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 Here is how to meal plan with limited funds and a free family meal planner on a budget to help you save more. Family meal planning is a great way for you to save your family money. Included is a shopping list and a meal planner what will feed your family for a week for only £16 by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #MealPlanningOnABudget #Family #MealPlanningOnABudgetIdeas #MealPlanningFor4 #MealPlanningForBeginners #Grocerylist #Easy #GroceryListPrintable

Including a free family weekly planner and shopping list

If you’re having trouble feeding your family for less, then below you will find a easy to follow family meal planner on a budget, which includes a £16 meal plan and shopping list.

This meal planner is here to give you some ideas. You don’t have to stick to it, but by just using a budget meal planner like this once a month, you could be saving your family around £90 a month easy.

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  • Delicious food,
  • Simple preparation,
  • Budget friendly,

That’s how I save money and that’s what I’m offering with Budget My Meals.

I make these plans myself and I’m able to make each meal for less than £1 a head, and now you can too. No yellow stickers. No coupons. Just normal recipes that take under 30 minutes.

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Budget Family Meals

So how can you save money on your shopping? A few quick things you can do are:

Go Down a Scale

Wherever you shop, there’s always a cheaper level of food. Start from the bottom and work your way up. If you don’t like the cheapest version, then go one up and try that. Chances are, with most products, the family won’t even be able to tell the difference.

Eating More Veg

Meat and fish are currently pretty pricey, even at our local discounter*. Try grating vegetables into everything to try and bulk it out then freeze any leftovers for the next day.

Have a Meat Free Day

On weeks’ things are really tight, leave out meat. Eat Vegetarian. Swap all your favorite meals for veggie ones. Try veggie stir fry, fajitas or a Spaghetti Bolognese all meat free. It still tastes lush, but costs almost half as much to make.

Know What’s in Your Kitchen

Check the cupboards and the fridge before you go shopping. Is there anything you could use for next week? Is there anything in your freezer that could go with a meal? Any leftovers that need to be used?

Incorporate all these into your meal plan to bring the price down.

Buy Frozen

Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as good for you as their fresh counterparts. Everything can be bought frozen, from pineapples and strawberries to peppers and mushrooms.

Waste Nothing

Easier said than done with kids, but by being really strict, you can reduce what goes into the bin.

Anything that goes on your shopping list needs to have a meal allocated to it.

If your kids don’t eat much, then try serving everything all together and getting the kids to pick how much they want.

They can always come back for seconds, but it means you can freeze whatever isn’t eaten for another time.

Write a List

Plan what you’re going to eat and stick to it as much as you can. You can swap and change meals around, so as long as everything is eaten, it doesn’t matter when it’s used.

A list or meal plan just stops you going crazy at the supermarket!

If you’re stuck for ideas, have a look below and join The Resource Vault for FREE, where you can download pre-made meal plans and shopping lists, plus get plain templates you can use, so the whole family can see what you’re making.

Cook from Scratch

No more tins or jars, it really is just as quick to make up a pasta bake sauce or homemade soup then opening one.

Family Meal Planner on a Budget

So here’s an example of what you can eat for under £16 for four people. It does assume that you have a few of the cupboard kitchen staples in, like herbs, flour, oats and pasta.

Everything is cooked from scratch and some can be prepared in advance or leftovers be frozen for the following week.

This family weekly meal planner was done at Asda and with fresh vegetables, but to lower the cost a bit more, you could even swap to frozen vegetables and try a local discounter like Aldi or Lidi.


Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Vegetable Fajitas




Scrambled Egg
Crackers and Cheese
Egg fried Stir fry with Rice


Fruit Porridge
Cheese Sandwiches
Mince Pasta Bake


Over night porridge oats
Homemade Tomato Soup
Jacket Sweet Potato & Beans


Boiled eggs
Homemade Tomato Soup
Egg noodle stir fry


Crackers and Flapjack
Homemade Pizza

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Family Shopping List on a Budget

Wraps (8 pack) 89p
Frozen peppers 1kg £1.25
Onions 1 kg 59p
Fajita seasoning 35g 88p
Bread 800g 50p
Milk 4pt 99p
Cheese 500g £2.50
Mince 500g £2.10
Eggs 15 £1.19
Chopped tomatoes 400g 90p
Crackers 300g 40p
Bananas 5 pack 87p
Sweet potatoes 1kg £1
Noodles 300g 90p
Frozen mushrooms 600g £1

Total: £15.96 (All prices are correct from Asda at time of publication)

No drinks are included here, as we would normally drink just water in our £16 or £18 shopping weeks.

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If you enjoyed this post and would like some more family friendly budget recipes or meal plan ideas, then head over to the budget food section here on Savings 4 Savvy Mums where you’ll find over 30 cheap posts dedicated to helping you cook and shop wiser for less. There’s enough tips to help you save over £300 a month! You could also pop over and follow my family food Pinterest boards for lots more ideas on how to eat well and spend less; Family Meal Plans on a Budget, Budget Family MealsBudget Slimming World Recipes for Families

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Here is how to meal plan with limited funds and a free family meal planner on a budget to help you save more. Family meal planning is a great way for you to save your family money. Included is a shopping list and a meal planner what will feed your family for a week for only £16 by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #MealPlanningOnABudget #Family #MealPlanningOnABudgetIdeas #MealPlanningFor4 #MealPlanningForBeginners #Grocerylist #Easy #GroceryListPrintable

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