Payday for me comes on the 1st of the month, and that’s when we do our major shop.
I actually make a list having gone through the cupboards and freezer, then we go into the town where they have the four supermarkets we buy from.
Milk, chicken, minced beef, fish, dried apricots, rice, frozen veg, tinned rice pudding, baked beans, belgian buns and Maggie’s dog chews are from one.
Dried dog food, dog biscuits, instant custard, instant mash (stop laughing, it’s very handy and versatile), Italian seasoning and doughnuts are from another.
Toilet rolls, kitchen roll, tri-coloured pasta are from the biggest as the former two tend to be on special offer when I need them, which is good!
Cereal, porridge, yogurt, cheese, bread, pork chops and washing up liquid are from the fourth.
So as you see, our main shop is spread about a bit, but we are lucky in having the time to shop around and take advantage of special offers.
Our food bill last year was £1,763.69, just £2.26 more than 2018. This is food we buy for the house, not anything we might have out like a takeaway, sandwich or tea and cake.
I didn’t buy everything listed above as my freezer only needed to be replenished with chicken and mixed veg. Toilet rolls and kitchen rolls I bought before Christmas saving £1.25 on the former and £2.50 on the latter. Maggie’s food was £1.50 a bag cheaper in the bigger supermarket today, and she was OK for biscuits and chews so I didn’t need those.
Rice and pasta reserves are ample and I had a loaf of bread in the freezer already.
I buy laundry wash liquid only when it’s £3 or less (usually £4.50 a bottle for the size I have), doughnuts and buns are an either or (doughnuts today, 5 for 50p) and stuff like soap, toothpaste, shower gel and shampoo are whatever I can get that we can both use at a sensible price, so shops vary.
Total spent today was £44.52. We have a branch of one of the discount supermarkets here, so I can buy the basics like bread and yogurt locally. Eggs, fresh fruit or veg are also available, so we don’t have to go far, and if it’s only a few things, can actually walk which saves on fuel.
A New Year, a new budget as our income has been reduced, but we won’t starve.
Dinner today was a jacket potato and baked beans, something we haven’t had for a while and something we both enjoyed, so we might be having more of those. Seeing as I’ve stopped buying frozen jacket spuds at £1.69 for 4 and instead using fresh baking potatoes at 49p for the same number, I’m already onto a winner/saver!