I will count as a success, my challenge for last week, as I only spent $19 on extra food items, except for milk. We actually drink 12-15 litres of milk each week, and while I cut down by not having cups of milo, I would not cut down for my toddler, and its my husband's drink of choice, so I wouldn't deprive him of that. Most of his workmates go home and have a few beers, some of them smoke too, so that is an expense we dont have to worry about.
This week's meals were tasty and different, things that I had forgotten about cooking, we had chilli con carne, bbq chops, chicken kiev with roast vegies, beef stew, lamb shank soup, and I baked some Anzac cookies and some brownies. It was amazing to realise that I had so many ingredients already stocked up in the pantry and freezer. Also, a couple of the meals, I was actually able to make enough for additional meals to freeze.
This week, I am back to stocking up the pantry again, but rather than spending my usual budget of $200 I am aiming to spend $150. I'm sure it can be done, even with a few of my supplies running low. I need more meat, so will shop around for the best deals. I will also cook a satisfying vegetarian meal that will save some cash. I just have to use my imagination.
* Butchers are often cheaper than the meat section of the supermarket
* If you shop at the supermarket, go in the afternoon when the price of meats are marked down to move stock.