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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Jun 17, 11:09 AM
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    Eat well for less - series 4
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    Eat well for less - series 4 15th Jun 17 at 11:09 AM
    I can't see a thread for this, I think it was the first episode last night (just come back from hols so not sure).

    The Caan family seemed nice, but were spending £14k per year on food. Including a massive £80 per week on takeaways (2 adults, 2 kids).

    The visit to the nutritionist showed the massive amounts of salt and fat and calories that is in takeaways.
    A pizza had 2800 calories.

    They did a recipe for home-made lamb doner which saved the family a fortune and sounded really nice.

    I might try it - will need to buy a loaf tin first though.

    I've been critical of previous series but I actually quite enjoyed the programme - although I still find Greg Wallace irritating.
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    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 15th Jun 17, 11:15 AM
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    Oh I missed this as I was at work ... Think I might try to catch up at the weekend ��

    Can I ask what the dinner recipie was
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Jun 17, 11:18 AM
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    Oh, just checked BBC and it was the 2nd programme in the series.
    Recipes here;

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b0520lz9
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Jun 17, 11:23 AM
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    I missed it. Not a programme I rush to watch as they tend to find families so wealthy that they spend more than one person's annual income on food!

    .... £14k per year on food. Including a massive £80 per week on takeaways (2 adults, 2 kids).
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Blimey. To have £14k in your pocket to spend, you have to earn a lot more than that as it's post tax.

    I spent £7.30 on a takeaway last Sunday - it did for 3 days' main meals!


    I might try it - will need to buy a loaf tin first though.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    No, just bake it in a foil wrap. Any dish will do - you shave/slice donner to serve anyway.

    I oven bake it, or even SC bake it.
    • SamsReturn
    • By SamsReturn 15th Jun 17, 11:50 AM
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    Like all them sort of programmes, i can't believe that people spend so much, then throw half in the bin.
    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 15th Jun 17, 1:10 PM
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    Just caught the tail end and the stir fry looked really lovely. Will have to watch it on catchup
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 15th Jun 17, 1:15 PM
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    Gah, watching the first episode.

    Not just they spend so much, seriously £160+/week for a family of 4 average, eight odd grand a year!

    The thing that caught my eye as someone who works on checkouts is when people open foods before they've bought it. It's horrible. Wait a few minutes for goodness sake. The amount of times the customer doesn't tell me something is open and it goes everywhere when I scan it as I've had to tilt etc the product, or have put my fingers into the pack is stupid. Then the customer has the nerve to complain! Before paying it essentially stealing. If you are paying by card it could be declined/the service go down etc and if you have no cash you have consumed something without giving payment; stealing. Even if cash I've had people not have enough money for everthing, put backs are common, and that item you've just snacked into could have been the amount you went over by and now something essential has to be left behind. Yes I've seen this. Instant gratification bites people in the but.

    When my OH is really hungry he'll pick up a sandwich or something, pay for it, eat it and then shop! We would never eat something before payment.
    Last edited by Doom_and_Gloom; 15-06-2017 at 2:56 PM. Reason: typo
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • Prinzessilein
    • By Prinzessilein 15th Jun 17, 1:39 PM
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    I could hardly believe the father! He keeps the fridge packed to the gills - and did I hear correctly - they had £400 worth of food in the kitchen BEFORE they went shopping?????

    I do wonder where these families they find have been living!

    Last night, the family (Caans?) ate a soup made from veggies which had just hit their best-before-date...and were surprised how tasty it was...honestly, they never thought of this before?....I have a slow-cooker and keep a tub filled with 'soup-mix' (dried beans and pulses...sometimes pasta) which can be added to whatever veg I have handy....cheap and filling meals - especially welcome in colder weather.

    And HOW MUCH were those take-aways??????...I admit I occasionally buy a ready-made pizza (deep pan base.....BBQ sauce....no cheese....prawns (or bacon)...mixed peppers...double pineapple ...extra garlic)...but it is a treat! ....Indian and Chinese are easy enough to cook at home - and you know EXACTLY what is in them! (no salt in my stir-fries until I add a small splash of soy or chilli sauce ..and minimal fat)...I admit the doner recipe DID look good!

