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Monthly food spend

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by laissez-faire, 1 Jun 2006.

  1. laissez-faire

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

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    Location: Edinburgh/Southampton

    Just came to the end of my second year of uni. I was going through the bank statements and I spent a whopping average of £750 per month on FOOD.

    This seems too high, and my parents weren't too happy, what do you guys spend and any tips to cut down?

    Thanks,

    Sam
     
  2. kaiowas

    Capodecina

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Castle Anthrax

    HOW?!?!?!

    I'd struggle to spend that if I had takeaway EVERY day
     
  3. Le_Petit_Lapin

    Capodecina

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    Location: Northern Ireland

    :eek: Wtf? Do you eat takeaways for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

    Seriously, buy a cookbook and work your way through it, getting the ingredients from Tescos/Asda/Local Market/Wherever is cheap.

    In my house, theres three of us (I cook) and I'd say it costs about ~£250-£300 a month for all of us, Breakfasts (cooked) and Dinners.
     
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  4. Bes

    Soldato

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    Jesus H Christ! I thought I was bad at around £200 per month for myself! Thats about £25 A DAY!!!!!
     
  5. Belmit

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 7 Nov 2002

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    Location: The Winchester

    £40-£50 a week. Helps if you go without a shopping list and make meals out of whatever's on BOGOF. Last week I bought chicken breasts, salmon and king prawns all on buy one get one free. All you need is a range of sauces and side dishes and you can make all sorts of stuff. Tonight it's salmon, couscous and ratatouille, total cost about £2.50. You don't have to buy cheap crap to save money, although it looks like you've been surviving on fillet steak and caviar judging by your budget. :p
     
  6. Ukadder

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Aug 2004

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    Location: Essex

    £750 a month!! Thats £25 a day, you should be able to live for a week on that amount shopping from Tesco.
     
  7. Bat

    Hitman

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 986

    That's insane. We spend about £200 a month for a family of 4!
     
  8. AJUK

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 14 Nov 2003

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    About £40 per week between two of us plus I will spend about 40 quid on myself in booze and a curry/pizza on a night out. WTF are you eating? :eek:

    As for cutting down, off to Lidl or Aldi with ya and don't buy crap.
     
  9. Mat

    Capodecina

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    Do what my uni housemates friend did; spend your whole grant on a stereo, eat porridge oats and nothing else as you have no money and end up getting scurvy! Genius... :rolleyes:
     
  10. Sirrel Squirrel

    Sgarrista

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    Location: Essex

    holy ****, I'm earning that a month at the moment :eek:
     
  11. ezabella45

    Gangster

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    Location: Whitley Bay, Newcastle

    That really is crazy. Wish we had enough money to spend that much, lol
     
  12. Jenjey

    Soldato

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    Location: London/Liverpool

    About £100-£150 on food shopping.
    Bit more if you count the amount spent eating out :o
     
  13. laissez-faire

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

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    I usually skipped breakfast, bought lunch from Tescos and then went out for a meal in the evening... I bought a microwave curry once but other than that I didn't cook anything.
     
  14. Le_Petit_Lapin

    Capodecina

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    Whoah...wait....OP...does that include booze money, being a student and all?

    Aye, there you go. Buy a good set of cooking equipment, a good thick cookbook and pillage that instead....and...learn to make some chocolate cake that will almost kill you with a cocoa overdose, Death by chocolate is a good one. The girls will love you for it. ;)
     
  15. Nismo

    Capodecina

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    Christ, thats ridiculous.

    That amount isnt far off what we pay for all our mortgage and bills combined!
     
  16. laissez-faire

    Mobster

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    I think this is a myth that circulates every single university lol.
     
  17. Trifid

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 18 Feb 2006

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    He didn't eet any fruit or vegetables, at all!

    £25 a day! In would check that your house mates are not taking your food as you put it in, so when you go back to the cupboard there isn't anything in there so you then have to go shopping again, thinking that you dreamed about it.

    ^confusing.
     
  18. Yas786

    Caporegime

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: All over the world...

    :eek:

    I spend about £150 a month for our food shopping but then its only me and my mum and tbh even £150 is quite a bit but then that includes the monthly halal meat shopping as well.
     
  19. laissez-faire

    Mobster

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    Location: Edinburgh/Southampton

    Drink wasn't included but I drink very very little - only spend about £100 per month on booze and the only reason it is that high is I don't usually drink wine costing less than £15 per bottle.
     
  20. malolo

    Hitman

    Joined: 31 Oct 2005

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    Don't you think going out for meals every night is slightly excessive? Do your parents think you're cooking for yourself?