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shopping money doesn't stretch far enough these days

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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
yep im skint and into my overdraft and partner doesn't get paid till wednesday. need food.
anyway.................
i was wondering just for comparison how much shopping money does everyone get allowed each month and hoe many of you are you shopping for? just wondering if i should ask the oh for abit extra
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Mam spends around £80-£100 a week on a family of 4.


I could easy get that down to £60 but she wont let me.


All you need to do is lower standards.


Example - Tesco value custard creams taste the same as any other - but hey they 20p cheaper!


Saving money :thumbsup:
#2
I shop for 2 adults and 2 teenagers and 2 dogs
weekly shopping bill, including toiletries averages at £90.
I tend to see which supermarkets are offering the best deals, Tesco has been expensive recently so i will be trying Asda next week :)
Due to the credit crunch it did increase slightly, but a few luxuries had to go and it brought the bill down :)
#3
ask OH for all of his money & then if there is any left after you have sorted everything that needs sorting give him the change. The Food & housekeeping should come first !
#4
Go to homebargins and poundland for some stuff
#5
I'm really bad with money, don't give myself an allowence as such each week so I don't really know how much exactly I spend. Also I don't go exactly once a week (like every tues or whatever). When I've got nothing in I go shopping - sometimes (usually) more than once a week and sometimes less. I suppose a usual big shop would be about £80 then all the inbetween shops on top. There is me, my husband and two children (5 + 2). But in a really sad way - I quite enjoy shopping!! lol
#6
i get £160 a month for a family of 3 i get all the bogof and deals and use vouchers when there around. just can't manage on that
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charlie2
i get £160 a month for a family of 3 i get all the bogof and deals and use vouchers when there around. just can't manage on that


That's.. what.. £13.00 odd per person per week.. so less than £2 p/p a day.
Not surprised you can't manage on it.
#8
charlie2
i get £160 a month for a family of 3 i get all the bogof and deals and use vouchers when there around. just can't manage on that


That really isnt very much hun, Im not surprised your struggling. :?
#9
charlie2
i get £160 a month for a family of 3 i get all the bogof and deals and use vouchers when there around. just can't manage on that


This is probably a silly thing to say coz I'm sure u've already done everything u can but is there not anything else u can stop for a while - sky, mobile - something that isn't too essential!
#10
I can manage on £50 Per week on average for a family fof 3 could save more if i dont buy sweets that can easy add another £4 a week
#11
hannah19790
This is probably a silly thing to say coz I'm sure u've already done everything u can but is there not anything else u can stop for a while - sky, mobile - something that isn't too essential!


we are okay in that department its just partner being tight, lol
#12
Just go for the supermarkets own-brand goods. Just the same. Cheaper :thumbsup:
#13
i do get a couple of value bits and i make all my own pasta, pastries and pies, which helps :thumbsup:
#14
I use mysupermarket.com to do food shopping, asda normally cheaper
Then i get it deliverd so i do not shop with the eye.
I know you pay for delivery but
A) I use the free delivery voucher codes and B) It saves my petrol!!

Plus i have switched to own brands on certain items.

I spend £70 per week for family of 4 but i do end up buying bread and milk every other day.
#15
This year I have grown my own carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, blackberries and strawberries! I dont have a huge garden but have made the most of the space I have, and to top it all the kids actually eat more if its homegrown!
Im also lucky that my parents have a huge allotment, so fresh veg is free and in great supply.
#16
ohh and another thing i been doing for hubs for work is, make a big pasta in sauce thing, I then bought plastic tubs . Filled the tubs with the pasta, and froze them. OH takes them each day to work for dinner. Saves him buying from the works canteen!!

All i do i large bag of own brand pasta... smart price spag bol sauce ( something like 29p!)

We worked it out, to make it cost £2.00 but it does a whole week for his dinner for work!! It does him until he gets home the evening meal

PLUS - he now cycles to work........ which is 16 mile cycle aday.
Hes getting exercise AND we are saving £40 quid a week on petrol!!
#17
i tend to shop around for bargains,i spend around around £100 per week for two adults and four children.I tend to shop on tescos internet site.every week i manage to find discount codes of the shopping so i never pay for delivery,plus a few quid of bill.
#18
I think most people here are in or boarding the same boat.

