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    • Bracelovers
    • By Bracelovers 9th Apr 18, 9:12 PM
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    2 people food budget help please
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    • 9th Apr 18, 9:12 PM
    2 people food budget help please 9th Apr 18 at 9:12 PM
    Hi money savers,

    Long story short. Financially we are tight. I lost my job and have had to take a job with far less hours and hourly pay. I'm tracking our spending and we currently spend 50 a week on food.

    There is just 2 of us, we have a roast on a Sunday and I use whatever is left for the following days, we have no takeaways neither of us drink alcohol (with any regularity).

    What would you expect a couple to spend on food per week? I do batch cook and use all leftovers, we will be growing vegetables to help reduce our spending but atm the garden is very much a working progress. We purchased our house in Mid December and I lost my job end of December.

    Any advice on saving will be very much appreciated
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    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 11:10 AM
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    Struggle to see how you hit 50 a week a Lidl.. especially with what you've said so far.
    Originally posted by Katapolt
    I'm ashamed to admit I frequently get to 60/week in Lidl and I live on my own. It was nearly 90 this week as I struggled to resist the tent.
    I don't do ready meals ( unless they are reduced to under 1) apart from the occasional frozen pizza
    I also don't have breakfast or lunch most days- need to lose weight

    I'm continually amazed by these posts of people who manage 3 meals a day for a whole family on less than I spend on myself.
    • maman
    • By maman 10th Apr 18, 11:24 AM
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    What I picked up on was that you'd be having chicken for dinner unless your DH ate it at lunchtime. I'd say that for this to work you need to have a plan and stick to it and that your DH needs to be on board with it too.


    I'm another that spends about 35 for two of us by shopping mostly at Aldi. I buy other bits in places like Poundland and Farmfoods but they tend to be storecupbard items rather than weekly.


    I'd say have a good breakfast. Ideally something healthy like eggs or porage but toast is better than nothing. DH and I rarely eat together at lunchtime. I mostly have leftovers (deliberately cook enough the night before) as I really enjoy bubble & squeak and pickles or I'll have a jacket potato or soup. DH is satisfied with a sandwich. We always sit down to a decent meal in the evening. Occasionally it's veggie (like chilli and rice or stir fry with noodles) but mostly there's a small portion of meat and LOADS of healthy veg.


    halogen, I find the 10 a week people a bit OTT too although I realise that some people are really desperate and need to live on toast and pasta. That being said I can't imaging how you can possibly spend 60 a week for one meal a day for one person. Do post what you spend it on if you'd like some tips.
    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 11:49 AM
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    halogen, I find the 10 a week people a bit OTT too although I realise that some people are really desperate and need to live on toast and pasta. That being said I can't imaging how you can possibly spend 60 a week for one meal a day for one person. Do post what you spend it on if you'd like some tips.
    Originally posted by maman
    I know. It's insane. I'm conditioned to buy reduced items and own brands as well. I admit there were 2 non food items this week but on the other hand I buy cleaning products seperately in Tesco as I find that that's one area where own brands don't cut it.
    I'll try and find a recepit when I get home.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 11:57 AM
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    I'm ashamed to admit I frequently get to 60/week in Lidl and I live on my own. It was nearly 90 this week as I struggled to resist the tent.
    I don't do ready meals ( unless they are reduced to under 1) apart from the occasional frozen pizza
    I also don't have breakfast or lunch most days- need to lose weight

    I'm continually amazed by these posts of people who manage 3 meals a day for a whole family on less than I spend on myself.
    Originally posted by halogen
    Now I am amazed that your bill for one, without ready meals is so dear, I couldn't find 60 of food to buy in lidl

    My shopping as I said above is the meat, veg and butter - thats around 20
    Two loaves, 4 pints of milk, packet of naan or wraps
    Two tins of tomatoes ( every week)
    Salad veg - tomatoes, lettuce, peppers
    2 bottle of cola (weekly)
    6 pack of crisps for DH lunch box
    Pack of own brand snickers or mars for DH lunch box
    Cheese of some discription
    Packet of cooked meat
    Coleslaw
    Hummous
    Pack of frozen Peas
    Pack of frozen corn

