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£20 a Week in London Shopping List

£20 a Week in London Shopping List

Last week I announced I was doing a new challenge of only spending £20 a week shopping for food in London.

After doing my reverse finances – looking at how much I spent, and what I spent it on, in a month period, I discovered I spent £250-300 a month on food and this was a great chunk of my salary after rent, bills and travel.

It was time to make a change.

I changed multiple things:

  • Where I shopped
  • Starting meal planning
  • Took my own lunch to work
  • Set strict shopping lists

First off, I stopped shopping at Tescos and Sainsburys, particularly Express and Local stores – where the prices are ramped up slightly.

I went to Lidl’s. I’ll admit to being a snob so this hurt my snobby self-esteem for a while until I discovered how much I could buy under a budget. For the time being, I’m happy. Although I maintain it is still one of the worst places to shop in London – the crowds, the queues and the speed at which the cashiers put your food through is impossible.

This was one week’s shopping list, with prices.

  • Simply Spaghetti – 20p
  • Tomato & Basil pasta sauce – 55p
  • Steak pies (double pack) – 49p
  • Strawberry and blackberry yoghurt breakfast biscuits x5 – 99p
  • Spring onions – 48p
  • Beef mince – £1.49
  • Baking Potatoes x3 – 66p
  • Mars treat pack x13 – £2.19
  • Twix treat pack x13 – £2.19 (both treat packs were supposed to be 99p! They lied!!)
  • Makeup wipes – £1.99 (should have gone own-brand, or stuck with micellar water)
  • Yoghurts x4 – £1.09
  • Baby button mushrooms – 74p
  • Orange juice 2 litres – £1.35

Total = £14.17

Aside from the overpriced chocolates – seriously these were supposed to be 99p per bag (snacks and lunches for 2 weeks!) – that was a pretty good haul.

I did forget a few things so I popped into my local Tescos express – with a strict shopping list – the following day, and only bought the items on that list:

  • Orange Juice (1 litre) – 90p (I get through this!)
  • Milk – 65p
  • Table Salt – 40p
  • Plain Flour – 69p

Total = £2.64

Total budget spent = £16.81

Remaining budget = £3.19

What I already had

  • A dozen eggs leftover from the previous week’s £20 budget
  • Red onions
  • Crisps
  • Frozen Chicken breasts
  • Bacon
  • Ham
  • Sandwich bread
  • Condiments (mayonnaise, butter, mustard)
  • Herbs/spices (including garlic, turmeric, paprika, pepper and chives)
  • Tomato soup cans x2
  • Tuna cans x2
  • Baked beans can
  • Canned new potatoes
  • Penne pasta
  • Coffee
  • Hot chocolate
  • Teabags

The meal plans for this week include:

  • Mushroom Omelette – for dinner
  • Spaghetti Bolognese – dinner, but leftovers for lunch the following day
  • Potato salad – for lunch
  • Ham & Mustard sandwiches – for lunch
  • Loaded potato skins with bacon and spring onions – for dinner
  • Chicken, mash potato and mushroom sauce – for dinner
  • Scrambled eggs – for dinner and/or weekend breakfast
  • Steak pies (pretty large!) – for dinner or weekend lunch
  • Breakfast biscuits – for breakfast (obvs!)
  • Yoghurts – for snacks and/or breakfast
  • Tuna jacket potato – for lunch or dinner
  • Tomato soup – for lunch
  • Poached eggs, bacon and beans – for dinner (I love a brinner!)

And that will get me through.

I still have £3.19 left in my budget but I expect this will go on drinks – I get through orange juice pretty quickly – and any extras I might want to change up in the week. Maybe some leeks for a potato and leek soup instead of loaded potato skins, or some more bread or ham for sandwiches. Cheap things for under £1.

If I can stick to this plan and not spend over £20 a week I’m only spending a maximum of £80 per paycheck on food which is a ridiculous amount less than before!

Let’s see how this goes.

Love Ellie x

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