It's the end of September and we are going into school holidays, but that's not the best part .... WE ARE OUT OF LOCKDOWN 2.0 !!!!!! - well in regional Victoria at least :)
So with that in mind, as soon as we got news of our lockdown 2.0 release (yes that sounds like we got released from prison, but I promise you it really wasn't that bad lol) we jumped online and booked a short vacation away! So in today's video you will see I didn't meal plan for those days we were going to be away. In all, minus my 'FREE' days, I only planned specific cooked meals for 8 nights. I had plenty in my fridge, freezer and pantry so I could put dinners together without actually having to purchase much else. That has saved me $$$.
If you you have been following along and seen my budget update since COVID hit. So my general rule is now $70 per adult (persons aged 14yrs+ because we all know that teenagers eat as much as adults at this point!) and $50 per child (under 14yrs) in the household is the main grocery shop budget for a fortnight. For us that is $240 for the main shop in the first week. With then a flat $70 for the top up shop in the second week of the fortnight. So in total that is $310 for the fortnight for my family of 4.
Keeping all this mind my budget for my main shop is $240. I’m currently estimating that I will spend around $211, so be sure to watch the matching grocery haul to see if I stay under budget !
Some tools I used to do my meal planning were:
(VIP's use the shop code found on the private Facebook Group to download FREE)
- 4pk Monthly Meal Planner + Shop Your Pantry Meal Ideas + 40 Dinner Theme Night Idea's + Blank Family Favorite Meals Sheet - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
- A Easy Grocery Calculator - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
- 2pk Grocery List Budget + Grocery & Meal Planning Wish List - INSTANT DOWNLOAD
- Lunch Box Meal Planner - INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE
- Daily Meal Planner For The Busy - INSTANT DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE
Print out these using the VIP shop code found on the Facebook Group!
So that is where I'm at this week. Be sure to check out the matching grocery haul vlog if you want to see what I got and how I went with staying within my budget.