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    • Chel23
    • By Chel23 3rd Apr 16, 8:23 PM
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    How much do you spend on food?
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    • 3rd Apr 16, 8:23 PM
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    How much do you spend on food? 3rd Apr 16 at 8:23 PM
    Good Evening,

    How much do you spend on food per person in your household?

    Thanks,
    Chelsie
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    • *niptuckfan*
    • By *niptuckfan* 16th May 17, 3:02 PM
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    Grocery Budget
    HI All

    do you have a set weekly/monthly food budget or just try to keep as low as possible? i see myself as a good shopper, shop around try brands buy reduced etc but do feel there is room for improvement (wanting to save for mortgage deposit)

    we are family of 2 adults, 1 15month old and an 11 year old every weekend.

    Think i shall start by adding up my recent spends and see what i am actually spending - anyone care to share their family size/weekly spends?
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    • anajames
    • By anajames 17th May 17, 2:51 PM
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    Around 20 pounds a week or so.
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 17th May 17, 7:59 PM
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    I budget £80 a month, which is for myself & sometimes my daughter, though she tends to sort her n her boyfriend their own stuff, though I buy the cleaning stuff, etc. Tend to come in something under that though, £60 sometimes and this month I am at £32(ish) - its on my signature. I am part of the grocery challenge most months, its here for anyone interested in taking part, you just say your amount and report back spends (if you want to). They have a massive recipe list also at beginning of challenge. http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5630670
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    • Blibble
    • By Blibble 21st May 17, 11:56 PM
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    Anywhere between £20 & £30 in total per week for 22 & 23 y/o adults, depending on how many top-up shops we fall prey to and how much wine we fancy ...
    • harebellsinenfield
    • By harebellsinenfield 28th May 17, 11:08 PM
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    I budget £200-300 a month for 1-2 adults (I live by myself, but my sister usually stays 2 days a week, OH stays 5 days). £200 out in cash on pay day, £100 in my current account.

    I don't really break it down per person, I just roughly try to keep my spend to £30 with the freedom to go higher if someone in the house fancies an indulgent treat.

    Anything left over from cash goes into the Christmas tin, anything left over in the current account is siphoned off into savings as a nice little extra payment to the regular savings I make.
    • anamenottaken
    • By anamenottaken 29th May 17, 7:35 PM
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    I live on my own.

    So far in 2017 it has worked out that, for food (not other household items), I've spent an average of £1.79/day which has covered a couple of decent restaurant meals in the early part of the year and 11 main courses from my work's kitchen.
    I don't buy much meat these days and almost all by bread is YS reductions. However I am using up stock (like dried pasta and tinned soups) from when there were 2 of us living in the house last year but that would only account for about £1 a week as it's not much.
    Last edited by anamenottaken; 29-05-2017 at 7:49 PM.
    • tinyrunner
    • By tinyrunner 21st Jun 17, 8:39 PM
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    I live on my own, and I spend somewhere between £12 - £18 per week on food (including lunches for work). I normally buy a few varieties of fresh fruit/veg and one type of meat each week - I freeze a lot of meat so meals remain varied.
    • Jb_1982
    • By Jb_1982 22nd Jun 17, 11:03 PM
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    Me, the wife and 11mth old = £90/wk
    • I'm not going into
    • By I'm not going into 31st Jul 17, 7:00 AM
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    I'm not going into
    Myself and my husband budget £100 per week. That doesn't necessarily always cover toiletries though.
    We do our shopping online with Ocado (I have a severe anxiety anxiety disorder) so going into a supermarket can sometimes be hell.
    We are actually saving money with Ocado than we were with Asda and Tesco (substitutes)!

    I have in the last couple of weeks began a 'toilet roll week' or 'butter/coffee' week as these tend to be a little expensive sometimes.

    Our cat food is bought from www.zooplus.co.uk which is £57.99 for 10kg every 2 months (or so)
    • atrixa
    • By atrixa 1st Aug 17, 7:11 PM
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    When I was shopping predominantly with Sainsburys a few months ago (for one single person) it was between £150-180 per month (who knows where that much was going?!). I switched to the budget supermarkets and now it's around £110 per month.

    Probably worth mentioning that this includes lunches and snacks for work and I'm veggie
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 3rd Aug 17, 3:41 PM
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    July was a pretty good month and I spent a touch over £48.00 for the full month's shopping, and still have a good bit of fresh food in the fridge for this month, so plenty of NSD's for me this month ,plus in two weeks time I am away on holiday for a fortnight, so I am using up as much of the stuff indoors as I can anyway
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    • Nictom80
    • By Nictom80 8th Aug 17, 5:53 PM
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    Between £25-£40 per week for myself. Usually £40 on my first food shop after payday where I stock up on things like pasta, tinned tomatoes, porridge etc as needed. Then £25-£30 per week the rest of the month.

