I have been looking at our record of spending over the last year to see how growing our own veg has helped out budget. Leaving aside the costs of gardening in seeds and compost etc.
Up to 2013 with me still working full time and mostly cooking from scratch and having a small suburban veg patch our food bill was an average of £72 per week.
In 2014 with us both retired, and cooking from scratch before we had a veg garden our food bill was £63 per week.
In 2015 over the 3 months when 90% of our fruit and veg has come from the garden (including a poly tunnel) the food bill average is £52 per week. At present we have groceries delivered from Sainsbury;s but shop for meat and fish locally, going to those place once a fortnight and buying enough to last. This is probably not the cheapest options but it creates more time for gardening and cooking at home rather than being out shopping all the time!
Talking of budgets, our target of £30 of electricity for the month is getting closer, with a little pruning of this and that we are now on the 27th and are only 5% over budget! What we can't work out is what we did at the beginning of September to cause the over spend. There may have been a couple of extra washes as we had visitors over the Bank Holiday and we had a couple of roast meals so that may have caused a rise. Will be watching the SMART meter all of October to see what our pattern of use is.
Will be looking at what we spent on gardening lat year and setting a budget for seed buying before those tempting catalogues arrive!