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Low spend July for food?

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Twinklestar2 Wed 08-Jul-15 23:13:25

I'm on a thread on the style and beauty board about spending as less as possible on style and beauty products in July. It got me thinking - would anyone be interested in doing the same but for food?

I'm so guilty of popping into the supermarket for something and somehow spending £30-40 on stuff I don't really need when I have a a kitchen full at home!

I thought we could share recipes and ideas and get creative about using stuff up that we already have. We could share menu plans and how much we've spent in a month.

Anyone in?

pollyisnotputtingthekettleon Wed 08-Jul-15 23:18:32

Well i do a cupboard week. I buy milk and bread but not much else ... i know friends do this too. Interested in a few new recepies

annatha Wed 08-Jul-15 23:26:02

Following! We're guilty of going for a top up shop for bread and milk and spending £30. I don't have any recipes to share but I've just made an inventory of everything in my freezer and cupboards and managed to plan a weeks worth of meals from what we already have in.

Blondie1984 Wed 08-Jul-15 23:26:34

I have freezer weeks - the main element of the meal has to come from the freezer
If I need to top up on milk mid week then I only take a small amount of money to the shop so that I can't buy anything else - it's the only way that works for me

enderwoman Thu 09-Jul-15 07:37:54

If I need a top up shop I walk to a supermarket with cash so I only buy what I need. (Usually bread and milk)

I'm actually currently having a freezer and cupboard week.

calzone Thu 09-Jul-15 07:39:27

I made a mushy pea curry last night from stuff in the cupboard.
Was delicious.

My freezer is stacked with stuff so I am in. smilesmile

Twinklestar2 Thu 09-Jul-15 12:01:21

Great to see you all here!

I'm going to go through what I've spent so far this month and set myself a budget.

When it was just me and my husband we used to spend £200 a month. But that was as well as meals out, lunches, going out for drinks. Now we hardly do that so I've allowed us to spend more on nice food at home. I'm sure some of it is unnecessary though.

TeaAndBisquits Thu 09-Jul-15 19:20:15

What a great thread.

Ideally, I'd like to spend 50pw for me, DH, DD1(4) and DD2(1)
I budget that much but ALWAYS go over with the extra top ups and treats! (My chocolate habit is rife at the moment!)

This week, DH and I had a lovely pasta dish that was so cheap to make. (Kids ate before us and had macaroni cheese)

All ingredients from Aldi.

Spaghetti, tin of mackerel in oil, a lemon (juice and zest) one chilli and a handful of parsley. Yum.

Twinklestar2 Thu 09-Jul-15 23:40:32

£163.97 - that's how much I have spent already this month. Was hoping to keep it to £200 so let's se how it goes...

IHaveBrilloHair Fri 10-Jul-15 15:51:42

I'm terribly guilty of this, it's not that I can't afford it but I have so much food, it doesn't get wasted either but do I really need 6 pasta shapes.
It's because I love to cook but instead of looking up a recipe for x pasta, I'll see one I fancy and buy another shape, ditto rice, pulses, vinegars etc.

annatha Fri 10-Jul-15 19:10:08

I've tried and failed at meal planning over the years so this week I've been keeping a food diary to see what we actually eat. So far it seems that we eat a lot of snacky crap. My problem is that I'll meal plan lots of beautiful home cooked meals, spend a fortune on all the ingredients then waste half of them because we'll just eat toast and snacks some days. I'm trying to be realistic with my meals this time around.

Twinklestar2 Sat 11-Jul-15 11:05:40

I'm getting to the end of the week so food supplies are diminishing. However, we have enough food for the weekend so no supermarket trip needed here, we can manage!! Must remember this when starting to waver!

IHaveBrilloHair Sat 11-Jul-15 11:30:59

I got a big delivery on Thursday, lots of treaty stuff as dd was away for the week and just came back yesterday.
I've tweaked the next couple of night's meals to make use of fresh stuff so halal cart chicken instead of biryani, and selection of sarnies/crackers with fillings tomorrow instead of a pasta dish.
That'll take care of the pittas, some of the other bread and crackers, salad bits, tub of hummus, crabsticks and blue cheese, plus the rest of the black olives.

TeaAndBisquits Sat 11-Jul-15 18:02:49

I had a breakthrough today. My sister and husband are coming over for lunch tomorrow now rather than the original tea and cake organised a few weeks ago.

