I think the key to shopping for a large family is bulk and planning!
I tend to split my shopping into various trips.
I pay a yearly membership to Costco so that I can buy alot of our shop in bulk.
I buy toilet rolls, washing powder, fabric conditionor, cleaning products, nappies and baby wipes.
I also buy things like ketchup, seasonings, tea bags, coffee and rice.
Costco also have really nice meat, their pork belly in particular and I find it hard to resist their caremilsed onion sausages!
On average my shop at Costco comes to £80-£100 and that would last me at least 6 weeks.
The problem with costco is that they always have loads of other stuff that I want to buy but shouldn’t. You know, the sort of stuff that makes Mike sweat when I start browsing, pillows, candles, coffee machines, throws (you can never have enough throws), books and home decorations.
You can guarentee that regardless of how quickly Mike wants to get around and tries to steer me away from anything that is not on my list, if there is a bar b que, tool set or ‘boys toy’ on offer it will add an extra hour to our trip!
I find taking a list always helps me stick to what I really need and also means I don’t come away forgetting any essentials.
Once I left without nappies and loo roll but instead had two paddling pools and a football goal!
Next stop is Aldi where I stock up on all our cupboard essentials like crisps, biscuits, cereals, squash, tins and pasta etc.
I also buy their prosecco, wines, cheeses and ham.
This leaves my regular ‘pop in’ to Co-op or sainsburys for milk, bread, fruit and veg much less of a burden.
I can preach this, but I really need to stick to it myself.
As much as I know I should do it and on an organised month I am religious, I also have months where I spend £200 more than I need to because I leave it all to the last minute and run into sainsburys, hungry and with no plan of action!
There are also weeks/months where I can get my a#?e to the supermarket which is when sainsburys delivery gets used.
Speaking of the continence of delivery, I am really tempted to try one of these fruit and veg delivery services where they deliver you a box once a week….does anyone have this? What are your thoughts?
I have mentioned in previous blogs I tend to cook alot of big pot dishes such as Curries, pasta, shepherds pies, lasagne, chilli, stews, they all work out cheaper than buying ready prepered food for us as a big family.