    They would be my regular buys
    Then on top of that one an as and when needed will be

    Bottle of oil monthly
    Condiments as and when, so a bottle of tom ketchup this week, next week may be mayo or salad dressing
    A jar of herbs possibly each month
    4 pack of soap
    Dishwasher tablets ( although I usually buy them when they are supersaver and two boxes last a year)
    Dishwasher salt( one bag does a year)
    Rinse aid ( two a year perhaps)
    Washing up liquid monthly
    Toilet rolls ( buy on super saver a few packs at a time)
    Kitchen and bathroom spray, bleach - as required, certainly not weekly
    Box of tissues
    Tins of beans, butter beans, kidney beans etc - 2 or 3 tins of each a month
    Flour - at least monthly
    Gravy makings - monthly or so
    Pasta and rice - as and when
    Jars of things like peppers, gherkins - a few times a year
    Shaving foam for DH - twice a year maybe, he buys his own blades
    Tea and coffee every few months
    Sugar - rarely
    Crackers when needed

    I have to buy soap powder, shampoo and toothpaste elsewhere as they are branded and Im extremely sensitive so cant change brands. I also buy tinned fish elsewhere as I don't like Lidls - always buy a tin of sardines or mackerel or tuna every week, needed or not that week

    Yes I do sometimes go over the 35, but that is an AVERAGE over a year and includes the other supermarkets I use. That feeds us 3 for 6 proper evening meals a week, lunches, only mum takes breakfast at home and she usually buys her own weetabix and she buys her own fruit that she likes, and there is always something in the house to make a meal out of the day I don't actually cook properly. Lunch times Im very flexible as there is a microwave in work so left overs do me or a sandwich or HM soup. Mum usually has a sandwich or crackers, DH takes a flask of HM soup, the above mentions crisp and chocolate, a couple of rounds of sandwiches and a banana or apple

    We never buy cakes or biscuits other then the lunch box ones, sweeties and alcohol come out of personal spends as does personal toiletries

    Those items in the centre aisle are personal spends and also don't come out of the grocery shop

    This is why I love Lidl, theres nothing in there to tempt me to impulse buy. I go in, get whats needed and leave. I could walk around the shop 3 times and would find myself hard pressed to think oh I really need/want that and add it to the basket
    Last edited by suki1964; 10-04-2018 at 12:03 PM.
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 12:01 PM
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    This is why I love Lidl, theres nothing in there to tempt me to impulse buy. I go in, get whats needed and leave. I could walk around the shop 3 times and would find myself hard pressed to think oh I really need/want that and add it to the basket
    Originally posted by suki1964
    Oh I find Lidl full of impulse buy items. It's why I hardly ever go to Aldi now as that's worse!
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 12:13 PM
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    Oh I find Lidl full of impulse buy items. It's why I hardly ever go to Aldi now as that's worse!
    Originally posted by halogen
    You need to meal plan then

    Get and look through all the food you have then meal plan.

    Write a shopping list and stick to it

    Never buy an ingredient for one recipe/meal, think of how you are going to use up the excess Thats why I only buy lettuce and tomatoes and peppers in the way of salad stuff, they get used up in sandwiches, and the peppers end up in a Chinese or a mince dish or if need be a soup.

    Never ever throw food away. If you think to yourself that throwing food away is a mortal sin, you soon learn how to use it up . Ok so perhaps a total sin is too strong but think that every time you throw food in the bin, you may as well have saved a trip to the shops and just emptied your purse down the drain. I don't even throw away a crust of bread, it I don't toast it and eat it, it gets whacked in the freezer to be used for stuffing or if Ive enough, a bread and butter pudding or bread pudding or even just breadcrumbs ( which toasted with chilli oil and garlic make a lovely topping for pasta instead of expensive parmesan )
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 12:34 PM
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    halogen
    Sea Bass fillets 6.699
    Turkey breast steaks 1.813
    Breaded mini fillets 1.393
    turkey mince 1.323
    chicken breast fillets 1.183
    chicken kievs 0.903
    turkey steaks 0.693
    above all 30% off and most have gone in freezer

