With this fortnight being a little different when I was meal planning, as I was also planning for a new video coming up on the channel - '7 Aldi Simple Dinner Ideas', my budget and thoughts were a little different. So this week I've decided to go through every main meal planning sheet for you. I want to show how I use each, give you tips and explain why you should do each in the order that suggest. Todays video is an opportunity for all new VIP members to see how I plan and for old VIP's to see more in detail, as it has been a long while since Ive sat and gone through every sheet at once!
My NORMAL rule for setting a grocery budget is $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. I feel no matter where you are living in Australia - city, country or coastal states - it's a fair $ goal for your budget. For us that is $240 for the main shop in the first week. I then have a flat $70 for the top up shop in the second week of the fortnight. I base that off what ever I set per adult. So in total that is NORMALLY $310 for the fortnight for my family of 4.
This week however, I have boosted the budget to $300 due to my other work needs. This will allow next weeks top up shop to (I hope) be well under my normal $70. I’m currently estimating that I will spend around $311. 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)
- 7pk 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.