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What is the Average Grocery bill for a family of 3 ?
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Old 04-10-2006, 10:50 PM
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My eldest son has recently moved out and I was wondering what the average grocery bill should be for myself, 15 year old son and my husband.

I was spending approx £80 when my son lived at home and I really need to reduce this down to maybe £60 or less without sacrifing our health.

Unfortunately my family are very fussy eaters and don't like lidl or asda, only Sainsburys and M and S.

Can anyone tell me where to find reasonable tasty easy-to make recipes. I'm afraid I'm a terible cook so we've been using lots of packets and now this needs to stop due to lack of money as I'm not working as much anymore as I'm studying.



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Is that £80 a week or a month?
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I have been known to spend £45 but is usually about £60.

To be honest I find that if you don't buy crisps etc then you can dramatically cut your food bill
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We're a family of 3, and we normally spend between £200 - £250 per month, that includes all toiletries, household goods, and the odd drop of wine
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We're normally a family of 2....but every now and then add a couple of teenagers to the mix. We've found that when they're added we're not spending a huge amount more (because OH cooks such large portions anyway). Our budget is £100 per month and its very rare that we exceed that.

If you're buying lots of packets and ready meals then that is your main problem. Have a look through the recipe index and you'll find that cooking from scratch is far easier than some believe. Far tastier and healthier too.

However, if you only go to the 'expensive' type look and feel stores then that is another problem you'll have to think about. We've shopped in Sainsbury's, Asda's and Tesco's and have found that there is very little difference in terms of quality when you're looking at all the 'fresh' goods (ie, meat, fruit, veg). However, the difference in your wallet can be surprising.
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We're a family of two adults and one 8yo, and our weekly budget is £60, £5 of which is for OH's beer, so effectively £55.

That buys us our food for the week, the dogs' tinned food, the Guinea Pig's & Parrots' fresh food, our cleaning supplies, toiletries etc. Basically, if it doesn't come from Asda or Morrisons, we don't buy it.

I'm aghast at your menfolk decreeing they won't countenance Asda products! I couldn't afford to shop anywhere else.
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We spend £160 a month for me OH and 13mth old DD. But I am trying to reduce this even more not sure how I can though we don't buy many luxeries and I cook everything from scratch?
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Decant your storecupboard stuffs into containers. Rice is rice. Pasta is pasta, etc etc. If you are cooking from scratch then i would imagine that there isn't much you would buy in the way of tins that would be seen. Considering that most of the more expensive brands are manufactored along side the cheaper ones on the production line, they really do do a great job at marketing.

I spend £50 - £55 per week for us 3 which includes lunches for work, toiletries, washing powder, nappies, cleaning stuffs and a bottle of wine/beer for about £5.

There are lots of recepies in the mega index at the top of the forum you could try.
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We have a family of three and our average weekly spend is £35pw. This includes all food, cleaning and household stuff. It is low but we take big adavantage of buying vastly reduced main meal ingredients such as meat, fish and poultry and buy only seasonal fruit and veg.

Most of the meat, fish and poultry are free range/organic but we are able to pick up chickens reduced to £1 or joints of meats to £1-£2, chops under £1 and so forth.

Asdas is excellent around 8pm when they cut there yellow stickered reduced items to up 90% off. Sainsburys by 10pm sling out everything for under 20p....ask BargainRzl....she goes to the same store. Packs of meat, sausages, fish, pies, fruit and veg...often down to 10p each

Our meals are hearty. Favourite meals are roasts, then the leftovers used for a pie or curry. Stews, toad in hole, chilli, chops, HM Fishpie, Shepards pie etc etc all served.

Meal planning is the best way to cut spending as you only buy what you need for those meals.

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We're two adults and spend £25-30/week, but we use Lidl, Morrisons, Costco and the local market. Meal planning is the way to go.
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Thanks everyone for your very helpful replies.

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Oh, dear. We three are spending about £75 per week, and one of us is a toddler! Of course, diapers do cost something (going to try cloth nappies with this next one.) That's groceries and household supplies. That total actually doesn't include a medication I've been buying at £16 a week....

I buy little in the way of ready-made meals. I do buy the white sauce for lasagne and some condiments. I mean, I don't make all our own bramble jam (although I think I may try that next year...) Sure, I bake our bread, but that's not cheaper than the super-cheap supermarket stuff.

One limitation I have is that we live in a remote area. I can shop at Co-op and a couple of small shops. Tesco is an hour's drive away and not worth the petrol.

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We are a family of three. ok one of us is only 2years old and probably doesnt quite eat as much as a 15yr old (he gives it a good go though). My food budget is £21 a week (£1 per person per day) but this is a bit silly and i usually spend £30-£35.
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Hi Booklover, I posted a similar post recently as for me, my oh and little boy(8 months) and 2 teanage step daughters who come 1 or 2 says a week i was spending £80-100 a week. I have found this board really addicitve and got some great tips.

Your probably not as bad a cook as you think, your just probably used to using packets. I often shop at sainsburys (think M+S is just too expensive) but if you buy some of their own brand products they are still lots cheaper than the other brands.

We eat quite a bit of pasta (as its quick to make) and i used to buy bertolini sauce at £1.64 a jar and fresh pasta but I have been buying sainsburys own pasta sauces as they are only about 65p a jar and really nice - the tomatoe and chilli one is great with spagetti and meatballs. so you could maybe try something like this when you dont want to cook from scratch.

Also do you waste food? I am ashamed to admit that untill i started comming on here i was often buying more than we needed and ended up regularly throwing fruit and veg and other stuff that had gone out of date away.

Finally why dont you try to use up and stuff in your cupboards and freezer, if you like me you be surprisd just what you have. and maybe sign up to the october grocery challenge. I am using stuff up so have set a budget this month of just £200 rather than my usual £350-400.
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A few weeks ago, I bought some of the Debbie Meyer's EvertFresh Green Bags, and have found they really do keep food fresh longer. I tried it out with root veg, parsnips etc, even in the salad drawer in fridge, the parsnips and carrots went rubbery & wizened, but those in the bags stayed crisp. I have already saved the amount they cost by not having to throw out fruit and veg because we have not got round to eating it. Has anyone else tried them?
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no but i might, where did you buy them from?
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My mum uses those fresh green bags. Says it keeps bananas from going off. Might have to get some. Lakeland do something like them, not sure if its the same.
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I got them from QVC. http://www.qvcuk.com/ukgscripts/detail.dll?item=823483
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Lakeland has something in their catalog for potatos - it's like a burlap bag. I'm so TIRED of my 'taters sprouting and going green on me! Unless we eat them every day, I don't see how I can buy them in sufficient quantities to be cost efficient.

Anyway, this thread is making me think I need to cut WAY DOWN on our grocery bill. Somehow....
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