26. 06. 2011

Every month I try to keep my grocery spending below £250 (preferably £230).

Well perhaps the key to keeping my grocery spending down is me being out of the house more lol, as this month I’ve unbelievably kept within budget! My spending for the month (as my next shop will be next Saturday) is £223.91!!  I can’t believe it. 

All joking aside the only reason that I’ve stuck to budget this month (as it’s the only difference in my June grocery shopping compared to the rest of 2011) is:

I’ve only shopped once a week, with no midweek interim visits to the supermarkets. 

I know it’s not ground breaking stuff but limiting the amount of times that you go shopping for food really cuts your overspending.  This month if we ran out of anything we went without until the next time we went shopping. 

We didn’t run out of basics at all, I’m talking about other stuff, generally snack rubbish, that you can do without.  You know how it is, you go to the shop intending to spend a pound or two, and end up spending double figures. Not this month. Yay!

So onward to July with a plan of doing the same again….a budget of £230, no interim shop visits and menu planning as normal. Let’s do this!

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13. 06. 2011

Monday and time for my menu plan. Hubby is away until Wednesday so I’m not planning too much in for today and tomorrow. My two children will be home at differing times tonight so I’ve made a quiche, which they can eat cold when they get home, and then tomorrow it’s eggs again, this time scrambled! All nice and easy.

Monday: Quiche, Potato Salad and Salad
Tuesday: Scrambled Eggs on Seeded Bread
Wednesday: Beef Bourginon with Vegetables
Thursday: Vegetable Pizza and Homemade Wedges
Friday: Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce with Ciabatta
Saturday: Chicken Fajitas
Sunday: Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding and Vegetables

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12. 06. 2011

Every month I try to keep my grocery spending below £250 (preferably £230). For most of the year I’ve struggled to hit this goal, but this month, so far so good.

My current system for grocery shopping (because to stay within budget I think you have to have a system) is a once a week trip to the farm shop for produce and eggs and a once a week trip to a supermarket. I’ve stopped shopping in between these visits, so if we run out of something midweek, then we go without. This is really helping to keep the budget in check.

I’m also still menu planning, which at times gets tedious, but it really keeps my costs down… also stops my two adult children from eating the chicken ear marked for tomorrows dinner!

Onto my figures for the month so far;

Week 1: £46.49
Week 2: £61.00

Total £107.49/£230

One happy girl… far :)

Let me know, are you managing to keep to your budget this month?

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