I haven’t done one of these for a while, but a lot of that is because the way we shop has changed since Hubby’s op in 2020 and then Covid took hold so I am now doing a bulk shop once a month for things like our UHT milk and top up as and when I need to.
I found my lists for pre Brexit and last January so have updated those, but before I add them to this post, a few things have also changed that aren’t included in either list.
Instant mash has gone up from 28p per 5 people serving to 35p, and the instant custard I buy has risen from 15p per packet to 23p.
Weights have changed considerably, and rather than the 880g of cheese I was getting, now it’s only 800g. The price may be the same as before, or perhaps a little less, but in most cases, you are actually getting less for your money pro rata. In most supermarkets, the prices on the shelf also give you the cost per 100g. If you have the time, you may find that something that looks more expensive actually isn’t and it might work in your favour to pay the extra.
I used to buy a tray of 5 or 6 chicken breasts for the freezer, but now I am lucky to get 4 for my money. You could argue that possibly the weight is the same and the breasts are bigger, but I have always shopped for the number of dinners I can get out of a pack, so now I am down to four. I can’t say I’ve noticed that the meals stretch further either as a curry won’t do us two days.
Saying that, I still divide our kilo of minced beef into five packs, and if I make a chili or spaghetti bolognese, because I am adding a full tin of tomatoes (and kidney beans too for the chili) that is enough to do us for two days.
Our stew packs have also gone up slightly, but the quality of the produce therein is tired and we have discovered that by buying the swede and parsnips separate, we have enough to freeze down for a second three-day stew at a later date (which is actually what we’re having tomorrow).
We are lucky in that there are only the two of us and we are retired so have the time and means to shop around. Prices are on the rise though, maybe not as much of a hike as was originally thought, but some are definitely higher than a year or two ago.
Those highlighted in yellow are where we have switched brands for whatever reason , those in grey are things we don’t buy at the moment, and the differences boxed in pale blue are things that have actually reduced.
From what we buy, there is not really a lot of difference.
Hope you find this useful.