I’m always on the lookout for how to help my family and I with working on a tight budget. However, I’m always looking for ways to help us even more. Whether that is with; food, gifts, shopping, days out etc. I’m always switching where we shop for food due to whats the most affordable, most deals etc. but here are my basic methods for feeding a family on a budget.
- Meal Plans. I have lacked in this department as of recently but I find when I meal plan, I only buy items of food I actually need. Therefore, no food wastage (or very little at least). Like I said, because I haven’t done them recently, I don’t have a picture example I could show you guys but I guarantee it is a fantastic way of keeping costs down and less wastage.
- Shopping Online. Neither Tesco or Asda like to come down my street very much but doing my food shop online really helps us! I am the kind of person who walks to the supermarkets just to see if there are any new books, toys on offer or new clothes lines (and also pick up some treats). I’m also the kind of person who loves a ‘SALE’ sign. Seeing things on offer make my heart jump with glee. But it’s something I realised I needed to stop. Whenever I see things on offer, I just have to run over and grab some things. But really, they aren’t on offer if you didn’t need or want them in the first place.
- Keeping Leftovers. This is something I’ve mostly been doing recently as I’ve started making sure I cook all meals from scratch. With Bear being Baby Led Weaned, we find it’s really important to keep our diets healthy and full of as much good, fresh food as possible. Not that we never did before, but we were a bit lazy with it before baby arrived. Since weaning, we have decided what kinds of food we’d like him to eat and that involves *yes, wait for it* me cooking EVERYTHING from scratch. It means though, that we have some leftovers, I tend to cook enough for a small army, but that’s fine! I just pop them in a lock tub and freeze them for later use. Whether Bear has them for his lunch or tea when we decide to have a cheeky takeaway or something like that.
As I said, I’m always looking for more ways to help with my budget spending. What are the things that help you to stay within budget or to help keep things cheap and affordable for you and your family?