My new challenge – monthly food shop.

My new challenge – monthly food shop.

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:

Week 1

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

Week 2

Mon-Jacket potatoes

Tues- puff pastry pizza

Weds- brocolli quiche

Thurs- sausage and mash

Fri- sausage and veg pasta

Sat- chickpea curry

Sun- frozen pizzas

Week 3

Mon- jacket potatoes

Tues- Greek salad and bread

Weds- homemade soup

Thurs- tortilla pizzas

Fri- leftovers

Sat- chicken pie

Sun- lasagne and garlic bread

Week 4

Mon- leftovers

Tues- eggs, potato wedges and beans

Weds- beef stew

Thurs- soup and bread

Fri- takeaway

Sat- veg burgers and salad

Sun- leftovers

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?

6 thoughts on “My new challenge – monthly food shop.

  1. Dude I am the queen of batch cooking
    Buying a chest freezer was my greatest purchase I freeze pasta sauces lunches for work, everything homemade. Every month my LO have a Sunday in the kitchen I save loads by not using prepped stuff and feel super healthy and I get to hide veg in curious places like sauces and ‘meatballs ‘ win win win. Keep going with it I save loads x

    1. Sounds brilliant! I really need to organise my freezer, there’s loads of unlabelled leftovers in there, it’s like Russian roulette when you get something out for dinner haha! X

  2. Oh I wish I could be so super organised as this!! Fortunately (or unfortunately) we can walk to the shops in our little town so I have less incentive to plan ahead. On those days when I do batch cook though, it’s brilliant…. 🙂

    1. Yes most probably! I’m going to be doing a blog post this week explaining how it’s been. I’d say a success!

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