(Original post by helen-a-ravenclaw)
Oh don't worry about that! I always write out my meals for the week, plan how much I'll need to buy etc. It causes less panic in the evenings when i'm like 'what am I eating? ahh.'
First of all, £28 a month on tolietries? What are you buying? I usually go through about £10-£15 a month on that sort of stuff.
You seem to be eating a lot of meat and fish, which is probably contributing to the fact that you're spending a lot. A whole can of tuna for a sandwich? Mine usually lasts two sandwiches. Are you maybe over-estimating the size portions you'll be eating?
A cheaper option for sandwiches and wraps would be packaged meats. I don't tend to go for the chicken, ham and beef types because I'm not too keen on them. Have you considered cured meats, like salami, pepperoni etc in sandwiches and wraps? You wouldn't need to buy as much chicken, it would be less work and cheaper! Also, don't be afraid to buy a full loaf of bread (often cheaper than the small loaves) and keep it in the freezer and only take out the bread that you need.
Also, for breakfast, maybe stick to have cereal during the week and something special at the weekends (like a fry-up or scrambled eggs on toast etc).
It does seem a little strange though, how you're managing to spend so much.
My weekly food usually goes like this:
Breakfasts: Cereal with milk
Lunches: Sandwiches with lettuce, can of diet coke, apple, banana, yogurt.
Dinners: (now this is where i get uber geeky because on set days I have set things)
Monday - Ready meal (because I'm knackered on mondays.)
Tuesday - Pasta and sauce
Wednesday - Breakfast for dinner (baked beans and eggs are involved, sometimes i'll make pancakes)
Thursday - Chicken and rice
Friday - Soup or pizza
Saturday - Leftover soup or leftover pizza
Sunday - Something special, either a steak, i'll make some chilli, do a curry...something like that where I've got the time during the day to prepare it.
Also, for example I'll just give you an example of what I'll be spending on food on Friday when I do my shop:
Milk - 0.89
Salami - 0.99
Bread - 0.80
Apples - 1.50
Banana - 1.00
Lettuce - 1.00
Okay, it does sound like very little indeed, but it's just a case of i've had stuff building up over the past few weeks in the freezer that I can eat as well.