Week I don’t know!

Hello! Hi! It has been quite a while since I updated the blog. I have been posting on my Instagram pretty much daily but I had my third year Uni placement to complete and with Covid that ended up being more complicated that usual. However, I passed with flying colours, I have submitted all of my assignments for the year (finally) and I am free (well until September). It was great to be back teaching again though! I’ve then taken a few weeks off to spend as a family and now i’m ready to dedicate time to this blog again!

Family fun

My Instagram has turned in to a bit of a food blog 🤦‍♀️ But, if i go back to the start of why we started this journey it was mainly because we were spending something crazy like 65% of our monthly income on groceries, takeaways and eating out 🙄 Not anymore! Even though I haven’t posted here for a while we are still saving and aren’t spending a crazy amount on food anymore. We have found our love for cooking again and it turns out our health is much improved! I have dropped almost 2 dress sizes since March from calorie counting (Don’t worry my recipes aren’t just lettuce! I’m still making fakeaways).

Gousto is an even bigger part of our meal plans at the moment because it is the school summer holidays and the children requested we get more Gousto boxes. After looking at the budget, a weekly box fitted in so until the children go back to school we’re going to continue with these. On the days we don’t have Gousto I am recreating some of our favourite recipes. At the moment if you sign up using my Gousto link then you get 60% off your first box and 30% off every other box during that month. The code is ZARA42119711.

Gousto Satay chicken

So that we can start again really, I have emptied the savings jar in to our savings account and I am starting again. £90 in this month, this is much less than normal but I had 3 close family members birthdays last week (Mum, Dad & Niece) plus a new baby arrived on his sisters birthday 😍

New nephew

I’ve come back because after posting up a roast dinner on my Insta there has been a few people contact me to ask how I manage to do it. On Insta it’s difficult to put lengthy explanations so Im going back to weekly posts to explain my methods, costings, recipes if relevant an how much we’ve saved. The first post will be the roast dinner! I’ll be writing that in prep for next Sunday to help as many people as possible. The roast in question cost me 79p per portion to make.

Roast in question

If there are any other meals that you love to eat regularly but want to know how to cut costs then please comment or drop me a DM and I will recreate it!

My top 5 tips for cutting costs on groceries are:

  1. Plan your meals in advance! I have a menu planner I made and laminated that sits on the fridge. If anybody wants a copy then I can send you one! I also prep for lunches on a Sunday so we don’t snack during the day.
  2. Buy in bulk where possible. The reason lots of my meals are so low cost is because of how much I buy at once. Pasta, rice, meat, potatoes.
  3. Learn how to make the basics yourself. Tomato sauce, pizza dough, yorkshire puddings, soup, quiche, sausage rolls.
  4. Grow your own salad, herbs, vegetables, fruit. Even if you don’t have a garden you can grown tomatoes, herbs and some salad items in a window box. You don’t need to buy seeds for these either. You can grow spring onions from one you’ve eaten most of, the same with carrots, potatoes and most other fruit and vegetables. That’s what i did.
  5. If you are in Tesco, Asda etc and you see something in the reduced fridge or on a reduced shelf then buy it if it’s something you know you will use and put it in the freezer. Don’t buy that obscure fish because it looks good unless you will actually use it.

Anyway, I’m back and i’ll be posting regularly again.

Spent this week£0
Saved this week£90
Total savings to date£90
This is back to week one! At the very end of the 18 months we will merge both savings totals together and update on the complete savings total.

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