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What we bought, spent and ate this week

Saturday, 12 January 2019
Hello Dear Reader,

I was on another blog yesterday, watching her latest video which was about trailing a meal delivery service, I did one, just for fun and because I had a discount voucher for it, a while ago, too. The host of the blog said quite a few times that she loved the no waste concept of the service, only delivering what you will need to make the meals, and it is true. I was reminded of this video while looking at the photos below of what we had bought the previous week and how little I actually have left of it.

From last week, from the first photo below,  I have 3 slightly overripe bananas which will be going in these pancakes for lunch today, half the lettuce, 1 cucumber and the centre parts of the celery, these will be used up in the next few days in lunch time salads.

The sausages, in the second photo were all use up.

From the third photo I have 2 lovely ripe avocados (hello breakfast) some of the block cheese (I froze the other half) and half a packet of grated mozzarella has been used but the danish feta is all gone and the parmesan block hasn't been opened yet. The dog mince is frozen down into meal size portions and there is half a container/bottle left of the sour cream and cream, again these will be used up in a timely manner.

From the fourth photo we have the packet of semi dried basil left (LH purchased this as he couldn't find any fresh basil), we have used half the ball of mozzarella the other half will be used on pizzas for tomorrow nights dinner, the sesame oil is a pantry staple and there is half a box of orecchiette left, again a pantry staple, there is enough pure cream left for coffee's this week and lastly the soda water (used for tempura batters) and the energy drinks (LH uses these when he goes out fishing) are shelf stable.

So even though there is a lot of food, all of it has either been used, will be used very soon or is shelf stable, that means there is absolutely no waste.

Now on with what we bought spent and ate this week-

What we bought

Shopping from the Northside Discount Fruit Barn

Sausages for the family lunch on Saturday from Marjax Meats

Shopping from Aldi

Shopping from Coles

What we spent

Northside Discount Fruit Barn-$33.14
Marjax Meats-$17.60
Coles-$45.10 + extras picked up on Tuesday, not pictured-basil, 2 x Tomatoes and Milk $6.36
Jason's Quality Meats-$38.00 (we bought a selection of his famous sausages to try)


What we ate

Friday-Leftover Maple Apple Ham with Mashed Potato, Upmarket Mushy Peas and an egg with buttered toast. I love our leftover or on toast night so much.

Saturday-Leftover Pork Sausages and Creamy Dill Potato Salad from the lunch time family BBQ, plus sauerkraut and tomato relish

Sunday-Fish Burgers

Monday-Pan Fried Coral Trout with Thai Inspired Chopped Salad with Yummy Dressing

Tuesday-Cheesy Pasta Bake with Tomato and Basil and this Rosemary and Garlic Focaccia

Wednesday and Thursday-Prawn Stir Fry with steamed Basmati rice

Your turn, how do you do your shopping? Do you only buy enough for the week ahead? Do you do a monthly shop and top up weekly with fresh fruit and veg? Have you tried a meal delivery service before? I'd love to know.

Have a lovely day,

Three Years Ago-Our Daily Bread


  1. I usually do a weekly shop, but I also have a stockpile of pantry staples which I buy when they are on half price sales, so they end up in the weekly shop too (tin tomato's, chickpeas, rice, oil, etc)
    I have been wanting to trial a fortnightly menu plan/shop which would involve a top up shop of fruit/bread/milk/veg mid fortnight, I just haven't got around to it. I think it would be great, as I think it would utilise time, and possibly economise on fuel too.

    1. Hi Cheryl,
      I used to belong to Simple Savings years ago and there were many people on there who did a 4 week menu plan and shopped accordingly. They would make up an extensive menu for every meal for the month, do a huge shop and top up with bread, milk, fruit and veg as they needed. It would take a lot to begin this but would probably save heaps of time and money in the end. Have a lovely day, Fi

  2. I would never pay for one of those services. It may be no waste but not value for money and encourages lazziness and imo lack of inginuity
    to adapt recipes etc. For the same amount of money just buy more ingredients, use the spices etc for multiple meals and either double the recipe and freeze extra portions for latter or just divide meat and other ingredients and either make similar but different recipes that week or freeze for another time.

    1. Hi Therese,
      I totally agree with you, those meal delivery services are very expensive when you break down the cost, not to mention all the plastic wrap and excess packaging of portioned out little bottles and containers. I prefer to buy only what I need for the week ahead, I won’t even buy a bag of carrots as I find they tend to hide the not so marvellous ones in there😉Fi

  3. We used to shop weekly on a Friday buying fresh meat and vegetables for the weekend and making do from the fridge, freezer and storecupboard for the rest of the week. But we are moving region and changing jobs so we will have to see what works best for our new situation. I think the meal delivery options are great for busy, young city people to get them started on home cooking without building up a huge store cupboard - better than daily take-aways! I've also heard of people using them on holiday, especially when you have to fly to your holiday deatination. Another interesting post.

  4. Hi SS,
    A new adventure❤️I hope it all goes to plan for you. I agree in some instances those meal delivery options can work for some people. Have a lovely day, Fi