Got rid of non essentials like sky movies (OH wont give up Hallmark though), friends and family on BT (they all stay 5 mins walk away)
I used to use a towel once and then put it in the wash, now it gets put on the clothes horse and used again to save on washing. It all the little things you never think about.
Car is only used when necessary, shopped around for car/house insurance, petrol, gas electricity.
We grow our own vegetables, potatoes,cabbage,brocolli,carrotts,beetroot and strawberries (we did this before the credit crunch anyway) and both me and my partner are doing more overtime at work, things aren't to bad but we are saving for a rainy day and July and the start of August has been the rainiest ever.
#19
bitseylango
This year I have grown my own carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, blackberries and strawberries! I dont have a huge garden but have made the most of the space I have, and to top it all the kids actually eat more if its homegrown!
Im also lucky that my parents have a huge allotment, so fresh veg is free and in great supply.


i wouldn't mind doing something like that it would get my little one involved, but i haven't got a garden because i live in this dame hostle, but like i said i make my own pasta, pastries and pie's which saves me abit.
#20
twinks
i just wondered if it would help if some of started a but one get one free thread, where we've seen bogof and half price deals that week?

Ive just been in somerfield and the luxury 9 pack toilet roll was half price £2.00
The somerfield bacon 8 rashers was bogof so 2 packs for £3.00

Im probably going up to morrisons later so i'll have a look for any bogofs there if it helps

Maybe we could do a thread? what do you think?


its a great idea, they do it over on MSE, but i dont like the layout of that site.

[SIZE="5"]Heads up! £5 off a £30 shop voucher for Tesco in tomorrows News of The World.:thumbsup:
we buy 2 papers and take 2 trolleys round! sorted :)[/SIZE]
#21
twinks
i just wondered if it would help if some of started a but one get one free thread, where we've seen bogof and half price deals that week?

Ive just been in somerfield and the luxury 9 pack toilet roll was half price £2.00
The somerfield bacon 8 rashers was bogof so 2 packs for £3.00

Im probably going up to morrisons later so i'll have a look for any bogofs there if it helps

Maybe we could do a thread? what do you think?


sounds like a good plan twinks :thumbsup:
#22
I spend around £120-£160 a week we have 5 sons 11yrs and under, 2 dogs and then myself and my hubby, plus we spend everyday at the shop getting bread, milk etc and top ups through the week of different sorts of things.

Seriously need to cut down the bill as we are struggling to survive at the moment, due to plenty of bills and debts!
#23
bitseylango;2710839
its a great idea, they do it over on MSE, but i dont like the layout of that site.

[SIZE=5]Heads up! £5 off a £30 shop voucher for Tesco in tomorrows News of The World.:thumbsup:[/SIZE]
[SIZE=5]we buy 2 papers and take 2 trolleys round! sorted :)[/SIZE]

:lol: we do that :p
#24
about £40 for two adults
#25
juliet_bravo

That's.. what.. £13.00 odd per person per week.. so less than £2 p/p a day.
Not surprised you can't manage on it.


£13 is a HUGE amount if you budget, it was only about 2 years ago that I lived of £3 a week due to working part time but after rent and electric etc thats all I had for food.

Just lived off things like homemade cakes, bread, potatoes, vegetables and tesco value meats.

My parents live off £30 a week and they are fat! and only about £5 a week more when Is tay as they cook too much anyway and usually chuck a lot out.

Like they buy the 3p(now 9p I think) Tesco curry sauce and buy a bit of chicken(the Morrisons 50p stuff) and that lasts a few days.

But the key thing is shop around.

I usually buy cheap 10p or 20p things at end of the day that way I can live fopr a month off loads of food for £20 or less.
#26
Dont know whether youve already thought of this or not but dont always go for the blue stripey type goods. Look at the actual price per unit/weight/etc. and if there is an multibuy work that out per unit - dont go by the price per whatever on the label as that relates to the single purchase NOT the multibuy. Quite often blue stripy is more expensive than another brand but because we are conditioned to think it is always cheap we buy it without thinking.

and places like poundland work the same way i.e. 4 cans of Vimto £1 but a couple of weeks ago Tesco had 6 cans for £2.16? (or something close to that) on a bogof offer so 12 cans for just over £2. Their biscuits are quite often more expensive than the supermarkets.

Iceland is usually good - they had Chicago Town deep dish 2 pack for £1 each. Even with the multibuy discounts they were still cheaper than Tesco and Sainsbury
banned#27
About £50 a week for 2 adults, i do like my bottles of carlsberg and he likes his cider as well.

So we might spend a bit more, i charge him £100 a month for food.

He usually ends up buying some extras.

He also maintains and fills the car with petrol and i just drive it, lucky me.
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banned#29
This is quoted on [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com:-[/url]

Everyday there are bargains to be had in the supermarket as huge reductions are made on ‘yellow ticket’ items that are near their sell-by-dates.

To build the info on this, I asked MoneySavers who work in supermarkets to spill the beans on their stores' reduction policies.

