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How I Spend Less Than £13 On My Weekly Food Shop

I’m not gonna lie, after the unbelievably overwhelming response that I received on this tweet, I’m actually a little nervous to write this post…

When I asked on Twitter if anyone would like to read about how Matt and I spend an average of £13 a week on our food shop, I never, ever imagined that over a thousand people would respond with a resounding ‘yes’; clearly my budget-saving habit had resonated with a lot of people who wanted to learn how to cut back on their weekly expenditure.

For me, this blog is all about sharing my travel adventures and helping you guys to achieve your travel dreams and make them a reality as soon, and as often, as possible. That’s the only reason why Matt and I have been spending so little on food every week.

Anyway, enough of me rabbiting on, it’s time for the good stuff. Here’s how I spend less than £13 on my weekly food shop (and how you can do it too!).

weekly food shop

Weekly food shop

I just want to make this clear now before I get started – this post is in no way sponsored by Aldi but it does involve a lot of raving and praise of Aldi since that’s where my incredibly affordable shopping occurs!

Ever since my collaboration with Aldi in autumn last year, I’ve had a total and utter obsession with shopping there. It was never somewhere that I’d ever thought to shop at; but since my very first trip there, I’ve been hooked.

At the start of January Matt and I knew we really had to knuckle down when it came to saving for our trip around the world which is now just over three months away! I’d also just started freelancing full time and every single penny I earned from that (aside from rent and food and stuff) needed to go towards travelling so I was determined to be as frugal as possible when it came to the likes of shopping.

We also had a plan in place to start eating much healthier in a bid to become more healthier within ourselves as I was fed up of eating bad food and doing very little (read: no) exercise.

With that in mind, we devised a meal plan that would last us around 5-6 days each week (with the intention of having a sort of day off when it came to frugalness and healthy eating).

I think I’ll write our exact meal plans and recipes that we use every week in a separate blog post if you’re looking for more inspiration with meal plans and how to create different and affordable recipes. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter if that’s something you’d like to see!

What our weekly food shop consists of

It’s important to bear in mind that all the food we eat is intended for a vegetarian lifestyle. Even though Matt and I aren’t actually vegetarian, we’ve found ourselves saving so much money on our weekly food shop by purchasing mainly veggie-friendly food.

Breakfast

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Our breakfast food largely consists of two slices of brown bread, accompanied by two eggs cooked as either fried, scrambled, poached or ‘dippy’ eggs. We also add salt, pepper and brown sauce if we’re feeling particularly fancy…

So simple, so effective and SO cheap.

Total weekly cost (for 6 days) – £1.68 (or 84p each)

Carton of 15 eggs – £1.18

Wholemeal loaf of bread – 50p

Lunch

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It tastes much better than it looks!

For lunch, we’ve been opting for Quorn Southern Fried Chicken wraps with mixed salad.

Total weekly cost (for 6 days) – £5.96 (or £2.98 each)

Quorn chicken nuggets (2 packs) – £1.59 each

Tortilla wraps (pack of 8 – 2 packs) – 79p each

Mixed salad leaves (2 bags) – 60p each

Dinner

Again, this tastes much better than it looks!

We took a while deliberating what we should have for our dinner option; we wanted something healthy, nutritious and of course; cheap.

We settled on a veggie sausage and sweet potato tikka massala curry which I was incredibly apprehensive about at first as I’m not really a curry or a sweet potato person.

Having had it for the last few weeks however, I can safely say that it’s absolutely bloody delicious and I would seriously recommend it to anyone! If you’d like me to include this in a recipe post in the future for budget-friendly recipes, let me know!

Total weekly cost (for 6 days) – £7.94 (or £3.97 each)

Quorn sausages (2 bags of 8 sausages) – £1.59 each

Tikka curry sauce (2 jars) – 59p each

Sweet potatoes (1 bag) – 89p

Peppers (pack of 3) – £1.25

Onions (pack of 3) – 54p

Wholegrain rice (2 packs) – 45p each

Snacks

As well as our main three meals, we also buy a couple of (healthy) snacks which are also all incredibly reasonably priced – and still fit within the £13 weekly shop budget!

Total weekly cost (for 6 days) – £7.78 (or £3.89 each)

Cucumber (4 “sticks”) – 58p each

Yoghurt drink (pack of 12) – £1.69

Red apples (pack of 6) – £2.89

Bananas (pack of 5) – 88p

Extras

This week, we had to purchase a few extra items such as toiletries and a few condiments as we were out of them. Of course, if we didn’t need any of these then our weekly food shop would have been even cheaper. But it’s important to remember to factor in buying the likes of toiletries, cleaning products and any unanticipated purchases as well.

