Food Budgeting

Hi guys,

Hope you’re all well after the Bank Holiday and rearing to go – I definitely am!

I spent the day in Knaresborough (near Harrogate) with my family without the OH and we had a lovely day. We did plenty of walking (which was good as I had overindulged a little the night before) and the views are absolutely stunning. I will definitely have to go back and have a good wander and row on the river next time!

Anyhow, I’d forgotten my love for outdoor activities and I have to admit Knaresborough is hilly! I was a bit out of puff whilst climbing a million and one stairs and it’s made me more determined to get my act together. I know I keep saying that but I don’t want to spend anymore of my twenties not feeling confident in myself. With all the issues me and OH have been having with his severe depression, I know I need to be there for him, but I need to make sure I’m doing the best possible for myself too.

This leads on to my blog post today on food budgeting. As me and OH are a bit shaky at the moment, my sister and I have decided to buy a house together next year (with OH living with us). We have a good chunk of deposit between us, but I want to make sure I have a decent amount with some left over for any unexpected stuff. As I live in my Dad’s house in return for managing his tenants and all the rental stuff, I don’t really have much outgoings if I strip away all the non-essentials. So, I am kind of hoping to put away a decent amount in the next few months as my sister’s lease isn’t up until January so we have a bit of time to save. I’m hoping to put away £1K a month for the foreseeable future anyway.

One place which I do spend quite a lot on is my food budget. Even I have to admit that sometimes I just buy things for the sake of it. So much food goes to waste if I’m not focussed on what I actually need (even with a shopping list!) and I just don’t limit myself, which I think may be why I have little willpower at home with all the junk food surrounding me! I am hoping to bring down my food budget by half as I’m no longer responsible for OH’s food. So I will be looking at £30 a week/£130 a month. I have so much food in the cupboards and freezer so I need to run this down as well. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to label some of the meats I received before putting it into the freezer so it might be pot luck when it comes to defrosting things to use the next day.

I think the only thing I will struggle with is probably fruit and veg. Sometimes I go a little crazy as it’s all “healthy” and just grab everything. I’m definitely going to try and be a little more calm and collected. I have my list ready for the shop tonight and there doesn’t seem to be that much on it but I do think I spent around £60 last week on various things so there’s a lot leftover. I will definitely have a post for you in regards to my food shop tomorrow.

Until next time.. x

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Food Shopping – Asda – 23rd February

Hi guys,

This post is a bit late and without photos but better late than never, right?

Fruit & veg: 2 bunches of celery, a punnet of peaches, nectarines, leeks, grapes, honeydew melon, 2 punnets of strawberries, clementines, carrots, a grapefruit, pears, fine beans, mangetout, spinach, basil, chives, red pepper and passion fruit.

Other: 2 packs of 5% beef mince, almond milk, roast peppers in brine, chickpeas, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce, WW cumberland sausages, frozen black forest fruit mix, quark, cottage cheese, fromage frais and a loaf Kingsmill Great White.

Total came to £53.41.

I’ve tried the houmous recipe on the SW website and it’s not for me which I’m a bit upset about as I was looking forward to a syn free dip! I might just stick to synning the shop bought stuff. Similar views on the leek and potato soup but it’s more edible than the houmous!

I’ve not been totally following my meal plan either but it’s been nice to spend some quality time with my sisters and trying to throw myself back in college life. The past few days have been getting better and I’m taking some time off next week just to catch up on some rest and organise my life a bit more so hopefully I can get back into the blogging swing of things 🙂

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan & Food Shop – Asda 2nd Feb

Hi guys,

Just a really quick one whilst I’m taking a break from ratios and group accounts! Meal plan is as follows:

Tuesday – EE
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and melon (s)
Lunch: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) risotto
College: jacket with cheese (6 syns) and beans
Dinner: carrot (s) and coriander soup

Wednesday – SP
Breakfast: mackerel in spicy tomato sauce with scrambled eggs and cherry tomatoes (s) with 2 slices of 400g wholemeal toast (HEB)
Lunch: carrot (s) and coriander soup with a wholemeal bread roll (HEB)
Dinner: soy salmon stir fry

