The cost of Eating

Carol By Carol, 28th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/u315v9l6/
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With food going up every week, I have had to change my diet.
Maybe that is not such a bad thing.

The cost of Eating

There are two of us in our household, except for when visitors come of course, and there was a time, not that long ago, when I could feed us for £40 per week. Gradually the price of food has risen, we are told that petrol has gone up, and oil prices, ingredients such as flour have risen, crops have been ruined because of the excessive weather conditions this last winter. Any excuse you can name has been blamed on the very high price of food these days. I am now lucky if I can feed us both now for less than £80 a week.

I have to explain that is not all food, but even a toilet roll or a bathroom cleaner costs an arm and a leg these days. I can manage, but there must be some poor families, and old people struggling on a pension who are very close to the breadline, and I really feel for them.

Here are some ways I have found to keep the bill as low as possible.

My Ideas


1. We don’t eat meat every day, sometimes we just have soup and bread, or even a boiled egg for our evening meal.

2. I look at all the half price items that have reached their sell by date. If I don’t want them that day, I cook and store them in the freezer.

3. I make my own soup mostly, it’s better for you, as you know exactly what is going into it.

4. I do not buy, BUY ONE AND GET ONE FREE unless it’s something I like or need, as chances are I would eat one of them, and not the other.

5. I buy the super market brand name of lots of items, because it usually tastes just as good.

6. I buy and cook cheap liver such as Pigs, or cheap minced meat for my dog. I add a bit of rice, and some mixed veg, he loves it, and it works out cheaper than any dog food.

7. If I only need to top up, I discipline myself to buy only what we need, because it is so easy to fill a trolley full of special offers just because they are there.

8. We only have dessert at the weekend, but maybe that is not such a bad thing, as I have always had a sweet tooth. It may help my weight and my health to remain stable,

This helps me a little, so I hope others can find it useful, because sadly, I cannot see the price of food ever coming down again. Maybe we should all try to grow our own fruit and veg, one day I might have the time to do just that. Happy Shopping everyone.

A quick dessert, cooked in the microwave

Have a bit of what you fancy

What I do with my Leftovers

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Budget, Budgeting Tips, Buy One Get One Free, Dog Food, Eating, Economise, Families, Flour, Food Bill, Food Diet Tips, Frugal, Home Made Soup, How To Save Money, Money, Petrol, Poor Pensioners, Sell By Date, Special Offers

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author avatar Carol
I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Sounds like a sensible approach to grocery shopping to me.

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author avatar Carol
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you Jerry.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Feb 2011 (#)

my wife and I do many of those things too.

We eat less meat, try to grow some of our own food (even keep hens for eggs in the summer)!

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author avatar christopheranton
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Some good tips there Carol.
Keep up the good work.

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author avatar Carol
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks Chris and Mark.

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author avatar Songbird B
28th Feb 2011 (#)

Great article, Carol, with some really useful tips and advice.This is a great share..

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
1st Mar 2011 (#)

Carol, great tips here my friend. We forget we don't need to eat meat everyday! And I lvoe your tips for feeding the dog.

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author avatar Carol
1st Mar 2011 (#)

You are welcome folks.

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author avatar James R. Coffey
1st Mar 2011 (#)

One thing about being a vegetarian in the US is that your weekly food bill doesn't change much over time as long as you stick to what is in season and shop the farmers markets. In the winter you tend to eat more vegetables, and in the summer more fruit. but invariably it balances out.

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author avatar LOVERME
1st Mar 2011 (#)

In earlier times
We could eat a dozen chocolates
Now we have to think
A dozen times,
Wow the costs
They take my breath away.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Carol, I shop just as you do. I am telling you, the cost has gone up so much over the last 6 months. It might be only 10 cents here and there or even some items have jumped 50 cents or a dollar, it is just awful. It all adds up.
Last night I had a boiled egg and some very nice kiwi fruit (oragnic, on sale) and it was very satisfying. I too make Bugg's food and have been doing so for my dogs for at least the last 8 years. it does cost less and you then know what they are eating. I am sure Leo just loves it. As always my friend, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Carol
3rd Mar 2011 (#)

Thanks Honey and Denise. I love boiled eggs too. Our dogs are lucky!

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author avatar richardpeeej
5th Mar 2011 (#)

You are a woman after my own heart Carol I am exactly the same as you as far as waste is concerned...thanks for the tips!

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author avatar Carol
5th Mar 2011 (#)

You are welcome Richard

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