I've got a good idea what I spend, but I am not wealthy and like a lot of people have to get by on very little and its quite a struggle. I'm having to put down a budget - and wondered whats considered realistic. I have a friend also going through this process, and she put that she spends £450 month on food/groceries/toiletries for her and 2 children, (teenagers with healthy appetites) and was told that this was too much and she needed to cut down. I'm confused because I would have thought £35 per person per week not too much at all.
I also think £450 per month is realistic for food etc. - it's about what I spend on myself and my two. Of course I could do it more cheaply, but then there would be a significant drop in how the kids felt about our standard of living, which seems totally unfair. I've cut back on things for myself rather than reduce what they get. Don't forget to put in what school meals cost if they have those - I found that the grocery bills got quite a lot bigger in the holidays when they were eating lunch at home.
Thanks Sadie. I share your thinking! I keep my costs down a bit by growing my own veg, and learning whens best to go to supermarket for reduced bargains! I've managed to keep my standards by being very creative & resourceful about how I maintain them - but christ it can be exhausting!