£25 if I have time to cook. I live in a self-catered halls and I cook 3-4 times a week if I have time.
I usually buy the bare essentials, buy the supermarket's own brand ie Morrisons Saver range :P
I think 2-3 times whether I really need the item.
I also have a weekly shopping list which I have written in advance - I make sure I buy things in bulk and buy fresh vegs 2 days before I cook them.
My two flatmates and I split the cost between three of us and cook together. We order online from Tesco. A typical weekly shop (though it varies) includes...
3 x diced chicken breast packets
1 x home pride pasta bake
1 x tesco fajita kit
1 x frozen broccoli and cauliflower
1 x noodles (for stir fry)
2 x tesco white bread
2 x semi skimmed milk
1 x weetabix
1 x special K
1 x puff pastry packet
1 x can of chicken soup (for chicken pie)
1 x bag of potatoes
1 x bag of tesco oven chips
2 x tins of tesco beans
1 x pack of fish fingers
1 x pack of salad
1 x flora light
2 x strawberries
1 x pack of bananas
1 x pack of ham
1 x crackers
1 x pack of tesco ice lollys
5 x packet soups
obviously there will sometimes be more if we run out of things like mayonaise etc.... but it generally comes to about spending £16 each a week, no more than 20 unless we buy alcohol online
Wholewheat bread (every other week or so)
Tinned tuna, mackerel and sardines
Lots of vegetables depending on what's on offer
Apples, grapes (to freeze), kiwis
Some fresh chicken and fish (one of each per week)
Some sort of frozen meat (i.e. 1/2 a turkey joint)
diet fizzy drinks
Every month: Oats, toiletries, some chocolate, peanuts, tea and coffee
I usually get a big tesco delivery a fortnight, adding up to £30-40 (including the delivery charge). It includes in a typical shop:
-easy cook chicken
-packets of baxters pasta
plus whatever household item ive run out of like mouthwash, washing powder, soap, kitchen towel e.c.t
Then another £5 or so on milk, bread and the odd sandwich in the week
At the moment only about £10-12 per week on food, but that's only on meat, fish, frozen vegetables, bread, milk and fruit juice. Been a bit crazy with my shopping since I started uni and have far too many tins, jars of sauce and bags of pasta sitting in my cupboard. Am genuinely a bit worried that I won't be able to eat everything before I move out at the end of May... I aimed to spend £20 per week in tesco but some weeks would spend up to £35.
Alcohol... about £3 from tesco for every night out, so usually between £3 or £6 per week. Plus about one 35cl of Glens (at about £6) every couple of months or so.
3 pieces of steak
a bag of salad
Not a lot to make a meal with there, unless I have steak for 3 days ha. Although I do count tortilla chips and houmous as a meal nowadays, it's pretty filling!
But this is a typical shop for me really, i'm not too good at it, I always regret what I bought when I get back and have nothing for dinner, and feel sick from eating and drinking the last 5 things on that list in a very short space of time.
I used to spend about £15 a week, but I tended to go every three/four weeks or so and stock up on bits inbetween. So I would do a big shop of £40 and then a few mini trips here and there.
Frozen petit pois
Frozen green beans
Frozen chicken breasts
Turkey dinosaurs (mmm)
Then whatever else I fancied for that particular time - usually some wine (for cooking..), maybe some crisps/snacks/chocolate.. anything really.
I spend more now I think, and I basically exist on frozen chicken breasts, frozen cod fillets, squash, lettuce, cucumber, new potatoes, rice, risotto rice, stock, gravy, swede, carrots, petit pois, broccoli, granola bars, jaffa cakes, pasta and green beans.
I spend about £10-£15 a week on food. But I may pop to Sainsbury's local if I wanted to pick up a bottle of wine or a fizzy drink or something.
I usually buy:
Bag of spinach
About 4 tomatoes
3 peppers of assorted colours
Either some salami from the counter or cheese - depending on how I'm feeling any particular week.
Loaf of bread
A handful of button mushrooms
Small amount of new potatoes
2 x Tinned tomatoes
Tins of soup
Tin or two of Black beans or butter beans
250g of extra lean mince meat.
Usually then I'd have spices and herbs which I wouldn't buy in my every day shop.. they'd obviously last for weeks and I'd replace them at different times; so it would be too big of an expense.
Last edited by Welsh_insomniac; 02-05-2012 at 10:07.