Tomorrow is shopping day and the first day of my week of eating well for less. Whether you’re feeding your family on a budget or want to keep a better track of what you eat, I’d love you to join in with me on this week of ‘Eating Well For Less.’ At this stage I have absolutely no idea how this week will go but after searching online and to be quite honest not being inspired by the often weird food ideas that were offered on a budget, I decided to jump in and give it a go myself.
I consider myself to be an average mum food wise. I don’t do major junk food but by the same token fishfingers do appear on my weekly menu and yes my son does take a bag of crisps to school with him each day.
Now I must point out that my goal here is not to become the world’s best or healthiest cook but instead eat a reasonably good, balanced diet on less. £15 per week to be precise.
I like meat with our evening meals most nights, breakfasts are usually cereal (hot or cold), toast, (eggs or beans) and orange juice. My son takes a snack pack (small pack up) to school with him and I usually have something like soup, salad or sandwiches for lunch. We like plenty of fruit and plenty of veg.
So here’s the plan
1. Allow £15 per person in the family. So for my son and I that’s £30 for the week.
2. Shop once only. As I have already worked out that my midweek top ups are what cause my big overspending.
3. Plan meals for the week and go armed with a shopping list.
4. Use up anything left in the cupboards, fridge freezer (Which I can tell you are looking pretty empty.
I think that’s it. I’ve never done this before so here goes.
Weetabix, milk, orange juice, bread, eggs. I have beans in the cupboard.
Homemade veg soup. I have access to a few free veggies (my uncle grows them)
Chicken (2 nights)
Burgers (high quality from the local butcher not cheap and nasty ones)
Shepherd pie (will last 2 nights)
Small joint of meat??? See what’s on offer at butchers.
Mini bread sticks
2 large or 4 small chicken breasts
Small join of meat
Okay I know this is a slightly vague meal plan and shopping list but as I’ve never done this before I’m going to have to “Wing it” as I go along. I do have some of the things I need and I can get quite a bit of veg for free so I’m making the most of that.
I’m going with £30 so that I can’t overspend. So I realistically have no idea what I will actually come home with.
Please do let me know if you’re going to have a go too.
I’ll let you know how I get on tomorrow.