Last week I did a massive big grocery shop and I thought it might be interesting to share what I bought. I always love nosing at what people buy so I hope you enjoy this too! Generally, I quite like having one big shop a month (usually just after pay day) and then twice weekly ‘top up’ shops for fresh things like veggies, fruit and diary. This was the first big shop I’d done since I got my extra little freezer as well!

I do most of my shopping at Sainsbury’s, primarily because it’s the supermarket that’s local to me, but also because they seem to have a pretty good selection of stuff. Last week, I also popped into M&S as I had a voucher so I bought two treat items!

Here’s the store cupboard items:

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  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • mackerel tinned in olive oil
  • korma paste (from M&S)
  • organic balsamic vinegar (I got two bottles, one for home and one for work as I love it so much!)
  • spray oil
  • rose harissa paste (love this stuff, plus it was on offer!)
  • chopped tomatoes
  • tinned wild red salmon
  • Thai red curry paste
  • organic chickpeas
  • organic lentils
  • jalapeno stuffed olives in a jar
  • coconut milk

The fruit and veggies:

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  • two big bags of basics peppers
  • sweet potatoes
  • basics courgettes
  • spring greens
  • red onions
  • spinach

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  • mushrooms
  • blueberries
  • avocadoes
  • lemons and limes
  • apples
  • strawberries
  • romaine lettuce

For the fridge:

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  • free range eggs
  • cottage cheese
  • organic goats cheese
  • organic feta
  • Parmigano Reggiano (the other M&S treat!)
  • mild cheese
  • cooked ham
  • quark
  • Greek yoghurt
  • 2% greek yoghurt pots
  • basic hummus (just as nice as the fancier ones I think, although Sabra brand is the bees knees!)
  • organic strawberry yoghurt x 2

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  • organic minced beef
  • turkey steaks
  • freedom food chicken breasts
  • two chicks liquid egg whites

For the freezer:

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  • wild Alaskan salmon fillets
  • basics frozen mixed berries x 2
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen cherries
  • frozen raspberries

On eating dairy, I was exclusively full fat for a while, but now I like to mix it up with some different products such as quark and cottage cheese and the 2% fat Greek, which is actually my fave over the full fat, as that can sometimes taste a little too rich. The strawberry yoghurts are James favourite! I still think full fat is the best option, but as long as you are going for plain dairy, low fat won’t have the added sugars / chemical thickeners that flavoured low fat dairy products do. Full fat products tend to be more filling and have a more satisfying texture. As I said, when eating it regularly it can get start to taste a little rich, and that’s why I’ve been enjoying some different options recently. The key thing to remember is that there is nothing wrong with some full fat goodness!

This was quite an indulgent shop, but will keep us going for a very long time. I do like to get a few items which are organic, and as I’ve mentioned here before, I try and prioritise animal products when I can afford it. I also make the best use of bulk buy deals, for example 3 packs of meat for £10 or 2 bags of frozen fruit for £4. In addition to this, closer to the end of the month, I’ll probably head to the farm shop to get more locally raised meat and eggs. I’m also planning on making better use of the Aldi I have right next to work to keep costs down during the week. My approach now is to make 2 or 3 special meals a week using some of the more expensive ingredients, and then stick to my cheaper stables the rest of the time.

I have already blogged about eating healthy on a budget, you can see part 1 here and part 2 here.

What are some of your grocery staples? Which treat or more expensive ingredients do you like to purchase?