Our budget is really tight this month what with Christmas just happening and S going from weekly to monthly pay in his new job so I’ve been really focussed on trying to make sure we are as efficient with our money over the next month as possible and finding ways to make what we do have go that little bit further. My main concerns were making sure the bills were all paid and that we could put food on the table. With the bills taken care of, my attention turned to the grocery shop and making a plan to see us through the month.
I always find that shopping for two weeks at a time tends to work out more cost effective in the long run. I’ve taken it a little further this month though, and stretched it out to make a whole months worth of meals.
I actually really enjoyed the planning process. We all sat round one evening and offered up suggestions for things we might like and it’s given me so much more inspiration for dinner ideas. Plus, having over 30 different dinners already listed and allotted to certain days has taken away the whole having to decide what we’re going to have each night and turning to the same old thing because it’s easy and you know it’ll get eaten.
Usually, my weeks shopping bill for 5-7 of us comes in at around £120. This time, it came in at just under £300. For a whole month worth of meals.
If you’re looking to do something similar or just after some different dinner ideas for your family I’ve popped our meals for the month in a list below!
Wednesday: Roast Chicken, roast potatoes and vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots).
Thursday: Chicken Fajitas (using leftover chicken) with rice. Plain chicken, veg & ricefor the children.
Friday: Scrambled Eggs on toast
Saturday: Picky Picnic Tea – sausage / cheese rolls, chicken nuggets, sweet potato wedges, crudités
Sunday: Birthday Dinner out using taste card 2 for 1
Monday: Chilli Con Carne with rice, garlic bread / Oven baked cod with rice and veg
Tuesday: Beef / Chicken burgers, homemade ‘slimming world’ chips & salad
Wednesday: Ham, Egg & Chips with baked beans, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms / V without the Ham
Thursday: Pizza night!
Friday: Cottage Pie / Fish Pie, carrots, peas & brocolli
Saturday: Tuna Pasta Bake
Sunday: Roast Chicken
Monday: Spaghetti / Vegetable Bolognese (My Recipe here)
Tuesday: Leek & Potato Soup & Crusty Rolls
Wednesday: Chicken / Cheese & onion Pie & Mash with vegetables and gravy
Thursday: Chicken Paella
Saturday: Salmon, tinned Potatoes & Veg
Sunday: Roast Beef
Monday: Chicken Curry
Tuesday: Beef Stew & Dumplings
Wednesday: chicken and broccoli pasta bake
Thursday: Jacket Potatoes with Cheese & Beans
Friday: Fish, Chips, Peas and grilled tomatoes
Saturday: Tacos & homemade wedges with salad
Sunday: Peri peri chicken, sweet potato mash & homemade coleslaw
Monday: Sausage & Mash
Tuesday: Breakfast for tea – a Full English!
Wednesday: Chicken Kiev’s, boiled potatoes, peas & brocolli
Thursday: Easy Cheesy Pasta
Friday: Vegetable Stirfry
I’ll be sharing some recipes for some of these easy family meals over the next month and will come back and add links to them as I go.