1. Una Jordan

    Goodness, my list is practically identical. More tins, perhaps, but even your freezer contents sound like mine. I have to laugh, I’ve run out of inspiration for my leftover frozen blackberries, having made a mountain of chutney from them in October. Any ideas? Love the post, as usual!!

  2. I would have similar types of dinners too Caitriona. I find that a pound of meat does 2 to 3 dinners at least so I would use my slow cooker a lot during the week (+ added bonus to not have to cook in the evening!) This turns any cheap and nasty cut into the most succulent and tender meat!

  3. kathryn

    It’s gradually building up the store cupboard that is so critical isn’t it – ready for the weeks when you have to draw down. We’ve got a lot more careful since we moved to retirement income though it couldn’t be described as even remotely tight thank goodness, but since there were new glasses X 2, a fill of oil and some not-covered-by-VHI consultants I was very glad of the freezer and store cupboards. Not to mention salads and spring veg from the garden. Total grocery bill this month was less than €100 for two of us because of the stores. And about the same for three cats, one of which is allergic to dried food so they all get the canned stuff!

  4. Noelle

    Hi Caitríona, Seems like a good plan for main meals but what do you use for lunch / sandwich fillings ? I have 2 girls so I guess I’m always on the lookout for new ideas to keep some variety. I’ve recently found a great butcher who does great deals on real good quality meat which helps a lot (mince, stewing beef, chicken fillets). Really helpful post – thank you!

    • Hi Noelle,
      The 5 year old has sandwiches for school and will have cheese or cheese and salami (if it’s in the budget) in his sambos. I give him this because I know he will eat it and it will fill him up enough until he gets home from school. The 2 year old and I have a fine time eating soup, pancakes, omelettes and many more lovely dishes during the week!

  5. Janice

    Love this post!!!! Anychance you could post the recipe for the spanish style chickpea stew? I’m going to mirror your list this week and see how I get on – our grocery bill is unreal!!! I just love your blog..please take a huge virtual hug!!!!

  6. I don’t know if I could manage without the ‘real’ Weetabix! :-D Have you considered something like a fish pie? I was thinking of making one if it wasn’t too expensive :)

  7. Hannah

    Hi, Iove your blog and budgeting tips. I was hoping to get your opinion on what you think is a realistic weekly grocery shopping figure for a couple living in Dublin. My boyfriend doesn’t eat beef or fish or eggs which I always find makes my shopping a lot more difficult.

    • Hi Hannah
      I’m not sure what type of budget you’re on. In short, it’s easier to figure out what you have to spend on food first. I’m in Dublin and as you can see mine is very low. There’s nothing wrong with spending more than this either if you have the money to spare. thanks for dropping by!

  8. amberjane

    I have followed your blog for awhile and love it – it has helped a great deal since my husband was made redundant and it is comforting to have the advice of another Irish Mam going through the same thing. I think we have similar shopping lists too :)

    • Hi Amberjane thank you for dropping by. I’m sorry to read your husband has been made redundant. From personal experience I know how devastating it is. Us Irish Mams have to stick together! x

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