Hi guys, those of you who have been with me for a while will recall that I’ve already done one £20 grocery challenge. That was back in January, can you believe that?! It was a success, it seemed to go down well and I stuck within my budget. However, like anything, you do something again and you improve.
I’ve had an idea to repeat the experience for a while but I was a little put off by some trends this year. There was that awful living off a £1 video and then a wash of ridiculous challenges on YouTube such as ‘Living off the cheapest food for 24 hours’. That isn’t a challenge, it’s a very real life for a lot of people and I want to be considerate of that. Those videos all offended a lot of people, and I was nervous to do something of a similar nature. But this is different. Not everything I’m eating is the absolute cheapest thing you can buy, I’m doing this with health in mind. I’m trying to live healthily and affordably and as close to how I would normally eat as possible.
My grocery list post will be itemised with everything I bought as well as an explanation. I thought it was better to explain why I got certain things than to just list them.
As I said, the last time I did this was back in January. I chose to do it in January because a lot of people try to tighten their purse strings after Christmas. However, a lot of people also live on a tighter budget running up to Christmas, got to have money to buy those gifts after all. And I know a lot of you are still students and I’m guessing that September loan is pretty much gone now. If not, it was gone a while ago. That’s why I’m choosing to do this one now rather than a January repeat.
Last time, I’m going to be honest, I think I did it the wrong way. I tried to eat as close to how I normally would, badly. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t have a huge appetite. I prefer to snack on smaller things like handfuls of nuts here and there throughout the day rather than eating three square meals. So, last time I bought things like nuts and bars. That took up a huge chunk of my budget. I follow a vegan and mainly gluten free diet and last time in order to have my snacks, I could only afford to get gluten containing products. Looking back, I have no idea why I did it like that.
This time, it’s going to be all vegan and gluten free and I’m going to make actual meals and sacrifice my snacks. At the end of the day, I can still eat smaller amounts at a time if I don’t have an appetite. It’s not like I can’t reheat things if I have to.
I feel like I’m cheating writing this now because I have already bought my groceries for the week. Last time, when I was planning my meals I simply sat down and thought of dishes I could make with cheap ingredients. Nutritionally, this wasn’t the best plan. It wasn’t the best plan economically either. This time, I made a list of cheap protein sources, like lentils and chickpeas. Then I made a list of potential meals I could make from those. I planned my shopping online, so it was easy to keep track of my running total. Once I’d settled on my protein options, I added whatever vegetables I could afford. My vegetable choices were a little plain as I wanted to get more versatile options that could go in a few dishes. But we’ll soon see how that goes.
My next post is going to be my full grocery list. It also includes a rough idea of the meals I’m planning on making with my ingredients. Before then, I don’t think I’m giving too much away when I say my food for the week was £19.95. And I’m pretty sure I have more than enough. Are you excited to see what I got? You can see my grocery list post on Thursday.
Until next time,