What is average family shop for 4 all over 18

Gordon Gekko

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There is no right answer to this question, if I had to, and when I had to, I could live frugally (spaghetti hoops on toast being a dinner !) . I consider food one of the joys of life and I haven't a notion of living frugally. The older I get and particularly due to Covid that is my view. Our actual food bill is higher due to Covid but we are saving a fortune on dining out. And we dined out very well indeed.

Maybe a better question should be how much can I get the food bill down to, for those needing to do so. Without feeling like the family are hard done by.

Wise words. I remember having to keep an eye on the cost after I graduated so now I enjoy not doing that. It’s nice to be able to buy things like fillet steak and monkfish if you want to. But you could do it for much less if needs be.
 

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I love cooking. I'd nearly cook for the sake of it without eating the food. It's relaxing and creative and a great life skill.
If you are willing to take the time you can cook very tasty and nourishing meals for very little cost. Cheap cuts of meat slow cooked often produce the best taste.
 

Bronte

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I love cooking. I'd nearly cook for the sake of it without eating the food. It's relaxing and creative and a great life skill.
If you are willing to take the time you can cook very tasty and nourishing meals for very little cost. Cheap cuts of meat slow cooked often produce the best taste.
What I wouldn't give for a bacon, cabbage, turnip and potatoes. For any money LOL.
 

Ceist Beag

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I love cooking. I'd nearly cook for the sake of it without eating the food. It's relaxing and creative and a great life skill.
If you are willing to take the time you can cook very tasty and nourishing meals for very little cost. Cheap cuts of meat slow cooked often produce the best taste.
Agreed. Pottering about in the kitchen putting something together while listening to music is just another form of meditation to me. Gardening is another one ... but I think I'm moving away from the point of the thread! OP is still very shy to post their average spend...
 

shweeney

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Cheap cuts of meat slow cooked often produce the best taste.

For certain dishes sure, there's only so many slow cooked stews you can eat though. Sometimes you want a lump of meat or a steak.
Cheapest option is to go vegetarian, at least for a couple of meals a week.

At the moment, we can't go anywhere, no foreign holiday to look forward to; might as well eat and drink well.
 

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What I wouldn't give for a bacon, cabbage, turnip and potatoes. For any money LOL.
Don't laugh but I still cook that and corned beef ....I'm really a peasant:)
2 Adults, 1 teetotaller, shop local, eat well circa Euro 130 per week
 

Bronte

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For certain dishes sure, there's only so many slow cooked stews you can eat though. Sometimes you want a lump of meat or a steak.
Cheapest option is to go vegetarian, at least for a couple of meals a week.

At the moment, we can't go anywhere, no foreign holiday to look forward to; might as well eat and drink well.
But a Roast chicken is a pretty cheap dish. And mince dishes too, like chilli con carne, or shepard's pie. As for vegetarian I tried out the Finnish sensation last week, the feta one with pasta, we were not impressed. My DH thought I'd lost the plot. He's firmly maate and two veg. If he can get it from me !
 

Bronte

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Don't laugh but I still cook that and corned beef ....I'm really a peasant:)
2 Adults, 1 teetotaller, shop local, eat well circa Euro 130 per week
How do you mean corned beef, that's what American's think we eat, but I only ever ate it in sandwiches.
 

Fidgety

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Pop down to your local butcher Bronte and give it a go, you will not be disappointed. And the sandwiches are good too. Enjoy
 
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