Slimming World- Weekly Shopping on a Budget
One of the main questions I have been asked about my Slimming World plan is whether it is affordable. Everyone knows that healthy food usually costs more than the alternative, and fruit and vegetables prices seem to be getting higher.
When I decided to do Slimming World I hadn't thought much about the cost, but it became apparent very quickly that I would be consuming a lot of greenery. So far, I have managed to keep the costs fairly close to what my shopping budget was already, so I thought I would share how I do that.
1- Shop Around
It really pays to shop around. I buy the bulk of my shopping in Lidl, picking up some tinned goods and jars from Home bargains. I like to go to Iceland to buy burgers and prawns- I know it is a big buy- at £10 for the bag, but they last us ages and they really are the best prawns I can find!
If I had access to a good quality market more often, I would probably go there for fruit and vege...
I only use Asda to buy things that I really can't find elsewhere, or items I may have forgotten when elsewhere- the variety in a supermarket is always great. With the recent introduction of Asda's wobbly vege box, this is probably something that will work it's way into my shopping list too, but I will wait until they appear in my local store before I make the decision.
2- Buy In Bulk
If you have multibuy deals available, but them. Especially on canned or dried goods. Even if you don't think you will use them this week/ month, you will use them over the course of your plan, plus it will save you money in future shops.
3- Stock Up On Flavour
Wherever you see dried herbs and spices at wholesale prices, you should pick them up. Grow your collection and you will not get bored of the food easily. I already had an ample collection of herbs and spices before I started the Slimming World plan, but it doesn't stop me from picking up extras when I am out and about.
Lidl do a good basic collection of herbs and spices, as well as some spice mixes. I would recommend venturing to your local Asian supermarket if possible, as you can get a lot and it usually costs a little. These are where the local takeaway usually stock up, and you can get massive bags of spices for as little as £3 usually. If you get a few friends, buy a bag each of a different spice and share, you could save a lot of cash compared with buying little jars of Schwartz or equivalent.
4- Grow Your Own
Ok so I havent actually done this, mainly due to lack of garden space for planting, and serious lack of a green thumb! But, seeds usually cost much less than actual vegetables, and are a good investment for the future savings. Again, these are seasonal so wouldn't work year round, But it would definitely help the food budget for a few months in Summer, all the while you can be stocking up on your proteins in the Freezer.
5- Frozen Still Counts!
Fresh vege has a short shelf life, so I try to buy frozen vege whenever I can. I love buying spinach and kale frozen because you get so much of it so cheaply- a whole kilo for £1. For comparison, you would usually get about 100g or thereabouts for the same price if it was fresh.
Farmfoods have a great range, as does Iceland- the only thing that limits you is your freezer space. This is why I recently invested in a new fridge/freezer. I also keep as much fruit in the fridge as possible to try and prevent it from going mouldy.
Overall, staying on top of the expense while doing Slimming World is possible, but it will take some planning and effort. It is also worth noting that the amount you spend on your weekly shop is also including anything you would normally spend on takeaway, so maybe allow yourself a little more, if applicable. I have done my shopping each week between around 4 different shops and get a taxi back from the final shop, laden with all of my bags from the day. I don't drive, but I suspect this whole ordeal would be a lot easier, and quicker if I did!
Just remember to have your book, or even better, the app with you while you shop. Not all versions of what we consider as free food are free, so check everything to protect your weight loss! As you get used to all of the various brands, you will be as speedy as ever, but much better off!
Do you have any other money saving tips for shopping smart while doing Slimming World? Please feel free to share in the comments below!
© 2016 Lynsey Harte