When things start to run out towards the end of the week, especially when the kids are on holiday, it is very tempting to go and do a big mid-week shop.
But in these hard times, if you have a budget for a week, then the last thing to do is to go out and do a whole weekly shop. One thing leads to another and you end up spending next week's budget too!
If it is something vital, like milk etc, then pop down to the local shop and just buy some milknothing else!
But if it not a basic, but a luxury, then resist the urge the go shopping! Just do without it for a couple of days. This is a good time to raid the back of the cupboard and the back of the freezer to see what is lurking there and eat that. Sometimes it is surprising what we buy and forget about which then gets pushed further and further back as new stuff gets piled on top. Now don't you fancy a chick pea and sardine sandwich with custard :)