My August challenge ended yesterday and the September one started today. I’m so surprised and pleased to report that we came so far under budget in August (only spent just over £160) and we still seem to have a good amount in stock (just not much meat). I’ve upped the budget for this month to £185 to account for the fact that it’s a five weekend month, so we’ll end up spending a bit more.
I did my usual bit of cooking today, though not as much as I had planned, as I was feeling lazy in the morning. Made 12 bread rolls (though burnt them a bit on the top, annoyingly); poached a whole chicken in the pressure cooker, picked all the meat off (over 600g worth, so should make 3 meals for the two of us), stashed the bones in the freezer and reduced the poaching liquid down to make a good stock; cooked a gammon joint in the pressure cooker (then roasted it); and made lentil and veg soup with the ham stock.
Sun 25 – roast ham with champ, veg and gravy
Mon 26 – chicken pie with potatoes and veg
Tues 27 – tofu and veg stirfry
Wed 28 – vegetable chilli with rice
Thurs 29 – turkey burger or bean burger with chips and salad
Fri 30 – gnocchi with pesto and roasted veg
Sar 31 – homemade pizzas with salad
August Spending Update (£161.79 / £175)
Whole milk 4pints £1.50 Pizzas x3 £3 Discos 6pk £1 Tampons £1 RTC Goats cheese x2 £1.50 RTC baking camembert £1.25 Cream crackers 43p Spreadable butter £1.69
September Spending Update (£40.12 / £185)
Fruit & veg £8.89 Savers unwashed potatoes 2.5kg £1.75 Carrots 765g 69p Onions 1kg 85p Bananas x5 54p Savers mushrooms 375g 75p RTC spring onions 80p Broccoli 300g 62p Peppers 4pk £1.89 Salad leaves £1 Savers stirfry mix 50p Meat & fish £11.79 Free range chicken 1.4kg £5.79 Gammon joint 1.2kg £6 Dairy & eggs 99p Savers butter 99p General £5.00 Savers tinned kidney beans 27p Savers tinned pineapple 20p Savers chopped tomatoes 31p Savers pasta 32p Strong brown flour 1.5kg £1.27 Savers individual orange juice 3pk 45p Cornflakes £1.49 Dried oregano 69p Household £12.95 Toilet roll 18pk £2.99 Deodorant £1 Gillette disposable razors 20pk £5.97 Shaving foam £1 Savers towels 74p Bin bags 10pk £1.25