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Eat Well for Less TV Programme

Eat Well for Less is a new TV programme that launches next Thursday on BBC1 in the UK. It's not really the sort of programme I tend to watch as most of the show participants are spending a fortune on food and so there's nothing new for me to learn there. However, I caught the presenters being interviewed on the news this morning and they showed a quick clip of the programme.

The presenters of Eat Well for Less are MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace and greengrocer Chris Bavin. Staggeringly, the first family they help is a family of four living in Lancashire, who spend a wallet-busting £13,000 on food each year!! For many of us, that's more than a year's salary.

£13,000 divided by four people is about £9 per person per day. I wouldn't spend that much if I were on a holiday and eating out in a restaurant once! Never mind, every person, every day! So I'm intrigued to discover what they manage to spend their money on.

In the clip I saw of the programme, the family were out shopping - and spent £150, yet when the presenters checked their fridge and cupboards, they were already full of food.

For me it's like car-crash TV watching the way some people waste so much money on food - probably the same people bleating that the cost of living's too much!

So, it should be good entertainment at least. Eat Well for Less starts on Thursday 29 January 2015.


Image Credit » Author's Photo: One of my dishes, photographed with my camera

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Koalemos wrote on January 23, 2015, 10:18 AM

These type of prgrammes always tend to concentrate on extreme cases and bear no relation to the average person whatsoever.

Maplewinter wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:04 AM

There was a program with the same format the other year. I always found it interesting how they can spend so much on food. I spend £150-£200 at the beginning of each month filling the cupboards and the freezer with enough food and meat to be able to last the month as well as other essential items. Sometimes we run out just before the end of the month and have to spend a little more more just to last till the next payday. We make sure that we eat everything we buy and never waste food as we just cannot afford to waste it.

Ambermol wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:34 AM

I'm not allowed to watch those kind of programmes, it al winds me up too much ;)

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:55 AM

You're right. "Rather than buying premium salmon in Harrods in individual portions - buy a whole salmon"

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:56 AM

Economy Gastronomy was a similar programme. I spend about £60/month on food, but it's just me and I've only just got a freezer - it's more expensive buying for one.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 11:57 AM

LOL - I know what you mean. It's like extreme sports, but for food buyers.

WordChazer wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:17 PM

Probably buying pre-prepared junk and brands when the economy range and learning to cook from scratch would be cheaper and better for their waistlines and wallets. I don't think I'll be bothering to watch that show, but do let us know what happens!

WordChazer wrote on January 23, 2015, 12:34 PM

It's the waste of food that gets to me. I NEVER throw food out if I can help it and to be honest if my local store didn't have a reduced to clear section, we would have run out of money several years ago.

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 5:07 PM

I have a zero waste food policy in my house. If I buy it, I HAVE to eat it all. This has been difficult as I've not had a freezer for the last few years, but I just bought one 2 weeks ago, so now it'll get easier to vary what I eat :)

UK_Writer wrote on January 23, 2015, 5:09 PM

Yes, it's horrific how much one ready meal can cost in some shops! I refuse to pay more than £1 for them. Some are £3-5 each!!
If I remember to watch it (I've written it in my desk diary here where I keep notes of what's on etc) then I'll scribble something up, probably with a "horrified sound" to my writing voice :)

seren3 wrote on January 23, 2015, 9:18 PM

I don't know what to say about this programme.In the US I would not watch it. It would be all manipulation.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 4:46 AM

Well, it's just overspending families who want their 15 minutes of TV fame - and the presenters go through their cupboards and shopping, tell them not to throw food out, show them how to cook something quick/easy with what they've got. Add up how much they could save. Smug looks all round. Roll in the next one.

scheng1 wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:41 AM

I can learn from the people in my workplace. Our cleaner boils a sweet potato in water, and she eats it with milk tea. That is her breakfast which is cheap and healthy.

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:46 AM

I've not had sweet potato yet. Nothing against it, except it's more expensive than regular potatoes, so I never see a reason to use one of those instead of a potato, yet.

scheng1 wrote on January 24, 2015, 9:48 AM

Sweet potato is cheap over here. We eat a lot of sweet potato leaves too.

celticeagle wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:32 AM

Sounds great. Hope it helps people. Extreme TV huh?

UK_Writer wrote on January 24, 2015, 10:40 AM

Well, more an opportunity for the British public to sit on their sofa, eating crisps, and shouting at the screen "how much???" "idiots!"

celticeagle wrote on January 24, 2015, 11:31 AM

We do some of that over here too.

Coffee wrote on February 24, 2015, 12:16 PM

£13,000 on food a year? Oh my goodness, this I have to see!