Another week has begun, which means I’m continuing with my new series of posts about our weekly meals, as meal planning really helps us stick to our budget month after month. Am I the only one who loves looking at and reading about what other people buy at the grocery store and what they eat each week? I’m really pleased this week as I managed to spend just £27.93 on a weekly shop this week, which has been our lowest shop in a while.
I do our grocery shopping on Sunday morning whilst Mr FC has some quality daddy-baby time with our little one, so I can take my time in the supermarket. I actually enjoy food shopping and browsing round the store, though I make sure that I stick to the list that I make before I go. Making a list means that I don’t buy things we don’t need, plus ensures that nothing gets thrown away. I do try not to get distracted by the ever-present Christmas stock that seems to be in our local supermarket, along with the very cute baby clothes that are for sale. Temptation is everywhere, so it seems.
So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:
Monday – spanish chicken (freezer) with olive bread
Tuesday – tacos
Wednesday – mushroom omelette
Thursday – spaghetti bolognese (freezer) and garlic bread
Friday – pizza night!
There are a few things from the freezer included in this week’s meal plan; the spanish chicken, mince for the tacos and the bolognese sauce are all from there. We’re nearly through the bolognese sauce now – I didn’t realise quite how much I had made! Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC and cereal or toast for me. Lunches can be a variety of things; sandwiches, soup, salads, vegetables and dip, just depends on the week and the mood we’re in. Now that I’m at home during the day, I can take longer over my lunch so try to have something hot and filling; as the weather is getting cooler I am loving having warm things to eat, such as soup or beans on toast, all from the store cupboard. I’ve also had a poached egg on toast occasionally, but that does depend on when DS naps.
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Part of our planning and budget for food means that some items are used from our stockpile every week. This is so the food we already have in the cupboards is used regularly and rotated so nothing goes to waste, but it’s also a good habit to get in to so that if we cannot get to the shops for whatever reason, I can make meals from what we already have in the cupboards. Out of the meal plan for this week the bolognese sauce, beans and soup (for my lunches) are all from the stock cupboard/freezer. I also have eggs in and bread in the freezer.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!