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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.