At 8 o’clock last night I found myself glued to BBC1 for the return of a new series of Eat Well for Less, presented by Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin. If you didn’t watch the first series (I didn’t), then in a nutshell: Gregg and Chris follow a family on their usual grocery shop; they analyse how they can reduce the cost of their food bill and eat better food in the process. Shocked by our last grocery bill, my interest was piqued.
Last night it was the turn of the Scott-Dents – a family of five with three children under ten. Mum Kate admitted she found cooking a chore, to the point where she even bought sliced or grated cheese because slicing it herself was too much work (I loved her for that). Kate was also discovered to be throwing out a lot of food before its sell-by date because she was so worried about giving her family food poisoning.
It’s easy to judge the people on the show but the family’s experience more than rang a few bells for me. I think I spend way too much on groceries; I do buy more pre-made food than I probably should when it would be much cheaper and healthier to make it from scratch. And I do throw out more food than I feel comfortable admitting to. At the moment it’s about two grocery bags a week – mostly vegetables – which is absolutely shameful and I don’t feel good about that at all
What was fantastic about watching the Scott-Dents was the children’s reactions. Hands down the kids preferred the food Kate made from scratch every time, and said they wanted more family mealtimes together. The bonus was that overall the Scott-Dents saved £70 by changing their grocery and eating habits for a week.
There are more handy tips on the programme’s BBC website page as well as a quiz to help you find out what’s making your food bill so big. I’ll definitely be watching next week.