Post by Btms
I think you live alone? I can understand that prepping and cooking for one
is probably not too economic. The economy works differently. Much home
cooked food is little more than assembling ingredients. And if you cook
double there is one for the freezer. Children dont eat much. Example
today I cooked 24 portions of meatballs on home made sauce. Cost £6.
It's cheaper to buy and cook in quantity. I remember seeing some prog
on BBC1 a few years ago about how to eat on a low income. "Celebrity"
chefs went to visit various people on low incomes and help them
produce better meals.
In each case, they were told "X has <this> amount to spend on food
each day. Where <this> was about £2.80. The thing is, you can't buy
a individual day's food for £2.80, but you can buy a week's food for
£20. You might end up eating meatballs in homemade sauce several
times a week, but it will be healthy and filling. A pack of porridge
oats / cereal and 4 pints of milk will make breakfast all week for a
couple of quid.
There are charity "challenges" of spending £1 a day on food for 5
days. A friend of mine did it a few years ago and really struggled.
My comment was that it would be easier to shop for 7 days with £7, as
it gives you that bit extra to play with, but doesn't really add much
to the overall cost.
In the case of feeding a family, again, the larger quantities make the
individual portion costs lower. 2 loaves of bread + 2 pack of cooked
meat + jar of peanut butter + bunch of bananas/equivalent fruit +
cheap pack of choccy biccies = lunch for 4 people plus snacks for kids
for a week at a cost less than a couple of shop bought sandwiches. And
eating leftovers for lunch brings the cost down even more. It is
entirely possible to cater for a family of 4 for considerably less
than £100 a week and have a varied and healthy diet.