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Sticking to a strict budget can be hard, especially when it comes to food. I try my best to meal plan for the week, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve succumbed to a takeaway. I’ve been trying to stick to a budget since I became a student again. Money is tight and I can’t afford to keep ordering pizza! I was challenged by Satsuma Loans to spend less than £50 on food in a week. As I only have to feed myself, £50 should go a long way. Here’s how I did..

I went shopping at the weekend and bought the following items:

  • Loaf of bread
  • Pack of chicken breasts
  • Pack of bacon
  • Pack of beef for stir frying
  • Bag of potatoes
  • Selection of veg
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Rice
  • Eggs
  • Stir fry sauces
  • Fajita seasoning
  • Block of cheese
  • Minced beef
  • Halloumi

All of this came to just under £30 which I was really pleased about as there was enough there to last me a while.

Monday

Breakfast: Two slices of toast
Lunch: Bacon sandwich
Dinner: Fajitas

Tuesday

Breakfast: Cereal bar
Lunch: Scrambled eggs on toast
Dinner: Chicken stir fry with egg fried rice

Wednesday

Breakfast: Two slices of toast
Lunch: Tortilla pizza
Dinner: Jacket potato with bacon and cheese

Thursday

Breakfast: Cereal bar
Lunch: Cheese and marmite toaste
Dinner: Crispy shredded beef and rice

Friday

Breakfast: Cereal bar
Lunch: Cheese toastie
Dinner: Sweet Chilli chicken and rice

Saturday

Breakfast: Two slices of toast
Lunch: Bacon and egg sandwich
Dinner: Chinese takeaway (cost – £14)

Sunday

Breakfast: Cereal bar
Lunch: Leftover Chinese takeaway
Dinner: Jacket potato with cheese

Although I did have one takeaway during the week, I still managed to keep under the budget of £50. I was pleased with myself for choosing items that I could use in different ways. I used the tortillas for fajitas on Monday night and also to make a tortilla pizza on the Tuesday. At the end of the week, I had a lot of food left over. I froze some of the chicken and beef and that will last me a few more meals. I also had a couple of potatoes left which I could use to make jacket potatoes or wedges. I didn’t open the halloumi, which means I can use that another time. I could easily live another week off what I had left, which . means that sticking to a budget of £25 would be completely doable as well.

Do you set yourself a food budget each week?

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