01/01/2017

Budget Series: Another Year, Another Day

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Last month in December, just before Christmas came around, when reality struck a cord, we realised how much money we were spending on food, blogging bakes, Christmas presents and surviving life in general and how much less money we'd have in the New Year, so we did asked on Twitter via a Poll if you'd like to have some Tips & Tricks, How To's and all sorts in money friendly ways to survive the month of January, every who managed to vote, voted yes and here we are on kicking it off on January 1st because let's face it guys, we spent all our Christmas money on them New Years Eve drinks!

If you've been following our blog for a while now, you would know that we are all about good food and easy living, we like to find tasty food but in the most easiest ways possible but you would also know we also do enjoy a good splurge on a decent restaurant but for this month, we are going to try and share some good saves with eating out too, along with Date Night ideas and cheap adventures that are just as fun to do even if you weren't on a budget. Just because one is low on money, doesn't mean life has to stop.

Every Sunday in January, starting from today, we will be posting a shopping list of what we have agreed on for the following week to eat and as each day comes (Monday to Friday), we will reveal what we are making with the ingredients listed, along with the cost of each item and how much we'd be spending a week.

Please note - disclaimer:
- Due to our working schedule, most of these dishes are for dinner
- We are most busiest during the weekends, so we tend to eat out
- We do not have any allergies or have a particular type of food requirements
- The prices shown are based on the date of purchase and according to ASDA website
- These recipes may include the basics, for example, rice - that we have not purchased
- These are not a sponsored posts (unless stated)

 So, join us on our quest to still have the best first month of the year, even on a budget. Share your tips with us on social media using #FBbudgetseries hashtag and we'd share it with everyone else too!

Let's begin - Shopping List, Week 1

- Green Pesto (98p)
- Mixed Peppers (98p)
- Red Chillies (50p)
- White Potatoes (£1.39)
- Chives (60p)
- Loose Garlic (20p)
- Basil (60p)
- Baking Potatoes (£1)
- Brown Onions (87p)
- Flat Leaf Parsley (60p)
- Crispy Leafy Salad (75p)
- Turkey Mince (£3.25)
- 12 Smoked Streaky Bacon (£1.67)
- 8 Irish Recipe pork Sausages (£1)
- Tomato Puree (35p)
- Tuna Chunks x 3 (£3)
- Sweetcorn (50p)
- French Dressing (84p)
- Danish Pepperoni (£1)
- Golden Breadcrumbs (£1)
- Grated Parmesan Cheese (£2)
- Grated Mozzarella Cheese (£1.80)
- Golden Caster Sugar (£1.90)
- Chopped Tomato x 2 (76p)
- Salted Butter (98p)
 - 12 Medium Free Range Eggs (£1.65)
- Fresh Single Cream (58p)

Total: £30.75

These ingredients make up 5 dinner meals, for 4 people (you save more money in bulk, plus leftovers are always a plus or have for lunch the following day, as I would do usually, as I, Jessica come home for lunch from work)

Do come back during the week as we reveal what fun meals we'll be making on a budget! Each week we'll try vary as much as we can with fish, meats and veggie friendly dishes.

Meal 1 | Meal 2 | Meal 3 | Meal 4 | Meal 5

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Are you excited for this series? Let us know how you feel about it so far in the comments below!
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22 comments

  1. This is such an awesome idea for a series! As a student, I'm all about budget meals, but I still try to make them as delicious as possible, so I'm hoping to get some inspiration from what you cook on a budget, so that I can try out some recipes for myself! Looking forward to reading the rest of this series!

    Abbey 😁 www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. We hope we can budget as much as we can to everyone's standards! Hope we inspire you!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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  2. This is such a great idea for a series especially since I'm a uni student budgeting is always a thing for me! I'd love if you included some vegetarian meals x

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    1. Yes! We hope we can help and of course we will be!

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  3. I love the idea of you posting your weekly shopping list and costs!! You make it looks really simple and I love that you can create so much out of few ingredients!! I always over complicate things in my head so seeing it laid out like this is really helpful! Can't wait to see more in this series!

    www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

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    1. Thank you, thought really hard about how to make this clear for everyone and we hope we can be as useful as possible to you all!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for this New Years present.
    I want to eat better and less basic food so I am super excited for this series.
    The cost as well!! Student Finance does not stretch so this is exactly what I need (:

    Ashlee | ashleemoyo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Happy New Year and you're so welcome! Can't wait for you to see what meals we've got for you!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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  5. Love this idea of budget meals!! So helpful for us students on tight budgets! Xx

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    1. Hopefully we can inspire your dinners with month!

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  6. Brilliant idea for January!! Looking forward to seeing what you come up with

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    1. We hope you enjoy!

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  7. This is such a good idea. It's so easy to spend a ridiculous amount of money on food. All you need is a little organisation! Lovely post ☺

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    1. This is so true and we hope our clear posts will help you in organising!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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  8. Budget food is exactly what I need right now! I'm excited to see what you make. I'm all about peppers and garlic, so whatever you make with those is already a win. <3

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    1. So glad to be of service and I'm glad to know you're already happy haha

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  9. I am always after budget recipes that don't compromise on flavour so I'm definitely going to be following this! Love it - kicking off the new year in (budget) style 😉

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    1. Yes yes exactly, we gotta stay true to our food budget ways!

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  10. Hi this is a great series. I'm sure it will help inspire me as I need to budget more with my good shopping, Chloe https://pinkiebag.com/

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    1. We hope we can help and inspire you!

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  11. This is a great idea! Being a student and managing to be healthy is so difficult when food is so expensive and healthy cooking generally takes a lot of time in the evening - not ideal when we have to share a kitchen too! Eating healthier is one of my New Years resolutions so I can't wait to read more!

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    1. Yes exactly, we hope to maintain some healthy meals and can help you budget along the way!

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