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
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.
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
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
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
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
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!
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.