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Forgotten food, special offers and confusing prices can mean we buy more food than we need. Avoid putting that money in the bin with help from our printable guide.

Food and drink shopping is one of our key outgoings, with the average family home spending £58 a week according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

Where the money goes

We spend £5.40 on bread, rice and cereals, and £4.80 on non-alcoholic drinks. Fresh fruit sets us back an average of £3.30 a week, while £1.80 goes on chocolate.

It really does all add up! Fortunately you can bring that down by shopping a little differently and we’ve some top tips to make that easier. Supermarkets spend millions of pounds on tricks to get us to spend more - and it works too. Apparently, three quarters of us spend more than we mean to at the checkout.

Don’t let them trick you into spending more than you want to.

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  • Christina Gore / 11 February 2016

    I keep a running shopping list in the kitchen to take with me to the shops and add to the list it through the week. Of course I buy extra items if I see a bargain like marked-down food which can often be frozen for later even though it does not say so on the packet. The pack can be divided up and put into freezer bags if too much for one sitting. I often buy cleaning items like loo rolls or dishwasher tablets if seems like a bargain as I am sure to use those . Read the unit prices too for things like loo rolls and tissues as not all have same amount in th pack or box. Problems sometimes come with the 2 for I deals as the unit price under the product on the shelf in the store is not worked out for you then. Things like jars of coffee- It is sometimes cheaper to buy 2 small jars rather than one large one ,I think ,or is the weight of 2 glass jars included in the weight and are 2 glass jars heavier than I large glass jar? Another tip is to buy things like rice and porridge in the cheaper cellophane bags rather than the posh box . I used to buy the posh cereal and then shops own brand and put shops own brand in the posh box when the children weren't looking! Don't buy the broccoli with cling film if it is the same (that is not organic)as the loose one alongside it. Don't buy the pricey little bags of individual porridge oats to microwave or the noodle pouches .For the noodles just a bit of chilli etc added from the spice jar at home will do instead with some dried noodles or To Wok ones . Porridge from a large cheap bag can be cooked in the microwave in a deep jug with added Agave or sugar, honey ,maple syrup etc. And I am allowed the odd unnecessary purchase too as a treat.
    Shopping for white good. -Look at e.g the prices in Argos, John Lewis and a local shop and online too if you do that type of shop. Add in what they charge for delivery and maybe plumbing in and taking away old machine too and then compare the prices.. Comparing insurances. No one ever mentions Customer Services on websites, do they. They should maybe have a rating?

  • Mark Hoggan / 7 February 2016

    £58 pw for an average family appears on the low side. What is an average family - 2 adults, 2 children under 5? What is the spend based on - the government's shopping basket? The governments shopping basket, in many instances does not reflect our households spend

  • David / 7 February 2016

    I tend to shop mainly at Icelands for my monthly food stock up.Good prices,etc I live on my own and now have to go part time due to a recurring knee and hip injury cuased by a accident at home,so shopping smart is natural for me.
    I won't buy cheap milk,it don't last,usally buy Cravendale as it lasts much ,longer and tastes so much better than the rest

  • jules blanchfield / 7 February 2016

    I keep a notepad in the kitchen - when you use the last of something put it on the list. Note down meals made each day to form the basis of a menu planner. I use these to write my shopping list. Put the just bought items at the back of the fridge and bring any left from last week to the front - eliminates finding a way out of date pot of yoghurt or piece of cheese at the back of the fridge.

  • Heath / 20 January 2016

    We are a family of 4 and shop at Ocado, having our shopping delivered weekly. Our shop always easily comes in around £55 per week and we eat like kings!

  • mishlew / 20 January 2016

    I spend £100 aweek as I got 5 kids I dont buy chocolate or crisps we eat mainly healthy dont buy frozen meals I cook everything from scratch

  • Caroline / 20 January 2016

    I do full shop every 4 weeks and spend £150, that includes cleaning stuff. Sometimes it's less than that as there is usually still meat left in the freezer. We r a family of five, with kids who r fussy eaters. Plus once a week my sister comes over for dinner with her 2 kids. I shop about between sainsburys, asda, aldi, wilko & poundstretchers.

  • Dorothy Dawson / 20 January 2016

    Haven't read your guide, but the ONS can't have done their homework. We (2 parents and 1 adult son) think we've done all right if we get through the week on less than £100 (including 8 cans of Guinness for health reasons).

