Comparison post

Out of interest, I thought I’d do a comparison post on our shopping from 2015.

The above was calculated from a basic list and one of the higher ranking supermarkets compared to our shopping around in two or three other outlets.
These days, the weights of some items have changed (I’ve tried to pro rata where I could), we’ve gone back to ‘branded’ products in some instances, and others we just don’t buy anymore.
My new list shows the monetary difference as well as a percentage change so I hope you can follow it OK.

As I was doing it, I was surprised at how little some of our usual items have increased, though opting for Yorkshire Tea Bags may seem expensive compared to getting 160 for our money before, but we do get two decent cups of tea per bag, so theoretically our 120 bags are 240 cups. We shop around for Maggie’s food as it can vary from £7.98 to as little as £4.50, but I usually pay £5.50 now.
A 500g tub of Flora will last me quite a while as I don’t have spread on my bread now as a rule.
Our toothpaste is still for sensitive teeth, but what we bought 4 years ago is discontinued and we have found an alternative for less.

Wonder what it will look like post Brexit (if it ever happens)?
Watch this space!!!!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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15 Responses to Comparison post

  1. I suspect it will get more expensive for a number of items, I must do a similar exercise

    • Fruit is my biggest expense now, so I shall have either raspberries, blueberries or strawberries, not all of them which will save a couple of pounds a week. We went back to the branded names because of the quality and the extra is soon compensated by the false economy.

  2. Sadje says:

    You’re quite the number cruncher!

  3. noravista says:

    I was thinking, holy cow! I need to shop where this guy does! Then I realized you are in the UK. We spend the equivalent of £80 a week for grocery/household items here in Utah. What do you spend a week?

    • Currently our average is about £32 – £35 week. Last year, our total food/household bill for us and the dog was just over £1760.
      I stock up my freezer with 6 chicken breasts, 6 chops, 1kg lean minced beef and 8 pieces of fish once a month. I can get a meal for the two of us out of a single breast, and my mince is divided into 5 packs. I try to do two meals a week which are meat free. A pack of Maggie’s dried dinner will last her about three weeks.

      • noravista says:

        Not bad! I should try to do better on meal planning. I think we spent about $5,000 last year on households/groceries. That includes garbage bags, mouse traps, and even a few clothes. What are your go-to meals?

      • We both like rice, so I do either a curry or ginger and pineapple dish with a single chicken breast (the latter also works for pork). I made a tomato and cucumber pasta bake for me today, and I have a basic recipe for minced beef and onions which by adding tomatoes, mixed veg, kidney beans, peppers or whatever can become a chili, lasagna, spaghetti bolognese or a cottage pie. In the winter months it;s a three day stew, which is all veg and n meat other than 2 stock cubes. I think we spent about £150 on clothes last year for the two of us, but that included 2 pairs each of trainers for me and steel toe work boots for Hubby.

  4. blindzanygirl says:

    Interesting Di. Actually, whilst talking about money and groceries, I found an old shopping list from around 1968 and my budget for the week for food, washing powder etc eas 7/6d. Weird! Lol

    • Oh blimey Lorraine! I still revert to the old £sd, and remember when petrol was 6/9d a gallon!!

      • blindzanygirl says:

        I know. Me an hubby got married while we were still at College and we had very little money. The “grown ups” said we were too young, but we have our 50th wedding anniversary in September, so I think they got it a bit wrong lol. I remember one day seeing some REALLY cheap fish fingers in a fishmingers, and I went rushing home to hubby all excited, saying “I’ve just seen chish fingers – PEEP!” Ha ha

      • Wow! Your golden wedding this year Lorraine! Congratulations !

      • blindzanygirl says:

        Thankyou. We have gone through some tough times – but we’re still here lol

      • Likewise, but have only just clocked up 28 years of marriage, but 30 together.

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