My food budget challenge

It’s been one month since I moved to Yorkshire for work. Its the first time that I’ve been in charge of shopping/cooking for just myself and no one else. Its liberating in a way, I can cook and eat whatever I want. No one to complain that they don’t like this or that we keep eating the same things etc. Before I moved, I thought that £20 a week would be plenty to budget for food. In reality I’ve spent double that, around £40 a week. That seems like a staggering amount for one person! In my defense, when I moved I had nothing so I have spent the last month stocking up on store cupboard essentials.

But now its time to do better

I spent a bit of time trying to research the average food budget for a single person. I came up with pretty much nothing so I’ve decided to challenge myself. I’m setting a maximum budget of £100 for the month but aiming to come in under budget and save any leftover cash for a rainy day. I opted for a monthly budget instead of weekly so that I can bulk buy if I see a good deal. That way I can stock up without blowing that weeks budget.

I have taken £100 out of my bank and I’m keeping it separate to my other cash. This way I can see how much money I have left and its more accountable than using contactless. If I shop online where I can’t pay cash, I will use my card but take the money out of my food budget envelope.

I’m going to use meal planning and prepping to stay on track as well as trying out Approved Food for dry or tinned goods. Approved Food is a website that sells items that are near or have passed their best before date at greatly reduced prices. I haven’t got a huge amount of storage space, so I didn’t think it would be worth paying delivery on the small amount of things I would buy. But as luck would have it, the warehouse is nearby my new city and its possible to collect! So that’s something I’ll be trying out in the next couple of weeks.

Do you have a food budget? What are your tips for cutting down on spending? Let me know in the comments =)

Take care,

Hayley x

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