My new challenge – monthly food shop
So it’s no secret I love Aldi, in fact I wrote a blog post with tips on how to shop there.
However, I just hate doing the weekly food shop. As amazing as Aldi is, until someone builds one with an on-site crèche, it’s definitely the bain of my life. I tend to go on a Tuesday, when my eldest is at nursery. When my youngest was a baby, this was perfect. She would sleep in the sling, and I would walk around feeling like I was totally winning at life, leisurely browsing the shelves. Fast forward to now, E is nearly 2 years old, she knows what she wants, and basically screams like a banshee until she gets it.
Not only does she do this, but her houdini skills are improving day by day (who am I kidding, she’s always been a climber!). This means, if I don’t keep an eye on her, she’s literally climbing out of the seat in the trolley and running up and down the aisles, loving life.
Anyway, I digress slightly. Basically, all of the above does not make for a peaceful food shop, and if there’s anything I can do to mean I can reduce my food shops, then I’m all for it!
I recently saw an Instagram post where somebody plans their meals for the whole month, then only goes shopping for the month at once. I was immediately interested. This would (hopefully) make life that little bit easier. Please speak up if this was your Instagram post, I can’t for the life of me remember who it was unfortunately.
So, I set about writing my meal plan for the next 4 weeks. Admittedly, this obviously took longer than it would when planning for just one week, but I was willing to put in the extra time to gain results.
Here is my meal plan for the next 4 weeks:
Mon- beef stew, Yorkshire pudddings and brocolli
Tues- Jacket potatoes and beans/cheese
Weds- ratatouille and rice
Thurs- chicken and chorizo rice
Fri- pasta carbonara
Sat- chilli and rice
Sun- chilli and wraps
Tues- puff pastry pizza
Weds- brocolli quiche
Thurs- sausage and mash
Fri- sausage and veg pasta
Sat- chickpea curry
Sun- frozen pizzas
Mon- jacket potatoes
Tues- Greek salad and bread
Weds- homemade soup
Thurs- tortilla pizzas
Sat- chicken pie
Sun- lasagne and garlic bread
Tues- eggs, potato wedges and beans
Weds- beef stew
Thurs- soup and bread
Sat- veg burgers and salad
I then wrote my shopping list. I plan on doing a top up shop for things like fruit and veg after 2 weeks, so split these things into 2 lists, one for week 1&2, and one for week 3&4. If you notice, in the 2nd and 4th week I’ve planned meals where we can use things like frozen veg, thus meaning we don’t need as much fresh veg in those weeks. The shop came to £99 today. I’m not sure how much my top up shop will cost in the middle of the month, but I’ll make sure to take note of it, and check exactly how much this month has cost us.
I’m actually quite excited as I’m really hoping this helps me out, and reduces my stress levels considerably, and mean I’m having to wrangle a toddler around Aldi less than normal!
Who else shops monthly? Do you find it saves you money?