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September has started spectacularly! The weather has been gorgeous and my morning runs have allowed me to witness the first signs of autumn with beautiful misty sunrises. Unfortunately, September isn’t all amazing as I have to go back to work tomorrow. But I am returning, for the first time, part time. I’ve been calling it my semi-retirement much to my husband’s annoyance! Take a look at my back to work meal planning.
This last week has been the perfect week for meal planning. Everything worked out perfectly! We ate what we planned when we’d planned to eat it. There was no popping to shops for top ups. Nor did we need to do any switching around due to short expiry dates. Everything just fell into place! If only every week was this easy.
So this week it is back to work for me and back to nursery for my daughter. It isn’t quite normal though as I’m not working my normal days and most of the kids’ activities don’t start until next week. We will be visiting my parents for the weekend which is something that we normally do once a month. Usually, this means that we get a cheaper shopping week but my husband will be staying at home this time so I still have to make sure he gets fed. Plus it seems to be the week where we have run out of everything. Toilet roll, oils, baked beans etc. Hence it is time to stock up again.
Note: There are less meals this week because we will be enjoying my mum and dad’s hospitality and I am not meal planning for my husband over the weekend. I’ve left him with a pack of sausages and a box of cereal! He will survive!
The husband has been shaking it up this last week and having overnight oats. It looks great and is really cheap to make so I am happy with that. The kids are happy with their usuals of Rice Krispies and Shreddies with my littlest sharing my yoghurt most mornings.
LO Pesto Pasta
LO Pasta Bake
Chilli & Jacket Potatoes
Bacon, egg & chips
Cheese & tomato pasta bake
Sausage & mash
Again I did a half and half shop this week. I put all the items on my Tesco order first then went to Aldi today and bought those things that were cheaper. I have been finding that the price per unit/quantity is actually fairly comparable between the two shops. It does however seem to be that Aldi package things in smaller quantities. This appears to make your food shop cheaper but in reality you are getting less food. Of course, there are some cases where one is cheaper than the other and by doing things this way I’m getting the best price.
Next week, it’s my birthday! Definitely going to sneak some steak and chips on the shopping list I think! And probably the ingredients for a unicorn birthday cake. It might be an expensive one folks.
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