You can get stuck in a rut with food shopping and feel really unorganised with it. We are on a set budget for the month for groceries, so for the past 6 months I have done meal plans to help us stick to what we can afford and we don’t get sucked into all of the offers that the big supermarkets always have on. We have a online delivery saver pass for Tesco, so every Tuesday we get our shopping delivered to our door for only £3 a month. This is ideal for us as we don’t have a car. If we run out of anything or need anything extra through the week, we tend to go to Lidl as it is only a 5 minute walk away from our house so very convenient! Shopping online means I can be extra vigilant with what we spend and it really limits us getting tempted by any offers on things that we don’t really need.
Each week we have a selection of things that we always buy. These are:
* 5 loaves of medium sliced bread (800g loaves), normally white or 50/50
* 1 500g tub of butter/ spread
* 10 bananas
* 2 packs of apples
* Yogurts for the adults
* Tube yogurts for the children
* 2 4 pint bottles of semi skimmed milk
* 7 packs of cooked ham for sandwiches
In addition to the above, we then buy our meals for the week. We buy 7 meals and always stick to our meal plan to ensure we have enough food to last until our next food delivery the following Tuesday.
Every 2-4 weeks or when we run out, we will buy the following items from Lidl or add them to our Tesco order:
* Nappies & wipes
* Toilet rolls
* Fairy liquid
* Antibacterial liquid hand wash
* Washing detergent & fabric conditioner
* Toothpaste & toothbrushes
* Kids bubble bath and shampoo
* Adults shower gel and shampoo/ conditioner
* Cleaning products such as antibacterial spray, polish, bleach etc.
I hope you have enjoyed this insight into how we do our weekly food shop for a family of 5 on a budget.