Eat Well for Less

I like this show, mainly because it proves that what I’m spending on the “the weekly shop” is probably a reasonable amount.

When I see families spending in excess of £200 a week and throwing a good chunk of it away really riles me, there’s nothing more I hate than food being wasted.

It amuses me at the start though when the couple are doing their shop.  It’s just them, they never take the kids.

There’s no kids throwing a strop or throwing themselves to the floor because their trolley isn’t full of Cadbury’s Chocolate Buttons.

And when Gregg and Chris appear at the checkout the couple always act so surprised, like they didn’t know they were there.

Despite the fact they’re being followed by a camera crew with a big boom mike.

Bit of a giveaway.

Gregg and Chris then go through what they’ve bought and throughout the show make substitutions for the more expensive brands in the hope that the family will like the alternative and therefore save money by changing to a lower priced product.

No issues there at all.

The family often don’t have time to make meals and rely on convenience food which comes at a premium or they have the same food on the same day of the week.  So an alternative set of meals is often suggested.

My beef with this, if you pardon the pun, is that more often than not the meals are vegetarian.  It almost feels like the premise of the show is to save money for the family AND  turn them against meat.

You used to have sausages on a Wednesday.  This week you’re having sausages, made out of chickpeas! Huzzah

That chicken you used to love on a Friday night, try this scrumptious cauliflower cheese instead!

Yummy!

You can save money on your shopping by simply planning your meals, or knowing what’s in your cupboards and freezer first.

Plan your shop, by all means try the cheaper versions of stuff and if you like them stick with them but a bit of forward planning helps every time.

I’d like to see them swap other things though, not just edible items.

Compare the difference in Domestos and own brand Bleach for example, or Persil vs Asda’s own washing powder.

Granted, they’d have to change the name to something like “How to shop for less” but it would be interesting to see the differences between the things we pay a premium for versus the cheaper options.

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