Our pockets are feeling rather pitiful since the implementation of GST and the depreciation of our currency. Many of us are getting more wary of how we spend our money. While we want to be prudent, we don’t want to deprive ourselves of food. So we’ve started the Grocery Haul Series to help you to stretch your Ringgit in the supermarket.
The initial plan is to spend only RM 30. However, sometimes spending more may help us save in a long run (food in bigger packages are normally less pricey than smaller ones). So instead of RM 30, I’ve decided to spend RM50 this time.
My goal is to produce as many meals as I can, keeping in mind that they should be easy to prepare (think sandwiches and cereals). Though I admit that these breakfast are not ideal (some are processed), it is still better than skipping breakfast or eating out.
- My shopping strategy is to choose items that are on sale. I’ve found Koko Krunch, full cream milk and peanut butter spread.
- Though I am concern about saving money, I also care for our health. So those breakfasts must include some fresh vegetables. I’ve got tomatoes, cucumber and onions.
HOW MUCH I’VE SPENT: 30 meals worth RM 2
I have chosen the following give recipes and after planning how to make full use of the ingredients, I find that we still need more ingredients. So after 1 week, we bought two more loafs of bread, one packet of soymilk (1litre) and two cucumbers for a total of RM9.75.
With the extra ingredients, I could make 30 meals. This allows me to feed two persons for two weeks.
Total spent on groceries – RM49.35 + RM 9.75 = RM59.10
To put it simply, each serving cost us RM 1.97 (about RM 2). I think that’s very reasonable.
5 DIFFERENT BREAKFAST & SOME NOTES
These are the simple meals that I’ve put together:
- Cereal with milk – This is probably the simplest breakfast food anyone can have and take less than 1 minute to put together. I occasionally add some almond flakes or sunflower seeds.
- Tuna sandwich – I love my tuna with onions. If you do not like the taste of onion, simply replace them with minced cucumber. It gives you the same crunchiness.
- Peanut butter jelly sandwich – I love peanut butter and jelly. If you don’t, perhaps you can use peanut butter, Nutella or kaya.
- Egg sandwich – You may want to stick to your own recipe for certain general dish such as egg sandwich. Some prefer boiled eggs while some like to make scrambled eggs instead. I usually fry one whole egg for less than 1 minute. Hard-boiled egg needs a little over 5 minutes to cook.
- Baked beans, scrambled eggs with cucumber tomato salad – This breakfast is reserved for the weekend since it needs slightly longer time to prepare.
Do note that I do use sauces and seasonings which are not included in the shopping list. These are things that are commonly found in most people’s pantry: olive oil, butter, black pepper, mayonnaise.
JEWELPIE SAVING TIPS
- Cereals – Heavily flavored cereals such as Koko Krunch & Honey Stars are usually more expensive as compared to cornflakes. But since some of have preference to those, I buy a few boxes of Koko Krunch when it is on sale. The savings are pretty substantial and it has a long shelf life too.
- Milk / Soy milk – Do not only use milk in your cereal. Substitute with soy milk for the added goodness and it is usually cheaper too. For the same 1 litre pack, milk was priced at RM4.99 vs.RM 1.79 for soy milk.
- Canned tuna – the price range between RM4.35 to RM 6.05 for different brands. Always choose on sale item or in some case supermarket house brand can be cheaper.
After 2 weeks of preparing homemade breakfast, I felt that it was not that hard to eat well under budget and time constraint. For under RM 2, I manage to have decent breakfasts that can be prepared in less than 5 minutes.