We’re a family of 3 living on a single income and that’s not always easy when you don’t eat processed or GMO foods and try to buy mostly organic. But, you know, it can be done.
I do a video each month on my YouTube channel showing what I’ve received in my real food organic grocery order (and yes…the odd pizza might sneak its way in there!). My grocery order has to accommodate myself (pescatarian and mostly gluten-free), my husband (full on meat eater) and our baby (can’t decide what she likes/doesn’t like from one week to the next!) as well as our dog.
We budget around £45-£75 per week (depending on whether its a ‘big shop’ or not) and I’ll let you know how we do it in 3 easy ways.
1. Meal Planning
This is the most important thing I do to save money and still buy the food I want to buy for my family. There are many ways to meal plan. There are meal planning services you can use for only a few dollars/pounds a month and this is great when you’re short on time. If you can find 15 spare minutes per week though, you don’t need to use a service. I’ll tell you how I do it. I have a Pinterest account and keep a folder of favourite family meals that are tried and true. If I’m short on time, I’ll choose 5 or 6 at random, check the ingredients list and add the required items to my grocery list.
2. Online Shopping
This isn’t an option for everyone, as not all areas offer online shopping, but if you are able to do this, I highly recommend it as it helps in avoiding making any ‘impulse buys’. I just go online, stick to my list and check out. A lot of grocery stores have delivery plans which are just a few £££’s a month you can do unlimited grocery orders without additional delivery charges. I find I’m able to get the best variety of real food products and organic groceries at Ocado and if you’re a new customer, they’ll offer you £20 off your first online grocery shop (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for your voucher).
3. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Box or Organic Delivery Box
Many rural areas run CSA schemes which support local farmers and are great value. You will have to meal plan according to what’s in your box – so sort of reverse meal planning. There are also non CSA style organic delivery boxes here in the UK such as Abel & Cole and Riverford Organics. I get my organic fruit, veg & salad box with my Ocado order from a company called Wholegood. Their fruit and veg are really good quality and they’re very generous with the volume of produce in their boxes. They also let you know what you’ll be receiving in your box a couple of weeks in advance, which is helpful for meal planning.