p a loaf
Reduced yoghurts 12p
Reduced veg 1kg Carrots 6p a bag
If you are willing to shop cheap you can do it I just spent 2 hours in morrisons and got 4 big bags of food for 9.94 oh and 4 adults and 1 child we also lactose free I make big batches of broth and stew that last a while

Passthecake30 Wed 22-Jan-20 21:48:06

Batch cooking or freezing leftovers is your friend with fussy people, As you can whip something out to reheat for the fussy one and concentrate cooking something fresh for other people.

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