Someone actually asked how I feed my Family well on a budget before. I had contemplated writing about it. And that post has come, this is How I feed my family well on a Budget of 60 euros a week.
How I Feed my family on €60 a week
So how do you manage €60 Euros
So Let me explain how my “Feed my family on a Budget” system works usually.
First the Disclaimers
- Birthday weeks and Holiday weeks are not counted
- Also so you get an idea who I am feeding I have mentioned before I have two teenage daughters. And they sometimes have friends over, in fact, my youngest regularly has three friends over on a Wednesday. As anyone with Teenagers knows they all come in famished and raid the fridge.
- And in this post, I am not including pet food as that is a different envelope as we have 7 pets currently – yes I need my head checked for ever agreeing to all of them…With that out of the way here are the steps I take.
- Before I head out to the shops I do a scan of the cupboards and freezer to see what is available and write out a meal plan for the week.
- Then I check the specials in the supermarkets as I make regular use of them
- I always Meal Plan and I have talked about meal planning before Here. It really does help you reduce your food bills, it might seem time-consuming but it doesn’t take long and saves time in the supermarket.
- I do a big shop once a week on Wednesday with my Neighbour Michelle, she is my shopping buddy and my “chauffeur” as I am car-less currently and just an all round great person.
- We shop mostly in two supermarkets Lidl and Supervalu because they are the closest to us. We also shop in my local butchers and greengrocers for special items.So here is Last Week’s shopping list.
My Shopping List for this week
- Supervalu Green tea €1.49
- Chorizo – €1.99
- 3 for €2 veg offer – this week it was Bananas, Garlic, and Mushrooms for me
Total Spend – €5.48
- 80 Teabags €1.49 – only brought every two weeks
- Hot Chocolate €1.49
- Fruit Porridge €1.49
- Cornflakes €0.99
- Honey €1.99 – Store cupboard replacement
- Bread x 2 €1.98 – I like wholemeal, the girls prefer white or best of both
- Chocolate Digestive biscuits €0.49 – sometimes I get plain ones if I am making cheesecake
- Rich Tea – €0.29 – a request from the eldest they are allowed to pick favourite biccies
- Part-baked Rolls €0.59 – sometimes I don’t have time to bake
- Crackers €0.26
- 2 bags White Potatoes €1.18 ( 59c each) – Super 6
- Carrots €0.59 – Super 6
- Pears €0.59 – Super 6 – still had Apples and Plums from last week
- Peppers €1.39
- Onions €0.79
- Cucumber €0.69
- 4 packs 2 Chicken Fillets € 8.00 – at a euro a fillet these were a steal I usually get them from my butcher who does 5 for € 6.00 for big fillets – I put 3 packets into the freezer.
- Back Bacon Joint – €3.65 – I boil this then bake it like a ham, it is divine for Sunday dinner.
- Beef Mince €2.00 – have fish and pork in the freezer
- Butcher’s choice Sausages €1.99
- Wholemeal Pasta €0.99 – brought every few weeks
- Tortellini €0.79 – my youngest loves this and eats it if we have something spicy.
- Chicken Tikka Sauce €0.79 – some weeks I cook from scratch some days I cheat and this is a cheat.
- Chopped Tomatoes €0.47
- Passata €0.59
- 4 Cheese and Tomato Pizzas €0.69 usually but €0.48 I got 4 I make my own pizza but they are very handy in the freezer for teenagers you weren’t expecting over – we jazz them up with extra toppings.
- Sliced Peaches €0.55 – we have tinned fruit in the cupboard for throwing in yoghurt and smoothies.
- Greek Yoghurt – Large Pot – €0.99
- Cordial €0.99
- Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese – €1.99
- Low-fat Mozzarella – €0.59
- Icing Sugar – €0.69 – Another store cupboard replacement.
Both together € 48.76 + €4.69 = €52.73
Toiletries and cleaning products
This changes week by week, I buy Washing Powder and Dishwasher Tablets from Aldi once a month and things like toilet rolls are brought in bulk as needed but I usually spend €5 to €6 a week on average.
The rest of the money is for milk during the week and I forgot I got butter which is €1.99 in my greengrocers and milk which is 4 litres for €2.50. And there is no eggs because I got a tray last week.
So how do you stay healthy?
We have plenty of fruit and vegetables in our diets, if I wasn’t fussy and had to have green tea, fruit porridge, wholemeal bread and butter we could reduce the bill further. I try and cook one vegetable dish a week and make lots of home-made soups and treats and I have a full store cupboard and use my freezer a lot if meat is on special offer or for prepared veg so they don’t go off. I make lots of treats and bake a lot and as you know I grow my own veg too.
This Week’s Menu
So Here are our dinners for this week are below. Lunches vary from soups to salad rolls, to crackers and cheese and grilled cheese or tuna salad. Breakfast is Cereal or Toast during the week as we are usually in a hurry.
My main advice for lowering food bills is
- Try Menu Planning -it is such a good way not over shop because you buy what you need.
- Shop around if you can – Lidl and Aldi are cheap but special offers in other supermarkets sometimes are better – the internet is your friend here.
- Don’t feel ashamed of shopping in Aldi or Lidl there is no stigma anymore. If you know someone that thinks that way ignore them they must have more money than sense…
- Don’t feel you have to sacrifice fruit and veg if you are on a budget with Super Six deals there is no need and kids will surprise you with what they will eat if you give them a chance.
- Use your freezer for more than ice-cream – store meat that is on special offer or frozen veg which is cheap and nearly as good as fresh. And okay ice-cream for treat times, I am not against it,
- Try Freezer cooking which I have explained here. Which is great for having meals in the freezer when you don’t have the time or the inclination.
Happy shopping, I hope you use some of my tips on how to feed a family well on a Budget to bring down your bills and you can download my handy Shopping List Here
For More post on Saving Money try these post Below
- How to Kick Ass at Family Budgeting
- Menu Planning Monday-How it saves you money
- Tips for organising a fridge on a tiny budget