Simple Meal Plan Week 3

Let it Snow!

I woke up this morning to 2 very awake children jumping all over my bed and a light dusting of snow outside.  The perfect wake up call on both counts.

I love the snow, and I love my kids more than words can say.

Those following this blog will know I grocery shop online, and there was a delivery due this morning. Another fantastic reason for online grocery shopping – you can take delivery in your ‘Little Miss Naughty’ dressing gown and amuse the delivery driver.

🙂

I have a confession – I forgot about Buy Nothing Day UK falling on a Saturday this year as it was the day after Thanksgiving last year, a Friday …I’d ordered my food a few days ago and hadn’t thought – so my credit card* will have been charged today – oh well better luck next year!

(*It’s a cash-back credit card so I earn commission every time I use it. For me it’s a very effective way of managing my spend each month, and I pay it off each month. It’s also incredibly practical as I shop online and it has built-in insurance on certain purchases)

Simple Meal Plan Week 3

Every few weeks I reduce my usual spend of approx. £100 total on food, drinks, treats and household goods.  This is normally because over 3 or 4 weeks I tend to accumulate some extras, such as items I have frozen, or excess store cupboard ingredients that haven’t quite been used up.

This is one of those weeks so I spent approx:

  • £50 on online foodstuffs
  • £15 on wine (3 x half price quality bottles – this is one item I do multi-buy)
  • £5 on washing powder etc…
  • £5 Delivery Charge

A total of £75 – I will also this week be visiting the local butcher – which I do like to do and if I can, I plan it in with my batch of errands.  I will probably spend £5 – So my total this week is £80 – a 20% reduction on usual.

So what are we eating this week in the Wright household?

Breakfasts are a combination of Pancakes, Bran Loaf, Cereals and Toast

Saturday

  • Lunch – Ham Sandwiches
  • Dinner – Kids are having Mash, Veg and Ham, Hubby and I are out for a Birthday celebration with friends

Sunday

  • LunchBacon Sandwiches
  • Dinner – Sausage Casserole
  • Dessert – Fruit and Yoghurt

Meat Free Monday – also my Gran’s Funeral

Tuesday

  • Lunch – Beans on Toast with Marmite and Cheese
  • Dinner – Pan Fried Salmon with Lime and Honey and Vegetables
  • Dessert – Fruit and Yoghurt

Wednesday

  • Lunch – Jacket Potatoes with Tuna and Sweetcorn
  • Dinner – Beef Hotpot
  • Dessert – Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice-Cream

Thursday

  • Lunch – Light Lunch out as Playday! 🙂
  • Dinner – Toad in the Hole with Mustard Mash and Vegetables
  • Dessert –  Bread and Butter Pudding with Ice-Cream

Friday

Friday is the day I take part in Food Waste Friday over at The Frugal Girl – so if the fridge is bare the Hubby and I get a takeaway. Otherwise I  get creative and rustle up a ‘No Waste Tastes Great’ meal.  Don’t fret about the Kids, I always have something I can prepare for them such as omlettes or pasta.

Don’t we eat a lot of cheese and ice-Cream! I hadn’t realised! Oh well!

(n.b – Missing Recipes will be posted this week)

How’s your week looking? Are you all prepared with a ‘just in time‘ stocked fridge?

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m off to practise my ‘simplified laundry routine’ which is most certainly a work in progress! How can one be so organised in the kitchen and so disorganised with the laundry?

🙂



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  • thesuburbanminimalist November 27, 2010, 11:19 pm

    Dear Jo,
    You’re an inspiration. I think I have to head over to The Frugal Girl to see what she has going on over there. Will you post more about the laundry? Sounds intriguing…

  • thesuburbanminimalist November 27, 2010, 11:19 pm

    Dear Jo,
    You’re an inspiration. I think I have to head over to The Frugal Girl to see what she has going on over there. Will you post more about the laundry? Sounds intriguing…

  • thesuburbanminimalist November 27, 2010, 11:19 pm

    Dear Jo,
    You’re an inspiration. I think I have to head over to The Frugal Girl to see what she has going on over there. Will you post more about the laundry? Sounds intriguing…

  • simplybeingmum November 28, 2010, 8:47 am

    Oh thank you, what a lovely comment to wake up to on a frosty Sunday morning! Do take a look at FG there are some great tips and amazing baking recipes. Check out the overnight cinnamon rolls. I’ll definitely post more on the laundry once I have it cracked, I have been experimenting. It has always been one of those ‘problem’ areas for me. Once again I have a feeling it’s going to come back down to just having less stuff will ease the situation. We’ll see – I’ll update soon. Have a lovely weekend – Jo 🙂

  • simplybeingmum November 28, 2010, 8:47 am

    Oh thank you, what a lovely comment to wake up to on a frosty Sunday morning! Do take a look at FG there are some great tips and amazing baking recipes. Check out the overnight cinnamon rolls. I’ll definitely post more on the laundry once I have it cracked, I have been experimenting. It has always been one of those ‘problem’ areas for me. Once again I have a feeling it’s going to come back down to just having less stuff will ease the situation. We’ll see – I’ll update soon. Have a lovely weekend – Jo 🙂

  • simplybeingmum November 28, 2010, 8:47 am

    Oh thank you, what a lovely comment to wake up to on a frosty Sunday morning! Do take a look at FG there are some great tips and amazing baking recipes. Check out the overnight cinnamon rolls. I’ll definitely post more on the laundry once I have it cracked, I have been experimenting. It has always been one of those ‘problem’ areas for me. Once again I have a feeling it’s going to come back down to just having less stuff will ease the situation. We’ll see – I’ll update soon. Have a lovely weekend – Jo 🙂

  • thesuburbanminimalist November 30, 2010, 11:32 am

    I just got your virtual hug. You are a doll, Jo. Thank you. And I’m sending one back to you too.

  • thesuburbanminimalist November 30, 2010, 11:32 am

    I just got your virtual hug. You are a doll, Jo. Thank you. And I’m sending one back to you too.

  • thesuburbanminimalist November 30, 2010, 11:32 am

    I just got your virtual hug. You are a doll, Jo. Thank you. And I’m sending one back to you too.

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