Staying in budget has been a bit tricky this month, because there’s five weekends, which is when I do my shopping. Earlier this week I realised we only had £40 left, which isn’t very much money, so I planned our meals for next week and until the Tuesday after (when I get paid and will go shopping again) to make sure we could stay in target.
We had some cleaning supplies we needed to get (plus I had to get supplies to make a birthday cake) and so I wanted to keep the rest of this week’s shop to under £25 or so, leaving us a fiver for next Sunday to pick up some milk, bananas and anything else that can’t wait until Tuesday. The only way I could thing to work it was to have a ‘storecupboard week’ and try and make as many meals as possible from what we have in.
I was really surprised that it wasn’t that difficult – I don’t think I stock up too much on food, but we actually have quite a lot of food just sitting in the fridge, freezer and cupboards, including a decent amount of fresh veg.
For example, we have all the ingredients for homemade pizzas, except mozzarella, sitting around in the flat. I have two portions of vegetable chilli left from last week. We had everything in to make hummous, pittas and various salads. Even the veggie shepherd’s pie only needed a parsnip bought to finish it off. I was most proud of being able to come up with a three course meal for tonight, since Dave’s mum has come to visit, with mostly food we had in (it was delicious and I’m totally stuffed now!).
Sun 16 – (Dave’s mum visiting) – wild mushroom soup, spaghetti bolognaise with homemade foccacia and syrup sponge puddings with ice-cream
Mon 17 – (Dave’s mum visiting) – hummous, pittas and salads
Tues 18 – chicken, broccoli and cheese lasagne with salad
Wed 19 – vegetable chilli with rice
Thurs 20 – homemade pizzas with salad
Fri 21 – veggie shepherd’s pie & peas (made with pulses, not fake meat)
Sat 22 – away celebrating a friend’s birthday!
Spending (£180.02 / £185)
Fruit & veg £6.29 Bananas x5 68p Savers onions 1kg 49p Parsnip x1 37p Savers mushrooms 375g 75p Salad leaves x2 £2 Strawberries £2 Meat & fish £6.79 Minced beef 500g £2.79 Bacon 16 rashers £4 Dairy & eggs £7.79 Meadow park milk 2ltr 97p Grana padano 200g £2.50 Savers mozzarella 44p Savers butter 99p Savers natural yoghurt 500g 45p Free range eggs x6 £1.39 Whipping cream 300ml £1.05 Bread 45p RTC bread rolls 4pk x3 45p General £7.67 Granulated sugar 1kg 88p Savers chopped tomatoes 31p Walkers crisps 6pk x2 £3.00 Coffee 200g £1.99 Caster sugar 1kg £1.49 Household £4.98 Hair gel 48p Tampons £1 Furniture polish £1 Cleaning cloths £2.50