Grocery Shopping budget thread

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  • onetomanyonetomany Forumite
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    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=43570 try this hope it works its a big thread tho but well worth the read
  • 0100101101001011 Forumite
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    OrkneyStar wrote: »
    It can be harder to buy in bulk/cook in bulk/take advantage of bigger packs and BOGOF's etc, when cooking for one. You are not doing too badly there I don't think!

    That dosen't seem to be the major problem. I just stockpile those BPBV's and BOGOF's and meal plan accordingly to make sure they are eaten on time.
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    wow you all put me to shame :o
    I spend £350-£400 a month- thats for 2 adults 2 teenagers 1 cat and 1 dwarf hamster

    that covers: food, milk, school dinners, alcohol, packed lunches for 3 5 times a week, newspapers.
    I do mealplan, but will buy extra if it is a good offer.
    I try really hard but everybody seems to to do so much better with their money
  • SunnyGirlSunnyGirl Forumite
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    Don't beat yourself up Sistercas. I don't include newspapers & alcohol in mine LOL!
  • Penelope_PenguinPenelope_Penguin Forumite
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    sistercas wrote: »
    wow you all put me to shame :o
    I spend £350-£400 a month- thats for 2 adults 2 teenagers 1 cat and 1 dwarf hamster

    2 questions:
    • can you afford it?
    • do you feel you eat well on your budget?
    If you can answer "yes" to both, then there's no worries :D This isn't a competition to see who can spend the least, but a way to assist people to eat well within a budget that they can afford ;)

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  • rachbcrachbc Forumite
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    I'm aiming for £ 240 for 2 adults, 10 year old with an adult appetite and a just 2 year old and a cat. 2 asda online orders a month I aim to keep below £70 a time, a butchers shop at around 10-15 a week and the same a the market for fruit and veg. This includes cleaning stuff, packed lunches for me ds and dh and booze! It doesn't include the occasional hot meal at work when dh doesn't fancy a pack up (£1.50 a time so not bank breaking). My cat is a killing machine and would rather eat wild than the food I leave out for him!

    I never bought formula for either of my kids and used cloth nappies except at night - dd is toilet trained now so we are down to 2 packs of smart price nappies a month for naps and nights.
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  • Hi,

    Two of us. We shop in sainsburys and have a £140 budget a week. This includes packed lunch for my boyfriend. x I do cook everything from fresh, which I think adds up the costs.
    :j This year is my year 2009 :j
  • AnyAny Forumite
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    sistercas wrote: »
    wow you all put me to shame :o
    I spend £350-£400 a month- thats for 2 adults 2 teenagers 1 cat and 1 dwarf hamster

    that covers: food, milk, school dinners, alcohol, packed lunches for 3 5 times a week, newspapers.
    I do mealplan, but will buy extra if it is a good offer.
    I try really hard but everybody seems to to do so much better with their money


    Don't put yourself down.. My sister spends probably even more than that. Her 5 yr old daughter and husband are eating machines (but only good stuff, so they are not big as someone could imagine..). She is at home all day with a baby (6 weeks old) and before just with bump, so she had a lot of time to cook meals from scratch etc..
    It also depends where you are shopping. For example my sister only buys meat at meat farm near her house and that is much more expensive than the stuff I buy in supermarket etc..
  • OrkneyStarOrkneyStar Forumite
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    01001011 wrote: »
    That dosen't seem to be the major problem. I just stockpile those BPBV's and BOGOF's and meal plan accordingly to make sure they are eaten on time.
    Well I don't know then :rolleyes:.
    TBH I don't think £20 per week is anything to be ashamed of!
    We spend £45-50 per week on two adults and a DS ([strike]he is in real nappies[/strike]*) so you are on comparable terms with us!
    Perhaps try whoopsie section ?
    * ETA DS is no longer in real nappies (after 20 months and a dodgy back enough is enough!)
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  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
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    sistercas - I used to spend £600-700 a month for 2 adults and 2 kids (kids at weekends only) :eek:

    Thankfully the OS tips have halved that now. But to be honest, financially I could do with getting it a bit lower but don't want any of us going hungry or eating poor quality food for the sake of saving a few ££££'s.

    It's about how much you can afford, and how much you are happy spending ;)
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