I was amused by Life After Money's blog and U tube video the other day about not shopping until unless you really you need to. Look at our fridge 6 hours before the on-line supermarket delivers the fortnightly regular shopping. I really need our shopping!
Half the jars in the door are jam stored there for the winter. What did we have for lunch? No eggs, no meat, no ...anything really. Last two slices of bread, with a mix of last bits of cheeses grated and toasted with sliced tomatoes from the garden. Last two pears from the garden (finally ripened) and last two squares of home made carrot cake with a cup of tea using the last inch of milk. Least it was easy to clean the fridge!
The fortnightly £42 shop (including £1 delivery charge and £7 spent of stocking up loo rolls while they were on offer) but with plenty of basics - milk, marg, butter, eggs, cheese, for the fridge plus flour etc for the store cupboard means cooking fresh from scratch can continue. We spent £26 in the butchers and £13 in the fish market in the next village, which will last over the next fortnight. So about £40 per week for the two of us at the moment. I keep about £10 in the house for the odd purchase in our limited village shops if needed.
Before I book the next basics order I will look carefully at the seasonal changes - its time to think about stews with dumplings and milk puddings.