Today’s shopping came to 7,471 yen. That’s actually quite a lot now I think about it, because there’s not much that will last for more than a week. I think the pricier items were the cereals, the sausages and the hot dog rolls. So I suppose that confirms the “western food is more expensive” theory. I do wish that cereals could be cheaper here though. They are such a great healthy convenience food! I think I could manage to cook some egg in the morning, but pancakes are a bit too time-consuming for a week day, and fish..in the morning..I couldn’t bear the smell of even cooking it in the morning.
H came running in last Sunday after she came back from MILs house with Y, screaming, “Mummy! Mummy! You’ll never guess what, GUESS!! Go on GUESS!!” I had literally no idea what had whipped her up into such a crazy frenzy, so I asked her to tell me (not that she needed much prodding to spill the beans).
“We found MY yoghurt at Fressay!!”
Now this seems a bit excessive, but I probably mentioned before that H will ONLY eat the blue Danone plain yoghurt and since the earthquake, it has been awol from the supermarkets around here. H will eat at least one of these per day, so she was really upset when we couldn’t seem to get hold of them anymore. L will eat any old yoghurt, so he was fine, but H really missed it. So this was great news, and she has been trying to make up for lost time, so I’m sure the six pack will get me through approximately 3 days, but I had no more room in my basket for another, so I suppose that will be a mid-week purchase.
The children helped me compile this week’s menu, so all the ideas came from them:
Tuesday – Pork curry with pineapple and rice
Wednesday – Spaghetti Bolognese and focaccia
Thursday – Hawaiian Pizza and salad
Friday – Hot Dogs and Chips (with grilled veg. – my input!)
Saturday – lunch – Spanish omelette
dinner – Chicken and Brocolli pancakes/crepes..(strange..)
Sunday – lunch – sandwiches and salad
dinner – Fish and or noodles at MILs
Monday – Chinese Stir-fry (pork) with rice
The budgeting seems to be going really well. Although Y said that food is not the area we need to concentrate on, I think just buying enough and not wasting things is important. I haven’t thrown much if at all away food-wise this month, and being more aware of the spending helps too. I still buy a lot at 7/11 when I’m out, drinks, etc. and that all adds up, but it’s still within the budget, so I’m kind of allowing myself that “luxury” right now.
It will be time to go back to the UK soon, and then a whole other way of budgeting and deciding how much money to leave Y for food, etc. I’m sure it will be a lot less than he’s expecting…especially now I know how cheaply I can feed the whole family 😉 Ah, don’t feel sorry for him. He’ll be at MILs for three months I imagine!