With the cost of living raising all the time it can be hard when it comes to the end of the month and you have no money left. But cutting down on things can help, especially cutting down on the amount that you spend on food.
I have 3 kids as well as a very hungry husband to feed and it can be hard to find healthy food that is cheap.
Did you know that the average family spend around £40 on food for each child. I thought that was a lot. I have tried out Natwest’s cost of raising a child calculator and you’d be surprised how much you spend on a child throughout their childhood!
I used to spend almost £100 a week on food, about 5 years ago when it was just me, my husband and my eldest child. But when I had my second and third children my weekly cost of shopping shot up! it shot up, too much, and I decided to do something about it.
The first thing I did was down grade. I used to buy brand name products, but now I mainly buy store brand names. Tastes the same only a lot cheaper. I also buy in bulk when something is on offer. For example we love eating pasta with a tomato based sauce, but the normal size jars don’t go around the 5 of us, so we buy the 750g ones, but it seems that only Dolmio do these. And they can be quite expensive. They normally cost about £2.69, but I never pay this price for one. I wait until they are on offer a buy loads. Like just the other week, they were on offer for only £1.50 at my corner shop, so I brought 8, which cost me £12. Now if I brought them at full price it would have cost me £21.52 saving me almost £10. But the main thing that has saved me money is meal planning.
I do my shopping online and have it delivered every 2 weeks. This way I know how much the total will come to. So no more going to the till and having a heart attack when the cashier tells you the cost! And also no more temptation of putting that yummy fattening cream cake in your trolley too. I sit down every 2 weeks and plan what we are going to have for tea for the next 14 days. I get my recipes from my cook books and also pinterest. For Breakfast we just have cereals, granola or porridge and for dinners it is normally something on toast, sandwich, wraps or a jacket potato.
So with my list of 14 meals, we choose whatever we fancy for that day. But we eat the things that will go off first, so things like salads, fresh veg etc. are eaten in the first week and in the second it things like, homemade pizza, pasta, rice etc.
I now spend no more than £120 every two weeks. sometimes this is under £100. This also includes not just our food, but toilet rolls, cleaning stuff, laundry stuff, shampoo, deodorant, etc. Everything basically.
My favourite cheap healthy meals to eat are Jacket potatoes with either cottage cheese and salad, or with baked beans and Spag bol with quorn mince,