Total cost – £2.57 (or £1.28 each)

Mouthwash – 42p

Brown sauce – 47p

Milk (1 pint) – 49p

Pepper – £1.19

Total cost for the weekly shop each – £12.96

So that’s how I spend less than £13 on my weekly food shop! Naturally, when we have to buy things like toilet paper, toothpaste, bleach and kitchen roll, our weekly cost will be slightly more.

However, over the course of one month (4 weeks), Matt and I each spend significantly less than £60 each on shopping as a whole; that includes every bit of food, condiments we’ve run out of, toiletries and any cleaning products.

And honestly? That’s all thanks to shopping at Aldi. The quality of food there is fantastic, it’s so bloody affordable and it’s honestly just such an enjoyable place to shop. As I said – this isn’t sponsored at all, but I really couldn’t rave about shopping there more.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and that it’s given you some inspiration on how to reduce your weekly food shop expenditure. It takes a little practice to find cheaper alternatives to your favourite brands. But once you do, you’ll be amazed at how little you can actually spend on your food shop but still get all your meals for the week!

How I Spend Less Than £13 On My Weekly Food Shop

Would you like to read more posts like these about how we’re saving money to go travelling? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.

22 Comments

    • 20th January 2019 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you Zoey! You should definitely give it a try!

    • 20th January 2019 / 8:16 pm

      Ah thank you Lauren! I’ll be sure to put together a meal plan post too! X

  1. 🎀 AlishaValerie. (@AlishaValerie)
    21st January 2019 / 5:16 pm

    I adore shopping at Aldi, I won’t go anywhere else for my fruit and veg as it’s always so fresh and has a really long lasting life on it. This blog post is super helpful, thank you for sharing! 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

    • 21st January 2019 / 5:34 pm

      Yes! It really is always such good quality! X

  2. 21st January 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Great post, couldn’t agree more Aldi is a great way to save money & for such a fabulous reason too! Enjoy your trip around the world!!!

  3. 21st January 2019 / 5:20 pm

    This is such a great post and made me realise that I need to start shopping in Aldi instead now! I love shopping there when I’m at home but when at Uni it on;y been in the last few months I found out there is an aldi close by! Brilliant post!

  4. 21st January 2019 / 5:34 pm

    This is amazing! I shop and Lidl and usually spend around £30 for a week which I thought was cheap but yours is really great! I think the idea is to meal prep before shopping which I don’t always do! Great post x

  5. Kim
    21st January 2019 / 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve shopped in Aldi a few times but mostly as a top up shop, I’ve never done a full shop there. But I’ll be popping in this weekend to do a comparison Vs. Tesco. That veggie sausage and sweet potato tikka massala curry sounds delicious by the way! Do you have a recipe?

  6. 21st January 2019 / 5:42 pm

    Wow, this is really impressive Chloe! All your meals look so tasty and nutritious – I love eggs on toast for breakfast! The veggie sausage and sweet potato tikka massala curry sounds amazing, you get so much for your money and I imagine it tastes delicious! Thank you for sharing your ideas, I think I really need to start shopping in Aldi, there is one just down the road from me and the amount of money I could save is craaazy! Fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  7. 21st January 2019 / 5:52 pm

    My godnness that is amazing, I have definatly rethought what i buy because the price sure mounts up shopping otherwise. I go to aldi alot and wow it saves money.

    Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel

  8. Nicola
    21st January 2019 / 5:54 pm

    Oh wow, I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this post. I’m a massive fan of Aldi too and I shop there pretty much every week – their prices are so affordable and the quality is just as good, if not better, than top brands. I’m so jealous you got to collaborate with them! I also love that you broke down exactly what you bought, how much it cost and what meals you were able to make. I’ve also found that eating as vegetarian as possible is much cheaper than buying meat and has the added benefit of being better for the environment. Thanks for sharing this post and I’d love to see the recipe for the sweet potato curry x

    Nicola

    • 23rd January 2019 / 11:56 am

      Thank you so, so much Nicola, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’ll be sure to share the recipe soon! Xx

  9. 21st January 2019 / 6:18 pm

    This is amazing (and that curry looks delicious too!) There’s 4 of us in our house and our weekly (ish) shop always comes to around £80. It’s insane. We always use Tesco as we’ve not found anywhere else we prefer but maybe Aldi would be a good place to start? I think if there was only 2 of us I’d be able to budget better!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

  10. 23rd January 2019 / 10:21 am

    I absolutely love Aldi – it’s also amazing when shopping with a toddler – nappies, toddler snacks and even toys are significantly cheaper (plus ours has little toddler-sized trollies so Dougie sprints off round the shop to ‘help’ us…) I became a vegetarian last year, and I’ve noticed how much I’ve saved through not buying meat! I’ve also gotten better at planning ahead, which has really helped. That curry looks and sounds delicious, please share the recipe! I’m so impressed at this post, and how frugal you’re being!
    Hels xxx

    • 23rd January 2019 / 11:55 am

      Yes! I’ve heard so much about their baby stock too! Thank you so much xxx

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