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    Hi guys. For those of you who cook, how much does your weekly shop cost on average?
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    I spend somewhere in the region of £40-50 per week at the moment where I live. Probably spend a bit too much than I ought to...
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    About £50 on average, although my recent shop was in the £70 region.... It will probably last me longer than a week though.

    I enjoy cooking and rarely go out, so the money I don't spend on getting drunk, I like to spend on good food.
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    I spend £10-£15 every week for mine. It's not great considering I have to shop at Lidl but I only get £300 after my rent comes out of my loan so I have to make do.
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    (Original post by Rascacielos)
    About £50 on average, although my recent shop was in the £70 region.... It will probably last me longer than a week though.

    I enjoy cooking and rarely go out, so the money I don't spend on getting drunk, I like to spend on good food.
    I'm curious how you spend £70 on a weekly food shop (despite you saying you probably won't eat it all). I spend about £25 at most and I'm quite a big foody. I am an ovo-vegetarian... but even when I ate meat and cheese/milk I never came close to that. Do you have dependents?
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    We seem to spend about 400-450kr a week (about £50) but prices are slightly higher in Denmark and the pound is kind of weak against the krone at the moment so it's not as much as you think - to buy what we buy I'd spend maybe £35-£40 a week in the UK. This sounds good but my other half eats two meals (breakfast and lunch) at work five days a week and the cost of that is not included in the amount I said. We seem to be eating (budget) fish fillets and a bit of other meat fairly often along with a good amount of vegetables so we eat pretty well. So glad I'm not a student anymore (though that's a slightly odd thing to say, given that I don't currently have a job and am not entitled to social security here so comparing that to having student loans and grants means I'm way worse off).
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    for this/ the next few weeks about £5

    usually about £20 but end of term and all that
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    The family on the TV with the 16 kids only spent £250 per week. Triathlon and Racing Bike Hire in Stafford www.d2ride.co.uk Triathlon and Racing Bike Hire in Stafford www.d2ride.co.uk Triathlon and Racing Bike Hire in Stafford www.d2ride.co.uk
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    Probably about £25 in the supermarket, but I will spend a bit more buying a sandwich or two/ extra milk during the week.
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    Spend more than £5. That's no good.
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    I'm curious how you spend £70 on a weekly food shop (despite you saying you probably won't eat it all). I spend about £25 at most and I'm quite a big foody. I am an ovo-vegetarian... but even when I ate meat and cheese/milk I never came close to that. Do you have dependents?
    No, I just like trying new recipes and they usually have a lot of ingredients, some of which aren't cheap. That shop includes household items as well (I live alone, so I guess I spend a bit more on those kinds of things than other students who live in a house together) and the occasional bottle of wine or two.
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    About £30 on meat and then about £15-£25 for everything else.
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    £30 for me is a comfortable shop with a few extra bits (something like ice cream and some household stuff maybe like some hangers, washing up liquid or stuff like shampoo and toothpaste).

    I have managed on £20 but without meat, but have also gone up to £45 when stocking up.

    I tend to do a big shop and fill my freezer space with stuff that I then eat slowly throughout the space of about 6 weeks, along with other food that i'm buying.
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    (Original post by Rascacielos)
    No, I just like trying new recipes and they usually have a lot of ingredients, some of which aren't cheap. That shop includes household items as well (I live alone, so I guess I spend a bit more on those kinds of things than other students who live in a house together) and the occasional bottle of wine or two.
    Oh I'm not a student any more, I just can't really keep away from this forum since I graduated. Haha Yeah I am a big fan of cooking too, and growing food. So I suppose I try and save money that way. It's good that you're cooking good food from scratch as a student. I only seemed to understand real cooking when I was in my 3rd year and only then did I learn that you can save so much money by cooking food from scratch. That's when I lost sympathy for my friends when they moaned about not being able to afford food
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    Oh I'm not a student any more, I just can't really keep away from this forum since I graduated. Haha Yeah I am a big fan of cooking too, and growing food. So I suppose I try and save money that way. It's good that you're cooking good food from scratch as a student. I only seemed to understand real cooking when I was in my 3rd year and only then did I learn that you can save so much money by cooking food from scratch. That's when I lost sympathy for my friends when they moaned about not being able to afford food
    True. I guess you can save money by cooking food from scratch, unless you're like me and want to learn to do everything that Nigella, Jamie Oliver, etc can do... then the cost starts adding up when you find you need anchovies for one recipe, and sundried tomatoes for the next...! Gordon Ramsay creates a particularly big hole in the purse, I've found!!

