Grocery Budget and Groceries {9th January 2011}

I’m attempting to stick to a grocery budget of £230/$355 a month in 2011. 

In my weekly menu plan posts I often describe our meal plan as simple..and it usually is.  I don’t like to complicate things in the kitchen and only push the boat out with a new recipe once or twice a month.  I’ll let you in on a secret: I don’t like cooking.  The easier the meal, the happier I am and if I lived on my own, I’m sure I’d eat vegetable soup and seeded bread for dinner every night!

Last week my supermarket shop came to £46.99; this was reduced from £54.49 as I had a voucher for £7.50 off a £50 shop. This week I went to the same supermarket and spent £41.55.


  • Organic Eggs £1.82
  • Organic Carrots £1.08
  • Onion 10p
  • Organic Potato £1.75
  • Organic Apples £2.49
  • Cucumber £0.75
  • Organic Houmous £1.20
  • 12 Bread rolls £1.45
  • Croissants £1.00
  • Ciabatta £1.09
  • Muffins £0.74
  • Sunflower and Pumpkin Loaf £1.15
  • 1kg Organic Mince Beef £5.00
  • Sausage Plait £1.99
  • Ham £2.79
  • 8 Pints Organic Milk £3.00
  • 2 Tins Organic Soup £1.58
  • Organic Apricot Jam £1.59
  • Jamie Oliver Pasta Sauce x 2 £1.96
  • Organic Raspberry Yogurt £1.59
  • Organic Penne £0.75
  • 2 Pizza’s £2.50
  • 4 x Tomato Ketchup £2.68
  • Newspaper £1.50

Total spend £41.05


  • I bought more organic food than normal this week. 
  • I bought the paper as it contains a £10 [off a £50 shop] voucher valid until 16th Jan
  • Ketchup was on offer so I bought four
  • Vegetables next week will come mainly from our freezer
  • I may have to buy extra milk/fruit

I’ve received a couple of questions from blog readers on my grocery spending, so tomorrow I’ll show you how this grocery shop relates to next weeks menu plan. I hope that you find it helpful :)

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2 thoughts on “Grocery Budget and Groceries {9th January 2011}

  1. I always spend less when I make a menu plan,I really need to do this more often :)

    I like the fact that you’re buying organic even though it is *usually* more expensive (not always), especially the eggs and meat as the welfare standards are higher. And obviously it is better for you.

  2. Loads of Organics there so not a bad price. Looking forward to seeing it tied in with your menu plan.

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