  • / 19 January 2016

    What preachy twaddle! You can find this type of 'advice' in any number of other places. Not original. Sawdust diet not for me. Just shop sensibly

  • Jo Heaney / 19 January 2016

    Supermarkets aim everything at families. People on their own waste food because the are forced to buy more than they need. Perishable foods should be in smaller quantities. Not everyone uses a freezer.

  • Sparkle / 19 January 2016

    My tips would be to shop around. Supermarkets are often best bet for some things (dairy, Quorn, frozen stuff) but we head to the local town market / greengrocer for mega cheap fruit & veg (then prep and freeze leftovers), pound shops and home saver stores for stuff like bogroll, noodles, food in tins, packets & jars, cleaning products...
    Try healthfood shops or markets for rice, grains, herbs, spices, cereals, soap etc, either sold loose by weight or in big packets.
    You can also make loads of stuff from scratch cheaply and easily, from ketchup, hummous, sauces and relishes to breads and pizzas, and even cleaning products if you bulk-buy stuff like bicarb, borax and vinegar (online is a good bet). And if you have a garden or balcony you can grow your own herbs, strawberries, salad etc over the summer pretty much for free! We're a large and hungry family so we've gotta keep cutting costs... I just got to work out how to reduce the wine bill ;-)

  • Ruth Simpson / 19 January 2016

    It's common sense - plan the weeks meals, check what's in the cupboards and freezer, then write a list of what you need to buy. If there are offers- check own brands, they're usually still cheaper. Freeze leftovers, and any unused veg can be turned into tasty soup for lunch or a starter. I shop for 2 adults and a baby, and spend an average of £45 a week, including nappies, cat food, and household goods (and wine!). I don't understand how people spend £100s on 2 people.

  • val gardner / 19 January 2016

    Our daughter no longer lives with us and our shopping bill went down a lot,because i was not buying her lunches etc,i allow 180 ÷by 3 so 60 each shop and i usually spend 40 that includes veg fruit and meat ,money i have left over we are saving, as for household items, i found a place i can get a huge fairy liquid,comfort,washing liquid do that maybe 1 every 3 months could be longer as i don't have the washing machine on every day as no uniform

  • val gardner / 19 January 2016

    Our daughter no longer lives with us and our shopping bill went down a lot,because i was not buying her lunches etc,i allow 180 ÷by 3 so 60 each shop and i usually spend 40 that includes veg fruit and meat ,money i have left over we are saving, as for household items, i found a place i can get a huge fairy liquid,comfort,washing liquid do that maybe 1 every 3 months could be longer as i don't have the washing machine on every day as no uniform

  • Maureen Mitchell / 19 January 2016

    As a 'young' widow I waste food because it's difficult to buy smaller amounrs. It's often cheaper to buy the bigger offer than the smaller one, I then have to throw some away. I am a good cook, use my freezer for bulk cooking, but can't help waste. There are lots of us on our own, shops are missing a trick.

  • Sarah / 19 January 2016

    A few weeks ago I would have said £58 a week was a lot of money! I was using Jack Monroe's cook book and had got my shop down to around £50 that would last me (for my family of 4) 10 days - 2 weeks. Then I learned that my 7 month old has a milk allergy and that I need to go dairy free. Now my shopping costs a small fortune on tiny cartons of milk alternative and tiny blocks of fake cheese. I wish there was a way to save money while catering for allergies!
    However, those saying they can't spend less than £100 a week have obviously never had to choose between paying the bills or cutting back food spend!

  • sarah / 19 January 2016

    We Are A family of 4 (2Parents and 2 adult kids) and 2 dogs . Our food bill averages £75 aweek without Dog food . I buy All fresh veg/meat etc and get through a loaf every day as All take sandwiches For work . £8.00 At least on fruit /veg .

  • Ellen Knox / 18 January 2016

    Why can't we be like America and get a book of vouchers every week I know a lot of people would prefer that to a guide who really reads it I for one know how to shop no guide is going to make me a better shopper

  • Toni / 18 January 2016

    I spend £100 every 4 months on my 'stock cupbord', which includes all cleaning stuff, long life foods such as pasta/rice/tins/jars ect. I only buy ownbrand. Then I can spend £10 - £15 per week on fresh bits. I buy seasonal veg/fruit, make my own sauces / cakes / bread. It can be done for very cheap. I'll soon be setting up a veg / herb garden so will cut costs even more in the long term!

  • johncribbett / 18 January 2016

    having been made medically retired recently has had a serious effect on my shopping bill and all other financial mater's due to this fact.

