Friday, 27 March 2009

Budgeting (again)

Today I've been food shopping at the faceless supermarket down the road. 

I can never quite figure out the best way of food shopping for us. We're lucky to have a decent fruit and veg shop 5 minutes walk away, and also a small Co-op supermarket. Our natural inclination is to pop out a few times a week to get what we need, without list or budget, and this is what we generally do. 

I'm trying to tweak this a little for now as it ends up costing quite a lot of money, as well as time! So I've started making a list, setting a budget, and for the time being heading to the supermarket once a week. I'm hoping that I'll be able to organise myself, check prices and stock, and start getting most things from the local shops fairly soon. 

I've been keeping track of what we spend on food, and it's about £160 for the two of us. We don't eat meat, I don't eat fish, but we do get through a lot of fruit, veg, tins of chick peas and other beans, and lentils, as well as jam :) 

We make our own bread (in the bread machine), and generally make pretty much everything from scratch, so surely we must be able to get that spending down a little...

I've realised that I still spend quite a lot on popping to the shops for some milk - sometimes 5 or 6 times a week! I like my tea VERY milky... So, as an experiment, I'm cutting down from about 7 cups of tea a day (sometimes more - that's surely not good?) and trying to just drink herbal tea. We have a big stock already that we've acquired, and I don't like it as much as 'normal' tea, so hopefully it'll end up cheaper. We'll see. So far it's going ok, and I'm not missing proper tea that much. 

I'm also sprouting some green lentils for salads and stir fry, and growing lettuce and tomatoes so we don't need to buy salad. I'm trying to cut down on cheese too, and having a go at making two meals at a time and freezing one. 

I might try to knock the budget down to £140 for April, and then after that see if we can get it down further. Shouldn't be too difficult, hopefully. 

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