Friday, 12 July 2013

Shopping on a Budget

Wah budget - what a crappy word.

I think I've said before I feed James and I for $200 per week, I have about 5 meals and James the same, so that's like $2.85 a meal; plus random snacks and desserts.

If you have just moved out of home the most expensive thing will be spices, cleaning things and what not to get you set up, once you have those things you kinda have the basics, (other things like oils, vinegars and Worcestershire sauce helps too.)

Anywho I got asked about what exactly you could buy for $200 a week.

So here it it is!

Meat - Peters Meats:

  • 1/2 grass fed beef rump @ $21.56 (around 3 kgs)
  • 2.054 kgs chicken @ $9.99/kg = $20.52
  • Special, leg of lamb was $30 but on special for $20 (around 2.5kg)

(+ for spending over $50 we got a dozen bonus eggs)
Total = $62.08
Chicken, lamb and beef (+ bonus eggs)

Coles

  • Fish & beef stock tetra packs 2 for $3
  • Coles cannellini beans 3 x 80c
  • Coles ginger crushed $2.49
  • Coles chilli crushed $2.49
  • Coles garlic minced $1.29
  • Coles crushed tomatoes 2 x 80c
  • Tcc coconut milk $1.45
  • 1kg brown onions $1.20
  • 1kg carrots $1.88
  • Dried split peas $1.51
  • Dried rosemary $1.26
  • Cardamom pods $2.40
  • Caraway seeds $1.39
  • Pears 1.78kg @ $3.50/kg = $6.24
  • Truss tomatoes 0.432kg @ $2.90/kg = $1.25
  • Green beans 0.457kg @ $3/kg = $1.37
  • Red capsicums 0.637kg @ $4.98/kg = $3.17
  • Sweet potato 1.527kg @ $3.98/kg = $6.08
  • Bananas 1.527kg @ $1.99/kg = $3.11
  • Mushrooms $4.50
  • Parsley bunch $2.98
  • Baby spinach $3
  • Birdseye chillis $0.94
  • Green tea organic 60 pack $3.99
  • Dry yeast $2.50
  • Sandwich bags 50pack $2
  • Frozen blueberries $5
  • Spring onion bunch $1
  • Fresh garlic $1.30
  • 3 lemons $2.40
  • Sugar free maple syrup (I know it's not good for me but I really like it !) $3.19
  • Nutella 220gm $3.29
  • Coles eggs 700gm x 2 $9
  • Diced bacon $3
  • Worcestershire Sauce $2

Less rewards points -$10 (using fly buys & coles credit card)
Total = $85.67
Pantry Things
Green Grocer

  • Butternut pumpkin 2.095kg @ $1.99/kg = $4.17
  • Cauliflower $2.99
  • Purple baby round eggplants 0.530kg @ $5.99/kg = $3.17
  • Kohlrabi $2.50
  • Garlic shoots $0.99
  • Spinach $1.49
  • Swiss brown mushrooms $2.24
  • Zucchini $2.99
  • Pasta $1.29

Total = $24.80

Veges
Seafood

  • Green banana prawns (Australian) 700gm @ $19.99/kg = $14.03
  • Sydney oyster 12 for $17.99

Total = $32.02
Oyster & Prawns

Alcohol

  • 1 x Pinot Gris
  • 1 x dessert Chardonnay

Total = $22

Pinot Grigio & Sticky Chardonnay
So all up I spent $226.59 but that includes a 'date night meal' seeing as though I've been away for work for 10 days tonight we are having Oysters Kilpatrick, Garlic Chilli Prawn Pasta & Homemade Nutella pizza with wine.... ( what macros!? :-p)

What will I make with my ingredients ?

  • 1 shredded lamb with ginger & prunes with the leg of lamb
  • 1 beef rendang & gobi masala with the cauliflower
  • 1 chicken & pumpkin curry
  • Mexican chicken for lunches
  • Steaks for dinner on Sunday
  • 1 beef casserole with loads of veges
  • 2 batches of wholemeal banana bread/cupcakes (no added sugar)
  • A sticky pear scroll if James wants later in the week
  • Maybe a frittata if we need it - can also use the lamb bones to make a soup in slow cooker if I want - James isn't a massive soup fan though !

& that should do us, obviously I spent almost $55 on our special date meal which you might not need but whilst we are saving for a home you won't get oysters kilpatrick, prawn pasta, dessert & wine for that amount at a restaurant & besides it's kind of nice to do it indoors!

You may notice I didn't buy bread or milk but I had 1kg of Greek yoghurt still in the fridge and a loaf of bread in the freezer, plus in winter oats are nice for breakky or quinoa porridge.

I don't buy coffee through the week, maybe once on the weekend out of my 'play' money, & once you get used to cooking a few things in bulk it's really quite easy. All recipes on my blog are super easy to follow and should help you get started. I work full time & train most days. Obviously some weeks you might need to go over the budget or buy household cleaning things in which case perhaps I wouldn't be splurging on Pinot ! ;-)


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