    I always enjoy the drop-a-brand challenge part....such a simple thing, but consistently people swear they can tell the difference and are proved sooooooo wrong! ....although I have yet to find a 'bargain' tea or coffee that I am willing to swap to - I have tried a few but bleargh!....generic diet-pop (when I drink it) is just as good as big brands...and own-label popcorn (my go-to snack treat of choice) is every bit as good as the big names at a fraction of the cost
    • csarina2
    • By csarina2 15th Jun 17, 4:35 PM
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    We never buy take aways, we might just occasionally get fish and chips as a meal in Sainsbugs, they cook to order and the f & c's are delicious. I just could not justify buying something I can make cheaper myself.

    I wish I had £14,000 to spend on food, thats only £3,000 less than our total income for the year!!
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 15th Jun 17, 5:02 PM
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    I don't have £14k a year to live on let alone waste on junk food
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 15th Jun 17, 5:45 PM
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    I missed the start so don't know what job(s) they had.
    Just watched the first bit on i-player.
    They run their own marketing company from home.

    JackieO - given your other thread:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5610017
    you'd have a heart attack at the amount of food they throw away.
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 15th Jun 17, 6:03 PM
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    I don't have £14k a year to live on let alone waste on junk food
    Originally posted by JackieO
    Like for like would mean £3.5K for one person a year. That is a lot of money.

    My OH and I don't spend that on the both of us for food and non alcoholic beverages. I could add in the chinchilla food, hay and treats, cleaning products, toiletries and alcohol and might get to that amount for one person but for us as a couple.

    So much money wasted but the food waste is abhorrent.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 15th Jun 17, 9:33 PM
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    Like for like would mean £3.5K for one person a year. That is a lot of money.

    My OH and I don't spend that on the both of us for food and non alcoholic beverages. I could add in the chinchilla food, hay and treats, cleaning products, toiletries and alcohol and might get to that amount for one person but for us as a couple.

    So much money wasted but the food waste is abhorrent.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    I think that's the sticking point for me. We only spend about £2k a year for a family of three, including toiletries, cleaning things and cat food. If our priorities were different (we're focussing on paying off the house, retirement and travel) we might decide to triple that and buy the finest wines each week, expensive ingredients like truffles, fancy bath salts and loads of fresh soft fruits etc etc...and that would be okay too, because our spending would reflect our priorities. It's the wastage that bothers me.
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    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 15th Jun 17, 9:40 PM
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    Like for like would mean £3.5K for one person a year. That is a lot of money.

    My OH and I don't spend that on the both of us for food and non alcoholic beverages. I could add in the chinchilla food, hay and treats, cleaning products, toiletries and alcohol and might get to that amount for one person but for us as a couple.

    So much money wasted but the food waste is abhorrent.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    Last years P60 showed an income of £2856

    I fed us on that and put petrol in my car

    No we weren't eating dust, indeed my freezer is often packed solid with leftovers. We eat meat at least 4 days a week, have pack ups 3 days a week and have breakfast most days.
    • sillyvixen
    • By sillyvixen 15th Jun 17, 10:04 PM
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    I did not see last night's show, but the previous weeks show was repeated on Sunday. I really liked the rainbow veggie padtai dish made with the nutritionalist and plan on trying it out.
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    • frosty
    • By frosty 16th Jun 17, 8:56 PM
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    I was shocked at the amount they spend and waste.......my hubby has just returned from tesco with enough food for 3 adults to last 3 weeks for £15.60.i hate paying full price for food.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 17th Jun 17, 11:38 AM
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    JackieO - given your other thread:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5610017
    you'd have a heart attack at the amount of food they throw away.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Indeed I would my totals for the last six month of 2016 for food budget was just over £320 odd pounds, I have just added up the running total for the six months from Jan 1st until this morning and its £299 odd. I am hoping that I shan't need anymore shopping this month and will carry on using up what I have in stock and streeetch stuff as usual.I have cut back on the amount of meat I have bought though and increased the fruit and veg to compensate. I enjoy budgeting and using my skills at eating well for less, mostly is just common sense really and eating sensibly
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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 18th Jun 17, 5:57 AM
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    I enjoy budgeting and using my skills at eating well for less, mostly is just common sense really and eating sensibly
    Originally posted by JackieO
    It is exactly that! I could be a multi-billionaire but if I have space in the freezer I'm unlikely to pass up on a bakery item adorned with a yellow sticker!