Thursday – EE
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and melon (s)
Lunch: soy salmon stir fry
College: jacket with cheese (6 syns) and beans
Dinner: carrot (s) and coriander soup

Friday – SP
Breakfast: breakfast muffins with cheese (HEA) and clementines (s)
Lunch: soy salmon stir fry
Dinner: steak with broccoli (s), roasted carrots (s)

Saturday – EE
Breakfast: breakfast muffins with cheese (HEA) and clementines (s)
Lunch: pulled chicken with a wholemeal bread roll (HEB)
Dinner: mushroom (s) and spinach (s) risotto

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: 30g granola (HEB) with 250ml semi skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and peach (s)
Lunch: mackerel, tomatoes (s) and courgette (s) spaghetti
Dinner: 4 ryvita (HEB), 4 extra light laughing cow triangles (4 syns) with ham and cherry tomatoes (s)

Monday – EE
Breakfast: vegetable omelette
Lunch: butternut squash soup
Dinner: possibly dinner out

Weekly Shop

As I was swamped with revision, OH kindly did the food shop for me so I don’t have any photos to show you this week. It’s actually better when he goes as he sticks a lot more firmly to the list than I do – I’m so easily swayed!

Fruit and veg: clementines, butternut squash, oranges, mandarins, peaches, plums, cherry tomatoes, celery, strawberries, mushrooms, tenderstem broccoli, stir fry mix, carrots, coriander.

Others: baked beans, eggs, mackerel fillets, wholemeal bread, ham

Total: £35.05

Until next time.. x

Food Shop – Asda – 26th Jan

Hi guys,

So I fancied a change from Morrisons and decided to go to Asda as I hadn’t been in a while. Went a bit crazy as I got everything on my list and got distracted with some extra fruits and non-edible stuff.

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Fruits and veggies: bag of carrots, large cauliflower (so expensive!), onions, yellow plums, courgettes, celery, peaches, nectarines, strawberries, new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, large honey dew melon, large citrus, cabbage and baby spinach

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Meat, dairy, other: 5% beef mince (250g for £2), reduced fat cumberland sausages, cathedral city lighter, worcester sauce, dairylea light triangles, 0% natural yoghurt, Kraft light herb and garlic dressing (1 syn/tbsp), pudding rice, quark, sliced ham, weight watchers dessert yoghurts, bacon, passata, almond milk, semi skimmed milk, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce, pickled beetroot, chicken and beef stockpots, smart price coleslaw (2.5 syns/100g), jalapeño houmous (2.5syns/tbsp), french fries (4 syns/19g pack), 36 eggs.

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Non-food items: 2 sensitive pampers baby wipes (for wiping off face masks), sistema small split box, sistema quaddie and sistema 3 section lunchbox

So because of all the extras, shopping was a bit higher than usual – £89.26, but just food came to: £75.76

Until next time.. x

Meal Plan – Tues – Mon (20th – 26th Jan), Costco Shop (20th Jan) & Weigh In Monday

Hi guys,

As promised here is a summary post of all that I’ve missed the past few days.

Meal Plan – Tuesday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with strawberries (s) and bananas
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with clementines (s)
College: jacket potato with tuna (p) in light mayo and coleslaw (s) in light mayo (6 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker roast chicken (p) with roast potatoes and roast carrots (s)

Wednesday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with clementines (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Thursday – EE

Breakfast: spinach (s) and mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)
College: jacket potato with cheese (HEA) and baked beans (p)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and a fried egg (p)

Friday – SP

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s), ham (p) and cucumber (s)
Lunch: Pea (p) and gammon (p) soup with celery (s) and 2 tbsp houmous (5 syns)
Dinner: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s)

Saturday – EE

Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with banana and clementines (s)
Lunch: rice with black bean salmon (p) with garlic fried broccoli (s)
Dinner: miso soup noodles (0.5 syn) with mushrooms (s), beansprouts (s) and pan fried scallops (p)

Sunday – SP
Breakfast: mushroom (s) omelet (p)
Lunch: slow cooker chicken (p) stew/soup with celery (s), mushrooms (s), leeks (s), onions (s) with a wholemeal bap (HEB)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s) and a wholemeal bap (HEB)

Monday – SP
Breakfast: Granola (HEB) with 250ml semi-skimmed milk (HEA) with pear (s) and clementine (s)
Lunch: Poached eggs (p) on toast (HEB) with mushrooms (s) and bacon (p)
Dinner: beef stew (p) with carrots (s), mushrooms (s), celery (s)


Costco Shop

Well, I had a bit of a shambles last week so there’s plenty of stuff left in the fridge. I topped up the shop with 2 boxes of clementines, a kilo of strawberries and a few books and clothes for me and OH. I also found a 3 pack of Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion for £5.49 which I thought was a bit of a bargain.


