but i am completely lacking motivation to even attempt to plan a fortnights worth of meals for 3 on £40!!! I know I can do it because often that's all I have to spend per fortnight, I just don't know what to get this time around.
please give me a kick up the bum to get me going!!
This may not be any practical help now (sorry), but once you have planned, and done your list, could you keep it somewhere for future reference, so that in, say 6 weeks time, if you have the same situation, you could go back and look at what you've done in the past?
I'm budgeting a fiver a week to put aside as of last week Trinity, and am ebaying and collecting Boots points on nappies/toiletries and getting a nectar card. zookeeper, once I actually get motivated I will post my list & meal plan for the fortnight. If I had more to spend believe me I would!
Thanks for the kick Trinity, still no motivation. I'll have a cuppa and try again later maybe
beans, tomatoes, soup, tin of beans & sausages. barley, flour, lentils, dried fruit, all sorts. i just can't be arsed tbh JackieNo, am thinking about making oh struggle to make £40 stretch for a fortnight for a change since I always cook/sort money. there's leftovers in freezer too that would mean less to get. I'll start with a list of what I have and go from there although I could get sidetracked by the dried fruit which was meant for cakes but I've munched loads of . . .scrummy
well I finally did my list, have had a very pleasant and peaceful virtual wander around online asda and my list comes to £53 and odd pennies but is subject to stuff being taken off depending what's left in cupboard on Friday and includes £10 for 90 nappies. So I don't think I've done too badly & there's plenty to last us 2 weeks with only the odd top up as we go along
We have 2 lists, one for non-perishables, frozen foods and household goods etc that we bulk-buy once every 8 weeks. The other is perishalbes that we buy every week. So 7 weeks out of 8, I only need to visit the dairy, meat, chilled and fruit and veg isles, I can ignore the rest of the shop! This means that I can usually get through the checkouts in 20 minutes. When the time comes to do the 8-weekly bulk shop either I or my DH does the shopping and the other looks after the children.
We have checklists of everything we ever need to buy and we copy things down from those. They are written in the order that you go round the shop so I hope the shop doesn't decide to rearrange everything!
It sounds sad, but it saves loads of time, hassle and money.
good thinking penguin, I should start to keep lists like that I think . . . another 'somewhere safe' to find. It would help loads to have space to buy for 8 weeks at a time but unfortunately I only have a very thin and tiny cupboard for tins/cooking ingredients/biccy tin/baby's medicines & ours so they're out of way. 4 weekly may be an option though as when we've done that in the past we've only spent £80 at most including nappies!
My list will do us two weeks which I don't think is bad and it includes nappies that will do 3 weeks as they were on offer for 3 packs for £10. We used to do lidl all the time when we lived within walking distance but had to move as I was pg or would def shop there