  • Jamie G / 18 January 2016

    Nobody is suggesting anyone should or shouldn't be spending £58 / week.
    It's merely a statement that that is what the average family spends.
    Many people seem to be missing the point.

  • Marilyn o'carroll / 18 January 2016

    Wow! Our budget is 30 for family of four and a dog! Really wish we could afford to spend 58 quid, it would seem like luxury!

  • Beverley Gilbert / 18 January 2016

    My daughter lives with me and our 2 cat's, there's no chance of us spending £58.per week even if we do one big shop for the month then buy fresh through the week.
    Where on earth did they get that rediculous figure from? Maybe viable for someone on their own but definitely not for a family !!!

  • Beverley Ellis / 18 January 2016

    We are a family of six, a baby on the way and a cat, there is no way I can shop for the amount you are saying is possible, I shop around, cook from scratch and bargain hunt.

  • Vivien elvin / 18 January 2016

    Need to do this

  • Ria Kendall / 18 January 2016

    Oh, there is also no way I could buy my shopping for less than £80/90 a week... my fruit and veg alone is about £25!

  • Ria Kendall / 18 January 2016

    I write a weeks menu on Saturday, check ingredients in cupboard, fridge and freezer, then what I don't have I buy... simple.
    When the shopping arrives I make salad jars and refrigerate keeping the salad as new fresh all week long.

  • Margaret / 18 January 2016

    Check out facebook pages fyf on about £20 a week fyf for about £20 a week

    Fyf - feed your family

  • Lynn / 18 January 2016

    This is ridiculous. If you want your growing family to eat good wholesome and healthy food you could never sit within this budget, living in the south east of England. We are a family of 4 with a dog and cat, one lactose intolerant and only buy organic and free range for the children, so none of the value brands. How can i spend any less than £80 per week?

  • Michelle Wills-Mack / 17 January 2016

    I am a family of four and couldn't buy much fruit for £3.30 to last us a week,also wouldn't get enough bread,rice and cereals for £5.40. Not sure where these statistics come from ,I would love to only spend £58 a week to feed us all , I'm guessing that doesn't include any cleaning products either.

  • Rosetta / 17 January 2016

    years ago with a family of 6 ( 20 years ago ) the family food came to well over £100 weekly ..

  • James Bird / 16 January 2016

    With a Pension of £ 86 per week we have spent on average of £30 per week for 2 adult's and 3 cat's, I'm told that the UK pensioners are the lowest paid in Europe. We have never smoked so no damage to our health and drinking alcohol is a bottle of wine monthly.

  • Helen / 16 January 2016

    Presumably this figure is per head of the capital. There are infinite different configurations of families or single people, all shopping differently. The figure given is an average for supermarket shops. It will not take into account that some peopke have a lot of takeaways, some use a butcher, greengrocer, baker, farm shop, etc. Some people never eat any fruit or veg. I'll stop there as it's sounding boring but the figure given is just an average!

  • Kathryn / 16 January 2016

    It sounds like people coming in at over £3.30 for fruit are not shopping seasonally or locally. Do you really have to have blueberries? Buy apples in the winter. Buy the big packs of dried fruit not individual ones which are much costlier. £3.30 is about right.

  • sas / 16 January 2016

    We have always shopped to a menu and write it down 7 meals so we all know what to cook . we also keep a freezer list on the door of the freezer and keep it updated so we know what's left .we do one main shop at the start of each month and we have a shopping list we can print off the laptop with everything we buy in similar order how it's kept on the shelves of out local store so as i go through the cupboards i only tick off and get what I need.

    After xmas I purchased foil storage containers cooked off all the uneaten and unused food and made up portions to use later. For example I boiled the last of the spuds and using a large pot of cream and all the unused cheeses from Xmas I made 5 portions of dauphinonies potatoes all portioned up and in the freezer

    We always look for reduced bargins we can make meals with or freeze for late use if it's on or close to the use by date.

    Look for reduced outlets. We buy all the kids snacks and drinks from the market where one store sells over its best before or close to the date. We save a fortune doing this and it's all branded goods. Some still have a month or more to the date, bargins have been branded pot noodles at 12 for 2.50 and square bars at 10p each

  • jnunn / 16 January 2016

    I have to agree with many way would £3.30 cover my fruit bill for a week ! There are 4-5 of us ..4 adults .
    Bananas alone cost me £1.80 ,Apple's between £1.40-£2,blueberries £2 ,and that's the lowest !

