How does your food shop compare to average?

How does your food shop compare to average?

author: Emily

By Emily

From the things we buy to the amount we spend, take a look at these supermarket facts and figures.

According to the folks at the Office of National Statistics, the average UK household (based on 2.4 adults) spends £3,152 on grocery shopping every year. When you add the money we spend on eating out and takeaways – £1,600 per year – we’re spending a grand total of £4,752 on food.

When you break this down, we’re spending approximately £60 a week on the food shop, plus another £30 on eating out and takeaways.

We Brits love our processed meat, which takes the top spot on our shopping list as we spend a whopping 12% of our weekly budget on sausages, bacon and ham. We also love our carbs like bread, rice and cereals which we spend £286 a year on.

Take a look at the average shopping list below: 

Household groceries 

Weekly Average

Annual Average

Sausages and other processed meats



Bread, rice and cereals



Non-alcoholic drinks



Fresh vegetables



Fresh Fruit



Buns, cakes, biscuits, etc.






Other sauces, herbs, etc.









Yoghurt, etc.















Dried or frozen vegetables



Frozen, preserved & dried fruits and nuts



Butter, margarine, cooking oils, etc.



Bacon and ham



Pastry (savoury)



Confectionery products












Edible ices and ice cream












Total Spend:  



Data from: ONS Source: ONS Family Spending 2018

How does your shopping list compare? If you think you could do with cutting down, take a look at these top tips.

Shop around

According to comparison site MySupermarket, you could chop 30% off your shopping bill by simply shopping around.

If your local supermarket is hurting your bank balance, it could be worth travelling a little further afield to a more budget-friendly supermarket. Big supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl are growing in popularity thanks to their own-brand versions of pricier brands.

Don’t be a brand snob

If you’re loyal to a particular brand of shampoo or orange juice, you could be paying over the odds – and not even getting your money’s worth! Try swapping your favourite brands for supermarket own-brands and you could be surprised.

Take gin, for example. According to a blind test taste ran by consumer group Which?, a team of gin experts preferred the taste of four supermarket own-brands – all priced below £20.

Bulk buy the staples

Buying those everyday staples in bulk could save you cash. It’s often more cost-efficient to buy bigger, as shops typically charge less per unit when you buy a bigger pack.

In other words, you’ll get more bang for your buck if you pay a little more for food which’ll last you longer! This makes more sense for items that’ll keep, like rice, sugar or condiments.

It could be worth thinking about signing up to shop at bulk-buying warehouses like Costco, so you can get more for your money.

Don’t shop on an empty stomach

We’ve all been there… you nip to the shops just before your dinner and you come back with enough treats to feed a small army. Making sure you’re full before you head to the shops will help you cut down on those impulse hunger-driven purchases.

Make your food last longer

Tired of buying fresh loaves of bread only for them to turn mouldy? According to Love Food Hate Waste, keeping an eye on expiry dates or freezing food can save the average family a hefty £60 a month.

Pop your perishable foods into the freezer and you won’t need to keep on replacing your gone-off foods.

Stick to a list

According to the Money Advice Service, people who make a shopping list are three times less likely to overspend than those who don’t.

To help you come up with a list, think about what meals you’re planning to cook for each day of the week. And if you know you’re likely to have a takeaway come Friday, don’t buy extra ingredients if you know you won’t be using them! 

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Emily

By Emily

How does your food shop compare to average? How does your food shop compare to average?