So, I detest food shopping and try to bulk buy and then batch cook. However, as I only really cook now for myself and son since hubby usually eats downstairs from restaurant, a lot of food ends up in bin.
My freezer is currently full to bursting with a combination of batch cooked meals and frozen at purchase items, but yet I continue to buy more food.
I have no set budget and have no clue how much I spend; last week’s Tesco online shop was £69 (included nappies and wipes to add to the stockpile) and I couldn’t tell you how many meals that was. So, after reading Hannah’s post over at hibabyblog of sticking to a strict £25 weekly budget, I thought I really need to get better with my shopping habits, given I will also be going on maternity leave soon and am hoping to not return to work if I can learn to be savvy with my money whilst off.
So, for my first week, I’m going to try and use up a lot of the stuff I bought from last week’s shop or items already in freezer. I’ve also signed up to Tesco’s Delivery Saver, which I got a discount code for and paid £30 for the annual unlimited option. To qualify, I need to spend £25 – which I will attempt to stick to, including any baby items required). I would have preferred to shop at Aldi/Lidl, but to be honest I doubt I will have the time, juggling a newborn, a 6 year old and helping out with business.
So, menu for this week is as follows (separate lines for when its something my son won’t eat…the joys of a fussy eater!)
Most days we have Belvita Breakfast biscuits…we are both addicted to them! At the weekends, we will sometimes have Special Flakes (Tesco’s own brand) and toast. Lunch through the week for me is a sandwich (or 3!) of some variety plus numerous snacks! M will take a packed lunch with a jam sandwich and other bits, but has started to go school dinners more which is bliss! At weekends, we normally have a roll & sausage or egg in a cup with toast for lunch. This Saturday, we are planning to be out for lunch with friends.
I’ve done a Tesco shop which arrives this morning – mostly fresh veg and cleaning products which totals £26.04, which is slightly over the £25 limit, but my Belvita brekkie biscuits were on offer, so bought 2 packs plus a massive 48-wash tub of washing powder as was on offer.
What’s on your menu this week? I’m hoping to steal some ideas for inspiration next week! Happy planning peeps 🙂