  • Zkbdu / 16 January 2016

    My shopping bill is usually £30-40 for a family of 4 ( extremely lucky to have even £1 at the end of the week) & I use all of these tips automatically each week, so if anyone can tell me how to get it even less cost, I'd be grateful.
    One tip I use is 2 containers in the freezer,1 for leftover veggies, 1 for leftover meats, when full just put in a pot or slowcooker with water and a couple of vegetable stock cubes, hey presto you have a kind of stew for very little pennies....£58 hahaha

  • Judy / 15 January 2016

    I live in East London where they have stalls with bowls full of different fruits for £1. I buy 3 of these per week and still have some left over

  • Sarah / 15 January 2016

    People always talk about downshifting and going for cheaper brands, but what about cheaper alternatives?

    Eg, 1 portion of raisins costs in less than 10p, 1 portion of tinned peaches around 40p.

    Compared to 1 portion of blueberries for c£1.50 and 1 portion of strawberries for around 75p.

    Perhaps the £3.30 isn't so unrealistic if the people pulling down the average weekly shop are choosing more vegetables instead because there seem to be more cheap veg options than cheap fruit options. Tins of baked beans and chopped tomatoes, onions and carrots are all cheap.

    35 portions of fruit in a week would put quite a lot of sugar into your diet.

    It would be good to see a breakdown of the £58- does it include cleaning products, nappies, etc?

    £4.50 per week seems a lot for non-alcoholic drinks. We buy tea bags, ground coffee and squash, and average £2 per week.

  • Angela / 15 January 2016

    Have to agree with my peers, £3.30 a week on fruit? I spend that daily!! My food bill is over £100 but I only cook fresh and more than 7 portions of fruit and veg.

  • Jennifer / 15 January 2016

    Seriously £3.30 on fresh Fruit per week???? I spend around 20/week on fresh Fruit alone for a family of 5 all eating a couple of bits of Fruit every day. We don't waste much but my average weekly shop never comes in under £100 because I cook everything from scratch, cook in bulk and freeze and buy no ready made stuff. Ready made meals are far cheaper but I refuse to feed that junk to my kids.

  • Helen Joyce / 15 January 2016

    £58 per household per week? Give us the demographics please. Where in the UK are these households? Maybe they use takeaways or eat out a lot, thereby reducing the supermarket bill! What age range are we talking about? Are they pensioners, young families, students or all of these? The claim of £58 spent each week per household does not hold up well without any further background information.

  • Audrey Goundry / 15 January 2016

    Good advice! Been doin most of it for years as on a budget but even gave me a coupe of good ideas thanx!

  • Jo / 15 January 2016

    £25 - £28 a week for 2 and a dog

  • Davee Shanmugadasa / 15 January 2016

    The course is very benificial.

  • Wendy / 15 January 2016

    The average of £58 per week must have been in 1980 or something. Constantly told to make sure kids get their 5 a day but fruit so expensive!

  • Louisa yergatian / 15 January 2016

    £3.30 on fruit? And getting their 5 a day???

  • kim holmes / 15 January 2016

    Meat is expensive, why not try to cut it out 3 days a week. There are some fabulous vegi recipes on line.

  • Lovebirdsplus3 / 14 January 2016

    Try living on a food budget of £40 per week for a family of 4, have to savvy shop, cook bulk and freeze, take advantage of offers and cannot afford to buy fruit but manage to provide a fresh cooked meal most night's, not saying it isn't hard because it is, have to stick to a weekly menu and not buy extras, some times get fed up with same meals but at least we have a meal! Would be interesting to see if politicians could survive on this budget for a month, I think not! Raiding the reduced section is always a bonus when items are available, hubby well trained up now and comes home with some good bargains which helps an awful lot.

  • Lovebirdsplus3 / 14 January 2016

    Try living on a food budget of £40 per week for a family of 4, have to savvy shop, cook bulk and freeze, take advantage of offers and cannot afford to buy fruit but manage to provide a fresh cooked meal most night's, not saying it isn't hard because it is, have to stick to a weekly menu and not buy extras, some times get fed up with same meals but at least we have a meal! Would be interesting to see if politicians could survive on this budget for a month, I think not! Raiding the reduced section is always a bonus when items are available, hubby well trained up now and comes home with some good bargains which helps an awful lot.

  • Vivien / 14 January 2016

    We are a family of 5. When I was struggling to pay debts a few years ago I was pointed towards a national debt helpline - they advised me that an average family should spend around £180 per week on groceries, and to find savings elewhe! There is no way £3.30 would cover fruit for all of us! Cheap apples about £1.50, bananas £1 and oranges £2. That's £4.50 already and wouldn't last more than a couple of days.

