Firstly, for those of you who may have been having difficulty getting to my Menu 2014 page from Menu 2015, I have now sorted out the link so it should take you straight there! I have also updated 2015 with the menu and meat costs from last weeks meals.
This final family were not much better than the one in the second programme, spending just over £17,000 a year on food. I'm presuming here that it is just food as there wasn't any sign of toiletries in the shop that was filmed.
They are described as spontaneous shoppers, shopping up to 5 times a week and spending between £250 and £300 per week in those shops. That is almost more in one month of food shopping than we spend in a year! We only pay another £300 per annum on top of their usual monthly food bill to include all our toiletries etc. They throw away loads of food, including stuff from the freezer that has been in there less than one month "because it doesn't look very nice".
Goodness, give me strength.
Yes, it was sad that their daughter has been ill with leukaemia but to put it bluntly, is that the real reason they shop so badly? Or do they just not know how to shop and that is compounded by her illness and wanting to tempt her. I was astounded to see her put things she fancied in the shopping trolley and they just let it go because ...
It is alright for you I can hear you saying, you are not in the same boat. Our son was seriously ill when he was 3 and ended up in intensive care and yes, we did think he would die. Did it alter our shopping, no it didn't. He was and is still, a well loved chap, we simply loved him more without stuffing him full of whatever he fancied. His eating was off for a few weeks once he recovered and he did have a few food things he liked as treats as he had lost so much weight, but only for a while. After that, it was back to normal healthy eating.
The diet of their children seemed very restricted and we both thought the star chart for trying new food was a good idea but shouldn't they have been eating a bigger variety of food by then. They seemed to live on chips, chicken nuggets and pizza for their main meals.
This week the suggestion of a menu plan didn't appear to materialize. They were encouraged to sit and write a shopping list. How will that help if you don't menu plan or check what you have in the house before you go shopping?
Again, this family were big brand buyers. We do occasionally buy H---z baked beans, but for the most part, now buy supermarkets own brand. I did like the way the nutritionist made two different types of chicken nuggets, one with breadcrumbs and one with crushed cornflakes. Shall be giving that a go!
The presenters thought by making a few changes, they might be able to get their annual food shopping down to £12,000!!!