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.