What value of Nando’s and Greggs do you reckon you eat in a year? Tough to work out, admittedly, but it’s never going to be quite as much as £49 billion, is it?
Apparently, that’s the value of the food and drink we buy while out and about each year – collectively as Brits, not each, that is. So, we’re basically eating £49 billion worth of stuff that’s pre-packaged, processed, take-out, convenience food. That’s a whole lot of dough (obviously we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to use a food/money pun) to be spending on grub that isn’t necessarily all that good for us.
It’s Kantar Worldpanel that’s uncovered this figure, as part of its new report on out-of-home (OOH – yes, we know you’re saying that in a silly voice in your head now. Well, ‘ooooh’ to you too) purchases, which shows 98 per cent of us bought some food or drink to eat on-the-go or in an eatery last year.
In fact, Brits spent £1.4 billion more on going out for evening meals (we feel this is a safer word choice than dinner of tea) in 2017 compared to 2016.
On average, we spend £2.64 on every breakfast out, £1.75 on morning snacks, £4.13 on lunch, £1.84 on afternoon snacks, £3.90 at teatime, £10.77 on evening meals and then another £2.20 on evening snacks. Is it really necessary for us to have quite so many snacks?!
Although 274 million more meals were prepared at home over the last two years, we’re still spending an awful lot on OOH purchases, and that’s not going to be doing our waistlines or bank balances any good.
Coffee shops are gobbling up a great deal of our snack spend, with the amount we’ve been splashing out on coffees rising by £300 million in the past two years. What’s more, 70 per cent of the total spent on coffees is in cafes, leaving us feeling more than a little sorry for the likes of coffee capsules.
It sounds a little bit like many of us could do with taking a look at ourselves and our spending, asking ourselves a few serious questions; for example, do we really need four snack times a day? Probably not.
Do we really need to be spending billions on eating out each year on top of our supermarket grocery bills? And are we kidding ourselves about how healthy we’re really being when we’re going for a skinny latte rather than a homemade, low-calorie lunch?
Taking the time to make more of your food at home, being prepared and taking healthy but filling snacks out and about with you will help you to be more aware of what you’re actually eating and help you to save some dosh too – leaving you with more cash for the important things in life. Like Greggs.