Our Budget Buster

Written by Lauren on. Posted in General

I was listening to the radio yesterday and heard about Community Projects Carlisle.  They are a charity that help homeless and vulnerable youngsters with emergency food and housing advice.  One couple on there were the same age as me and had young kids.  He had been given shorter hours at work and they couldn’t afford to not pay bills to scrimped on their food shopping.  So much so that they ended up with no money left to eat.  With a young family to support he turned to Community Projects Carlisle.  Unfortunately they are having to make cuts because they simply can’t afford to run anymore especially due to the increased numbers of people needing help with the economy the way it is.  I agreed with everything that young man had to say.  He wasn’t living off benefits, he was working hard but he simply couldn’t stretch himself far enough.  It is easy for two adults to go without food, as long as the children can eat but it’s still not ideal and it’s certainly not a healthy lifestyle.  But there has been times in our past where the Hubby has lived off cereal for the last week of the month so I knew exactly where he was coming from.

Recently we have noticed that our food shop has become horrendous.  We fill our trolley with essentials and it costs us an extortionate amount of money.  Even when we have started to cut back on the nice things and buy own brands we still don’t see a lot of food for our money.  We always chose Asda.  They have their guarantee a they are the cheapest and they are the best for baby products.  The baby stuff is the main reason that Asda was our main supermarket.  I can’t stand the place and the home delivery service is ridiculous so it was always with gritted teeth that I would go there.

Today we made a stand.  We decided that we would no longer go to the most convenient place.  We dropped Spud off at Creche and went to Lidl where we stocked up on fresh food.  We paid £4 for 1kg of mince rather than the £5 that we would have spent at Asda.  Yes it is only a £1 but spread that sort of difference our amongst the rest of the shop and you are quids in.  The fruit and veg at Lidl is brilliant.  It’s super quality and with some vegetable coming in at 49p you can’t really complain.  Then we hop footed it to Iceland.  We don’t eat a lot of processed frozen food so just stocked up on little bits and pieces and the frozen veg.  They had some fab deals on the branded cereal and bread.  A quick dash into Morrisons for baby food (we didn’t need nappies which is when Asda is essential) and we were off home with time to spare before picking Spud up.

Yes we had 3 food bills, yes we went to three different shops.  We have succeeded in halving our food bill for this month.

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