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Food shopping is not one of those pleasurable things, but a necessity of life. How much thought do you give to where you shop, perhaps you just go to the nearest supermarket. What if I told you, you could half your shopping bill by trying a new supermarket?
Using a comparison website like My Supermarket not only can you create a shopping list to print off and take with you, but it will also tell you what your total shopping will cost in every supermarket. I used to always shop in a certain supermarket because I used to collect their store points, but after I used this website I worked out I could save nearly 50% off my bill and actually feed the family for about £50 a week.
Aldi is what you would call a budget supermarket, no loyalty schemes or points to collect. Most of their produce is served straight from their shipping boxes, and not neatly lined up on shelfs. A few years ago this was some thing new to the UK, but I grew up in Germany where it is the “norm”. I have heard people complain about it, but really if you think how much extra time it takes to unpack all those boxes and line all the stock up neatly. It is no wonder they can keep their prices low, which is never a bad thing when you have to feed a growing family.
Despite being a budget supermarket, I love that I can still buy treats for myself like some fresh flowers, chocolate or even a bottle of wine (for less than £3 I might add). They also have weekly offers that line the centre aisles, at the moment its all very festive, candles, wrapping paper and wreaths. Their stock changes weekly and next week it could possibly be DIY, from tools to paint.
This is an average weekly meal plan, and my total shop cost less than £50 for the week.
I usually buy a couple of boxes of cereal, and a bag porridge oats. This week I selected Wheat Bisks, (Aldi version of Weetabix) and some Malted Wheaties ( Aldi version of shreddies). I always have a loaf of bread in for toast with jam.
The children currently have hot school dinners, so this week I did not buy for them. When I do include their lunch at home the bill increased by about £3 for the week. A normal lunch consists of a cheese or ham sandwich and a piece of fruit and a bag of crisps. Aldi have multi packs of 30 crisps for less than £3, you can select the traditional flavours or a meat variety pack.
- puff pastry pizza
- corned beef hash
- beef stew
- spaghetti bolognese
- fish fingers & chips
- gammon in parsley sauce
- chicken curry
- Chocolate digestives
- Summer fruit squash
Here are 2 of my children’s favourite recipes, all using Aldi products. On average a meal costs me about £5 to make.
- Puff Pastry Sheets
- 1 carton of passata
- grated mozzarella
- ham or pepperoni
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
- Add the passata to a pan and simmer until reduced by 50% then set aside to cool
- Cut the puff pastry to desired size depending on adult or child serving
- Score a border around the edge of each one, about 1cm in.
- Cover baking sheets in baking paper and put the pastry on top
- Now spread the passata on the pastry, and sprinkle with cheese
- Add ham or pepperoni to taste, or mushrooms and peppers for a vegetarian option
- Cook for 30 – 35 minutes until the bases are golden and crisp
- 500g potatoes
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 tin of corned beef
- 1 tin of baked beans
- Cut the potatoes into cubes and add to a pan of cold water and bring to the boil
- Cook for about 6-7 mins, then drain and put to one side
- Heat the oil in a frying pan and gently fry the onion for 3-4 mins
- Add the potatoes and cubes of corned beef, fry for about 5 mins
- Add the baked beans to the mix, and cook until warmed through
- Season to taste and serve, also delicious with a fried egg on top
I hope this inspires you to shop around the next time you do your food shopping, just think if you save £20 each week, that could be put towards a family holiday every summer.