Since reducing our grocery spend by 50% meal planning has become even more critical.
Also important is keeping an eye on stocks in the cupboard and freezer. Not only am I spending less (considerably less) on food, our food waste is almost non-existent.
I thought I’d share how I did it this week.
Friday was No Waste Tastes Great as usual. All perishables were used up, I even entertained! The lemon drizzle cake was pretty tasty (even if I do say so myself ;)) and soon disappeared.
Then for Date Night Dinner instead of a takeaway we enjoyed a slow cooked Balti, which used up a few more items… and saved us at least £10.
Pudding/Desserts will be after dinner, and will consist of rice-pudding, ice-cream, jelly, yogurt, fruit and madeira cake with custard.
Snacks will include, crackers, breadsticks, fruit, protein shakes (for me!), milkshake for the kids, and the remaining crisps from the week before plus any Halloween treats still to be eaten.
Lunch – Sausage Rolls from the local bakery
Dinner – Family Bonfire – Slow-Cooked Chilli to feed 10
Lunch – Toad in the Hole with Vegetables and Gravy
Dinner – Cheese on Toast with Rice Pudding to follow
Lunch – Slow-cooked Cauliflower Cheese Soup
Dinner – Tuna Pasta with home-made Garlic Bread
Lunch – Pizza (made from left over dough from dinner last night)
Dinner – Salmon Fish Cakes with Vegetables
Lunch – Leftover Cauli Cheese Soup
Dinner – Slow-cooked Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic Bread
Lunch – Crackers, Cheese, Breadsticks and Grapes/Raisins
Dinner – My Favourite Soup with Italian Flat-bread (made from leftover dough) – The Kids will have fish fingers, mash and veggies. (It’s running night so the Hubby and I have a light dinner and then cheese and cracker as supper about 9pm)
Friday – No Waste Tastes Great plus Date Night at Chez Wright!
**************So how did the budget breakdown?*******************
£1.95 – Bakery (Sausage Rolls)
£14.17 – Home Bargain (Staple items)
£18.85 – CoolTrader (Frozen, cold and staple items that HB didn’t have)
£6.00 – Market (Fruit and Vegetables)
£1.84 – Butchers (low amount as purchased frozen minced beef from CT)
£6.14 – Asda (Had to visit to get fish, plus a couple of other things)
***********************Total Grocery Spend £48.95************************
I also spent £6 on fireworks and sparklers however this week I didn’t have to buy any wine or treats as we had some to hand so this helped! It’s likely I’ll spend just over £2 on fresh milk depending on how the week goes.
(The poppy peeking out of the groceries was made by Leah as it’s Remembrance Sunday in the UK on the 13th and she is very proud of it!)
A few readers have asked to see a fully stocked Simply Being Mum Fridge! So here goes…
Just off to blend my soup and eat! Hope you all have a lovely Monday!
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