So, my plan is to spend $140 a week on food. This will include toiletries and dog food.
To keep me accountable and to show Kim that I can do it (fingers crossed) I am going to post what I spend.
To help, I am going to do a weekly menu and for this week it is:
Tues: roast chicken and vegies
Wed: sweet and sour fish with rice (broccoli, cauli, carrots) - Brody is cooking!!
Thur: wraps (marinated steak and salad inside fajita wraps)
Fri: Sticky Licky wings with fried rice (use leftover rice from Wed night
Sat: zucchini slice and salad - Tori is cooking!!
Sun: everybody get their own - Tori and I will probably have poached egg on toast
Mon: salmon patties and salad
So there you go, I think it is a pretty well balanced week.
This is the recipe that Brody is using for the sweet and sour fish
I did my food shopping after work and spent the following:
Bakers Delight $ 7.00
Fruit & Veg shop $ 6.50 = Total $128.82, so I have $11.18 left.
I will need more fruit, so I will top up on maybe Saturday. Fruit and Veg shop was very small because I already have a good stock still from the Growers Market and I am eating my home grown pumpkin, potatoes, onions, rocket, tomatoes and baby spinach. And of course my eggs. Wow, all of that would really help cut down costs :)
I have never really had a dessert each night, so I am not really planning those in my budget. I did buy a jelly mix today, so I will make that up for the kids. I will also make a date slice and look for a microwave banana muffin recipe as I have some bananas to use. I have a good supply of fresh fruit for us and also some tins of fruit for back up and some yoghurt. Could always make a rice custard or baked custard, that would be pretty cheap for me with free eggs, if I find a microwave recipe.
For next weeks shop, I will have a look at the specials catalogues that Coles and Woolies drop off, and try and base my menu around what is on special. This should help save a few dollars as well.
To help reduce my expenses, I am going to cut costs in other areas as well, eg: I am going to make my own washing powder again. When I run out of powder, and make a new one, I will post how I do it.
I will see how this $140 works out, and in a couple of weeks I might give myself an alcohol budget....GASP!! Big breaths ..... :)