Do you remember a few weeks ago I told you that I had headed down to London to enjoy the delight that was Iceland’s Christmas in July? Well last week I discovered that Iceland now do delivery (oh yes!) and for those of you that live in an area like mine that can’t *quite* be delivered to yet because it is the proverbial “realm beyond the wall” (Game of Thrones reference, get out if you didn’t get it) then have no fear because they also offer click and collect.
I told you when I first worked with Iceland on their Eat the Week campaign that I had never set foot in an Iceland shop, it wasn’t a place I had ever bothered to go, wrongly assuming that they only catered for big BBQs and Party platters, but the truth is that couldn’t be more wrong. Iceland have come a LONG way and now, well, now, you can do your weekly shop there and you aren’t missing out, you aren’t letting the side down win purely frozen stuff. Hell no. Iceland offer a comprehensive shopping experience, from the frozen things that will save my sanity in the first week back at school (this week I can personally recommend their home brand pies, they are lush and so so tasty) to the milk and groceries that everyone buys, week in, week out.
Better than that, they are offering a weekly shop for £35. Yup £35. Now I did this shop and, I won’t lie to you, I added bits because we are not a family of 4, we’re a family of 6, yet the essentials in this could be enough for a week for sure.
Here’s the list:
|7056||Warburtons Toastie Thick White||800g||£1.00|
|49303||Typhoo Foil Fresh Teabags (160 for 80)||500g||£1.50|
|52802||Jucee Apple & Blackcurrant Squash 3L (2L & 50% EF)||3 Litres||£1.00|
|43969||Farmer’s Market White Potatoes||2Kg||£1.29|
|19699||Farmers Market Cucumber||1||£0.50|
|19701||Farmers Market Salad Tomatoes||6||£0.69|
|19705||Farmers Market Iceberg Lettuce||1||£0.50|
|67724||Iceland British Salted Butter||250g||£1.30|
|44830||Munch Bunch Strawberry Yogurts 6pk||6||£0.75|
|22919||Iceland Semi Skimmed Milk||4 pints||£0.99|
|53959||Iceland 6pk Large Eggs||6||£0.89|
|65725||5pk Unsmoked Bacon||5||£1.00|
|61689||Fresh Chicken Breast Mini Fillets||288g||£2.00|
|61796||Iceland Mature White Cheddar||540g||£2.00|
|66085||Iceland Garden Peas||800g||£1.00|
|66213||Iceland Steak Cut Chips||1.25kg||£1.00|
|66338||Greggs 4 Sausage Rolls||427g||£1.60|
|68145||Iceland Fish Market King Prawns||180g||£3.00|
|60905||Slimming World Chicken & Chorizo Paella||500g||£3.00|
|52108||Colgate Whitening & Fresh Breath Toothpaste||100ml||£1.00|
|66926||Imperial Leather Ylang Ylang||250ml +100% EF||£1.00|
|52151||Comfort 42 Wash Fabric Conditioner||42 wash||£2.00|
|53599||Crawfords Custard Creams||300g||£0.50|
So, tips for how to spread out the weekly shop? I have a few of those!
- Choose carefully! Buy fresh for the most part and make something, instead of ready meals. Ready meals as less cost effective for a large family. The paella that we have bought here for £3 will only do us for one meal and only 2 of us at that, whereas the potatoes, peas and chicken will feed us all for one meal with enough potato and peas leftover to make a Spanish omelette thee next day. It’s really simple and on those time consuming days you need the ready meal or the quick fix without a doubt but if you’re trying to save, the longer route is the way!
- How much do you really need? I do this all the time – I am a feeder at heart and if I cook too much, it’s wasted. How much do you need to cook? Spread it out a bit and you will find that your shopping goes much further – without any wastage.
- Use the leftovers! Remember those veggies? If you have any leftover, don’t bin them! Use them. Make that Spanish omelette or even go crazy and make a potato salad to have with your salad and prawns.
- Treats and snacks. I’ve bought a few here: sausage rolls, custard creams… did we need them? Probably not but it is nice to have a treat, so do the main shop first and then use what is leftover to get your fave treats. Also, think long and hard about what IS a treat. I don’t class the yoghurts as a treat as I know they will go in Edith’s lunch box, the sausage rolls are because the boys don’t take a pack up.
Do you have any tips to add? Try the Iceland challenge and let me know how you get on!”