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Can I feed my family on £15 a week per person?

Okay here’s my summary of the week.  Whilst yes I do believe I could l feed each member of my family for £15 for the week, especially over a period of time.  I really didn’t enjoy this experience at all.  I did let you know I’m not the best cook, nor am I the most adventurous cook or eater.

I felt restricted and I also didn’t feel we had enough fruit.  Both my son and I love fruit so I always want to make sure we have enough.

I ended up going shopping again on Friday and buying lots of fruit and a few treats (not so unhealthy) like Palma ham and melon.  It’s not the cheapest but it’s a favourite.

So my verdict is yes.  If I had to, I think I could definitely feed my son and I for a week on £30 a week for food.   I don’t want to though and thankfully I don’t have to.  I do know that many families across the UK and worldwide do need to do this though.  So PLEASE do share your eating well on less meal tips below in the comments.  These will prove to be highly valuable over time.

As for me this experiment has been an eye opener.  I do feel I waste money on food and also waste food.  Also with a view to being healthier in 2014 I do need to make some better choices.  So my new plan of action is to ask the following questions as I shop for food.

Do I love it?

Do I need it?

Will it help me achieve my goal of eating a healthier diet?

For me I think this will prove to be a more effective way of shopping.  When I read about living a minimalistic life, the same thing is repeating over and over (maybe in different words).  ~ Only allow it into your life if you really want it.  This is also a match for living a law of attraction life too.  Both of which are highly important to me.

So my week of eating well on less didn’t go as planned but was it wasted time?  Absolutely not because it made me focus on how I’ve been spending on food, what I’ve actually been buying and what changes I still want to make to improve my life and my son’s.

Please share your ideas for eating well on less and conscious living below.

Wendy

Eat Well on Less ~ Shopping

Okay this was the plan ~ Go shopping with my list and £30.

Well as often happens in real life with kids our day turned out to be slightly hectic.  So our calm shopping trip turned out to be a rush job.

‘So did I stick to my £30 budget?

Well that’s a big fat NOPE!!!

In fact I spent £56.  Pretty disastrous.  Or so it first appeared but stick with me and I will hopefully redeem myself slightly.

So what went wrong?

3 things really.

1st I took my son with me and that’s never a great idea.

2nd I didn’t (as planned) go with cash to avoid overspending.

3rd I gave in to those buy 3 for … offers.  However as you’ll see as you read on I’d actually quite pleased with this.

So let’s have a look at what happened.  

Firstly not all of the £56 went on food.  I knew I had cleaning products, toilet roll etc to buy too.

Secondly I’ve bought more of some things than I will use in 1 week.

I have enough chicken, orange juice, water, weetabix and milk to last at least 2 weeks.  I buy Cravendale milk which is good in the fridge until the 20th January and lasts a week once opened.

I have to say I was pretty annoyed with myself for my lack of control when I got home.  Then I took a deep breath and sat down with my bill.  I worked out what I’d be using this week.

The total came to £24.15 Not at all bad when it’s broken down.

I don’t have eggs (I buy them from the local garden center) These are £1.15 for 6 and I’ll need to buy apples and bananas still as the fruit shelves were a bit sparse.

So although I actually overspent on the day, I’m pleased that I was much more conscious of what I was buying and I have food to last me a good couple of weeks.  I will need to top up next week with fruit and veg again but this is certainly an improvement.

Our meals for today

Breakfast ~ Cereal, milk and orange juice

Lunch ~ Chicken and noodle soup with bread

Evening meal ~ Gammon, baked potatoes and beans (JM had leftover Christmas biscuits for pudding)

Snacks ~ Fruit

No pack up today as school only starts tomorrow.

 

I’ll keep a track of my weeks meals and post them at the end of the week.

Please let me know if you succeeded with the £15 per person food shopping?  Also please share you tips for eating well on less.

 

Eat well on less ~ Planning

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.

Breakfast supplies

Weetabix, milk, orange juice, bread, eggs. I have beans in the cupboard.

Lunch

Homemade veg soup. I have access to a few free veggies (my uncle grows them)
Eggs
Tuna
Salad
Pasta

Main meals

Chicken (2 nights)
Burgers (high quality from the local butcher not cheap and nasty ones)
Shepherd pie (will last 2 nights)
Fish fingers
Small joint of meat??? See what’s on offer at butchers.

