It’s about now that some families have to rein in their spending after Christmas. People often face a new year with financial good intentions and look to reduce their supermarket spending. I don’t profess to be any kind of help, I just share what I do. I aim each week to spend £30 on food, toiletries and cleaning products. My costs average that amount per week across the year. Sometimes, it’s less and sometimes more.
When you’re next in the supermarket, have a go at a little game I play to amuse myself. I watch the person in front of me load their shopping through the till and I guess what meals they’re having. Sometimes, a lot of money will be rung up and I won’t have seen any meals at all. I don’t load much onto the till but I know I have seven days worth of three meals a day, either at home or in front of me.
I keep my spending to a limit by having a set (see above, it can change) budget. I also have a day a week that’s on toast or in a jacket. I don’t want to cook every day. It might be beans on toast, or eggs on toast, or beans and cheese in a jacket potato. We can all have a really cheap meal once a week.
We don’t eat out very often, this year we’ve been to a restaurant twice in France and never in the UK so we eat something ‘nice’ now and then. Now and then isn’t every week, but often enough that we don’t feel deprived. We had nice cheese and a bottle of Port over Christmas and we have steak on New Year’s Eve. We didn’t use to do this but feel we can afford to relax the budget every now and then.
I know what things cost and how much I’m spending on each meal. It’s just a bit of simple mental arithmetic and a pen. I keep my receipt by pinning it on a board in the kitchen and then work out the cost per portion. Here’s an example, we eat 50g of ham each in a salad, and two boiled eggs in a salad. I then know it costs us. It might seem odd to you that I buy sliced cheese, but that’s just enough for our sandwiches for the week and I can’t pick or have extra thick sandwich with extra cheese. Like I said, I don’t profess to be any help, I just share what I do.
We have a Sunday roast every week, usually pork or beef brisket and we eat Sunday lunch and I plate four meals and we eat the same again on Monday. However, I’m not adverse to eating the same again on Tuesday……as you can tell, we’re not fussy.
Over the next few days, I’ll share not so much hints but what we do to save money on our supermarket shopping. I know lots of lovely readers will have handy hints and ideas too.
Love Froogs xxxxx