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Feed The Family For £4.74

Day 5 of Feed The Family and I’ve already saved £6.11 to spend on the remaining 3 days if I wish, it’s amazing how well you can eat by changing your shopping habits a little.

Breakfast was the same as each morning so far, Mr and Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, our breakfast worked out at £0.30.

Lunch was going to be Vegetable pasta but we were all a bit bored of it!  I went to Aubrey Allen to get some more of the delicious chicken legs and served them up with some of my balcony lettuce leaves.  Lunch cost £1.50

veg curry

Dinner was a vegetable curry served with boiled rice, I made enough of this to serve as lunch tomorrow to get the most out of the vegetables.  Dinner cost a very cheap £2.78

Snacks were some Tesco own brand Digestive biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £4.74 on food today which has been the most expensive so far, my tip for today is to cook in bulk so dishes can be served the next day.



Feed The Family For £2.75

Day 4 of Feed The Family For £5 and we’re really finding it hard not to go out and purchase a sandwich for lunch, a cake while out shopping of a coffee when passing starbucks.  I’ve started to feel really grateful that I don’t usually have to penny pinch like I have been doing this week.

Breakfast was the same as each morning so far, Mr and Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, our breakfast worked out at £0.30.

pasta

Lunch was the same Vegetable pasta that we had yesterday, I tried to use different herbs to give a different flavour compared to yesterdays dish but it still tasted the same, maybe if I had used a different type of pasta it would have changed the dish but I had purchased a bulk packet of pasta and didn’t want to cut into my budget. Today’s lunch consisted of some peppers, a vine tomato, cream cheese, dried herbs and dried pasta.  Each portion worked out at 20p each meaning Lunch for everyone was £0.60.

mediteranian veg

 

Dinner was quorn fillets which were yellow sticker served with some of my Optigrill peppers, some courgettes gifted to us from a friends allotment, some cous cous mixed with fresh herbs from my balcony and raisins.  I served this with some broccoli that we had grown in a pot on our balcony. Dinner worked out at £1.85

We spent the day in the park after lunch and didn’t have any snacks today.

I spent a total of £2.75 on food today, my tip for today is to keep checking the supermarkets for yellow stickered food especially towards the end of the day when they need it to be sold.



Feed The Family For £3.21

I’m sorry that day 3-7 of my feed the family for £5 is a bit late, Grandma Gourmand came over to stay, Mini Gourmand went to Portugal with her other grandparents and I didn’t get time to write up my posts.  Although my feed the family posts are a little late I know the readers who were following them will be glad to see how I got on, they will also be glad to hear that I have pictures!!

Breakfast was the same as each morning so far, Mr and Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, our breakfast worked out at £0.30.

pasta

Lunch was Vegetable pasta, I had cooked up a huge bag of reduced peppers on the Tefal Optigrill to use over the next couple of days.  Today’s lunch consisted of some peppers, a vine tomato, cream cheese, dried herbs and dried pasta.  Each portion worked out at 20p each meaning Lunch for everyone was £0.60.

falafel

Dinner was Falafel with some of the Optigrill peppers, some courgettes gifted to us from a friends allotment, some baby sweetcorn left over from a reduced pack and some salad leaves from our balcony.  Dinner worked out at £2.15

Snacks were some Tesco own brand Digestive biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £3.21 on food today, my tip for today is to grow herbs or salad leaves at home even if you only have a small space like a windowsill.



Feed The Family for £3.87

After promising photo’s yesterday I’m afraid I don’t have any again today, I’m sorry!  In all fairness it wasn’t my fault!  As soon as plates were loaded I didn’t get a chance to access my phone before forks hit the plate!

Breakfast was the same as yesterday,  Mini Gourmand had Shredded Wheat Summer Fruits cereal, I had Honey and Almond Special K, I had placed an order with the milkman for some Channel Island milk (It’s so creamy) so our breakfast worked out at £0.49.

Lunch was Tuna Salad sandwiches using a tin of tuna from the store cupboard, I had purchased this when It was on offer and each tin worked out at about 50p rather that the £2.45 it would have been separately and salad left over from yesterday on Tesco Finest Oat Bread £0.95

Dinner worked out cheap as chips just like yesterday. Mini Gourmand had a Chicken Leg from Aubrey Allen butchers (See yesterdays post).  I made potato cakes with some of the leftover veg from yesterday and fried with some onion, this was served with some broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn (yellow stickers) This meal cost £1.15.  Baby Gourmand and myself we’re not particularly hungry so dinner for us was Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese which was satisfying and came in at £1.12

Snacks were the same as yesterday, some Tesco own brand Nice biscuits with a cup of tea costing £0.16

I spent a total of £3.87 on food today, my tip for today is to bulk buy when possible.  If you are a brand snob like me look out for offers on tinned goods like Tuna, Beans, chickpeas, Tomatoes etc as you will really benefit from it in the long run.

 



Feed The Family For £5

I often see posts on the internet from mothers asking for guidance from others about how to feed their family on a small budget.  Each person has different circumstances and I can’t imagine how it must feel to know you have less than £50 a week to spend on food so I’ve decided to give myself a challenge – £35 to spend on our meals for 7 days, this includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and snacks.

Each day I will post the recipes, how much I actually spent and how much money I am taking over to the next day.  Hopefully this challenge will help people on a low budget to meal plan.  I’m not sure how well this will go down with Mini Gourmand considering we spend around £45 on meat each week in Aubrey Allen Butchers.

I am going to assume that most people like myself keep their cupboards stocked with herbs, spices, flours, sugars and some dried goods like Rice and Pasta, I will also assume that most people keep an amount of milk and some leftover veg in their fridge.