Thursday, 25 May 2017

Food costs

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).
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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?




4 comments:

  1. Having children in two different towns means I have far more choice when it comes to shopping.We utilise the petrol when we visit to go to the larger supermarkets that offer more. With coupons etc I'm still averaging £35-40 a week. Although hubby buys some addition smelly fish that he takes to work the two days he's ​there. I can't stand the smell it makes me heave!!

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  2. I go to the store that is closest to me and while not the least expensive is one that gives me money back once a year (membership in the Co-op has its benefits).

    We do the same here. My grocery budget contains everything yours does. Works perfectly for me. I even think we spend about the same amount weekly.....perhaps just a bit more.

    God bless.

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  3. diabolic raises this last year , Mr having diabetes means that everyone else has to do without for him to stick to his diet plan , the gardens coming on nicely so that will help. Current bug bear is that the bread he has cant be bought cheaper than £1.40 here unless we take a trip into town which is a 30 mile round trip, where i can get it for 75p a loaf if its on offer, hes now moaning that he doesnt like it if its been frozen because it goes dry and smells funny....men theyre strange creatures

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  4. In an attempt to use up the contents of my freezer and cupboards which have far too much in them, I limited myself to a spend of £100 during May for two of us. Actual spend was £101 including a couple of things I really didn't need to buy.Hoping that this exercise will re-train my food shopping habits. Think I still shop in "family of five" mode!
    Eloise
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