    But that kind of cooking I find so much more exciting than endless budget student cookbooks whose recipes are invariable dull and some of them taste frankly awful too.
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    I'm curious how you spend £70 on a weekly food shop (despite you saying you probably won't eat it all). I spend about £25 at most and I'm quite a big foody. I am an ovo-vegetarian... but even when I ate meat and cheese/milk I never came close to that. Do you have dependents?
    Just wondering, might sound silly but what is the difference between an ovo-vegetarian and a vegan? :lolwut:



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    (Original post by Rascacielos)
    True. I guess you can save money by cooking food from scratch, unless you're like me and want to learn to do everything that Nigella, Jamie Oliver, etc can do... then the cost starts adding up when you find you need anchovies for one recipe, and sundried tomatoes for the next...! Gordon Ramsay creates a particularly big hole in the purse, I've found!!

    But that kind of cooking I find so much more exciting than endless budget student cookbooks whose recipes are invariable dull and some of them taste frankly awful too.
    Yeah it does get very expensive :P I really despise that student cookbook nonsense. It just creates unhealthy eating habits and reinforces a stupid stereotype. Ah I'll never understand it.

    What made you start wanting to cook celebrity chef style meals? Was it just watching them on tv? I've not really watched many cooking channels although I reckon I would get so addicted if I did.

    I go through phases of enjoying complex cooking to doing a 180 and take simple pleasures. Like cooking soups. They can be so cheap and so tasty to make and so comforting :P I'm making myself far too hungry when I should be asleep right now
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    (Original post by minifridge)
    Just wondering, might sound silly but what is the difference between an ovo-vegetarian and a vegan? :lolwut:



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    Vegans don't consume any animal produce at all, or anything that derives from animals. I simply can't give up eggs... and that's pretty much the only difference. It seems to be my favourite thing to have for breakfast. I do rarely consume cheese... but I don't normally buy it. I'm not entirely strict on my diet, however I think ultimately I'm trying to move towards veganism.

    Edit: Not entirely entirely sure why I got negged for this.
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    (Original post by Welsh_insomniac)
    Yeah it does get very expensive :P I really despise that student cookbook nonsense. It just creates unhealthy eating habits and reinforces a stupid stereotype. Ah I'll never understand it.

    What made you start wanting to cook celebrity chef style meals? Was it just watching them on tv? I've not really watched many cooking channels although I reckon I would get so addicted if I did.

    I go through phases of enjoying complex cooking to doing a 180 and take simple pleasures. Like cooking soups. They can be so cheap and so tasty to make and so comforting :P I'm making myself far too hungry when I should be asleep right now
    I spend a lot of time in Waterstones and get easily distracted by pretty pictures in recipe books! It's not just celebrity chefs though, I also follow a lot of food blogs and foodporndaily.com (do not look if you're hungry!) - I have an ever-growing 'recipes' folder in my favourites and want to try everything out! I just get a lot of pleasure from eating and cooking food. It makes it easier to keep healthy too because I can cook things that actually taste great, rather than resorting to something bland, but low calorie, because I don't know how to do anything different.

    Don't get me wrong: I love simple cooking too. On occasions, a good, simple soup just hits the spot (particularly if it's curried something or other ).

    How do you manage to do all that on £25? I'm amazed!
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    Probably £20-30


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