    Plants 8
    4pack mini avocadoes 1.4
    snack tomatoes 0.79
    mini peppers 0.76
    above 3 on multi buy

    cereal 1.125
    milk 0.79
    fruit fools x3 1.17
    mandarin segements 0.9
    duvet set 11.99
    sheet 4.49
    beef trimmings 1.75
    grapes 1.49
    focaccia*2 1.98
    feta 0.75
    tinned sweetcornx2 0.78
    potato salad 0.99
    rolls 0.58
    fruit juice 1.99
    bananas 1.01
    mushrooms 0.69
    reduced easter egg 1.49
    choc ices 2.98
    61.902
    Last edited by halogen; 10-04-2018 at 12:43 PM. Reason: layout
    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 12:42 PM
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    Meal planning just doesn't work for me. It's like following a recipe- I rebel against it.

    And yes I often throw food away as it's gone off before I got round to eating it but if I only bought stuff I was guaranteed to eat there be no fruit or veg and the only carb would be bread. I don't like throwing food away but the fridge is already full of out of date stuff as it is.

    I do try not to eat too much bread as it makes my IBS worse so I allow myself some at weekends and try and avoid it during the week.

    I don't have the energy or time for cooking during the week and I have *tried* to do the batch cook thing at the weekend but the batch never lasts long enough to even cool down let alone make it to the freezer

    Also I have a bad back so standing up in front of the cooker for more than 10 minutes is very painful. so during the week it is bung something in the microwave.

    I do cook properly once a week when the family come round and I have more energy.
    Last edited by halogen; 10-04-2018 at 12:50 PM. Reason: adding info
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 10th Apr 18, 12:43 PM
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    Wish the butter in our Lidl was that cheap! Ours is 1.45! Our bill is around 30/40 per week for the two of us. We use Lidl for the main shop and then pick up cat food and gluten free bread elsewhere.

    Meal planning is key, write a list and make sure you both stick to it. There is no point expecting to make an evening meal with chicken if one of you scoffs it for lunch.

    I make a batch of veg chilli each week, we have it on nachos, with rice or couscous or on a jacket spud. Cheap and healthy and freezes well.

    Jacket spuds, I buy a large bag and cook them in the halogen oven all at once, scoop out the insides and mash up with cheese and butter and restuff. Once cold I portion them up and freeze, they make for a really easy warm through meal with beans or salad.

    I tend to do a tray roast each week too, lots of veg (potatoes, parsnips, carrots, celery and peppers) roasted with olive oil and herbs for half an hour then chuck on some pork steaks or chicken and chorizo and finish cooking. I always fill a couple of tubs for the next days lunch before I dish up.

    We have a mince night too, either a pasta bake or a savoury mince with mash sort of thing and again, portion up for lunches then split the meat bit in half and freeze one for next week. I add tins of kidney beans, butter beans, sweet corn etc to bulk it out.

    Egg and chips is also a must for us, normally with beans but sometimes peas or frozen veg.

    Lidl do a pack of bacon lardons for around 1 here and they have a great flavour. I use those in a big pot of risotto, again with frozen veg. Left over risotto goes lovely and sticky and you can roll it into balls and bake in the oven for a crispy finish, we normally have a few of those with some veg sticks and hummus for a picky tea.

    I only buy own brand washing powders and fabric softeners/loo rolls etc and cleaning products are mainly a bottle of disinfectant and some bleach every few weeks along with a vinegar spray.

    We eat 3 meals a day, DH doesn!!!8217;t drink and I have the occasional glass of wine, no fizzy drinks. We are not dessert people (a bit of fruit will do) and we do not buy crisps/cakes etc.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • Pooky
    • By Pooky 10th Apr 18, 12:47 PM
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    Pooky

    I do try not to eat too much bread as it makes my IBS worse so I allow myself some at weekends and try and avoid it during the week.
    .
    Originally posted by halogen
    Since I went gluten free at Christmas my IBS has cleared up. I tried just giving up bread but it did not really help much but going completely gluten free has changed my digestive system for the better.
    "Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" - W. C. Field.
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 12:48 PM
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    Well at least your next few bills won't be dear if you have all that meat and fish in the freezer

