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16. 12. 2014

I’m trying really hard to be super organised over the coming weeks and so yesterday, after compiling a menu plan for the rest of December, I went grocery shopping. The main purpose of the trip was to buy meat for the freezer, but I also picked up a few other bits and pieces.

Here’s my haul:

grocery haul

I spent £58.33 in total – £10 of which went on beer (not pictured!) –  this takes my total for December to £173.11 out of a £280 budget. I’m still hopeful of staying within budget. but if I don’t, I have £30+ of N ectar points as back up.

Receipt Breakdown: £58.33
– £1.00 Milk
– £3.50 Cheese
– £1.00 Pineapple Juice
– £6.00 Minced Beef (2 x 500g)
– £10.00 Chicken Breasts x 8
– £5.00 Bacon x 2
– £5.00 Sausages x 2
– £10.00 Lager
– £3.00 Tortilla Chips x 3
– £2.00 Sweet Chili Sauce x 2
– £3.00 Yogurts x 8
– £1.15 Foil
– £0.95 Matches
– £2.00 Toothpaste*
– £0.53 Tomatoes
– £1.00 Mushrooms
– £1.25 Potatoes
– £1.00 Lettuce
– £1.00 Red Onions
– £0.60 Pepper
(0.65) Voucher

* Colgate purchased at a different shop

When I got home I portioned out the meat for freezing.

freezer meat

Let’s do this! :)

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15. 12. 2014

Our grocery budget is a little higher this month (£280) to account for the extra house guests over the Christmas period. So far I’ve spent £114.78, mainly on week to week items, but I did buy a large chicken for the 25th (I’m cooking it in the slow cooker as we still don’t have an oven!), and a few other bits and pieces that we’ll need…..cheese biscuits, wine, etc ;)

Menu Plan Monday

Yesterday I did a freezer inventory and then tried to make a menu plan for the next 17 days as it’ll make things a lot easier with all the coming and goings we have. So far the main dinners are sorted, but I still need to work out the breakfasts and lunches.

Here’s a list of what I’m starting with in the freezer:

– Large Chicken x 1
– Pork Loin Chops x 6
– Minced Beef (500g) x 1
– Sausages (6) x 2
– Beef Burgers (4) x 1
– Chili portion (for Nacho topping)
– Broccoli 3/4 bag
– Green Beans 3/4 bag
– Corn 3/4 bag
– Stir Fry Veg x 1
– Burger Buns x 4
– English Muffins x 4
– Tortilla Wraps x 3
– Bread x 1
– Bagels x 3

+ we also have 2 cooked chicken breasts and 4 eggs in the fridge.

Menu Plan:

15th: Chicken Fajitas (2)
16th: Pork Loin, Broccoli & Potatoes (2)
17th: Mushroom Omelets + Large Salad (2)
18th: Sausages, Noodles and Stir Fry Veg (2)
19th: BLT’s (2)
20th: Pasta Bolognese (3)
21st: Beef Burgers (3)
22nd: Chicken Taco Bowls (3)
23rd: Pork Loin, Green Beans & Potatoes (3)
24th: Buffet (for 8)
25th: Roast Chicken & Trimmings (for 6)
26th: Out all day
27th: Out/Leftovers
28th: Loaded Nachos (2)
29th: Potato & Leek Soup (3)
30th: Sausages, Noodles and Stir Fry Veg (2)
31st: Buffet (4)

I’ll finish up this post now as it’s getting long. I’ll be back tomorrow with a grocery haul as I’m heading out later to buy all the meat needed for the above^.

What’s on your menu this week?

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03. 11. 2014

My goal this month: Spend less than £180 on groceries but still increase our stockpile (toothpaste, beans, rice etc)

We’re away for ten days of the month (I’m not including the grocery purchased in NY in this total), and so this budget is generous. However, I’ve been over spending in this category so much, that I feel baby steps are the way to go right now. :)

Let’s begin with my first grocery haul of the month. I spent £54.14 and here’s where the money went.

Grocery

– £6.00 Coffee x 200g
– £1.00 Soup x 2
– £0.70 Tomatoes with garlic
– £1.60 Salsa
– £1.10 Tortilla Chips
– £1.50 Mayo
– £1.00 Baking Potatoes x 4
– £0.46 Bananas (£0.68kg)
– £1.00 Bread
– £1.00 Lettuce
– £2.23 Grapes (£3.95kg)
– £5.00 Butter x 2
– £3.75 Personal items

I also stocked up on meat for the freezer:

grocery 2

– £10.00 Chicken Fillets x 3 (10 Breasts)
– £5.00 Pork Loin x 2 (4 Loins)
– £5.00 Bacon x 2
– £1.10 Milk
– £1.20 Natural Yogurt
– £2.50 Fruit Yogurt
– £1.00 Sour Cream
– £2.00 Grated Mozzarella

A quick evening menu plan:

Monday: Chicken Taco Bowls
Tuesday: Burritos with leftovers ^
Wednesday: BBQ Pork Loin with Baked Potato & Broccoli
Thursday: Chicken Curry (freezer) with Rice & Naan
Friday: Club Sandwiches

Extra goals this month:
1. Update my one page (A4) price book using the shops in my new area (I’ve streamlined the products we buy)
2. Finish planning our 4 week revolving menu plan (it’s nearly there!)

November Grocery Spending/Budget: £54.14/£180

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