Pack ups
Sandwiches
Crisps
Wafer
Mini bread sticks
Fruit/veg sticks
Water

Snacks
Fruit
Brazil nuts
Veg sticks
Plain biscuits

Cordial

Shopping list
Weetabix
Milk x3
Bread x3
Orange Juice
Eggs
Carrots
Cucumber
Lettuce
Tomatoes
Pasta
Mushrooms
2 large or 4 small chicken breasts
2 burgers
Small join of meat
Fruits
Brazil nuts
Wafers
Plain biscuits
Cordial

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.

Snow and Warming Meals

Well the snow is coming down and the wind is blowing.  I’ve just looked out across the road and I can’t even see the house opposite.  So yes I’ve got the heating  on (fairly low).  I’ve got nice warm clothes on too.

I really thought this cold weather was behind us and we were in for some nice Spring weather.

So I’ll be making a nice winter warmer for tea tonight.  I was thinking Corned Beef Hash.  My son loves it.

My Corned Beef Hash Recipe

Take a big pan and half fill with water

Put it onto boil

Add

2 chopped onions

A load of diced carrots

A load of chopped potatoes

Place the lid on the pan and once up to boiling reduce the heat and simmer gently until the veg starts to soften.

Add 2/3 tablespoons of gravy granules (or similar)

Once the veg is nice and soft add 2 tins of corned beef cut into chunks (I like them left fairly big)

Heat gently for a further 5 minuted and stir very gently to avoid breaking up the corned beef too much.

Serve alone, with bread or with pastry shapes.

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This recipe is great for warming you up on cold days.

 

I always make plenty so that I can put some in the freezer for busy nights.

What meals do you like on a cold day?

What happens if you don’t have enough to feed your children?

Dear readers, I am re-posting this from my Law of Attraction Blog.  I am saddened to think that any parent is ever in a position where they are unable to provide enough food for their children.  Please share this post to help others and please share your comments and advice below to help in this situation.  Thank you.

What if you have no money for food?

Wendy Tomlinson: Posted on 08 March 2013 11:32
As you will know if you have been following this blog I have recently set up a new blog calledFrugal Happiness.  My journey of Frugal Living comes from a desire to reduce waste in my life and live a life spending my time and money wisely for maximum happiness.  However I have become aware of so many people who are forced into this life through a lack of money.
I was very moved today to hear from a lady who told me that she was often unable to feed her children through the day until the evening meal.  This lady was from a developed country where we expect that we all have enough money to feed our families.  Yet, I feel that more and more this is becoming a reality for many people.
I wanted to put together a post today to focus on attracting healthy food for our families.
Write this down ~ I can always provide plenty of healthy food for my family to enjoy.
 
Say it out loud ~ I can always provide plenty of healthy food for my family to enjoy.
 
Repeat it, repeat it, repeat it… Use this as a mantra.  Say it as often as you can (I’m talking 100’s of times a day for a minimum of 30 days)
 
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See it ~  Imagine looking in your cupboards and seeing lots of food for good and healthy family meals
 
Imagine providing breakfast, lunch and tea (your evening meal)
 
Imagine your family enjoying the food and see how strong and healthy everyone looks.
 
Do this everyday, as often as you can.  
 
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Think about your beliefs.
 
Do you have a belief that tells you food is hard to come by, money is hard to come by? This is not a fact it is a belief.  Understand that your beliefs keep you where you are.  You have as much power as anyone else to create the life you want and you certainly deserve to have enough food for your family.  
 
This is a video by Brad Yates
He is an EFT master and his videos are free.  EFT is a powerful technique to help release negative beliefs. 
 


 
Watch the video often and tap along, also take a look at the other videos and pick out ones that resonate with you.
 
 
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Gratitude
 
Gratitude is a super power emotion and when we spend time really feeling grateful we are in a natural state where we attract more to be grateful for.
 
Feel grateful for every single meal you can provide for your family, feel grateful for all the food you can buy and all the food you are given.  
 

I really hope this post helps you if you are currently in this situation.  I would really like to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below.  
 
My very best wishes for you all, Wendy x