Budget Family Meal Plan #55

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!

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I didn't share our meal plan last week, to be honest I didn't really plan for the week, it was more of a use what you find cheap kinda week! We still ate OK though, pulled pork topped jacket potatoes, cheesy salsa covered nachos, fish nuggets. It was cheap quick food that didn't need much prep. You know the weeks!

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...I thought I would try something a little different and show you how I plan breakfasts and school lunches too. For my lunch at home I have a mix of whatever we have in, eat out with my sister (we tend to take turns to pay for it once a week each, if our bank balance allows us too!!), and some days I don't feel like having anything.

Breakfast's.


Saturday - Pancakes


The kids love pancakes and getting in my kitchen to cook relaxes yet motivates me to get more done so it should be the perfect start to the weekend!

Sunday - Poached or boiled eggs on toast with beans


Sunday is football day, so whilst I am in the kitchen prepping the slow cooker it won't take much effort to stick some eggs on the boil and the kids get a nice filling breakfast that will hopefully see them through until lunch, without us having ti buy bacon rolls etc at football!

Monday - Friday. Cereal's and toast. 


It's a normal school week so Monday through Friday it will just be the usual quick and easy go to's. We have a huge choice of cereals and usually have a few different things that can be toasted, bagels, crumpets, bread, pancakes etc. This keeps the kids happy enough and I mean why change something that works already!

Lunches


2 out of 4 of the kids have hot lunch at school and the other 2 have pack up, since the kids started on pack up our food bill has crept up slightly, I try to keep it low by buying what's on offer in shops like Heron, Poundland and Home Bargains. I buy fruit and lunch bits from yellow sticker twice a week and I make up our own versions of the Snack Attack Wraps, Dairylea Dunkers etc.

The first half of this week the kids have mini sausage rolls, Ritz crackers and Philadelphia dip, Rice cakes, yoghurt drinks, BabyBel, crisps, grapes and banana's.



Main Meals.


Saturday. Pizza pasta and garlic bread



Our fave pizza toppings but in pizza! Ours happens to be pepperoni and mozzarella. But we have had Hawaiian before...not sure that pineapple works aswell in pasta as it does pizza though!

Sunday. Slow cooker satay sweet potato curry with rice, naan and pakoras.


Sunday is our essential slow cooker day. 2 kiddos who play football for 2 different teams means Sundays are a rush! I love the days when we get home and instead of heading straight to the kitchen I can go take an hours nap before dishing up tea!

Monday. Spicy Schezuan veggie stir-fry with noodles and prawn crackers.



I am really looking forward to this! But I will be doing a sweet and sour chicken for Dean and the smaller 2 kids because no way will they even try the spicy stir-fry!!

Tuesday. Pork chop melts, boiled potatoes, veg and Yorkshire puddings (sausages for the kids)


We used to have these all the time, but we haven't had them for years! Its basically a pork chop topped with stuffing, apple sauce and topped with melted cheese. Its soooooo good!


Wednesday. Lemon and herb salmon with roasted Mediterranean veg and bulgar wheat.




Something a little lighter for a week of quite heavy meals.

Thursday. Tuna pasta bake.


Ohhh pasta bakes how I love you so!!

Friday. Sausage pesto tray bake.


I do have a recipe to share so cross your fingers I actually get to it this week!


7 comments:

  1. That pizza pasta is such a clever idea, you're so good!

    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for linking up x

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  2. The lemon and herb salmon sounds delicious

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  3. Sounds like a yummy week, I am going ot have to give that pizza pasta a try!

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  4. You are so, so organised. The kids packed lunches look great.
    Great meal plan! I love the sound of the Pizza pasta and the Spicy Schezuan veggie stir-fry x

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  5. pizza pasta we need to do this and we had tuna pasta bake such comfort food

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  6. The salmon looks and sounds delicious and I love the idea of pork chop melts - fab idea !

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  7. LOVE your meal plan! You can't go wrong with a pasta bake! And that slow cooker satay sweet potato curry with rice, naan and pakoras sounds amazing. :)

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