    Taking off the bedding and plants it was closer to 40

    I'm not going to pick holes if your shopping habits, but I have to say there's very little veg there to be making meals out of the meat you bought , I'm not a veggie lover but I do at least attempt to get a few portions a day in me

    I'm just thinking that shop looks like the one I used to do when home alone. Pick up the bargains because as you say you are conditioned into buying them, but not really having a clue on how to use them and then picking up snack type food because it's too much hassle to get something out of the freezer plus finding out there's nothing to go with it

    Would you say that's how it is for you?
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 10th Apr 18, 1:02 PM
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    got to say op I think what you spend is good for comparison we are 4 and I spend on average 60 a week but it varies if I see a good offer for example I have spent a fair bit in the last couple of weeks buying joints as they were on offer for easter

    my suggestions would be
    1. don't be too strict with a list write one but if you have a chicken on it and you see a pack of chops reduced/yellow stickered get that
    2. make cheap meals such as quiche/jacket pot/pasta
    3. use everything don't waste make use of leftovers
    4. shop the offers stock up on veg when reduced
    5. cruise the yellow sticker fridge

    good luck xx
    on the brink...
    • suki1964
    • By suki1964 10th Apr 18, 1:10 PM
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    suki1964
    Meal planning just doesn't work for me. It's like following a recipe- I rebel against it.

    And yes I often throw food away as it's gone off before I got round to eating it but if I only bought stuff I was guaranteed to eat there be no fruit or veg and the only carb would be bread. I don't like throwing food away but the fridge is already full of out of date stuff as it is.

    I do try not to eat too much bread as it makes my IBS worse so I allow myself some at weekends and try and avoid it during the week.

    I don't have the energy or time for cooking during the week and I have *tried* to do the batch cook thing at the weekend but the batch never lasts long enough to even cool down let alone make it to the freezer

    Also I have a bad back so standing up in front of the cooker for more than 10 minutes is very painful. so during the week it is bung something in the microwave.
    Originally posted by halogen

    See we cross posted

    Ood, I rarely worry about dates, we had pulled pork that was 2 days OOD last night , was fine. And you really don't want to know how old some of my veg is, as long as it's not mouldy, we eat it

    I work, a very physical job , and some days I'm on my Knees coming home, unsure what bit of me hurts the most, so like you, no way am I spending hours in the kitchen. I usually walk in it at 7 and dinners served 7.30 . Or if it's something that's going to take a while like a bolognaise or curry, takes me 10 mins to put together, turn the ring right down, then back to the sofa till it's ready

    I am a very very lazy cook

    Yes I do spend longer in there on a Sunday doing a roast, but even then I'm saving time as I double the veg so I've a roast later in the week that comes out of the microwave. And once again, once the veg is peeled and the meat is in, sofa here I come

    If prepping veg is hard for you, have you thought about buying prepped veg or frozen ? I particularly like the frozen steam bags of veg ( well I did when I was home alone )

    When my back or feet are killing me, I sit and prep if DH isn't home to help Just a sheet of newspaper on the table and I prep away


    When I'm having a good day, that's when I do bake and freeze and batch cook. They aren't as often now but I still try. And I've also found that a joint in the slow cooker works really well. Me hen it's done I just slice it and portion it, stick it in the freezer till needed.


    Have you joined in the cooking for one thread? Great bunch of posters on there with all different ideas on what to cook for one. Pastures New is a great inspiration. Not only does she feed herself pretty well on a very limited budget, but she also has major fears around electricity and therefore cooking appliances , and turns out some amazing meals
    if you lend someone 20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 10th Apr 18, 1:21 PM
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    Halogen,I was just going to say the same - if you take off the bedding and the plants your bill is nearer to 40. Also, you say that most of the meat has got in the freezer so presumably on a future week your bill could be much lower because you won't need to buy it.
    I wonder if you've got the same problem I had, I used to buy lots of reduced and YS meat, put in the freezer and then it never got used.

