How to Feed a Family of Four on £2.50 a Day

How to Feed a Family of Four on £2.50 a Day

Ok, so we all know I’m a bit of a tight ass, but throwing food away and how much we spend a week on food really gets to me, and I wanted to prove to myself mainly, that I could feed a growing family on just £2.50 a day.

That includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks, all for just £2.50.

But Why?

I hate wasting money, and as a self employed writer, the last few months have been very slow work wise. That means less money and having to tighten our belts more than we ever thought possible.

Now, I’m no professional chef, hell, I only learnt to cook from scratch a few years ago when I realised the kids couldn’t survive on chips, beans and fish fingers every day.  Just having the kids has meant I’ve had to be inventive with food anyway, but with less money coming in, food time has now become a challenge.

I’ve spoken before about being able to shop as a family for £18 and my £1 family meals, so this should have been a breeze, but it wasn’t. The kids are pickier than normal at the moment, which means coming up with creative ideas that we all like. Not easy!

Checking the kitchen for those handy cupboard staples is a must when you’re going through a hard patch. I just re-buy them all over a month or two when I have the money.  Meal planning and using the freezer is key I found, and making the kids snacks before we went out for the day helped too.

Shopping List

Milk 0.99

Frozen Chicken Breast  3.33

Porridge 0.59

Plums 1.00

4 Bananas 0.56

Potatoes 0.95

Onions 0.56

4 x Apples 1.16

Sweet Potatoes  0.95

Carrots 0.50

Cheese 1.85

5 Tomatoes  1.00

Tin Pineapple 0.80

Ham  0.69

Frozen Mixed Vegetables 1.00

Eggs 1.19

Total: £17.12 (All prices from Asda and correct at time of publishing)

Once everything’s been bought, I prep as much as I can. Overnight oats can be prep overnight, soup can be made and frozen for a quick lunch and blending vegetables means no one knows they’re eating them, which is a plus to me!

How to feed a family for just £2.50 a day plus meal plan by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums.

Meal Plan

Saturday

Breakfast

Porridge with plums

Lunch

Sweet Potato & carrot soup with Homemade Bread

Snack

Easy Peasy Biscuits – 2 each

Dinner

Hidden vegetable Pasta and sauce

Sunday

Breakfast

Toast & Banana

Lunch

Ham & Onion Omelette

Snack

Homemade Fruit Flapjacks

Dinner

Chicken roast

Monday

Breakfast

Porridge & Cooked Apple

Lunch

Egg & Soldiers

Snack

Banana

Dinner

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice

Tuesday

Breakfast

Fried Egg & Tomato

Lunch

Scotch Pancakes

Snack

Homemade Fruit flapjack

Dinner

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry

Wednesday

Breakfast

Porridge with plums

Lunch

Cheese & Onion Omelette

Snack

Easy Biscuits 2 each

Dinner

Chicken Pasta Bake

Thursday

Breakfast

Egg & Soldiers

Lunch

Sweet Potato & carrot soup with Homemade bread

Snack

Left over fruit smoothies

Dinner

Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry Left Overs

Friday

Breakfast

Over Night Porridge

Lunch

Scotch Pancakes

Snack

Easy Peasy Biscuits – 2 each

Dinner

Homemade Four Seasons Pizza (half of cheese, quarter of chicken & tomato, quarter Pineapple & Ham)

It’s certainly not easy feeding every for a £2.50, and takes a lot of planning. Could i have got more from Aldi or Lidi or used yellow stickers? Sure, but unless you have one of these supermarkets on your doorstep or are around at 7pm at night, the savings to me, aren’t worth going out of my way for.

Do you think you could feed your family for £2.5o a day? Any ideas on recipes i could use for next week? Let me know in the comments below.

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  • Well done sweet. Must be so tough. A recipe I like is tomato and lentil soup. Fry an onion and a clove of garlic. AdD a tin of chopped tomatoes, fill with stock and add red lentils (more you add the thicker ) bring to boil and simmer. Season to taste can also add tomato puree for deeper flavour. Can blitz to hide what it is. Go to the foreign section in the supermarket and get a huge staple sack of red lentils cheap.
    Mushy pea curry. Fry an onion and small punnet of Mushrooms. Add 1 tin beans, 2 tinned tomatoes, 2 mushy peas, 2tbsp curry powder and simmer 20 mins. Done.
    Both recipes freeze xxx

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