Sunday, 16 March 2014

Day One Charity Challenge - The List

Okay, so call me Norma.

No other takers for the Charity Challenge….obviously didn't make it sound remotely tempting!
Don't blame you really.

Anyway, my £12 shop took me all of 5 minutes, but planning what to buy took A LOT longer. It's all about the prep with something like this: squeezing as much as you can out of every single penny.
There was a good deal of list tinkering, calculator bashing, sighing, crossing out, cheek puffing, more sighing….

I'd have liked to try a few different vegetarian meals, but there's no point if the kids won't eat them, so I've played safe. All my groceries came from Lidl, except the tin of peaches I bought in Tesco's last week. The cheese was reduced which meant I had enough money left to buy some cream crackers…the height of excitement I know, but they'll provide a bit of variety for after-school snacks, so the kids don't tire of muffins. I purposefully haven't given them muffins for a while…or carrots. We'll be eating a lot of carrots.

It goes without saying there's nothing organic going on here...

15 eggs                 £1.35
Cheese 250g            90p
milk 4pts                £1
butter                        98p
2xplain flour (3kg)   98p
tinned toms               34p
passata                      29p
carrots 500g              75p
sugar 1kg                  79p
vegetarian sausages   98p
tinned peaches           35p
Pesto Rosso               89p
cream crackers           38p
dark chocolate           79p
pasta 500g                 29p
red lentils 500g          89p

TOTAL               £11.95

One big advantage I have over last year is I don't have to make packed lunches. The kids now have school dinners - pre-paid - so this should take some of the pressure off, and possibly ease the whinging.  I'm thinking mainly about the eldest here - he eats more than his Dad and is permanently starving.

There are five of us to feed today and next saturday, but during the week it's down to four. I'm starting off gently with homemade bread for breakfast, and tonight, everyone's favourite - margherita pizza and garlic bread pizza. Got to keep them happy. Like I said, it's all about the prep…

I'll post the full 7 day meal plan tomorrow, and explain why I blew 79p on a bar of dark chocolate.


  1. Can't wait to see what you come up with, and what you did with the chocolate! :)

    1. think the chocolate might save my bacon…so to speak.. :)

  2. I enjoyed reading about this challenge last time you did it. Good luck Tracey this time round.xx

    1. aw thanks Loo! Feeling confident at the mo, sunshine seems to be helping! xx

  3. Can't wait to see how you get on! Good luck.


  4. Good luck Tracey. I've been emptying out the freezers for meals for the last few days. The dryer broke and I've ordered a new one so have to cut back somewhere but £12 for a week is a big ask.

    1. it is a bit extreme, I know, but I do kind of enjoy the challenge! Going through the freezer/cupboards is a great way to cut back on the weekly spend when you need to. Have to say I've found some interesting (ancient) stuff in my cupboard over the last few days!

  5. Can't wait to see your menu for the week.Linda@Wetcreek Blog

  6. Brilliant... I'm in awe; really looking forward to reading your posts this week! X

  7. I am really looking forward to your posts - We too have to live on very small budget and I get sick of eating the same things, can't wait to see what you make. Good luck.

    1. Thank you Lorna, hope there might be a few useful ideas, and if there's anything you'd like recipe for, please just let me know :)