Time for a quick review of our food costs. Bloggers have raised concerns lately.
We keep our accounts package up to date and use the title "groceries" to cover all food and household/cleaning products and toiletries for a household of two retirees and visitors. We grow a lot of our own fruit and veg, cook from scratch and don't have processed foods. My main shop is done on t'internet and delivered for £1. We use local butchers and fish market (but not exclusively as both involve a drive of 10 miles so it is just when passing on other business we stock up).
Firstly, I looked at the long term spending and found the average over 3 years is £58 per week
Had a look at last 12 months and it averages £52 per week, which was probably due to the good harvests of last summer.
The last 3 months have been more expensive - costs rising to £57 pw. Why? Lack of our own potatoes and we have had to buy in our supplies since Christmas Plus, we have been treating ourselves twice a week to locally baked fresh loaves. A mistake. The price has crept up to £1.90 a loaf. Just those things have cost £7 a week. I am sure we could reign back on the bread and crops are coming on!
I could save more by going into town and shopping around but I am not willing to waste a day a week. Besides growing your own means you need to be around and working at it every day.
How is your budget going?