I love food. I love cooking it and I love eating it. I love to read recipes, adapt them, invent them, and I love to watch cooking shows (especially Mr. Jamie Oliver, aka my second husband – it’s OK, my husband knows, he’s cool). More than anything, I love to bake. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved to bake, and I still do it every weekend – for fun, to relieve stress, and of course, to feed myself and my family.

But what I don’t like is spending too much of my hard-earned on food. It’s not that I don’t think it is important to eat well and eat healthily. It’s more that I know that the food budget is one of the few areas of my budget that I have real control over. I can’t control the sudden changes to cost per-kilowatt hour of electricity, and aside from installing LED light globes throughout the house and yelling at the kids to turn out the lights, the power bill is what it is. My insurance costs are mostly fixed, and my childcare fees ain’t getting any lower, at least until my kids can be trusted to stay home alone without burning the house down. But food, glorious food – that is where my iron fist can take hold and squeeze every dollar until it screams for mercy.

So, this blog will chart how I feed my family over the next 365 days. I will include price per meal and price per person, and recipes and pics where possible.

‘Why?’ I hear you ask. Well, partly because these are the kind of blogs I like to read. I enjoy seeing what other people cook and how they save money on food. I also want to do it because it helps me to stay accountable to myself, and to manage my own budget better – it is a challenge to myself to see if I can go below my set budget of $150 AUD per week, by being more creative each day.

Each week will include a list of the main meals (dinners) we have eaten this week, and each time I shop I will post a breakdown of the shop so you can see how I manage our budget. Not all of the meals will be interesting but those that are I will include a recipe. As I work full-time, some of the meals might repeat as like any working mother I do what is quick, healthy and easy to feed everyone and stay sane.

FYI, I don’t do any of that Pinteresty-type stuff, wherein someone creates an army of little snowmen out of marzipan, currants, and slices of daikon radish. That is just not my style at all. My bread looks like bread and my muffins will never be crafted into snowglobes or pterodactyls. Or pterodactyls swooping over snowglobes, while little marzipan snowmen run for their lives. But they will be a) cheap and b) tasty.