Monthly food shopping bill - couple

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  • @Katieowl I have been trying to work out how they are spending so kuchen and can only assume wither high wastage and/or very over stocked kitchen. 

    Or, there's a supermarket selling everything covered olin gold leaf.

    To be honest, I've been weirdly over thinking this thread since yesterday. I need a hobby.
    I think we've been guilty of overstocking in the past, DS and I have really gone through the cupboards and thinned stuff out. It's made everything much easier to find and check for shopping lists too. We're very good at not wasting fresh stuff here though. I'm currently doing a list of veg in the house every Monday and we are planning the weeks food around what we have already got. I tend to get a delivery tail end of week.
  • MrsStepford
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    If Waitrose only has yellow sticker stuff for a product you have ordered for a delivery, they give it to you for free.
  • Murphybear
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    dealyboy said:
    For a family of 4, 2 adults, 2 teens, so 4 adult meals. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, with occasional take aways/lunches out. We spend around £90 a week max, with 3 cats, toiletries snd cleaning stuff.

    We eat loads of veg, pulses, meat etc. I'm quite fascinated to know what you eat! 

    We cook from scratch most days, salads, soups etc for lunch. Porridge with dried fruit for breakfast, or supermarket own cereals.  Dinner tonight was noodles with steak and stirfry, other nights, home made pizza, chicken curry, pesto pasta. Veg is added to everything.

    I place an order online, and try to avoid top up shopping, unless it's discounted bread/eggs/basics.

    I guess, if i had £900 to spend on groceries, I would at least look to try spend it in your small indie shops, at least it's helping your neighbor's etc out.


    Wow! ... definitely money saving expert of the week, that's amazing, especially with the 3 cats ... can be more fussy than even teens  :).
    I noticed that most people don’t mention pets but many people have cats/dogs and the food can be quite expensive.  When our cat got kidney problems when she got older the vet recommended special renal food which was expensive but it improved the quality of life for her last 2 years.  
  • guestman
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    edited 14 October 2023 at 4:42PM
    cant imagen having more than 1 big dog would help very much if yout trying to keep shopping low. i use ALDI mostly as my dogs fussy and will only eat the pouches in jelly and the other selection of single foil tray stuff, and in 18 months the prices have near doubled on them, which i can only imagen also affected the 400g tins of dog food aswell. even the bakers meaty chunks went from £2.20 - 2.50 a box upto £4 or even more depending were you shop.

    some times i find it works out cheaper when morrisons reduces all there meat products, been the only supermarket that still actually reduces stuff to clear it, i buy the dog reduced steaks / ox cheeck ect and he eats like a king for a few meals and it works out cheaper than giving him the dog food if i get it after been reduced a few times.
  • Heya. 
    Try visiting some farm shops in order to start off with here. You can find cheese at them for sure. Good luck. I find it helps to take a close look at the prices of items on the shelves in addition. Have fun. 
  • sarah1972
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    edited 15 October 2023 at 6:32AM
    thara1996 said:
    Heya. 
    Try visiting some farm shops in order to start off with here. You can find cheese at them for sure. Good luck. I find it helps to take a close look at the prices of items on the shelves in addition. Have fun. 
    Our local farm shop is at least 3 times more expensive than Asda. I picked up a small piece of Brie recently and it was £6 in the farm shop, the veg prices don’t even bare thinking about, £2 for Brussel tops 😱 
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  • Good few weeks in to my shopping for a family of 3 rather than 5 and my shopping bill has massively reduced, pretty much halved going from £130-140 a week to £70. Some of that has been using up stuff in the freezer and cupboards so may see a little increase in the next month or so. 

    Top up shops of bread and milk are fewer, and little things like toilet paper lasting much longer all make a difference. 

    Make £2023 in 2023 (#36) £3479.30/£2023

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  • DigSunPap
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    Wow - I guess that goes to show the difference between trying to eat healthy rather than eating processed food. I guarantee if you opted for less fresh goods and bought more ready made food your bill would be lower. Its ridiculous - and they wonder why so many of us are overweight when we are trying to make savings in this crisis.
  • MrsStepford
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    Farm shops are often tourist attractions and/or food shops for 'ladies who lunch', so reasonable prices aren't high on their agendas.

    We use one farm shop because it stocks gluten free sausages from Kent and saves us trekking across the county. Another local farm shop sells its own free range pork and lamb and buys in local game. Generally though, we buy direct from farms, online.

    We prefer organic veg and that's a case of buying what we can, from ASDA, Lidl, Milk & More, Morrisons,  Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose. I'm now buying some peelable fruit & veg to keep costs down. 

    I am still shopping pantry offers everywhere, including Co-op, One Stop, Iceland and Nisa.

    From 1st November, I'm getting a £100 pcm increase to food budget, making it £700pcm. This also has to cover things like disinfectant, antiseptic, plasters, wipes, washing powder, washing machine cleaner, fabric conditioner, Henry bags, Swiffer cloths, laundry cleaner, hand sanitizer, furniture polish, shoe cleaner, fly traps, household plants, light bulbs, non-chlorine bleach, washing up liquid, loo cleaners, caddy liners, sponge scourers, tissues, kitchen roll, loo rolls, toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, anti-perspirant, printer cartridges etc etc etc. 


  • DigSunPap
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    I haven't found the same with my local farm shop. In fact I feel that the stock is more expensive than a lot of supermarkets - as you are paying for the quality
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