Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Hi all, hope everyone enjoyed the bank holiday?! As I mentioned due to our up and coming holiday it was a very quiet one for us but thats fine by me I am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine after a very busy few months! 

Today I thought I would share with you how I eat healthy on a budget. I used to spend a lot of money on food, buying all the latest superfood crazes but these days we don't have the money to just spend without a care so I try to make our weekly budget stretch as far as possible as well as keeping it healthy. The shop I am sharing with you today is pretty typical for us a few add ons which I will explain a long the way. I tend to buy the majority of our food at Lidl and anything I can't get there I go to either Asda or Tesco. 

Our weekly food budget is £50 but I always try to get it under that which means we save some money  which is always nice! I also try to think about what evening meals we will have during the week, I don't meal plan per se but I like to have some sort of plan so I am not left without a particular ingredient. Ok lets have a look at the shopping shall we:


What I bought:

1 pack peanuts
1 pack little gems (includes 2)
1 cucumber
1 pepper
3 courgettes
4 pears
1 coconut
1 pack carrots
2 heads broccoli
1 large sweet potato 
1 pack new potatoes
1 brown seeded loaf
1 pack butter
1 pack bananas
2 cans chickpeas
2 cans tin toms
1 basil plant
1 pack kitchen roll
1 air freshener
1 pack cat food

Total cost: £19.45

Ingredients for vegetable and chickpea curry and a sweet potato soup which will be our evening meals, I make big batches to cover a few meals. I also plan to make a veggie basil rice dish. The bread, banana, butter and peanuts are for Dale's snacks and lunches and the lettuce and cucumber I use for lunches with eggs or tuna. 


What I bought:

1 pack mushrooms
1 pack brown rice
1 pack pasta
1 pack chicken for sandwiches
1 pack crisps
12 eggs
almond milk
soya milk
frozen raspberries
vanilla soya ice cream
baby wipes

Total cost: £17.62

This was a little different to usual, the soy ice cream and raspberries along with the pears from the Lidl shop I used to make this crumble yesterday which I took round to Dale's mums, she made dinner I made pudding. The crisps pasta, soy milk and chicken are agin for Dales lunches. Almond milk and eggs usually get eaten by me and the rice is for week night meals. 

Lidl and Asda total: £37.07

As you can see this week I have saved on our weekly budget by £12.97 so I am happy with that. There are some not so healthy items in our shop but the man likes what he likes! Generally this is a healthy shop full of whole foods and an array of colours, I also have lots of stuff in the cupboards already that I am trying to use up which is why it came in a little cheaper then normal. 

I just wanted to share this to show that eating healthy does not have to be expensive. So many people use the excuse that eating healthy is expensive but £50 or under for two people to eat healthy for a week to me is not really pushing the boat out! 


Whats your weekly shopping budget?

Do you consider your weekly shop healthy?


  1. I wish there was a Lidl, Aldi or Asda near by. It's either Tesco or Sainsburys and as we do delivery we choose Sainsburys as Tesco is so unreliable. But Sainsburys is a lot more expensive sadly. Mainly the most expensive things I buy are fruit and veg. I don't buy huge amounts of meat but when I do buy it it's organic, and that's costly. The freezer is my best friend though! So much money saved there.

    1. Awwww poor you, yes we are lucky enough to have a lidl just up the road and an aldi is being built not to far from us too which i can't wait for! Meat we usually buy from the butchers (if we get any) but Dales step dad is our butcher which means we get a deal, lucky us!

  2. Great tips! I love Lidl and Aldi. Aldi's fruit and veg actually lasts a lot longer for us. It is further away than Asda is, so we have to plan it out a bit, but we save so much money.

    Dannii - Hungry Healthy Happy

    1. I definitely agree with the veg lasting longer, our lidl veg lasts way better then any other supermarket, can't wait gif the aldi to be built near us!

  3. This is such an amazing and helpful post to do thankyou! Forget how much you can actually buy and it doesn't necessarily have to cost all that much! Abi :) myw0rldmyview.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Your welcome! Thanks for popping by x

  4. This is really interesting, like peeping through curtains when sat on the top deck of a bus on autumn nights.
    We buy mostly from Aldi and supplement with farmers market veg or fruit like at the moment plums and kale. I actually find larger shops have too much choice and I get bored and distracted and buy things I don't really want. Thanks for that peep at your shopping it shows just how well and healthy you can eat for very few pennies. x

    1. Glad you enjoyed the read! I do try to stick to my list but sometimes I do stray off the tracks!

  5. We get online shopping as in the week I just do not have the time to be going to the shops- with Ocado the minimum spend is £40 and we are usually just over that, although every now and then we will do a bigger shop for things that last longer. We do have an Aldi near and we use things like their washing tabs and dishwasher tablets, but I have found their fruit and veg to be a bit hit and miss. You are right though eating healthily does not have to cost a lot. I think ours is cheap mainly because we don't buy much meat, as Andy doesn't eat it that often.

    1. I've never actually done an online shop probably because lidl don't do it! Ha no I really should try it some day I just like to go round and pick my own but I would definitely consider it if my shecdule changed we didn't have time to go.