Family Budget Meal Plan #52

We started meal planning on and off about 3 or 4 years ago but I have been making regular weekly meal plans for the last 18 months. By planning our meals, making, and sticking to, a shopping list our food shop costs have dropped from £120 a week to around £60-80 a week, which is a great saving in itself yet by also changing the day and time we shop, from a Saturday afternoon to a Friday night, we have reduced our food shop BY HALF again, and so now our shop each week comes to between £30 and £45. I highly recommend heading out to the supermarkets for the end of day yellow sticker bargains if you can, both me and Dean used to turn our nose up at the people hanging around for the reduction's trolley, but how wrong we were! I will get around to writing a post and maybe filming a video to tell you how to shop yellow sticker stuff smartly, I promise!

Lately though we have changed the way we shop once again! And we have been trialling a huge monthly shop followed up by as and when shops for things like bread, milk, cheese (anyone else go through so much cheese!!), fruit and veggies. So far so good and last month our food budget total came to less than £120. I will get around to filming a video for YouTube, but in reality this probably won't be until January as December will be an unrealistic month what with Christmas food and family get together's meaning we probably spend a monthly budget just on Christmas food!

You can still watch my meal planning process on YouTube,  we also share regular grocery hauls, meal ideas and more. Be sure to subscribe if that's your thing!

I can't believe I am going to say this but last week's meal plan went well! Like we had every meal on the night I had it planned for and I actually feel like I finally have got my shit together and you know, when my mental health is suffering it really knocks me and finally speaking out loud, seeing a doctor and sorting myself out has really helped get me back on track. I mean I am sure I will have weeks when I fall down again but for now, I am doing well.

I post some of our makes, bakes and meals over on our new foodie based account over on Instagram @feedingmyfamilyforless for a week or so, I also plan on sharing some cook with me and grocery hauls on IGTV too, so please click the follow button if you are on Instagram, it would mean the world!

Any way enough of the gabble, here is this week's meal plan...

Saturday: Fakeaway Subway - Meatball marinara sub rolls and cheesy nachos

This is absolutely a family fave!

Sunday: Fish pie and veggie hash topping with green veggies

Obviously Sundays are football days so I will pre make this the night before and just chuck it in the oven when we get home.

Monday: Slow cooker veggie tagine, cous cous and pitta breads

This is another family fave, it's a great way to use up the last veggies whether you have courgette, carrots or I dunno celery...I just chuck it all in the slow cooker and when it comes to serving I make up some quick cous cous and toast some pitta breads and ta dah...a meal that looks like you have been slaving for hours!

Tuesday: Toad in the hole, mash and veg

I have been trying to have a 'proper dinner' on Tuesdays as really it is the only night we have in so a midweek meat and veg meal that we can all eat together as a I just need to get the dining room table cleared so we can sit around the table (please tell me that it isn't just me that only uses the dining table at Christmas and at all other times it is a dumping ground for the family crap?)

Wednesday: Sweet potato and red lentil curry with rice (via Ashley Bailiee) 

I think I saw this on Ashley Baillie YouTube channel, she shares some really lovely budget meals, if you haven't then be sure to go and check her out!

Thursday: Slow cooker mince, veggies and dumplings 

This is so easy and a tea time winner, perfect for in and out families.

Friday: Mexican mince, rice and tortilla chips (or freezer dump)

We always have loads of mince and veggies left over so if that is the case I will chuck it in a pan and cook down the liquid, add some spices and turn it into a version of our Mexican mince. If there isn't enough then I will do a quick freezer dump.

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