Budgeting Your Food Shop

Hi guys in one of my blogs from a few weeks back I talked about the different  food shops available to you around Ormskirk and what I think each one offers. Moving on from this I thought I would do one on the actual buying of food and how much you may be spending.


So for this i’m going to go by my own general shopping routine for accuracy so this will be catered mostly to shopping in Aldi since that is where I do most of mine. Any weekly shop in Aldi for me can vary depending on what I buy and how much of it I buy but on average I would say a weekly shop costs me around £30 including everything I need, which I think is really good for all I get bearing in mind I’m someone who eats quite a lot. Other people’s shops could vary a fair bit based on what they eat they may be closer to £20 or £40.


There are some good things to bear in mind when you are shopping such as looking out for reduced items or being careful to not buy quickly perishable foods unless you are sure you will eat them, frozen food is the food of students and you can find plenty of good frozen stuff from fruit and veg to burgers and chicken. Compare the weights of products to the price,  some things may look like a better deal but you might get more for your money getting a different bigger/smaller pack even if it’s more/less up front etc. Convenience costs more this one is pretty simple, the more handy stuff that’s maybe already seasoned or fridge ready is probably going to cost you more than it’s base counterpart, for example I used to buy seasoned pork chops but now I buy the pork chops and a marinade packet separate and it saves you around 50p. Obviously it’s fine to not have the time to bother always but it’s worth keeping in your head anyway. Own brand vs branded, Aldi is a mostly own brand shop hence why food is cheaper but most of their stuff is just as good as quality as branded so I have no problem buying it, although I still like some branded stuff on the side. No matter where you shop you will have the same choice to make but if your on a budget then own brand is most likely going to save you more money, but It’s also true that not every cheaper product will be worth buying so I like to try different things and then decide next time what i’m happy with.


So there’s a few things I’m thinking about when shopping which is crazy because before I started uni I just bought whatever I wanted without thinking about it which now just seems mental!

Till next time.

Jordan

Where to Do Your Food Shop

Hi guys, one of the main things people say about university is that you will never have any money which can be true. Obviously there are a lot of factors which will affect how much money you have to get by on, such as if your working or how much financial support you get, either way it will be a given for most of you that you will have to budget your money while away so I thought I would talk about the thing that will probably take up the most of your budget, the food shop and how best to tackle it.

Where to shop: Choosing where to shop is probably the most important choice you will make each week. Ormskirk has a variety of supermarkets including Morrison’s, Aldi, Iceland and Marks and Spencer’s, here’s a brief rundown.

M&S: This is the most expensive and probably won’t be your frequent if on a tight budget, but you may go there occasionally because some of the stuff is pretty good.

Morrison’s: This is your bog standard big supermarket that stocks everything, price wise it is probably a bit pricier than Tesco and Asda, more like Sainsbury’s but if you are just looking for the standard weekly shop, this is for you.

Iceland: Another choice, obviously specializing in frozen food that is especially handy for students as well as stocking a range of cupboard and fridge fillers, it’s great value and they sometimes offer student discount but you may not find everything you would need here.

Aldi: is the most budget friendly option, and where I do near all of my shopping, I love the place. Now obviously with Aldi most of what’s on offer is own brand  but most of the own brand food is just as good as branded and yes you do have less choice but they usually have everything you need and the lesser choice means that you pay a good bit less. Compared to say Morrison’s you could save £10 maybe £15 a week.

If you are someone who likes saving money, then shopping in multiple places will net you all the best bargains. When you first venture out to do your shopping your best bet will be to check out what’s around town and make the best choice for yourself since only you will know what you want.

Hope this helps and thanks for reading!

Jordan

Weekly Shop Tips

When you start uni the last thing you might think of is something as mundane as groceries, right? I totally get it. In the excitement of making friends, getting to grips with your course and discovering your new home, you might not think about the *shudder* adult responsibilities. Then it dawns on you: ‘how the heck do I execute a weekly shop?’ oh believe me, been there, done that. Luckily I’m here to help, after all, it’s not as scary as it sounds. Here are my top tips on how to do your first weekly shop.

Choosing a shop

First of all you have to choose where you’d like to do your shop. This decision can be made up of many factors – where you’re used to, which is cheapest, where’s most convenient – one of these factors will take priority and that is how you will choose your shop. I tended to go for the cheapest (which conveniently was what I was used to). You could also go for multiple shops if you prefer certain brands that aren’t stocked in your chosen shop, or you’re very bargain savvy and love to find good deals. At the end of the day you will find yourself drifting to the same shops time and time again, even if you find yourself being indecisive in the early days.

Plan your meals and stick to your list

The best way to keep to budget with your shopping is to create a shopping list (and stick to it – no matter what!). I found that planning my meals in advance was a great way to do this. I would make a list of what I wanted to eat that week and then write the ingredients into a list, add any extra things I needed, and et viola! I knew exactly what I was getting. This not only saves you from buying excess of things you don’t need, it also saves you time as you won’t spend hours wandering around aimlessly.

NEVER shop on an empty stomach

This is a bad idea, do not do it. You will find yourself buying the whole shop… and then some.

Go with friends

If you find your weekly shop is a bit too boring, or you’re nervous to do your first shop or you just love to spend time with your friends, why not bring them along? This way you will have someone to chat with whilst you shop. You may even find yourself exchanging food ideas or you may be convinced to try a new brand of washing powder (how exciting!)

Until next time! 🙂