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  • Carlo 20 Sep 2012 11:24:26 18,093 posts
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    Source of inspiration.

    As a family that buys their weekly shopping in one place on a credit card then settles the bill each month (to get double points) I can be pretty accurate.

    Family of 4 (2 adults, a 5 yo and a 3 yo) plus a dog is about 9.5k a year. I'd say that's about 1/3 too much on average, but we all eat well. It includes a very small amount of alcohol and occasionally some kids clothing. No tech or entertainment (CDs, DVDs etc.)

    How/why the fuck are these guys doing this...

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  • IMO 20 Sep 2012 11:29:14 5,690 posts
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    One person - 70 quid a week?! What the hell is he buying?!
  • trav 20 Sep 2012 11:31:46 944 posts
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    Two adults, one three year old = 70 - 100 a month. Depending on what we need to stock up on and if we buy any extras like clothes, odd DVD, etc.
  • neilka 20 Sep 2012 11:32:45 16,218 posts
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    250 of Findus Crispy Pancakes and pomegranate juice per week
  • sport 20 Sep 2012 11:34:25 12,775 posts
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    trav wrote:
    Two adults, one three year old = 70 - 100 a month. Depending on what we need to stock up on and if we buy any extras like clothes, odd DVD, etc.
    Sounds about right - I spend roughly 30-35 a week (MAX) on myself, and eat very well. No alcohol though.
  • Deleted user 20 September 2012 11:37:10
    I spend probably on average 20 quid a week for myself. That normally makes me up a bolognese or curry for a couple of days, and i normally pick up say some ravoli or soup or something. I do spend a couple of days a week at my parents house though as they live in the same village i work at for the days when i start at 7am. so i would say 25 for the full week.
  • Deleted user 20 September 2012 11:37:11
    Yeah I'd say about 30 a week too. Trying to cut out the snacks though, they are expensive.
  • Benno 20 Sep 2012 11:39:58 9,999 posts
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    Depends if I treat myself to Ribena or go for the store own-brand fruit juice.
  • Dougs 20 Sep 2012 11:40:09 68,362 posts
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    70-100 a month? Ours (2 adults, on 2 yo)is more like 400 a month I would've said. On average we shop once every 2 weeks for 150-60 then top up throughout the week with fresh stuff. Pretty liberal when it comes to booze and still have nappies to buy and buy lots of fresh stuff and branded goods. Really not sure we could get by on 100 a month.
  • trav 20 Sep 2012 11:40:10 944 posts
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    sport wrote:
    trav wrote:
    Two adults, one three year old = 70 - 100 a month. Depending on what we need to stock up on and if we buy any extras like clothes, odd DVD, etc.
    Sounds about right - I spend roughly 30-35 a week (MAX) on myself, and eat very well. No alcohol though.
    Heh, that was supposed to be a week not a month. Whoops.
  • Dougs 20 Sep 2012 11:41:28 68,362 posts
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    Phew!
  • smoothpete 20 Sep 2012 11:42:39 31,556 posts
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    Christ I have no idea, it's bound to be bloody loads. I love me some food and booze.
  • PhoenixFlames 20 Sep 2012 11:42:55 9,179 posts
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    2 adults - 200 a month. We eat well.

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  • Stickman 20 Sep 2012 11:48:25 29,666 posts
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    2 adults, small child - 100 a week, give or take. Usually includes a film or some such though.

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  • sport 20 Sep 2012 11:48:40 12,775 posts
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    I've had a few tight months over the last year - really taught me alot about economizing. And when I say tight, I mean quite literally having 20 in my pocket to spend on food over 2 weeks.

    Basket was basically stacked with no name brands, and not a treat in sight. You'll be surprised how much you can get (inc fruit and veg). More importantly though, you're forced to become inventive (and more educated) in your cooking.

    One massive food saver tip - learn how to make a variety of SOUPS. You can make a large volume that lasts for days for a couple of quid.
  • RedSparrows 20 Sep 2012 11:50:48 23,227 posts
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    2 adults, probably about 100/150 a month. We eat well also, and sometimes treat ourselves.
  • JuanKerr 20 Sep 2012 11:51:10 36,295 posts
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    Don't really add it up, but probably about 85-100 per week for two of us. We don't eat out much, so we tend to buy fancy stuff when we go food shopping instead.
  • THFourteen 20 Sep 2012 11:51:40 33,796 posts
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    7 average on lunch a day 20 days a month
    70 or so a month on supermarket shop

    and the odd takeaway / dinner out cant calculate.

