I hope you all read my tips on reducing your grocery bill - this works in conjunction with those tips. I can only tell you how our family achieve this – you might have some better ideas (if so – please share!!!) or tastes.
First of all – I only shop monthly – but in this instance I’ll do a fortnightly list for ease. So that’s $100 ($50 a week x two weeks). Now I’ll take $10 off that amount as we buy meat in bulk every 8 months or so – the fortnightly shop has to pay for that meat. I only buy what is in season. My Mum has a glut of eggs and citrus – so that’s something I’m lucky not to have to pay for. I buy my fruit & veggies separately from my normal shop (unless Aldi have them ridiculously cheap – which is often!).
I plan my meals around what I have. My fortnightly list usually goes something like this:(ps – all kid friendly food – nothing fancy)
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Slowcooker Roast Chicken
Chicken Pasta. All are either served with veggies or have veggies in them.
I pack left overs for hubby to take to work. Myself and the kids usually have sandwiches. I’ll get to kids lunches further down. I do baking once a week and we enjoy that the morning teas etc.
Cereal or toast during the week. Crumpets on Saturday, Bacon & Eggs on Sunday.
I write my list up of all ingredients I NEED – for instance – I need pastry and cheese for the bacon & egg pie – but I have some left over in the freezer from last week…. You have to be flexible. That’s why the $50 will go over some weeks – for those kinds of incidentals.
I already have mince and sausages from my bulk meat buy
Fruit & Veggies (I purchase mine from the local markets):
Kids Lunches for school:
GRAND TOTAL OF GROCERIES FOR THE FORTNIGHT: $88.10
You have enough ingredients above to make all those recipes – and do baking with whatever else you have in the cupboard!