Week 2 of our grocery budget challenge was not as much of a success as the first week. We over-spent on our budget by €15.79 with a total spend of €115.79, which breaks our challenge goal of €100 per week. Failure on the second fence but we’ll continue on!
I would like to dismiss this over-spending blithely but it was due to complete and utter laziness and poor organisation. We had gone away for a night away on Monday for Colm’s birthday, and this threw our schedule for the rest of the week.
We both ended up having to buy lunch 2 out of the 3 days we worked in the week, and I have to say lunch from the canteen in my workplace pales in comparison to the lunches we bring in. I also overspent on junk food during the week and accidentally picked the wrong (more expensive) bottle of wine off the shelf and only realised after I left the shop. All in all, a terribly mismanaged week!
The only thing we did well in was not spending money on caffeine, I cut down on my Coke Zero intake, resulting in a terrible caffeine headache!
Our budget that week made 2 brunches of sausage sandwiches, spaghetti carbonara (2 servings), wholewheat couscous with chicken and courgettes (4 servings), baked pollock with baby potatoes and sauteed broccoli (2 servings), butternut squash risotto with leftovers made into aranchini (4 servings), the makings of 5 smoothies for my breakfast, fruit and nuts for snacks, some milk for tea and coffee, 4 lunches and so much junk food.
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The main lesson from week 2 has to have been get organised! It is so much easier to save money on your groceries when you actually plan what you will be eating, instead of panicking when you go to the supermarket and wasting money unnecessarily. Either way, my plan is to balance out this overspending in the final 2 weeks.