Weigh In Monday

This week I was pretty disappointed with a half pound gain. I have to admit it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but I was a bit down on myself as I wasn’t able to build on my loss from last week. I slotted a few SP days in this week so I’m hoping for a bit of a boost. I struggled doing SP for a full week so interspersed with EE days is the best for me. I would like to aim for a 3lb loss for next week as I gained this week. I need to get a shimmy on if I want to get near my desired weight for the wedding. Going to group definitely helped as there are some people who have lost so much and the motivation they still have is amazing.

OK, think I’ve talked enough for this week.

Until next time.. x

Food Shopping – Morrisons/Waitrose – 10th Jan

Hi guys,

Hope you’re well! Here is my post on food shopping this week. It should coincide with my meal plan which was posted yesterday but I went into Waitrose for 10% lamb mince and they didn’t have any but I got distracted and got a few bits as “I was already there”. I’ll be getting some clementines from Aldi tomorrow (£3-4 for a box) as they do the sweetest ones at the moment and I can kill 2 birds with one stone and pick up my prescription as well 🙂

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Fruit and veg: baby potatoes x2, carrots x2, large papaya, conference pears x2, strawberries x2, spinach, celery x2, spring onion, mushrooms, ginger, small pack of bananas, parsley, tarragon, tender stem broccoli, baby corn, leeks, sweetheart cabbage, mangetout, lettuce and onions.

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Everything else: 10pk eggs x2, seafood sticks, sliced ham x2, whole chicken x2, firm tofu, Ryvita Original, Laughing Cow extra light triangles x3, mullerlight yoghurts x4, unsmoked gammon steak, filo pastry (6 syns/sheet), lamb Oxo cubes, mackerel in spicy tomato sauce x2, onion granules. I just realised I forgot to show my Waitrose stuff – I got 6 bags of Popchips (5 syns/25g), fat free raspberry vinaigrette (not sure on syns as of yet but it’s only 9 cals/tbsp) and Kraft light thousand island dressing (half syn/tablespoon) which I’ve been looking for everywhere.

The pop chips were on offer at 99p a bag of 80g I think so I’ve separated it out in 25g mini bags so I don’t overeat (as I did today absentmindedly whilst trying to prepare dinner! Luckily I hadn’t had any syns yet.) They’re so full of flavour as well so thought it was a bit of a bargain. Randomly picked up some gammon steaks for some point in the future and got some extra Ryvita so I don’t have to ferry the pack to and from work. Also picked up the mackerel as it was on offer (it’s so expensive now!). My papaya was a bit expensive at £3.99 (!) but I haven’t had one in so long, plus it’s a speed food, so yeah. I think I need more willpower in general!

Waitrose total: £9.12, Morrisons total: £59.50. Total: £68.62. This week seems very expensive >.< I think some cutbacks may be in order for next week!

Until next time.. x

Top Up Shop – Sainsburys – Thursday 8th Jan

Hi guys,

Just a quick one. I got some extra meat as I didn’t manage to pick any up from Morrisons on Sunday. I popped into my Sainsburys Local near work to get a wholemeal roll (as I left mine at home as I was in a rush!) and noticed they did 5% beef mince. It’s a tad bit pricier as they don’t have Morrisons 3 for £10 offer but I guess I don’t have to buy as many.

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Just bought some bacon and some mince (one to use, one to freeze). Bacon was 2 for £5 and the mince was £3.70 each, so a total of £12.40. Looking forward to making my cottage pie now. I might try the breakfast casserole at some point as well. I think I need to take stock of what frozen meat I have as I’ve kind of lost track and it’ll save me from duplicating purchases before they’re used up 🙂

Until next time.. x