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Trying to get the grocery bill down

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GagaJo Tue 21-Apr-20 23:08:24

I'm not used to a large grocery bill. I'm rarely home, when things are 'normal'. I only really eat at home, once a day. Daughter and grandson live with me and do eat more meals here but still. I'm not sure if we're eating more or if it's just because we're doing all of our eating here.

BlueSky Tue 21-Apr-20 23:19:37

I think it's because we do all our eating at home. Before lockdown we often enjoyed having a meal/snack outside wherever we were for the day. We save the money we usually spent on eating out.

SalsaQueen Wed 22-Apr-20 14:22:11

There are 3 of us in my house - me, husband, eldest son. And a cat grin. We're getting through a ridiculous amount of food because the husband and son are having breakfast, lunch, snack, beer, as well as the evening meal. (husband is furloughed, son working from home).

AGAA4 Wed 22-Apr-20 14:39:51

My bill has gone down. There is just me and I got into the habit of buying food from Marks and Spencer as passed there regularly and just bought one or two days worth of food.

Now I have been having Iceland deliveries and it is so much cheaper. My habits will have changed now.

Jane10 Wed 22-Apr-20 14:50:05

We seem to be spending much more but it's because I have to provide 3 meals a day. The associated extras eg the amount of tea and coffee and biscuits we're going through is incredible.
On the day of my big shop we eat like kings but by the end of the week we're down to far less exciting stuff - from the freezer bottom or things past near their use by dates.

Riverwalk Wed 22-Apr-20 15:09:50

I too have been eating the good stuff Jane but now getting down to the wood i.e. canned, dried and freezer. I've got a few batch-cooked fish pies and meatballs in the freezer but had them in the past week so want something new and scrumptious right now.

I must stop dropping in to the local fancy deli where things are much more expensive but oh, so appealing!

Septimia Wed 22-Apr-20 15:10:41

My problem is online shopping - often the cheaper things just aren't available and it's a case of getting what there is or going without. My bill is much bigger but the shopping usually lasts a fortnight instead of a week, so I suppose that balances it out a bit.

Niobe Wed 22-Apr-20 15:25:55

Our credit card bill came today and it’s half what it usually is I also manage to get through about £100 in cash every couple of weeks but the last cash I took from the ATM about a month ago is still untouched in my purse. Normally this would be spent on meals out, the odd magazine or in charity shops. However once lockdown is over our expenditures will probably increase again and that’s a good thing for the economy which is going to need us all to spend.

merlotgran Wed 22-Apr-20 15:35:56

We're having deliveries from Sainsbury's rather than going to Aldi for the weekly shop so I think we're spending about 30% more but it doesn't matter because we're not spending on anything else. We must have already saved about £200 on petrol because we've been self-isolating for six weeks now.

I've been buying seeds and plug plants for the veg garden but I'm more or less up to date now and as I can't indulge my garden centre habit that's another saving. smile

GrannyGravy13 Wed 22-Apr-20 15:46:05

I could halve my shopping bill.......lose the food but keep the wine and gin grin

Esspee Wed 22-Apr-20 16:01:29

@GrannyGravy13. Love your reasoning. 😄

Rosalyn69 Wed 22-Apr-20 16:43:14

My shopping bill is considerably more but we are eating three meals a day and I’m buying more expensive stuff for that reason.
There may come a time when I’ll be dusting off the tins but not yet. I’m working my way through the freezer though.

TerriBull Wed 22-Apr-20 16:48:08

Before the lockdown I shopped around mainly between Sainsburys, Waitrose and a few things at Marks, often looking for bargains. Now I do my once a week at our nearby Marks, tomorrow, 8 am, it's for over 70s, I'm not there yet! but husband who is, stands in the queue with me to verify to whoever's on the door that I'm shopping for the both of us while he waits in car. Quite honestly I'm not looking at prices anymore, just glad to get all my stuff in one place, like everyone else, our life is on hold, the meals out, cinema trips, holidays all not happening, gym membership frozen and apart from a few necessities on line, food is the main outlay.

GabriellaG54 Wed 22-Apr-20 17:17:23

Waitrose have strong white bread flour
Allinsons £2 for 1.5kg
Essential £1.20
Duchy £1.85
I have bought 2 of each (Allinsons and Duchy from Godalming store) Well, my OH did as I've had my day's outing.
Try online although no delivery slots until August, believe it or not, in my area.

Puzzler61 Wed 22-Apr-20 17:27:48

I wonder if Aldi and Lidl are kicking themselves for not offering online groceries with delivery? All the big boys Tesco, Morrison’s, Asda, Sainsbury’s must be seeing a huge rise in
their profits. I shop weekly online with Sainsburys and there are very few items with offers.

EllanVannin Wed 22-Apr-20 17:27:59

Well, before all this kicked off I was spending £100+ every couple of weeks in Asda alone, just me and the cats.

Within about 8 weeks I've saved nearly £700 !! How the dickens could I ever justify having spent so much in the past ? It's disgusting.
I haven't skimped on meals or gone without anything these last few weeks , neither have the cats as I've only been buying what I need/want to last me 2 or 3 days and not a ton of stuff to-- throw away-- feed an army.
After all these years I've learned how to savegrin If nothing else this lockdown has shaken off the shopaholic in me.

( freezer's not far off empty, though )sad

GabriellaG54 Wed 22-Apr-20 17:30:24

At Asda prices you must have bought the whole shop with £100.

kittylester Wed 22-Apr-20 17:30:30

We are probably spending more on food now but I have had £100 cash in my purse for 5 weeks now so that's a saving as I would normally spend that in 2 weeks. We haven't put petrol in either car for a month nor have we eaten out so I think we are quids in!

GabriellaG54 Wed 22-Apr-20 17:31:01

That's my weekly flower bill.

EllanVannin Wed 22-Apr-20 17:32:05

----dammit, the strikethrough didn't work !

EllanVannin Wed 22-Apr-20 17:37:49

GabriellaG54, I'll ignore that remark !!

Nortsat Wed 22-Apr-20 17:47:16

A family member posted the following on FB:

Lockdown Monthly Budget
Petrol £0
Going to the pub after work £0
Dry cleaning business clothes £0
Meals out £0
Cinema and theatre £0
Food shopping £2379.

I added ‘then there’s the wine to include...’. 😎

GrannyGravy13 Wed 22-Apr-20 17:57:36

Norsat are our families related 😂

GagaJo Wed 22-Apr-20 17:57:51

We're spending, on average, £130 a week. It DOES include cat food and litter for 2 cats AND nappies. But still.

I think about £10 a week is on non groceries. E.g. this week I needed a new padlock for the shed and a new potato peeler.

So I guess really, it's about £110 a week. That seems an AWFUL lot on food to me for 2 adults and a picky toddler.

GabriellaG54 Wed 22-Apr-20 18:09:23

The flower bill was a joke.