Lots of repeats in this week’s meal plan as Isabel has been tiring me out and I’ve had lots to do around the house and with work-y type stuff…
Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese
Found an even cheaper mince today; Tesco’s Everyday Value one for £1.56! I imagine the cow it came from was probably reared in a dark shed with nowt to eat but it’s friends, but sometimes my bank balance wins over my morals. Everything else we had in.
Tuesday: Tomato & sausage pasta
Bargain on-offer sausages for £1, everything else in stock.
Wednesday: Veggie curry
Veggies from the garden, spices etc in stock. No cost.
Thursday: Toad in the hole
More bargain on-offer sausages at £1, other bits in stock.
Friday: Homemade pizza
Everything in the cupboards.
Saturday: Cheeseburgers with sweet potato chips
Will fetch the burgers from the butchers on Friday but I don’t expect to pay more than £3 for enough for all of us. I am hoping to make the burger buns if I can find a quick and easy recipe. Sweet potatoes left over from Sainsbury’s big shop (quite surprised to discover these are still in great condition?)
Sunday: Lamb shoulder
Most expensive meal of the week but I fancied something other than chicken. £4.10 for the lamb. Will probably roast and serve with spuds and veggies from the garden/veg box.
Total cost this week including veg box: £22.61 — another good one (if I can stick to it)
It goes without saying that the total cost quoted at the end of my meal plans is not the full bill for the week. I have to buy bread, stuff for Karl’s lunchboxes, cereal, biscuits (Karl!), bananas etc. I do try to keep my weekly shop to around £30 + £16.73 for the veg box (& milk) we’re currently on. We then do the 4-6 weekly big shop for around £60-£80. This brings my monthly expenditure on food to anything up to around £235. I think this is quite a lot for 2 adults and a toddler, so if you have any other food budgeting tips that don’t include Karl giving up his bourbon biscuits, please do share.