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  • mcmonkeyplc 20 Sep 2012 11:52:44 39,467 posts
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    I spend about 50 a week on food. Including eating out.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Ziz0u 20 Sep 2012 11:53:37 8,474 posts
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    2 adults - R300 (30) a week or less if we can help it.
  • JuanKerr 20 Sep 2012 11:54:47 36,295 posts
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    ZizouFC wrote:
    2 adults - R300 (30) a week or less if we can help it.
    Blimey, what the hell do you eat?
  • henro_ben 20 Sep 2012 11:55:45 2,220 posts
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    Around 50 a week for one person - but that includes cat food, cleaning products etc.
  • Deleted user 20 September 2012 11:57:04
    Our supermarket spend for 2 adults, 2 kids is 80-100 a week. That includes lunches for work and school, along with cleaning products and other household stuff. Could *very* easily spend more than that though
  • Ziz0u 20 Sep 2012 11:58:10 8,474 posts
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    JuanKerr wrote:
    ZizouFC wrote:
    2 adults - R300 (30) a week or less if we can help it.
    Blimey, what the hell do you eat?
    Not sure if you misread the Rand amount as Pounds and think I spend too much, or read correctly... if the latter, we eat pretty well, but nothing fancy. Times are tough most months.
  • Trane 20 Sep 2012 12:08:10 4,056 posts
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    I think around 30 per week.

    I get all my meat from the butcher, and use lidl for veggies, asian shop for rice/cous cous/spices/sauces etc.

    I'll pop into sainsbury's often for milk and bread but tend to only buy other things there if they are on offer.

    I like to think I eat pretty well (and in large quantity ^^)
  • Salaman 20 Sep 2012 12:14:21 19,236 posts
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    I've no clue. I'm guessing I spend about 45-50 a week on food. Bread from the bakery, cold cuts from the butcher + some stuff from the supermarket.
    So that's 200 a month.

    I do tend to eat out on occasion, so add maybe another 80 there. 2 x 15 for Friday lunch with work colleagues and one meal out at a restaurant for 50.

    Does drinks out at a pub and such count towards food? If it does that's probably another 80 or so.

    I did find in the past that the best way to reduce your spend (should you wish to do so) is start tracking it. I did that for hald a year or so whilst living abroad (after I noticed how I was waaay overspending the first months).
    Just keeping track of where your money is going towards makes you a lot more conscious of what you spend and where you throw away silly money. Which you can then stop doing.
  • Ziz0u 20 Sep 2012 12:24:01 8,474 posts
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    We keep track of every penny. I feel like a pleb sometimes walking through the shops using the calculator on my phone to add up what I'm spending, but it does certainly help.
  • sport 20 Sep 2012 12:27:42 12,775 posts
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    ZizouFC wrote:
    We keep track of every penny. I feel like a pleb sometimes walking through the shops using the calculator on my phone to add up what I'm spending, but it does certainly help.
    Ha, do the same but keep a rolling total in my head. View it as a mental exercise :-)
  • spamdangled 20 Sep 2012 12:32:05 27,410 posts
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    IMO wrote:
    One person - 70 quid a week?! What the hell is he buying?!
    Sounds about right to me, and that he cooks his own meals from scratch. My partner and I spend about 100 a week in the supermarket, but that's cooking for two plus food for two cats.

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  • Ziz0u 20 Sep 2012 12:35:54 8,474 posts
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    sport wrote:
    ZizouFC wrote:
    We keep track of every penny. I feel like a pleb sometimes walking through the shops using the calculator on my phone to add up what I'm spending, but it does certainly help.
    Ha, do the same but keep a rolling total in my head. View it as a mental exercise :-)
    That's one way of looking at it :)

    I buy all the food, waiting for my gf's business to take off properly (one day!... one... day...) and we will be able to stop watching our money so closely.
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