When you’re poor, the bottom line for eating is cook from scratch, or live on jacket potatoes. I employed the latter method in university and survived just fine. As an adult however, I just tend to do those boring food shops where your cupboards/fridge are full but you still miraculously have nothing to eat, just ingredients with which to make food.
I won’t lie, it can be kind of boring, but it’s pretty cheap, and healthy by default.
Great for breakfast with peanut butter. I mean, not cocoa pops great, but not bad.
For the post run munchies. If they get a wee bit overripe, the bunnies freaking love them
Not green ones. Urrr. They’re grim. Preferably red. I eat them raw in salads, then when they turn to the mushy side, chop them up into pasta sauces
I put carrots, onions and celery in basically everything I cook, also good for bribing rabbits
See above. But not the rabbit bit.
If you like em – plenty don’t. Great in ….everything really.
10. frozen broccoli
Less pressuring than fresh, although the rabbits love broccoli and will eat it when it’s gone yellow
13. tinned tomatoes
The most versatile ingredient EVER. I use these to bulk up curries, risottos, stews, soups, pasta sauces. You can even have them on toast. Fill your pantry! They’re 31p each.
14. tinned beans
I usually get mixed bean salad and chickpeas. Also used for bulking up recipes.
My favourite food in the whole world. I’m serious
Breakfast for the bunnies – they like coriander and parsley best, but we give them mint because it makes them smell nice
Also for bunnies, but I put it in smoothies and salads too. The rabbits are massively fussed on it tbh, but it’s good for them. Sometimes we switch to kale, but if the rabbits have too much kale it can make them a bit poorly.
18. almond milk
This week I switched to the long life version, since it was 3 for £3. I’m not sure how they’re different, but we’ll see how it tastes.
19. alpro yoghurts
I have these for breakfast with homemade granola and frozen berries, although currently I’m getting my breakfast at work because it’s free 🙂
A good snack to have, plus it goes in my granola. (btw, the granola is just heated peanut butter and maple syrup mixed with oats and nuts then baked. It’s seriously delicious
A close second to bread. Chips are the best, followed by roasted, baked then mashed.
22. peanut butter
I can’t run on a full stomach, so the only thing I eat before a run is a spoonful of peanut butter. I get this one in bulk from Amazon
I like Meridian because it doesn’t have palm oil in it – the only other one that doesn’t contain it is Sun-Pat, but I don’t think that’s as healthy as Meridian.
I also sometimes pick up frozen berries and avocados, but those tend to be reserved for when I’m feeling flush, or we have stuff left over from last week so we don’t have to buy as much. Our budget is £50 a week and if we stick to shopping online we tend to stick to it pretty well. Amazon Prime is a lifesaver too – I get peanut butter, nuts, maple syrup and other more speciality ingredients from there – I’ve more than made up the initial cost with savings on food. I need to look into their subscribe and save options too, apparently their paper goods are well priced.
How exciting my life is.
I appreciate there’s nothing ‘fun’ in this list, but I wanted to concentrate on listing produce that have multiple uses in the kitchen. There’re dozens of dishes you could make from the above ingredient – they may not be particularly exciting, but if you’re serious about cutting down your spending you can eat healthily and cheaply (and not have to cut down on the amount you eat) and come in under budget. I also have a post on ingredients I make sure I always have in the cupboard (I’m afraid there’s some overlap) to make sure that if we accidentally overspend elsewhere one week, we can recoup our losses without having to resort to eating the rabbits.
I hope I’ve helped. If I haven’t…nightmare.
This is meant to be guide. Adapt it to your needs. It’s not the holy grail of shopping lists or anything, it’s just what I buy and its pretty cheap. So I thought maybe you’d like a peek at it too. Tell me what I’ve missed, or what is totally superfluous (what a word. Superfluous). Thanks for stopping by – have a great day! If you’re still in your pjs, I’ve never been more jealous.