    I've learnt now to portion it before freezing, so for example the turkey mince above I would break down into one-meal portions and freeze separately. A bit of a nuisance, but it saves an awful lot of hassle in the future when I don't have to cook a whole kg of mince!

    I don't usually batch cook, but I always aim to cook once and eat twice. So, using the mince as an example again, I would either make one large chilli or spag bol and freeze half, or I'd turn half into chilli and the other half into a shepherd's pie the next day. Get a freezer box ready, decant the remaining half and put it out of sight to cool off before you eat your meal, and then it's less tempting to go back for seconds and eat the whole lot!
    "Inconceivable". "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 1:32 PM
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    Since I went gluten free at Christmas my IBS has cleared up. I tried just giving up bread but it did not really help much but going completely gluten free has changed my digestive system for the better.
    Originally posted by Pooky
    Yes I tried that and I agree, it was just too difficult to keep it up. So now I put up with a b it of IBS symptoms in exchange for an easy life.
    • MandM90
    • By MandM90 10th Apr 18, 1:39 PM
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    MandM90
    Sea Bass fillets 6.699
    Turkey breast steaks 1.813
    Breaded mini fillets 1.393
    turkey mince 1.323
    chicken breast fillets 1.183
    chicken kievs 0.903
    turkey steaks 0.693
    above all 30% off and most have gone in freezer

    Plants 8
    4pack mini avocadoes 1.4
    snack tomatoes 0.79
    mini peppers 0.76
    above 3 on multi buy

    cereal 1.125
    milk 0.79
    fruit fools x3 1.17
    mandarin segements 0.9
    duvet set 11.99
    sheet 4.49
    beef trimmings 1.75
    grapes 1.49
    focaccia*2 1.98
    feta 0.75
    tinned sweetcornx2 0.78
    potato salad 0.99
    rolls 0.58
    fruit juice 1.99
    bananas 1.01
    mushrooms 0.69
    reduced easter egg 1.49
    choc ices 2.98
    61.902
    Originally posted by halogen
    Doesn't seem too bad once you take off the duvet, plants, easter egg and choc ices And presumably that amount of meat/fish lasts at least 2/3 weeks rather than one?

    I actually think you're doing rather well!

    Some ideas to trim it down further:

    Frozen sweetcorn at Lidl is 78p for 1kg Lots more for your money
    Frozen basa/pollock fillets
    Oats instead of cereal - one 75p bag gives me 28.5 35g servings - that's a month worth of brekkies. I add a dash of cinnamon and chop my daily banana on top.
    Ditch the pre-prepped puds and buy a tub of natural yog and some frozen/tinned/cheap fruit instead
    Personally I don't buy juice and instead spend my on fruit and drink water instead, but I know we all have different tastes
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    • halogen
    • By halogen 10th Apr 18, 2:27 PM
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    Thank you all. so many things to say now :-)
    Yes this was a good week:-) I have frequently got to 60 on food alone. :-(

    I get in the door at 5.30 most days and 2-3 days a week I start my 2nd job at 6. So if it doesn't cook in 5 minutes then it's not practical. I also have no willpower to wait for things to cook either- you'll notice that all the protein will cook in a microwave very quickly. Hence no veg or carbs as they take longer than I am able to make myself wait, but that!!!8217;s part of the problem as I do then eat more protein. I have been known to not be able to even wait that long to eat and just binge on raw meat. Although that!!!8217;s been better since I stopped having breakfast and lunch most days. I did work with a dietitian and hypnotherapist on mindful eating but it wasn!!!8217;t very successful, There are still days when I have to go to bed at 6pm just so I make myself stop eating.


    Have started trying to include some salad in the shopping now as at least then I get some of the 5 a day. However salad items do go off quicker than carrots so I do throw out mouldy lettuce and tomatoes frequently. That!!!8217;s not to say I don!!!8217;t end up with mouldy carrots and onions as well.



    I laughed at the idea of portioning the mince as I know I would eat that all in 1 sitting- even if I portioned it. It would be take 1 portion out of the freezer, eat it. Then take the next one out and eat it too.



    However the mince will be mixed with some beef mince already in the freezer to make lasagne for the family on a Saturday night so it will be used. Likewise the sea bass will make 2 Saturday night dinners.



