Adulting 101: Food shopping on a budget plus meal plan.

Hello my friends, how are we all? I hope you’re well. Want to know one thing about me? Only if you keep it a secret. There is not much else that thrills me more in this world than cooking healthy meals and then being yummy and affordable. So today’s episode of adulting 101 is on food shopping on a budget which will include tips on how to stick to a budget, where to spend more on your food and how to eat semi-healthy for less.

Set a budget or make a spread sheet

If you keep your receipts and use them to work out an average of how much money you’re spending on a food shop you can help set yourself a budget. This gives you a guideline of what you’re actually allowed to spend so you don’t go crazy on it. This way you’re more vigilant with your money and reducing waste massively. I allow myself up to £25 each week on food shopping so that I can get my money to stretch further.

  • Write a meal plan and shopping list before you get to the shop.
  • If you write a shopping list of everything you need before you get to the shops then you’re less likely to buy things you don’t need and won’t eat. Especially if you’re trying to make up meals in your head or you’re hungry when you get there, you’re more likely to buy things that you don’t need. I will always write out the meal plan on my whiteboard on my fridge and then make a shopping list in my phone before I head out of the house so that I’m only putting on things I need. This also helps me with not forgetting things so I don’t have to get them for a greater price later on.

    Visit multiple shops to get the best deals

    This isn’t always possible however I will usually go to Aldi or Lidl to get the basics such as bread, milk, pasta, rice etc and then will usually go to Morrison’s for meat, fruit and veg. This way that you’re keeping your overall costs down as the basic foods are much cheaper. We used to go to Sainsbury’s for convenience but at the end of the month we noticed that so much of our money was being spent on food shops so when I started walking further to go to Aldi I realised that it is worth the extra effort to save a significant amount of money.

    Drop the food snobbery (where you can)

    I want to start this one off by saying when it comes to fresh food such as fruit, veg and meat I wouldn’t compromise quality for saving money but for your cupboard essentials you don’t need to buy the most expensive brands. An example in Aldi you can get a bag of spaghetti for 20p whereas in Sainsbury’s you can buy a box for £1.55 for the same amount of pasta. Why wouldn’t you want to save £1.35? Savers brands aren’t embarrassing or shit quality, they’re there to help give people access to food at a lower price.

    This weeks food shop:

    Semi Skinned Milk: 79p

    Seeded wraps: 79p

    Smooth Orange Juice: 66p

    Brown Pittas: 42p

    Chopped Iceberg: 53p

    Chilli Beef Meatballs: £1.99

    Pomegranate Seeds: 97p

    Fajita Meal Kit: £2.59

    Mango Chunks: £1.79

    Melon Medleyx2: £1.56

    Stir fry veg: £1

    Pesto: 99p

    Bananas: 89p

    Frozen vegx2: £2

    Grapes: 99p

    Soup: £1.10

    Total: £19.06

    This weeks dinner meal plan

    Monday: Chilli Con Carne Meatballs and spaghetti with chopped tomatoes and frozen veg.

    Price per 2 portions

    Meatballs: £1.79

    Spaghetti: 5p

    Chopped tomatoes: 35p

    Frozen Veg: £1

    Price for two portions: £3.19

    Tuesday: Fajitas with iceberg lettuce

    Fajita meal kit: £2.59

    Wraps: 40p

    Iceberg lettuce: 45p

    Price for two portions: £3.44

    Wednesday: Quorn curry with rice and veg

    Quorn bites: 40p

    Butter chicken sauce: 89p

    Rice: £1

    Veg: £1

    Price for two portions: £3.29

    Thursday: Chicken Stir fry

    Chicken: £2

    Stir fry veg: £1

    Sauce: £1

    Price for two portions: £4

    Friday: Salmon, rice and salad

    Salmon: £2

    Rice: £1

    Salad: 45p

    Price for two portions: £3.45


    Pesto pasta and tuna

    Pesto: 16p

    Pasta: 30p

    Tuna: 79p

    Price for two portions: £1.29

    Breakfast ideas:

    Fruit Salad: £1.49

    Pitta bread and banana: 18p

    So that my friends is my food shopping on a budget post. What did you think? I hope it was of some use to you and that it helps if you’re needing to tighten the belt when it comes to food shopping.

    Thank you so much for reading today and I hope I will see you around these parts again soon!

    Alex xx


    1. Ooh I love budget meal plans! My diet is so restrictive due to having several food allergies (and also being pescetarian but that’s a choice). Food shopping is so expensive! I’ll bookmark this for when I’m making meals for other people or maybe I can adapt some of these ideas! Xx

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      1. Thank you so much for taking your time to read my post and leave me a comment. I’m hoping to do a few more of these in the future so I hope I can give you some more recipes and ideas in the future xx


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