Eating In – Food Shopping On A Budget For One

Making the best use of YOUR ‘single’ food budget

What’s your weekly shopping bill? Do you keep an eye on it? Are you on a strict budget?

How much is your shopping bill?

Latest government stats report an average ‘per single person’ spend of anything from £40 through to £90 per week on grocery shopping, with women spending slightly less than men.  Surprised, is that true? what do you think?

As a nation we spend around 10% of our individual income on food. Unable to take advantage of bulk buys and larger packages though, single people tend to spend a bit more. So how can you reduce your food bill? – (and still eat well)

Best online grocery shopping sites for one



ASDA HOME DELIVERY – latest update
Deliver right across the UK.  £40 minimum spend gets you FREE delivery.
12 month ANYTIME DELIVERY PASS now £6 a month for 12 months (up from £5 a month), or a one-off payment of £72 (up from £55)
MIDWEEK DELIVERY PASS for deliveries on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays now £35 (up from £24).
Asda promise to give you an eVoucher or the difference if your Delivery Pass doesn’t save you more than you would have spent on standard delivery charges
NEW LOW PRICE DELIVERY SLOTS now available in selected stores (no store list published at the moment though) Cheapest delivery slots Mon-Thurs afternoons & evenings

Option to Click & Collect your groceries if you don’t want a delivery now available in most Asda stores , with 4 different ways to pick up your shopping at a time to suit you:
☑ FREE Next Day Collection, no fees  if you spend £25 or more, (£4 fee if less than £25)
☑  Express – collect the dame day within 4 hours of your order. £3 fee but NO minimum spend
☑ Same Day Collection – 4 hours or more after your order £1 fee if you spend £25 or more (£4 fee if less than £25)


Min ORDER VALUE AND FREE Delivery Spend: £40

95o stores across the UK. Shop online OR in store and get FREE DELIVERY straight to your door, NO delivery pass required. ‘Simply spend £40 online to receive free next day delivery and picked your preferred same day delivery time at no extra cost’ 

Iceland Supermarket Shopping single people

Free delivery when you spend £25 or more with in store with a Bonus card or spend £40 or more online.
(Minimum online order value £25 (£3 delivery charge if less than £40).
Deliver Monday to Sunday with two-hour delivery slots between 8am-9pm
 with access to exclusive offers, competitions and a £1 bonus for every £20 loaded onto the card
Ongoing STUDENT ESSENTIALS deal £5 off a £40 online shop for students signing up with a university email address.



‘Ever expanding to meet the needs of more customers Morrisons now have nearly 500 stores of all shapes and sizes  from Cornwall to Inverness, right across the UK’. Here’s what they’re doing:

£40 minimum spend for FREE delivery. One-hour time slots. New Morrisons More Card with personalised money offers

Annual Monday to Sunday Delivery Pass gets you free delivery anytime for specified periods any day of the week if you’re a regular customer:  £8 a month, £40 for six months or £65 for a year-long annual pass.
Midweek (Tuesday to Thursday) Delivery Pass is £35 a year, £20 6 months or £5 a month
(Morrisons give you a refund if your Delivery Pass ends up costing more than standard delivery charges).

Completely free for customers who can pick up their essentials from their local store with up to 37,000 new slots available at 447 stores across the UK



M&S & Ocado best supermarket delivery options for single people

Ocado partnered up Marks & Spencer to ‘combine the very best M&S food with Ocado’s own food and delivery networks’. Covering three-quarters of UK households they’re constantly expanding their delivery areas’ so watch this space!

Standard minimum £40 spend. Seem to have the widest range of delivery times from 5.30am to 11.30pm 7 days a week. 1 hour time slots.

How much are Ocado’s delivery charges?
Ocado’s delivery charge depends on the day/time of your slot and the value of your order. Orders less than £75 have  minimum charge of £2.99 and a maximum of £6.99. You may be offered free delivery for standard orders of £75 or more. You can’t  view the various options until you register and  book a delivery slot with Smart Pass holders getting priority.
How much is an Ocado smart pass?
If you’re a regular Ocado shopper, you can buy an Ocado SMART PASS which entitles you all sorts of benefits  including FREE delivery, 10% or more savings on their own/certain products, exclusive sale options, priority access to Christmas deliveries plus free samples, gifts and more.
ANYTIME SMART PASS options with no delivery charges 7 days a week; £8.99 for a monthly pass, £49.99 6 months, £89.99 for annual pass.
MIDWEEK SMART PASS no delivery charges from Tuesday to Thursday, £3.99 monthly, 6 months £22.49 annual pass £39.99.




  • Expanding their CLICK & COLLECT service to more locations & ‘working hard to feed the nation’ Sainsburys have increased its capacity to a huge 600,000 slots across all home delivery and click and collect services.
  • Click & Collect – free next day collection for orders over £40 – £4 delivery fee if you spend less 
  • ‘Delivery slots start from a quid’ if you spend £40 or more 
  • Free delivery for orders over £100 delivered after 2pm Monday to Thursday. (Not so great for us if your shopping for one though). 

Also new! 

  • They’ve also introduced ECO TIME SLOTS’ to reduce the carbon footprint of deliveries

How much does it cost for a Sainsburys Delivery Passes?
1 hour delivery slots               Book up to one delivery per day       Minimum order value £40
Sainburys are not accepting new delivery pass applications now, but watch this space. Here’s what they charge for Delivery Passes when they’re  available:
ANYTIME DELIVERY PASS  3 month pass £20, 6 months £35, 12 months £60
MIDWEEK DELIVERY PASS from Tuesday to Thursday. 3 month pass £10, 6 months £18, 12 months £30
Backed by Sainsbury’s Delivery Pass Guarantee,  ‘you can’t lose’ if  the price of your Delivery Pass isn’t covered by your savings they’ll send you a voucher for the difference.


Min FREE Delivery Spend: £40

Tesco has expanded its weekly delivery capacity since the start of the year,  doubling the number of online orders it serves from 650,000 to an incredible 1.5 million a week, a fifth of them click-and-collect orders.

Supermarket delivery minimum spend is £40 (or a £4 delivery charge if your order is less). Click & collect has a minimum spend of £25 (or a £4 charge if less than £25). As last year, elderly and vulnerable customers get first priority for delivery slots.

Delivery pass: Normally starting from £3.49 a month Tesco’s are ‘pausing new sign-ups to Delivery Saver’.


Min FREE Delivery Spend: £40


Home Delivery, free delivery to your door, delivery 7 days a week, £40 minimum spend,
Accepting new registrations for online delivery, delivery slots available, voucher codes paused for the time being.

Delivery slots-latest: limited availability from Wednesday 13 to Friday 22 January, Click and Collect service slots also available at some stores from 20th Jan

Also available:
Looking for tonight’s dinner? A recently introduced RAPID DELIVERY SERVICE with 50,000 SLOTS; choose up to 25 items with a £10 minimum basket spend, delivery within 2 hours and £5 delivery charge
CLICK & COLLECT for groceries, free collection from a Waitrose store and a £40 minimum order value