Due to my two forthcoming trips (both in February), I am really watching my spending this month. I have come to realise that if I want to stay within my grocery budget, not only do I have to be in control of my grocery bill, but I should also meal plan. So today, I thought I’d share what I bought and what my meal plan looks like for next week (note: I am on a low-calorie diet next week).
Here is what I bought today –
15 eggs £1.35
black olives £1.32
Heinz soup x3 £3.00
smoked salmon £3.00
avocado x1 £1.00
brown bread £1.00
low fat yogurt £1.40
Nairns oatcakes £0.80
bananas x6 £0.72
clementines x7 £1.00
washing detergent x2 £6.00 (on offer 2 for £6.00)
Domestos bleach x1 £1.00
kitchen rolls x4 £1.38
My total grocery bill (including cleaning products) was £23.97 today.
I eat a bit of salmon these days as my blood test revealed I needed some vitamins that I was not getting. Despite the fact that I always take multi-vitamins, there was still shortage of B12 and omega 3, I think. Anyway, long story short, these days I eat salmon 😛
My meal plan is quite simple for next week.
Breakfast: a few oatcakes and one boiled egg or oatmeal porridge and some yogurt
Lunch: soup with a slice of bread or smoked salmon salad with lettuce, olives & avocado
Dinner: a small portion of buckwheat with a few drops of light soy sauce (I happen to love it!) or a tiny portion of rice and smoked salmon salad with lettuce, olives & avocado or a few oatcakes with salmon and avocado
In between meals I usually eat a piece of fruit, some yogurt or 5-10 cashew nuts. I also drink a lot of water and green tea (and occasionally black coffee for breakfast). I also take multivitamins to make sure I am not missing out on any important vitamins and nutrients. Despite my fairly low calorie diet, I also exercise at least 5 days a week for about 20-25 minutes.
I shouldn’t need any more food next week, but if I do, my second grocery bill cannot be more than £6.03 to bring my total grocery spend to £30.00/week. Oh, and my entertainment budget is £10.00 as I am meeting a friend for dinner next Thursday.
Do you have a weekly grocery budget? Do you meal plan?