  • Custard Hewitt / 14 January 2016

    There are 4 of us and a dog.
    Admittedly I'm not extravagant but I can't do it for £58. I can do it for £70.
    I cook in bulk and freeze. Why would you pay £13 for lamb chops when you can buy a leg for £7 ? Local farm shop or Aldi. We all eat far more than we need.

  • Rhoda / 14 January 2016

    Some people are surprised with the £58 bill. I'm not. Following Jack Monroe, I have got my bill down to about £30 for 3 of us. Tinned potatoes was a big revelation but my fruit bowl is always full. If you haven't got more than £58 then you can't spend it.

  • Karen warwick / 14 January 2016

    £58 per week. I'm going to live with them. Well all I can say is they must look like sparrows. And eat people's left overs out the bins. Admittedly the nation does spend ro much and it lands up being thrown away. To cook from.scratch is expensive. Meat from a butcher isn't cheap and veg Is definitely expensive. Well I'm on my own and work with a decent wage and I would spend at least 58 pounds alone if I had fresh everything

  • PB / 14 January 2016

    Can tell you don't have a coeliac to buy for, their bread and pasta products are even more expensive and cheaper lines aren't always possible owing to gluten content.

  • Alice / 14 January 2016

    An average of £58 per week, including £3.30 on fresh fruit? Are they having a laugh? Where did the statistics come from? Was it "Benefit Street". We are a family of 4 and we spend over £100 per week. I buy supermarket makes (although not the Savers ones) and 4/5 meals a week are home cooked. However, in my experience it is cheaper to buy ready meals. Fresh chicken, fish and meat are expensive. We also spend much more than £3.30 on fresh fruit and there is only 2 of us who eat it. £58! Come off it.

  • Ezzymay / 14 January 2016

    It costs me about £200 a week. wish It on cost £58 .its £2 for a bag of apples . £58 if your family consists of just 1 person . £10 for 1 tin of baby milk .

  • Terry Clay / 11 January 2016

    Having read the comments on a couple of these food budget topics I haven't found a single reference to the web and smart phone tool which Money Advice Service recommends. For the few brand name products that we have determined we 'must have' we often find we can get them at half the price of our 'favourite' supermarket by checking the App. This often amounts to £10 a week saving so well worth 10 minutes on the App.

  • laura armitage / 11 January 2016

    I recently changed supermarkets. I have 2 adults, two teenegers and 2 smallers children to feed. I now save £60 per week on my shopping bill thanks to aldi. I admit the experience isn't the same as the Asda....but having saved 200 plus a month I'm happy to make the sacrifice.

  • Sharon / 9 January 2016

    Hi Margaret, I've just read your comment and smiled, my gran taught my mum to shop and cook like you, she taught me and now I'm passing it on to my two teenage daughters, there's nothing my 15 yr old can't cook from left overs , she's even surprised me sometimes! . I'm 45 and silently scream when I hear the younger women talk about their evening meals which mainly consist of expensive processed food. Home cooking is definitely the way forward and cheaper.

  • Margaret Burns / 8 January 2016

    I remember as a young married woman going into butcher & asking for 6oz minced beef. Changed my mind & asked for 8oz. The butcher laughed at me & said that my mother would have made the6oz go further by adding pulses eg lentils, oatmeal etc. I'm 72 & one of the best tips ever. Plus ALWAYS cook fresh. Slightly reduce portions (we all eat far too much) and freeze any leftovers. When you have enough you can have a leftovers night!

  • Bolton Kenny / 8 January 2016

    Deffinite can eat for less £s & still enjoy nutritious meals...go back to basics, look at Victorian recipes & modify to modern tastes. Pressure cooking an asset in this... try, ox heart, feeds comfortably 8/10 people. Cook heart for 1 hour, release pressure add root veg (diced) & potatos. Cook for 10 mins under pressure. Depressurise remove heart from stock, very thinly slice. Thicken stock, serve with veg & gravy. Less than 50p a head... also freezes well...

  • kayleigh / 7 January 2016

    I would love to know how to put my shopping down I send £70 per week plus £90 per month on top for nappies and wipes & formula then end up buying top ups at the local shop of about £20 per week. I don't no how to do it, my children have money for school for hot dinners. So no lunchboxes. Apart from my partners. However my fruit and salad comes to around £15 per week so id never be able to spend £3.20 on a family of 5. I also get through a loaf of bread per day so that's like £8 plus a week.

