I didn’t shop on the 19th because I had so much food left over from last week, we were in Watford at the weekend babysitting the nephews and I knew that Ma and I would get the final things for Christmas dinner on the 23rd, so I just went with what I had. The only thing I did need to buy was more coffee, Ma is a coffee hog and in November and December I went through 3 packets of coffee. Our current favourite is the M&S Rwandan coffee so I bought that and the rest of money from this week’s food budget went into that shop.
I spent £12.25 in Sainsburys and Ma spent £17 in Lidl (we had already bought the booze and the meat…). There was so much food…
I only really had Monday to Wednesday to feed myself and it consisted of food from the freezer, egg sandwiches and stir fries…
Ma and I are creatures of habit so I knew what we were eating over Christmas.
Christmas Eve dinner is Fish Pie (which we buy – I’ve never made a fish pie in my life!) and peas. Christmas Day is smoked salmon sandwiches in the afternoon and roast beef, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, brussels sprouts and yorkshire puddings for dinner.
This was the last week of budget (I got paid on Christmas Eve) and because it’s the first month of the new budget plan, I thought that I’d talk a bit about how it went. In summary, really well, I was happy with the amount of food I bought and ate, going forward I need to incorporate healthy protein into the plan because cheese is delicious but not necessarily healthy in the quantities I would like to eat it! (Having said that, there is a cheese mountain in my fridge right now even though I sent Ma home with half of it!) Looking back, I was surprised that some weeks, there seemed to be loads of food and others not so much and realised that entertaining seemed to be the key factor here, which makes total sense but I didn’t realise the impact it would have. I will also need to be more organised in how I use my freezer but I’m pleased with the plan so far and am looking forward to seeing how it plays out in January, which confusingly started on 26 December!