Whenever I mention how much we spend on food shopping, most people don't believe it. They also don't believe that we tend not to throw any food away. One of the biggest things that I think helps when it comes to budgeting is meal planning.
First thing to do is look at what you already have in - is there anything that needs using up? That could be made into something? Then write a list of what you have that can be used and then think of meals you like to eat and are easy to cook during the week.
Our meal plan for this week looks like this:
Saturday - out, date night :)
Sunday - Sunday lunch with the in-laws
Monday - Fish fingers, waffles and beans (to use stuff up from the freezer)
Tuesday - Spaghetti Puttanesca
Wednesday - Homemade sweet and sour chicken with rice
Thursday - Shepherds Pie with broccoli and gravy
Friday - Ham and Pineapple pizza with salad
We have lots of spaghetti in the store cupboard, so I wanted to use a recipe involving that. We also have lots of broccoli in the freezer, so wanted to use some of that somewhere. It's all about thinking ahead, and reducing your food waste.
Our food shop this week came to £31.43, which includes some treats, and a couple of things that will last more than this week ( for example, I bought some more value porridge oats even though I think I've got enough for this week. These will last a month or more in our household!)
Do you meal plan? How do you do your food shopping?