    I take in all my food for work so this includes every meal, I never buy any extra for work.
    I never order takeaways and rarely eat out.
    I am pretty health conscious so not convenience/processed food for me, and I do a lot of cooking from scratch
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 8th Aug 17, 7:38 PM
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    our budget is £180 pcm for 2 adults and a 4 yo. Mostly it's under that by £20-30 but sometimes over. that includes alcohol
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    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 23rd Aug 17, 6:45 PM
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    Fireflyaway
    £100 a month for 3 people?
    From this month I'm on a tight budget. I've cut down everything that I can, but obviously some costs are fixed.
    If I can spend just £100 this month on food for 2 adults and a child its really going to help, but I don't know if its realistic?
    There is quite a bit already in the cupboard / freezer and none of us eat lunch at home during the week. I figure if I shop alone and make good choices it might work. I'm kind of excited to challenge myself but maybe £100 is too tight? Do you think its doable?
    • worried123
    • By worried123 2nd Oct 17, 12:18 AM
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    just having a browse of old threads.....I live alone and probably spend around £50 a week on food. (this does not include if i buy a sandwich whilst out and about etc) From what i have seen I must be spending far too much. I do shop in marks and spencer and as i work funny hours often getting home about 8.30 pm i find it easy to just cook fresh vegetables (which i confess are usually peeled and cut etc out of a bag) with a naughty ready meal. having said that i eat some ready meals i also feel that i eat healthily.....it may be fish that i just put in the oven etc....

    When i finally retire i shall take up cooking properly but until then i am too tired when i get home.

    Fireflyaway - I hope you managed your challenge. I would think that if you were really careful it might be do-able.....wasn't there a tv programme recently - eat well for less or something.....when i retire i will definitely eat well for less...
    Last edited by worried123; 02-10-2017 at 12:33 AM.
    • meal5
    • By meal5 11th Oct 17, 4:07 AM
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    £100 a week
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 12th Oct 17, 10:50 AM
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    GlasweJen
    Household of 2, our shopping bill weekly is around £25-£30 including cleaning products.

    We do a big Costco meat shop 3 times a year and spend about £120 each time, this will include tins of tomatoes, cans of juice for work pack ups, random bits my husband picks up and a tray of danishes.
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    • ladybabe
    • By ladybabe 14th Oct 17, 11:17 PM
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    per week fresh stuff/milk £15 to £20
    frozen per month £80 (mainly meat/fish and berries)
    per month tinned £5/£10 (mainly tomatoes and beans/chickpeas)
    per month cleaning (£15/£20 buy in bulk every 6 months so much cheaper)
    per month toiletries (£5/£10 always methodically use stuff bought for us at xmas/bithdays so mainly preponderant and shampoo until march until full shop required)
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    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 16th Oct 17, 10:19 PM
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    We usually stick to about £70 a week for 2 adults and an 11 yo with an adult-sized appetite.

    We work to the principle of £1/meal each per day. As you would assume, breakfasts work out a lot cheaper than that depending on what they might be - a few pence for a bowl of porridge, to about 50p for a sandwich thin and bacon medallions with tomato.

    My OH works later shifts so we batch cook and freeze and he'll have a portion of something to take to work and we do similar with lunches - he's been loving bbq pulled pork on a brioche bun with homemade chips recently.

    We buy huge sacks of potatoes from the local farm shop, flit around the big 4 supermarkets for offers of stuff we like and do the bulk of our shopping in Aldi. We eat very well on that, in my opinion.
    • Scorchio
    • By Scorchio 21st Oct 17, 11:54 PM
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    Easily £200 a week for 1 adult, a teenager and a couple of extra adult meals a week. Teenager is a vegetarian - a homemade veggie chilli costs at least £5 and a homemade veggie lasagne is at least £7 - peppers, courgettes, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, lasagne sheets, white sauce (milk, flour, cheese), herbs etc.... it soon adds up!

    Shop most days and spend £20 - £30, this does include some toiletries and wine.

    It's a lot.... but not sure how to cut down as I find healthy, homemade food is expensive - I could buy cheap ready meals for a few £ but that's not what I want us to eat. I also shop at farm shops, local shop etc as much as possible which does add a little bit but I think it's worth it.

    p.s. no aldi / lidl nearby - options are co-op, tesco, m&s... and that's it really apart from local independent shops.
    Last edited by Scorchio; 21-10-2017 at 11:58 PM.
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