    Case in point: yesterday at bought a couple of packs of TTD cheese and black pepper muffins RTC at 29p each at Sainsbury's, that's not even 8p each. I'll take a pack out when my mum next comes to stay, top with pesto, cherry tomatoes and cheese / an egg and voilà: a quick and easy snack / breakfast dish. Or serve warm and buttered with some spicy butternut squash soup, yummy!

    It's only going to end up in the big yellow sack otherwise, so why not? The amount some people spend on food is just nuts. I reckon Mr Caan lived with a bit of scarcity during his childhood or perhaps went without sometimes, there's got to be a psychological explanation for his fridge-has-gotta-be-full-at-all-times syndrome. I quite liked Mrs Caan, she was a moderating influence on his profligacy.
    Value-for-money-for-me-puhleeze!

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    • VfM4meplse
    • By VfM4meplse 18th Jun 17, 6:03 AM
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    I missed the start so don't know what job(s) they had.
    Just watched the first bit on i-player.
    They run their own marketing company from home.

    JackieO - given your other thread:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5610017
    you'd have a heart attack at the amount of food they throw away.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    I haven't looked at this thread for quite some time! Must get back to it.

    I consider JackieO to be the doyenne of the all matters frugal, she knows how to enjoy life and when to spend. She's the mother to turn to in times when a bit of OS advice is required
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 18th Jun 17, 7:53 AM
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    Crikey I feel a bit embarrassed now VfM4f I've never been called a doyenne before , a few other things over the years as I said its just common sense which I feel most women have in abundance .

    I could spend more than I do ,but I would rather spend carefully to get the best value for cash that I can, then enjoy being with my adored grandchildren and having fun.This morning we are going off to the beach, my DD and three of the boys. She will probably go crabbing with them and I will happily sit on the front with all the bags and bits and pieces with my book and watch the world go by with a cold drink or a cuppa .

    I talk to anyone I see who wants to chat (again free )do some knitting,and our day out will cost very little, the boys will probably go in for a swim as its going to be a scorcher today.We don't need theme parks to enjoy ourselves.

    I will take along a pack of cards, and when its too hot we grab a bit of shade and probably play cards or just natter.

    To me this communication with my family is worth its weight in gold, and DD who works long hours gets to natter to the boys, and we talk about anything under the sun.
    I shall take some of my Happy Cash Stash with me and we will all have a cornet to cool off.

    Simple things that please us all and don't cost the earth.My lovely son-in-law has revision to do for his exams later this month, so he will be at home with the dogs ,but will fire up the BBQ around 6.p.m. in time for us getting home They haven't got a BBQ that is all whistles and bells, its a very simple one which cost under £20.00 but it cooks things just as well as the more expensive jobbies, a big bowl of salad, and some bangers and burgers and you have a recipe for three hungry lads when we get back home .

    As a family we appreciate the more simple things in life, and the boys have all grown up with the knowledge that they are loved and cared for and that money isn't the be all and end all of life .

    8 weeks next Friday we all go off to our beloved Isle of Wight where, as we do every year have quite an old fashioned sort of holiday, which is usually mainly beach based (depending on the weather ) or the boys will go fishing with their Mum and my son-in-law and I will be at the holiday house in the garden reading or playing chess or cards, waiting for them to bring (hopefully ) some supper that they have caught

    The boys enjoy the technology just as much as anyone and they have their computer games, but they also enjoy playing french cricket on the beach, or flying a kite they have made with the help of their civil engineering Dad.

    Budgeting carefully throughout the year gives us these precious couple of weeks with the boys, and we do all get along pretty well.

    I shall take a flask of coffee with me this morning and some biscuits for elevenses, but there is a nice reasonably priced cafe on the beach where we go for lunch.I doubt if today's day out will come to much more than £15.00 for 5 of us which by many standards is trifling, we will all enjoy it though and a swim in the sea is free

    JackieO x
    Last edited by JackieO; 18-06-2017 at 7:58 AM.
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