The detail is staggering; reduction times varied by store/opening time, yet some definite patterns emerged; the first yellow stickers appear around 10am, and the silly-price reductions begin at 7pm, when stores cut prices by 75% and upwards.

Supermarket Rough Reductions Schedule

Times will vary by store, but this is rough feedback from store staff

Amount you may be able to save

Up to 25% off Up to 50% off Up to 75% and upwards

Asda 12pm 5pm 9pm

Morrisons - 5pm 7pm

Sainburys 10am 5pm 8pm

Tesco 8am 4pm 8pm

Co-op 8am 5pm 7pm

Source: Great 'supermarket staff, tell us your reduction policies’ hunt.
#30
We spend about £80 for 4 adults (if you count me :giggle:) and 1 child.

We've been going to different places over the past few weeks and went to morrissons for the last two.
#31
good find twinks :thumbsup:
#32
pcnutta
ohh and another thing i been doing for hubs for work is, make a big pasta in sauce thing, I then bought plastic tubs . Filled the tubs with the pasta, and froze them. OH takes them each day to work for dinner. Saves him buying from the works canteen!!

All i do i large bag of own brand pasta... smart price spag bol sauce ( something like 29p!)

We worked it out, to make it cost £2.00 but it does a whole week for his dinner for work!! It does him until he gets home the evening meal

PLUS - he now cycles to work........ which is 16 mile cycle aday.
Hes getting exercise AND we are saving £40 quid a week on petrol!!


Sounds just like my other half!!!
#33
We spend around £200-£250 per week on food&drink.

Mind you, that's including maybe a couple of takeaways per week and a good few bottles of wine and beer.

If I didn't drink i'd be rich, but needs must. Scotland can be pretty grim at times.
#34
i get 300 a month to spend, but that inc my bills,
contract phone,
credit card bills,
aol broadband i stuck into the contarct
council tax from previous house
e-on pay back from previous property
and bus fares

and we are a family of three, though soon to be family of four.
#35
mummyspam1985
i get 300 a month to spend, but that inc my bills,
contract phone,
credit card bills,
aol broadband i stuck into the contarct
council tax from previous house
e-on pay back from previous property
and bus fares

and we are a family of three, though soon to be family of four.


surely if things are that tight, you shouldn't be having more kids?
#36
My weekly shop is usually around the £80-£100 mark. BOGOF's always help too, but with the summer hols, i'm always 'popping in' for more of the essentials - bread, milk, juice, yogurts, crisps, etc....so definately more at the mo.
#37
DLM
This is quoted on [url]www.moneysavingexpert.com:-[/url]

Everyday there are bargains to be had in the supermarket as huge reductions are made on ‘yellow ticket’ items that are near their sell-by-dates.

To build the info on this, I asked MoneySavers who work in supermarkets to spill the beans on their stores' reduction policies.

The detail is staggering; reduction times varied by store/opening time, yet some definite patterns emerged; the first yellow stickers appear around 10am, and the silly-price reductions begin at 7pm, when stores cut prices by 75% and upwards.

Supermarket Rough Reductions Schedule

Times will vary by store, but this is rough feedback from store staff

Amount you may be able to save

Up to 25% off Up to 50% off Up to 75% and upwards

Asda 12pm 5pm 9pm

Morrisons - 5pm 7pm

Sainburys 10am 5pm 8pm

Tesco 8am 4pm 8pm

Co-op 8am 5pm 7pm

Source: Great 'supermarket staff, tell us your reduction policies’ hunt.


Yeah, I used to have this job but it was a few years ago so its all gone digital now. Use to have a roll of stickers that I just wrote a price on. Was pretty much left up to me to what price I made anything, as long as it was got rid of they didn't care. So by the end of the night most things where 5p. The only time I ever got in trouble was if I hadn't reduced the stuff enough!
#38
james132
Yeah, I used to have this job but it was a few years ago so its all gone digital now. Use to have a roll of stickers that I just wrote a price on. Was pretty much left up to me to what price I made anything, as long as it was got rid of they didn't care. So by the end of the night most things where 5p. The only time I ever got in trouble was if I hadn't reduced the stuff enough!


It confuses me how things work even now, sometimes I can go in and get loads of items for 10p or 20p then a week later at same time they might be 50p or £1.50 and a shelf packed with unsold items.
#39
grex9101
surely if things are that tight, you shouldn't be having more kids?


things arent that tight- he is.

plus i breast feed and my kids are in re-usable nappies so for the first 6months a baby cost me nothing!!
#40
mummyspam1985
things arent that tight- he is.

plus i breast feed and my kids are in re-usable nappies so for the first 6months a baby cost me nothing!!


same here hun i used terry nappies for my little one and breast fed :thumbsup:

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