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Living in Bulgaria: Cost of One Week's Food

We are a working couple with no children who enjoy good food. We don't buy 'ready' meals as we find there is little real convenience with them. Not only do they not satisfy us but are full of all sorts of things which can be unidentifiable, preservatives and addditives. We love to eat well with a varied diet and have meat every day. At the end of the week we enjoy a relaxing dinner out in a decent restaurant. Many will have seen the "feed your family for a fiver a day" pitches from Tesco and Sainsbury. Anyone who has tried to do this has certainly found that it really is difficult to do.


Unless you buy everything from the 'budget range' or the 'date limit basket', then it's well nigh impossible, especially if you want to provide organic fresh fruit and veg and fresh good meat every day. Plus there is the risk of compromising on health and quality.


Cost of one week's food in Bulgaria

This is a sample of our last week's menu, together with costs, to provide a budget for :
• feeding two people for a week including breakfast, lunch and dinner
• having a midweek special treat
• going out to a decent restaurant for a nice meal on a Friday evening
• and having 16 meals ready for later in the freezer

All prices are in leva. The main meals generally feed more than two people, so two portions were eaten and the remainder frozen (see 'lunch feeds' comment for quantities made).

- yoghurt
- whole roast chicken with roast potatoes, carrots, yorkshire pudding, stuffing and red wine garlic gravy
- shopska salad

- scrambled egg and toast
- ditto from yesterday but this time with green beans for veg
- cheese sandwich

Costs for the weekend:

Breakfasts 2.20
Lunches chicken 8, veg 1, yorkshire puds 1, gravy 1 = total 11
Lunch Feeds : 8 total (plus the bonus of all the bits of skin and unwanted meat for the dog)
Dinners 1.00
- cereal
- home made cornish pasties with beans and leftover gravy
- tuna, mayo and tomato sandwich with leafy side salad

Breakfast 1.00
Lunch minced meat 4, veg .50, pastry 2, baked beans .50 = total 7
Lunch Feeds : 6 total
Dinner 4
Tuesday (special mid-week meal)
- yoghurt
- tomato soup, filet mignon of pork with sauted potatoes, sweetcorn, peas and prune sauce
- mixed salad with drizzle of balsamic vinegar, slice of cake

Costs (including mid-week lunch treat)
Breakfast 1.50
Lunch filet mignon of pork 3, veg 1.50, sauce 1 = total 5.50
Lunch Feeds : 4 total for the soup, 2 total for the filet mignon
Dinner 1.10
- tomatoes, baked beans on toast
- liver, bacon and onion casserole with two veg and mashed potato
- egg mayonnaise and salad

Breakfast 1.00
Lunch liver 3, veg and bacon 1.5 : total 4.50
Lunch Feeds : 6 total
Dinner 0.60
- fried eggs, slice bacon with toast
- chili con carne and rice
- baked potato with cheese, fruit

Breakfast 1.10
Lunch minced meat 4, red beans 1.50, rice .50 = total 6
Feeds : 6 total
Dinner 1.00
Friday (dinner in a restaurant)
- yoghurt or fruit
- cornish pasties and baked beans
- dinner out in a mid-range restaurant, starter and main course

Costs (including dinner out):
Breakfast 1.50
Lunch 0 (already made on Monday, from the freezer)
Dinner usually 30 with drinks