I've just been to get the bits for a cheesy pasta bake and a nice big salad and came out with only the things I needed!! Woohoo!! smile £7.00! Bargain!

mildlymiffed Sat 11-Jul-15 19:27:25

I'm in! I've got a freezer packed so full I can't fit anymore in...and yet I still buy more stuff every week. I have loads of freezer veg- if anyone has any inspired slow cooker ideas please let me know!! We manage to spend about £80 on the main shop each week- but top up and buy crap for things like picnics! It's usually due to poor planning on what our activities are going to be each day, and I'm already dreading the packed lunches my DS will need during the school hols at holiday club confused

Twinklestar2 Sun 12-Jul-15 18:39:16

Well done tea! I never manage to stick to just my list.

I think I can eek out one more day and then I will need to do a shop. Or it's lamb roast dinner two days in a row #firdtworldproblems.

calzone Sun 12-Jul-15 21:32:28

Without shopping this is what I can make this week.....

Duck with pancakes, noodles and plum sauce

Chicken pops, sauté potatoes, peas

Fish pie with celeriac topping

Burger in a bowl

Turkey steaks with mash, carrots and peas

Twinklestar2 Mon 13-Jul-15 10:34:19

All sounds lovely calzone!

avocadotoast Mon 13-Jul-15 10:44:40

I need to do this. I'm on maternity leave with DD and she's still so little that we don't have much to do in the day. I've found myself mooching round supermarkets just out of habit!

It's totally unnecessary because we have loads in the cupboards and a fair bit in the freezer. Really I just need to be doing fridge top ups this month!

annatha Mon 13-Jul-15 17:10:10

teaandbisquits Its such a good feeling isn't it! I went to tesco the other day for milk and bread and came out with... Milk and bread!! I felt like I was being silly driving to tesco just for two things, then realized how ridiculous that was. I only NEEDED two things. Trying to make the most of the trip by stocking up on crap we don't need defeats the point. We've been really good with sticking to the meal plan all week then dh was off at the weekend and its all gone to pot. If it was up to him we'd have KFC or takeaway every night for tea so its hard sticking to what's planned when all I want to do is stuff my face with chicken

Weekly shop on Wednesday though and I've got a menu planned. Its sad but I'm really looking forward to the challenge. I think I've just got to shop alone and cook tea before dh gets hungry to ensure we don't slip up again.

mildlymiffed I make leftover soup in the sloe cooker- loads of veg/potatoes (fresh, cooked, frozen, tinned it doesn't matter) some chicken or veg stock and some herbs. If there's any meat lingering in the fridge that might go in too but usually its just veg. Cook it for half a day or so then blitz.

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 13-Jul-15 17:27:55

I'm making a lemon and almond potato dish tonight, to use up half a bag of ground almonds and new potatoes.
I'm getting there, and most of next week's meal plan starts with what's in the freezer.

Sherbetdip1 Mon 13-Jul-15 19:34:19

Hello, I'm lurking on this thread waves as I am trying to cut down our spend and use up what we have in. calzone how do you make mushy pea curry? Got a tin in my cupboard....

Twinklestar2 Mon 13-Jul-15 23:28:28

£133 spent in sainsburys today! But that included a massive box of washing powder, razor blades and nappies which came to £20 just by themselves! Then £10 just on various berries for my 11 month old son. Threw in some Basics range stuff too, mainly vegetables which will get cooked anyway so doesn't matter too much about quality. Gosh the price of food has def gone up. I spent ages in there as well looking for the best deals.

I now have a house full of food so I can really start proper meal planning.

I got some great bargains on a yellow sticker though: £10 box of fairy powder for £4, nappies for £7 instead of £10 and a box of instant honey porridge for 75p.

Have planned tomorrow's menu:

Honey porridge and skimmed milk
Ham sandwiches, fruit and yoghurt
Chicken curry and brown rice - making the rice myself instead of buying those instant microwave pouches which I tend to do! Pure laziness!

calzone Wed 15-Jul-15 01:19:24

Mushy pea curry

Fry onions & mushrooms in oil with curry powder. Add tin baked beans, mushy peas and tin tomatoes. Season.

Tis lush. smile

Twinklestar2 Wed 15-Jul-15 23:20:23

My rice came out terrible!

Dinner tonight was breaded fish and potatoes... Stopped me getting fish and chips!

I already feel like I'm running out of stuff though! How can this be possible?

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