If you read my recent post How to Slash your Food Bill, you will know that our grocery bill has been creeping up. Meal planning is absolutely crucial if you want to reduce your food bill. By planning every meal, using up what you already have, writing a shopping list containing only what you need and then sticking to your list you really can save lots of money.
With money saving on my mind as we move into Autumn and towards Christmas, here is what I have planned for this week.
A meal plan to reduce your food bill
Spaghetti cheese casserole. This is one we eat regularly, made with cheap store cupboard ingredients. Aldi had two corn on the cobs on their specials when I popped in last week at 35p for two! Bargain. We will eat the last of these with the casserole.
Red Dragon Pie. This is a classic from Sarah Brown’s Vegetarian Kitchen, and is delicious. This is a really old book, but you can pick it and some of her others up on Amazon from time to time. It is worth having.
Chick pea curry and rice. I will make a large batch of this and freeze some.
Pho. We all loved this Vietnamese noodle soup last time and it was so easy to make!
Chilli con carne with jacket potatoes and chilli sin carne for me! Both will have as a base some of the batch cooked tomato sauce I am making this weekend.
Spanish omelette, using any leftover veggies that are hanging around.
Chick pea curry again. End of the week laziness with a large glass of white wine!
For lunches we still have quite a lot of courgette soup on the freezer. I will also have salads with either hard boiled eggs or tinned tuna. If we are at home it will be sardines or eggs on toast.
Breakfasts are almost always muesli with yogurt or microwaved porridge.
Snacks will include fruit, mixed nuts from Lidl (as they are a good price in there), cereals such as cornflakes or cheese and crackers. I need to keep these at a minimum though to stop our waistlines expanding!
Are you looking to reduce your food bill? What are your top tips to save money on groceries?