I don't buy them anymore and just make homemade potato wedges instead. I chop up potato into wedges-thick or thin however you like ,sprinkle and coat with Asda Fajita mix (50p),one packet does 2 portions. Toss in a tray with olive oil and bake . You can use herbs if you prefer . Cost 25p + about 30p for pots and oil.
I don't mind paying more money if I know it's going to the farmers or it's due to weather conditions. However I'd love to know if any of it is supermarkets just increasing their profits.
What I used to spend on organic butter (when I had more money) is now what I spend on normal butter (when I'm not that well off).
I probably spend around £50 a week on me and 2 young dc's. We eat different food (DS's allergies and my IBS) and I have very little storage so can't buy bulk. I'm house hunting and dreaming of the day I have cupboards and a HUGE freezer.
We are a family of 2 adults and 5 children and I spend about £110 a week on my main shop. It used to be under £100 but every week prices seem to rise. I already buy the cheapest products as it is so have no value products to downgrade to.
I have just done an online Sainsbury shop for £100 and That was just bits, and 2 meals!! I did have a result by buying pork loin for 68p and steak for £1.10 that I made into BBQ sqewers, marinated, with salad and minted new pots. Was really nice.
tazmo I am so glad it's not just me! We net around £5500/month between us and we don't even have a big mortgage but once direct debits, food and the worse offender - FUEL is taken out we are left with little left over. It's a very worrying situation really as nothing ever seems to go down does it? Only up and up (apart from our salaries!!!)
For me, dd 7 and ds 3 I spend £10 a week at the fruit and veg stall, and about £30 at the supermarket, which varies between lidl, m&s (staff discount) and Morrisons. This includes packed lunch stuff for dd.
I agree Alibaba - waitrose price match Tesco on 1000 branded goods, and their essential range is great so I rarely buy branded. It's false economy for me to go elsewhere as my 2 nearest supermarkets are Waitrose.
I agree. I can't keep up. This time last year McCain home fries were around 2.30. They'd been that price for ages. They are now 3.40 where I am. Last month it was £3. It is actually cheaper to buy chip shop chips for us all. And that is just one item. I don't think there is a single item in my trolley which hasn't increased massively in price in the last few years. And there are never ever any offers or reductions on fruit/veg/milk etc. meal planning doesn't really make a difference if the coat of each item keeps rising.
Vivienne I do my main shop in Waitrose and do find it good value. Their essential and own brand ranges are really good whereas I end up buying more branded stuff if I go elsewhere.
I do top ups in Sainsbury's because we have one very close.
I cannot be doing with traipsing here and there to get things, I do my main shop online and then walk to get top ups. Going elsewhere would mean using fuel which seems counterproductive if you are talking about saving money!
I think there are ways for people to cut down but sometimes busy lives gets in the way of getting to the nearest lower price supermarket. Waitrose is expensive I think but good qualityand I've given up on Tesco's as much as I can. We dropped in at a Morrison's today and everything seemed really so much cheaper and good value. Activa yoghurts half price which was good. £1.09 for four.
Yes don't get me started. With 3 children and nappies/wipes/formula to buy - its ridiculous! A 'quick' shop often costs me £60 to get the basics. A 'weekly' shop often costs me £200! We r getting into debt regularly with ALL the bills. We earn about £5300 between us each month which is fairly decent but once all bills and childcare goes out, we have virtually nothing left. I don't know how low income families manage!
re the milk and bread: admittedly I do have a big freezer, but just stocked up on Tesco seeded loaves at £1 each (used to be 89p but there you go...). 2 litre milk is £1 at Aldi, sometimes less. The Tesco bread is decent and tasty.
is that pizza home-made? Very expensive otherwise.
my standbys are chopped tomatoes (31p a tin at Tesco or Aldi, twice that or more at other places), rice (4kg for £5 at Tesco online, vastly more elsewhere), stir-fry sauces 30p each at B&M or Aldi (twice that elsewhere) and Aldi super-six veg. We eat lots of chilli (cook a load and freeze in portions) and stir-fries. Also I have a butcher that does 30 chicken breasts for £20 (apparently there is a big body-builder community here) so lots of chicken dishes too.
I daren't add up what I spend on food, but having 4 dc's ( 3 of them teen and pre teen boys) it is a lot! I tend to go to the supermarket at reductions time and get nice bread really cheap and freeze it. I also tend to get fruit and veg at reduced price, and rarely buy anything unless it's on a special offer. I've recently started getting a lot of stuff at Lidl which i think is working out cheaper.
It is shocking. I have been trying not to do frequent trips to the supermarket too, but I still end up going about 3 times a week for top ups like you said. This week I tried to meal plan so that I didn't have to go back. Always forget something though. We've got to Friday and the Fridge looks bare! DS has allergies too and the Free From section is extortionate.