Thursday, May 03, 2012

Trying to spend less on food. UPDATE week 2

Its been a week since my last post about trying to spend less on food. I am back today with an update for the week.
I have been back to the supermarket for some things as some food items had run out, i also needed some fresh fruit and vege and as always the Sunday afternoon trip to the supermarket to buy the lunch meats for the week. Lunches are always made at home so that saves money and it healthier for everyone too.

So last week i has spent a total of $240.14 for most of our food for the month. So there was some foods i didnt buy enough of (such as needing 2 more packs of puff pastry) as i should have done a more thorough menu check and counted up how much of everything i really needed for the month but this monthly shopping is all new to me and im sure over time i will get better at it. So the total i have spent in the last 7 days comes to $75.04. this does include hubby's weekend soft drinks and a pack of chips for him too. Included in this amount too was a the few things i had left on the shopping list that i need to get from IGA and Foodworks last week that i didnt get on shopping day.

So the total spent now is $315.18 which im happy with at this point. I would normally spend at least $600 a month on food shopping (not including takeaway twice in the month) and this should come in at being less than that even if i do have to spend another $75 in week 3 and 4 for food top-ups.

I still have loads of milk and flour (for bread) left in the pantry so at this stage that wont need re-stocking. We will be having takeaway for dinner on Saturday as this gives me a break from cooking one night a fortnight, this should only be $25 as we get a great family feed at our local pizza shop including garlic bread and soft drink for this amount.

I also made a batch of dog food up this week with some Chrisco Hampers sausages that we didnt like, lots of mixed frozen veges and rice. This was frozen in portions in muffin trays that way i can take out what needed each day for Howard and Bessie's dinner, i ended up making 24 portions. They have this served with some dry dog food on the side.

Thats all i have to update this week. I will update my progress again next week. :)

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