Lots of budget food writers price up their meals by only counting the proportion of the ingredient used. For example; if you were pricing up a meal that included 1 egg, and a box of 6 eggs costs 89p, you would only include 15p in the total. Boring I know, but bare with me…..
I’m not saying this is a misleading way to calculate. To be honest with you, there is no good way to get a fair calculation of a plate of food, that actually reflects what it’s really going to cost you. That is why I decided to steer away from the “price per meal” that seems to be an obsession in budget cooking.
So, what i now do, is to write 7 day meal plans. 7 dinners, each feeding 4 people. I include the shopping list (everything can be bought from Aldi, Lidl or any other supermarket – not different ingredients from different places to try and find the cheapest prices!) and a meal plan for the week. Yes, you will have some ingredients left over, but i work hard to come up with meal plans that use lots of similar ingredients, to help you to use up what you have. It’s real life money saving, that fits in with the way we live and shop with all of the hard work done for you!
I’ve done a couple of weekly meal plans now. All of the recipes from my meal planners are in my cookbook and all of them are easy, delicious family meals. So, as promised, this is the savviest meal planner yet! Christmas is coming and we all need to make a few savings before the big day…….The total cost of all of the ingredients in the last two meal planners were £31.39 and £33…this one, comes in at £27.59 when you buy all of the ingredients from Aldi. So that’s £27.59 to feed your family dinner – for a week!….all you need to do is sort out breakfast and lunch and you should be able to get your entire weekly food shop for under £50!!!
So, first of all, here is the meal plan, I’ve made some minor changes to the recipes to make the ingredients work even harder, saving you more money.
Next up is the shopping list. I shopped for all of the ingredients in Aldi, but as you can see, you can get them from anywhere and still save money. I’ve left some space so you can add what you need for lunches, breakfast, snacks etc.
I’ve added the individual ingredient prices to the shopping list, so you can get the full low down on how much they all cost *Prices are from Aldi, checked on 15/11/2017.
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I would love to know what you think of the meal planner. If you give it a go, don’t forget to share your pics to my social media!
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