  • samantha sibary / 6 January 2016

    we're a family of 4 and we're lucky to spend up to £55 a fortnight on food if the money advice service could tell me how to get our food budget down any more than this I'd be interested

  • Kay Wilkins / 6 January 2016

    Erm no way is it only 3.30 on fruit there is only myself and my daughter and 3.30 wouldn't keep her in fruit let alone me. Fruit as it apples and bananas are cheap atm can get for a couple of pounds but if you want anything like blueberries cherries raspberries or strawberries or even grapes no way could you get for that little amount!

  • rr / 5 January 2016

    As for lamb chops at 5.50 each - seriously, you are in luxury street. Perhaps you are joking? Try at least looking for the cheaper cuts! We had two shoulders of pork for 12 pounds - the first one fed six grownups and seven children, the second we are still going through as leftovers...delicious

  • rr / 5 January 2016

    Blueberries, strawberries, are luxuries! What is wrong with apples and oranges? You can get 16 royal gala from Coop for 3 quid...

  • peter / 5 January 2016

    £3.30 on fruit per week sounds very low.
    I only buy fruit for my 3 year old. Single punnet of blueberries £3 , two punnets of value grapes £4 (i.e. cheaper than loose grapes per/kg) bunch of bananas £1.20, punnet of strawberries £2 or £3. Finally some apples and it comes to about £12.
    I normally have to buy bananas and blueberries twice in a week, which makes it even more expensive. Maybe some people have amazing fruit markets near them that offer knockdown prices and super quality goods. My experience has been that market fruit was of poorer quality (unripe, overripe, tasteless, frost damaged, bruised etc) than the super market produce . Which is not saying much.
    Other European countries seem to get much better fruit and veg than we are served up here.

  • Katie / 5 January 2016

    This time last year I would have easily spent 70+ on a weekly shop plus a further 10 on top up shops and 25 on a takeaway per week without blinking an eye. These day I can't afford to do that and have managed to reduce this to around £50 per week which includes household items, toiletries and nappies for my baby. Reducing your shopping bills are doable to those who don't think so, but it isn't easy to start off and unless you push yourself to adapt, you won't. Happy New Year all xx

  • Catherine / 5 January 2016

    If you are one of these people who shop frequently for food instead of a weekly shop, may I add this piece of advice? Have one day a week where you eat out of the fridge and absolutely no visit to the supermarket is allowed for any reason.

  • Michelle / 4 January 2016

    Totally doable. We used to be a family of five and would spend less than £50 a week which included 2 hungry teenage boys. Recently it was just me and my teenage daughter and would spend no more than £30 a week. Buying fresh food, lots of fruit and veg, cooking from scratch. You just need to shop smarter and cook smarter, there are loads of videos, blogs, recipes etc etc online.

  • Libjomi / 4 January 2016

    This can't possibly be based on an average family. We are a 2+1 and have a dog. The dog costs approximately £5 per week he has his dog food which we add things like rice, pasta & some veg that we may have left over.
    Coming onto the food we consume as humans my husband purchased lamb chops for us all at a cost of £16.34 we went shopping Saturday and did not purchase things like chocolate or luxury items, we did however have to purchase laundry items & cleaning stuff. Our freezer is full to bursting & we still spent over £83 and this was a light shop. We look for bargains such as reduced stock due to dates been close (if needed) but as an average we still spend over £100 per week not including the top ups in the week of milk & bread. Our average fruit & vegetable bill is somewhere in the region of £15-£18 per week & again this doesn't include any top ups we may buy mid week. Where do you get your families from who only spend £58 per week, and what kind of food are they eating? I cook fresh at least 5 days each week including lasagne, bolognese, casseroles & roast dinners to name a few we also eat quite a lot of fresh fish, which is grilled, baked, pan fried or poached. I rarely buy ready meals, and make pizza fresh not shop bought.

  • Helen M / 3 January 2016

    I agree £3.30 is pitiably low for fresh fruit - if this typical family has four members that's less than a pound per person, which cannot come anywhere near the 35 portions we should eat weekly. I also agree that the total weekly spend looks far too low. We spend more than that although we don't eat meat and rarely throw any food away. As I type my poor husband is trying to retrieve yesterday's failed pizza from its baking paper to which it fused yesterday.

  • Claire Clements / 3 January 2016

    £58 a week ? I'm sure most families of 4 spend far more than that ... I know I do ... And £3.30 a week on fruit ..??? I spend more like £8-£10