    But yes I do have a lot of stuff in the freezer that!!!8217;s been kept !!!8216;in case!!!8217; like breadcrumbs and pastry and the 10 year old brown hare that was in my aunts freezer when she died. The chances of me finding said breadcrumbs or knowing what type of pastry that mysterious pale cream lump is are nil.



    Frozen sweetcorn- its an idea though a tin is kind of a portion control device and I have to make sure there is room in the freezer 1st. Some weeks it!!!8217;s 1 out before its one in, though I guess that!!!8217;s not too bad a thing to be doing, to make sure I use stuff. Frozen fish. I could do that. I often have trouble finding things in my Lidl freezers- why do they keep rearranging?!!- actually I know it!!!8217;s so idiots like me will give up and buy the easier to find fresh stuff- but if I can find the frozen fish!!!8230;.


    Pre-prepared puds- again sort of portion control. I did used to buy a big pot of yogurt which is cheaper but I ate it all in one sitting. Also I find natural youghut goes off quickly and I needed to buy jam to put in it, which also went mouldy.


    Oats. Ahh yes there!!!8217;s a thing. I don!!!8217;t mind porridge, but I can!!!8217;t for the life of me make it. I just get lumpy grey water whenever I try. Also it!!!8217;s very much a breakfast thing where as cereal is an evening snack. It is rare that I have milk in the house to have with it anyway so it!!!8217;s not something I often buy- I think that was an impulse buy this week.


    As for the meat lasting 2-3 weeks. Not really no. I!!!8217;ll have either the turkey breast steaks tonight and the chicken breast fillets on Thursday (I!!!8217;m out tomorrow). So only the fish and the mince remain.



    I do really enjoy baking but rarely do it now as there!!!8217;s no one to eat the results! It also creates too much washing up and it doesn!!!8217;t seem to matter how expensive the dishwasher detergent I buy, my dishwasher still doesn!!!8217;t get stuff clean. But C!!!8217;est le vie.
    • Bracelovers
    • By Bracelovers 10th Apr 18, 5:22 PM
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    Been lidl today have spent 19.

    Will need bread possibly and milk definitely.

    I have been recording all our spending and it's coming out at 50 per week. We used to use the butcher and veg shop but have moved and don't make the journey regularly. I've only juse started using lidl.

    Today's buys are 30 eggs, gammon joint, 6 pork loin joints, minced beef. I don't intend on shopping again except for essentials.

    Intend on cooking eggs today, pork tomorrow, mince Thursday and Saturday fish cakes Friday and then gammon on Sunday.

    Also got several tins. Hoping to get on top of things very spon thank you all for your advice.
    • PollyWollyDoodle
    • By PollyWollyDoodle 10th Apr 18, 5:45 PM
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    Sounds like a good start! It's probably something you need to do by degrees, rather than a radical change - keep us updated.
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    • maman
    • By maman 10th Apr 18, 6:19 PM
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    maman
    Been lidl today have spent 19.

    Will need bread possibly and milk definitely.

    I have been recording all our spending and it's coming out at 50 per week. We used to use the butcher and veg shop but have moved and don't make the journey regularly. I've only juse started using lidl.

    Today's buys are 30 eggs, gammon joint, 6 pork loin joints, minced beef. I don't intend on shopping again except for essentials.

    Intend on cooking eggs today, pork tomorrow, mince Thursday and Saturday fish cakes Friday and then gammon on Sunday.

    Also got several tins. Hoping to get on top of things very spon thank you all for your advice.
    Originally posted by Bracelovers
    Is some of that storecupboard /freezer stuff? Seems like an awful lot of eggs and pork for two meals.
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  • Many saying sexism or ego. My suspicion as someone who works in TV is that this is a format point. I'd think whe? https://t.co/AXfrv5YqKA

  • I do always ponder when watching apprentice why Lord Sugar is "Lord Sugar" but Baroness Bradey is Karen. #bbctheapprentice

  • Lord Sugar just said "she's talking like she's a 50 year old, she knows it inside out?" Genuine question if ther? https://t.co/6cZJ9d2Cni

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