What’ Cookin’ Good Looking’ ?
Its Friday!! Hooray!
My favourite day of the week. Friday afternoons are normally games day or movie day in our house, (we are currently in the midst of regular Trivial Persuit challenges!) as no one needs to get up early the next day and there is no homework to be done. Mummy can pull out the bottle of wine and relax! (Double Win!! school holidays start today!).
Today I have been busy doing my Monthly Menu Plan for July (If you have not tried out this great printable yet – get to it! You can download it for free HERE) and I’m impressed I have managed to pull out so many yummy things and spend hardly anything (win!). I’m not a total stinge, I don’t always try and find the cheapest things available all the time, however I have found that if you plan ahead, keep a lookout for specials, buy what’s in season and cook from scratch where you can, you really don’t need to spend too much at all. (Obviously – this does depend on where you live and what’s available, but the principles are the same).
Here’s what’s on offer Week 1 – lets hope I can inspire some of you!!
Monday 30th – Fish & Chips (Miss Z’s Bday, this was her special request)
Tuesday 1st – Spaghetti Bolognese with Grandpa’s Famous Meat Sauce
Wednesday 2nd – Corn Fritters & Salad
Thursday 3rd – Creamy Vegetable Pasta with Crispy Speck
Friday 4th – Twice Baked Potatoes (Found at A Turtles’ Life For Me)
Saturday 5th – Pulled Pork Rolls with Coleslaw (Im trying my own version of the sensational ones I found at Loaf and Devotion in Sydney. You can read about that here)
Sunday 6th – Slow Cooker Satay Chicken (From Sally Wise Slow Cooker Book)
I was at a party for one of the girls a while back and some of the mums were chatting about how much they spend on groceries and how its so hard to keep their bills below $300/week. I actually had to try hard not to scoff as I thought that was totally crazy! They didn’t exactly ask me to prove it, but I could tell none of them believed me when I said I only spend about $100/week at most (and that includes things like pull-ups, wipes and even wine). How? I shop at ALDI, I menu plan, I’m organised and I cook a lot.
So, just in case any of you don’t believe me either – the groceries for all of the above cost me $34.10 (which feeds our family of 5 – 3 adults and 2 kids).
The breakdown is this:
Fish $7.98 and Frozen Wedges $1.99 (just because I couldn’t be bothered this week to make my own);
Spaghetti .79c and Sauce (free from Grandpa);
Corn Fritters $.89 creamed corn and we have all other ingredients (flour, herbs, chilli & salad);
Pasta $1.09 (but I will only use 1/3 pack so that’s .36c), Asparagus and Broccollini (a perfectly proportioned size for this dish and on super special for $2.00), Speck $3.00 (but we only used 1/3 that’s $1 and I have staples for sauce;
Potatoes $2.99 a bag (18 potatoes, I used 6, that’s about .99c), diced bacon $2.89 (I used half that’s $1.44), herbs, butter & cheese I had already
Pork Shoulder 1kg $6.94, staples for the bbq sauce I have, 1/2 Cabbage 1.98 and staples for dressing I have. Rolls $1.50/dozen (and there will definitely be leftovers of all of this!)
Chicken Thighs 1/2 kilo $4.45, staples for satay sauce I have, broccoli $1.79 and rice I have.
Yes, that’s just for dinners. On top of that I spend approx. $30 on bread, milk & fruit & wine over a week and about $10 on breakfast items, school snacks (or staples to cook them) and $16 on pull-ups.
In total that’s $90.10
Obviously, some weeks I spend more if I need other things, but Its never a massive amount (certainly nowhere near $300!!). People pay for convenience and the stores know this (which is why pre-packaged anything is always expensive). If you can find the time to do a little more cooking, or little food prep – I can guarantee you will lower your bills!
Anyways – that’s my rant for the day over:) What’s cooking in your place tonight?