So I’ve worked out that when we go down to one income next month, we’ll have a weekly food shop budget of £75. That will be for all meals, baby paraphernalia, cat food and sundries such as loo roll and washing tablets.
Seventy five quid sounds alright doesn’t it? I mean that’s £10.71 a day between us or £18.75 per person for the week. Remember when Ian Duncan Smith said he could live off £53 a week in benefits and that was all in – not just a food shop? What a fucking cock womble.
For some, £75 for a family of four is unimaginable. Goodbye pesto, asparagus tips and craft beers!
For others, £75 for a family of four is a bloody dream. Hello less frozen food and more fresh meat and veg.
This a great analogy actually for the village we live in, depending on which direction you walk – would depend on which response you get.
I mean we weren’t exactly having a culinary adventure when we had two incomes but there was always room for a bottle of wine or a little take away. But now those days are gone and it’s time to think about what is essential and what isn’t.
So I’ve done this today based on Asda’s prices. I don’t always shop at Asda, often I go to Aldi or Morrisions but I think Asda is a great representation of a ‘budget’ supermarket. Plus they do the online shop and I could mock this up on my phone quite easily.
I am in no way pimping out Asda or working with them via this post.
Ok, so let me break this down for you. We are a family of four comprising of two adults, one 4 year old and one 8 month old baby. Finley has school dinners and they are free because of his age (fuck you Theresa) so I only need to give him a hot meal two days a week and seven cold teas. The 8 month old is currently on three bottles plus three meals a day and she can eat many of our meals whizzed up but not all of them.
We also have 3 cats.
And anyone who says “well don’t have cats then” can fuck right off because two of them we’ve had for a decade (when we were younger and had disposable income) and the other wandered into our kitchen a starving flea ridden kitten. What am I supposed to do? Get rid of them?
Not on your nelly.
The list enables me to cook the following dinners: Jackets Potatoes, Tuna & Salad/ Spaghetti Bolognese/ Chicken Stir Fry/ Chicken Roast Dinner/ Fresh Pasta Dish/ Beef Casserole/ Friday night treat Pizzas. These are all lesser versions of what I would have cooked previously – there would have been more fresh ingredients and less pre-made sauces/frozen and so on. It includes lunches (sandwiches), fruit for snacks and breakfasts for the week. It also includes a weeks allowance for laundry/ toiletries, nappies etc.
Everything on the list is non brand and the supermarkets own – unless stated otherwise.
Milk 6pt £1.50
Bread 2 loaves £1.00
Cheese 750g £3.90
Eggs FR Doz. £1.85
Ham 420g £1.79
Bananas x 10 £1.50
Apples x 10 £1.80
Grapes punnet £1.35
Weetabix 24pk £1.29
Generic Cereal Box £1.00
Kids Value Yoghurts x 12 = 0.80
Baking Potatoes x 4 £0.70
Tuna in Brine x 1 can £0.89
Red Pepper £0.55
Mince 12% Fat 500g £2.41
Bolognese sauce jar £0.75
Garlic Bread £1.00
Stir Fry Meal Deal (veg/noodles/sauce) £2.70
Chicken Breast 1kg (approx 5) £5.79
Frozen Roast Potatoes £0.95
Tinned Peas £0.40
Tinned Sweetcorn £0.39
Frozen Yorkshire Puddings £0.85
Fresh Pasta £1.38
Fresh Pasta Sauce £1.40
Diced Beef 400g £2.89
Onion x 1 £0.30
Stock Cube £0.05
Carrots x 2 £0.14
Bag New Potatoes £0.80
Fresh Pizzas x 2 £3.74
Nappies 5 per day x 7 = 35 x 0.05 = £1.75
Powdered Milk 1/2 carton a week (£9) = £4.50
Baby Wipes x 2 = £1.04
Baby Food Pouches x 5 x 0.52 = £2.60
Fruit Pots pk4 = 1.45
1/2 bag of Purina = £7.00
Wet Food Pouches = £5.00
Washing Tabs x 9 washes = 1.35
Fabric Softner 1/2 bottle = 0.50
Misc Cleaning (scourers/bleach/ anti-bac/ blacks sacks) £3.50
Misc Toiletries (shampoo/ deodrant/ tampons etc) £2.50
Immiatation Chocolate Bars pk 6 = £0.85
Digestive Biscuits = £0.33
Bottle of Lemonade = £0.35
Grand Total = £79.53
So I’ve come in £4.53 over budget – clearly our downfall are the cats and the baby! If it wasn’t for them we would be spending £23.34 less.
So to come in on budget I’ll have to lose the ‘luxury’ items, plus a few non meal essentials – yorkshire puddings, garlic bread, spinach and swap the chicken breast for thighs. But it can be done!
And thank god that it can be done. Whilst I might think that this is a bit of a hardship or lament having to be frugal – at least I can do it. At least I can feed a family of four, for a week on £75. Some people don’t have that luxury.