I’m regularly asked how I manage this €70 food budget I have. I figure now is as good a time as any to show you what one week’s groceries comprises in this house. Actually it’s what I have to buy this week.
I break down the budget into separate categories. What I spend depends on what is on offer, and if I can substitute food in/out for what is on special I will. The categories relate to where the food is in the supermarket to make things easier for me to find and shop.
- 1lb of minced meat
- 1 medium chicken
- 1lb of stewing meat
- 8L full fat milk
- 18 eggs
- 1L buttermilk
- 300g cheddar
- 1 dozen yoghurts
- 2 lbs of butter
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
- Large bunch of bananas
- 1 bag of eating apples
- 1 other fruit choice (depending on offers)
- 1 bag of carrots
- 1 bag of white onions
- 1 bunch of scallions
- 1 white cabbage
- 1 turnip
- 1 cauliflower
- 10kg bag of spuds
- 1kg caster sugar
- 2kg plain flour
- 1kg coarse wholemeal flour
- 2 sliced pans for sandwiches
- 2 boxes of sugarfree cereal (this is normally an own brand version of weetabix)
- 300g dried fruit
- 2 L of fruit cordial
In my store cupboard I have loads of dried herbs, spices, beans, oats, rice and pasta, not forgetting yeast and bread soda for baking. In my freezer I have some frozen homemade tomato sauce, a bag of frozen peas, a bag of frozen sweetcorn, some frozen berries (from berry picking in the Autumn) and chicken stock.
I have to emphasise this is not what we eat in one week, but this is my list for this week.
As we are a household with small children I operate the path of least resistance when it comes to breakfasts and fuel for school. At the moment most breakfasts are of cereal or toast. Lunches are based around sandwiches and bread. The dinners for the week ahead are based on the meat that I’ve bought.
The main meals for the next 7 days in no particular order will be as follows:
- Burgers with chips and salad (will include coleslaw, I’m drooling)
- Meatballs with Pasta
- Roast Chicken Dinner
- Chicken Fried Rice (made with leftover roast chicken)
- Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry (made with the stewing meat)
- Spanish Style Chickpea Stew (also with some stewing meat)
- Quiche (with roasted root veg on the side)
I’ll also get some chicken stock as a base to make a vegetable soup which will serve a couple of lunches.
For treats during the week I’ll bake some muffins and or flapjacks (handy for lunchboxes), if the family is really lucky there may be a cake or some biscuits from the oven too.
The shopping list above is a wishlist. If anything is too expensive this week then I’ll substitute it for something that is cheaper. I always check to see what is marked down first and then fill the trolley afterwards.
If you have any questions, just ask!