This week I have decided to challenge myself (don’t ya’ll love a challenge?) by trying to eat healthy on a budget, while saving my piggy bank!
I must confess it is no easy task but with some planning and thoughtfulness I am on my way.
First thing is to do an inventory of my pantry, find or use a menu that you will be creating for the week (there’s a plethora of them on the net). I just create a menu for dinners as we usually have cereal, toast or eggs for breakfast, lunch is usually left overs or a sandwich, which we use healthy fillings for such as cold meats, tuna, eggs, salas etc.
Once I have my menu I cross check what’s on my list to what I have in my pantry and if it is in my cupboard I cross it off my list. Complete!
Off to Aldi I go. Did I mention I love, love, love Aldi for it’s prices, products and variety. Some of the products are not made in AU, but so are the products in your regular, over priced supermarkets! And their good quality too. The important thing is to stick to your list and If you have to get somethings at the big food chain stores then try buy generic items where possible.There are times when I would have to make a stop into Coles or Woollies but that is for no more than 5 items at a time and again I try and buy generic brands. Tastes the same, just no fancy packaging and really that is what you pay for! Ridick!
This weeks shop I spent $50 I am chuffed with myself as that is $30-$50 less than I usually do! Cha-Ching! Money in the piggy bank.
Conclusion: With a little bit of planning and knowing what you already have in your over-stocked pantry. You too can save 🙂 And eat healthy on a budget.
Happy planning and shopping all!