According to Greg Wallace last night, the average spend for a family of six on their grocery shopping each week is £108. I'm not sure if that includes toilet rolls, shampoo etc etc? On his programme, it only seems to be food and drink.
As you know we are a family of six - five adults (OMG am I REALLY that old?!!) and one child who eats as much as an adult! There are specific dietary requirements (gluten free and dairy free) which bump up the price of things. We have two moggies expecting food too and of course my feathered beauties, although their food comes out of the sundries budget rather than my weekly shopping budget.
On the menu this week:-
Veggie chilli, guacamole, rice and tortilla chips
Vegan shepherds pie, peas and sweetcorn
Vegetable curry, poppadums, raita and red onion relish
Gammon and roasted vegetables (or GF vegan sausages) followed by apple crumble
Vegan mac 'n' cheese and green salad
Vegan burger and chips
(If you recognize any if these, I am giving Jamie Oliver a go this week .... So to speak!)
My GF and vegan bake this week is 'Peanut butter granola bars'. Daughter number one has a tough week ahead and may need an energy boost!
This menu plan comes to a total of £71, including some toiletries and cat food. There will be absolutely no wastage either! I may possibly need to go and get some extra salad bits later in the week, but I won't spend more than a few pounds.
I know many of you have found the programme 'Eat well for less' very irritating and I can see why, but I have found it quite astounding to see what some people think is OK. I wonder if it would have been better bypassing Greg Wallace altogether by using families who can budget and feed their families well, to support those families who are in need of some advice and help? Perhaps I should send my idea in to the BBC? What do you think?