123budget wrote: »
slightly off topic - having not had a holiday for 4 years we sat down last night and decided we were going to go all out to save for a holiday abroad next year - preferably Florida! This will mean paying for 5 adult air fares along with accommodation etc - a daunting task. So...... I need to save at least £600 a month - at moment managing 2-300. Since being on this forum I have managed to drop my grocery bill from £700 a month to 450-550 a month but wondered if I could drop it further - 4 adults and 1 child (eats well though!) and 2 dogs - does anyone else manage this amount of people for £350-400?? and if so how.
PS. WIll also be doing car boots and hubby will do as much overtime as possible.
nikki1986 wrote: »
Hello everyone I've been lurking on this thread for just over a month now, getting my head round how it works and tracking how much we've been spending on groceries.
Me and OH are averaging at £70 a week (for all food, toiletries, dog food/treats, household/cleaning stuff), which seems really high compared to people on here! :eek: I've been trying hard to get it down by taking lunches to work, buying basics and doing my best to minimise waste, but we still seem to be way above average. For now I'd be happy to get it down to £60 a week.
I was wondering if I posted up some of our fave meals whether anyone might be able to recommend how to cut costs?:
-slow-cooked beef (basics stewing steak, beef stock cube, carrots, onions, red wine, basics tinned toms, served with rice.. does 2 dinners for us)
-lemon pasta (penne, oil, juice of a lemon, parmesan, basics olives)
-parma chicken with mash (chicken breasts, parma ham, stuffed with basics mozzarella, served with mash potatoes and some sort of green veg)
-thai green curry (Mr S chicken, tinned sauce- no idea if it would be cheaper to do my own- served with rice)
We love all these dinners, but they always seem to work out so expensive. Just to complicate things we both tend to get home from work at around 8pm, so need recipes that can be prepped at the weekend or are fairly quick.
We do all our shopping at Mr S as we have a big one close to us and do our shopping on a Thurs night (OH also works weekends and I don't drive). We have a slow-cooker, rice-cooker, health grill, deep-fat fryer, and a big empty(!) freezer…
Hope you don't mind my enormous first post. And thank you in advance!
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