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How much does your family spend?

Do you think you live in an expensive area? Well now you'll be able to see if you really do pay more than friends and family elsewhere in the UK.

The annual Office of National Statistics (ONS) Family Spending report has just released the figures for what we all spent each week in 2014. Unsurprisingly people living in London and the South East spend more than the rest of the country, but in some categories the spend isn't too different wherever you live.

Take a look at the map and charts below to compare your spending to the national and regional averages.

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  • Terry / 12 February 2018

    Lol, so my wife and I are averaging £500+ per month on food (Inc dining out)(in Scotland) but it seems to be the constant visit to a local Sainsbury's or Tesco that's chipping away at our bank account. How does a family live off £60 a week on food!? Wife gets a free lunch and I come home for rice and tuna each day... These stats can't be accurate...

  • Quin / 15 January 2017

    These figures make little sense to me. We are a family of five and shop carefully (no processed foods, economising) but easily spend £600 pounds a month on the supermarket shop (food/toiletries).

  • fred jarvis / 3 January 2017

    so non-specific and vague it's meaningless

  • Roger / 8 October 2016

    We are a family of 4 in our house, we spend about 14 pounds a week on food and we eat extremely well and healthy. Almost every day I go to Tesco and bring 1 or 2 bags full of food for less than £2 sometimes with the 90% discount prices they do at the end of the day. It's absolutely amazing what we save and how well we eat. I really feel very fortunate sometimes. I really do.
    Our fridge is always packed and in the fridge there is always lots of fruit, vegetables and every thing else that we need and only one in while we need to top up with normal things like rice or pasta, or milk for example, that we don't get on reduced price quite often.

    People have the choice to save a lot of money intelligently and they don't do it only they don't want to. You don't have top spend lots of money. Just be smart with your wallet.

  • Joanna from London / 19 June 2016

    Wow.... Is it even possible to live on the amounts quoted? My husband and I live in London and I would think you need to double/triple the figures to get public transport into work, heat the house and eat a balanced diet...

  • marc / 21 March 2016

    £60 that is the only figure I'll give, for what you ask well let me be as vague as this report. no breakdown of single adult or family 1 new born or 2 adults, or 2 adults 2 children, Its time to use big data and calculate this in real time, I'll happily feed in my stats incognito to benefit from the national comparison. but as its stands I might as well ask someone in the queue at lidl or tesco its going to be more relevant than this waste of time.

  • Rosie / 20 March 2016

    Correction... Households without children are treated as invisibleand of no value to today's Society .....

  • Rosie / 20 March 2016

    Good to see some average figures - though many of us in the South East would like to have just five pound recreation spend a week, let alone over 70 pounds! I'm fed up seeing households continually referred to as "families", as if noone who doesn't have children exists! I'd like to see the stats for how many households are made up of single people with and without children and couples with and without children. Those households are treated as invisible (and therefore appearing to be of no value to Society!) again and again, yet are increasing and Government and other bodies like MAS and the Press need to take this into account when publishing stats etc. Many families may qualify for tax credits and other benefits, allowing them to have a nice recreation spend each week, but many single and two people households have no spare at all as they don't qualify for any income top ups unless on exceptionally low incomes.

  • Naomi / 23 February 2016

    How big is the 'average household'? And a bit more detail about what is included in 'Recreation' (is this eating out as well as gym classes?) and 'housing; would be helpful.

  • Sam / 12 February 2016

    Just wondering where baby formula/nappies/wipes/household cleaning products fit in to this. We spend about £70 per week at the supermarket. That would put us way over the average food shop but maybe that's because I'm including the above items too.

  • Paula Jones / 28 December 2015

    My weekly bills are £100 per week and I don't have a mortgage. This includes gas elec council tax telephone tv and Internet water car costs and insurance policies(life, house, and holidays). My costs would be less if I was on the dole as I wouldn't pay council tax but it would still be £75 per week for a large house with two people. I have to have life insurance in case I die (I'm 62)and my husband is left with nothing to live on. The figures by ONS are too vague to be useful ?

  • Sally / 27 December 2015

    The average spend in my region on housing & energy is listed as £64.20/week. Mine cost £190/week even though we're on a low income. How is this 'average' worked out? How many people did you ask & how many people was in a 'household'?

  • Mary Hayward / 27 December 2015

    I use your budgeting categories as I feel they are a good fit with my spending habits, unlike some other published categories. I checked the ONS site for the definition of a household and it seems simply to include whatever number of people are living within one house. But maybe you can clarify that please? It would be useful so that the data can be adjusted to relate to one or more people, depending on how many we budget for.

  • Dawn / 27 December 2015

    Please can you say exactly what 'housing and energy' comprises of? I understood housing was rent or mortgage costs, but from the sums shown you couldn't rent somewhere in London for £436 or so a month. We would all like to know precise amounts for 'energy' and what is 'housing'? I just don't get it, it's ambiguous, please enlighten not confuse.

  • Vince Buckley / 27 December 2015

    The figures are rather meaningless. What is meant by 'household and energy spend' for example. One assumes that these are households, yet there is no definition of an 'average household'.

  • Adelina / 27 December 2015

    Could you please specify if this has looked at households with or without kids? Thanks!