Family food bill, what do you spend?
Been looking through some bank statements for supermarket shops and it appears we spend about £50 per person per week for a family of 4.
Seems to be roughly equally divided between a Tuesday big shop (delivery) and ad-hoc purchases of £20 – £60 at other times to top it up.
It feels like an awful lot as a total but £7.14 per person per day doesn’t feel terribly extravagant – or is it?Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
seems a bit high to me. We (2 adults, 1x 6yr, 1x 3yr) spend around £110-140 a week including sacrificial booze.
That includes batch cooking once every 6 weeks or so from which I make maybe 50+ portions of dinners for an average of £1.25ish per portion.Posted 4 years ago
Means I dont have to cook from scratch every night, but can just get a meal out of the freezer.MrOvershootSubscriber
I thought I was spending a lot! But perhaps not, worked ours out a few weeks ago, Excel dumps from online banking are great.
worked out at £71.39 per week for two of us.
That would also include things like birthday cards (my wife’s family is like the mafia) and random Aldi stuff like a ladder 😉
I do cook lots from scratch & bake most of my own bread.Posted 4 years agojamieaMember
Wife and I (with a toddler) probably spend £70-100. Big shop on Sunday in the supermarket in town and the missus picks up odd stuff at lunchtime during the week. Then there’s the bi-weekly farmer’s market and trips to the a local farm shop/butchery (complete with crocodile farm) nearby.
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
Does your supermarket spend include things like cordial, washing machine powder, dishwasher tablets, etc. as well?
Yes, basically everything to run the house and feed occupants bar utilities. Would include a meal out say once a month too.
2 Adults, a 17 year old boy with hollow legs and an 11 year old girl who can eat her own body weight in pasta but just picks at anything else.Posted 4 years agobencooperMember
People must all eat roughly the same number of calories, how do some people manage to do it on 75% less money than others?
We started going to Waitrose. We buy less food, but it all gets eaten and it doesn’t go rotten as soon as you look at it, so it actually works out cheaper than Tescos where we used to shop.Posted 4 years ago
how do some people manage to do it on 75% less money than others?
I’m a tightarse and shop at aldi 🙂
I guess mine is possibly cheating a bit as kids eat 2 meals at nursery twice a week and mrs has lunch at work twice aswell, costs don’t include nappies either but does include shower gel washing liquid powder etc. I reckon buying more branded stuff and posher food generally could double it up easily.
(no booze either)Posted 4 years ago
£450-£550/month for 3 of us.
That includes a few bottles of wine and a fair few beers each week too.
Plus we eat well (using an excellent butcher and deli) and prepare most things from scratch. Also cook up batches for freezing.
One thing we’ve done lately is knock takeaways (usually a £25-£35 Chinese or Indian) on the head Mon-Fri. Makes us feel like we can have a bit more of a treat at the weekend.Posted 4 years agojamieaMember
We started going to Waitrose. We buy less food, but it all gets eaten and it doesn’t go rotten as soon as you look at it, so it actually works out cheaper than Tescos where we used to shop.
Our local Waitrose, where we do the majority of our shopping, has gone downhill over the last couple of years and I actually prefer the fruit & veg from Tesco.
Cheers,Posted 4 years ago
our costs include washing stuff, toiletries etc.
/some/ meat but not a huge amount.
different folk get their calories from different foods though, and even within say just ‘honey’ there’s a huge range in prices just at (for us) Tesco. And that’s not taking into account home bread / versus shop bread, loaf types..Posted 4 years agomudsharkMember
I thought around £100 for 2 adults and one toddler, may be less but wife likes her treats… and we do eat a lot. We try and get good quality but not the best usually so figure we’re about right. Wife’s decided to try deliveries now for most groceries so be interesting to see how that works out, she’s chosen Asda which I thought we wouldn’t be happy with but so far seems fine – and I guess will bring the cost down.Posted 4 years ago
llama household stuff excl. nappies and wipes (mrs gets them) no booze in that and we normally only drink brews or water no pop or cordial. Actually weekly shops have been staying closer to £50 lately and then occasional purchases like washing powder/massive pack of bog roll ontop so I guess we’ll be getting closer to the 50-70 range soon. I tend to keep an eye out for bogofs on household/canned stuff and stock up, there’s B&M and Home Bargain stores nearby which are good for that.Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
£110-140pw covers everything – bog roll to DW tabs, worcester sauce to showergel.
As I mention, batch cooking makes a very efficient way of feeding a family. I avoid premium brand stuff like cleaning products – they can be over 2x the price of own brand. I have a good head for numbers so can cut through the dodgy pricing bollocks and work out what is a genuine “good deal”. Also, since I do the shop every week I have a good idea what is the “Normal” price for something, as opposed to the “bumped up price, ready to discount later” price. So I dont get suckered with 50% off deals, but do calculate which bulk buy deals (of things we always need stock of) work best.
Reading that back: What have I become? 🙁Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
We were about £800 per month for 5 basically all eating as adults and this included some alcohol purchases, some luxuries like good cheese and the non-food stuff (get through quite a bit of washing powder etc with 5 of us)
Now feeding 2 adults only for similar shop probably £300 per month, when we eat more vegetarian (so less meat) the bill drops quite rapidly as it does if we buy wine elsewhere (e.g. £5 a bottle for decent french wine brought back from holiday vs double that bought here in the UK)
@stoner I used to do the weekly family shop as the wife had a “aversion” to the supermarket, that being said I think you should tone down the shopping enthusiasm on here :wink:. I don’t recall if you contributed to the vacuum cleaner threads tat where particularly active one Friday night, we know how to live !Posted 4 years ago
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