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7 Family Meal Plans That Can Help You Save Money

7 Family Meal Plans That Can Help You Save Money

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Including 7 day family meal plan ideas

We all know that meal planning can save us money but trying to plan your grocery list and weekly menu isn’t always easy. Kids go through fazes of liking different food and between trying to keep to a budget and buying food everyone in the family will eat, it’s easy to see why most of us struggle to meal plan.

If you are having one of those weeks, and glancing at your blank weekly menu planner then keep reading, as we have 7 family meal plans templates to help you keep your budget down and meal plan quickly.

Budget meal planning can be easy if you know how!

If you like the idea of meal prepping then have a look at this post here on how to make meals easier for the whole family.

If you are looking for more £1 a head family meals then have a look at:

The Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List – This gives you our full list of £1 a head family meals that you can use to fill up your meal plan.

101 Aldi Recipes That Will Give You Dinner Ideas For Tonight – Use this post for dinner ideas when you need are having trouble filling up your meal plan.

The Ultimate Guide to Food Shopping on a Budget – If you’ve never meal planned before then use this post as it talks you through exactly how to save money on your shopping bill.

Printable Meal Planner

Still lacking inspiration but unsure what to do? Then come join our free Resource Vault. We give you plan templates that take all the thinking away. We can create your budget weekly menus, shopping lists and send you the recipes every week so you don’t even have to think about it.

No coupons. No yellow stickers, just easy family-friendly recipes.

Implementing a weekly meal plan really does save you money and time. It stops you going for the takeaway menu when the family go nuclear and means you don’t have to face a cupboard full of food with no clue or inspiration on what to cook.

It also means that you are building up your recipe bank so when you no longer need us, you have all our recipes to fullback on.

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Family meal planning

If trying to find your own family meal ideas that don’t cost you the earth and it’s causing you a headache, then have a look at our huge list of Ultimate £1 Per Head Budget Meal Planning List here.

It has over 50 simple, budget recipes that don’t require any fancy gadgets or expensive ingredients. All the meals are “normal” family favourites that can be made in advance, from leftovers to Slimming World family-friendly meals that can all be used to build up your meal plan weekly to keep you on budget.

If you are looking to try new foods then have a look at Spicentice. They are great to use if you are new to cooking from scratch or if you are looking to get your family eating new budget-friendly meals and have no clue where to start.

If you’d like to try Spicentice yourself then make sure you use our link here with our code LASAVE20 to get 20% off every purchase.*

They send out packets of spice but also give you teh full list of ingredients and method on how you make the dish. They are a great way to try new dishes that you’ve never cooked before.

We tried them for a year and so far have made:

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie For Just 82p Per Portion

Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head

Easy Chicken Fajita Recipe: A Family Meal for 94p a Person

Chinese Chicken Curry For Just £1.54 For 4

Really Easy Homemade Beef Burgers For Under £1 a Head

The Best Southern Fried Chicken Recipe For Under £1 a Head

Chicken Tikka Masala Curry For Under £4 a Head

The Best Katsu Curry Recipe For Under £1 a Head

The Best Firecracker Chicken For Just 99p a Head

Meal Planner and Shopping Lists

Grocery shopping can be a breeze and cost you less than you think BUT only when you have a plan!

These 7 family meal planner templates will help you budget your weekly shopping and help bring your grocery bill down. All these meal plans can give you easy dinner ideas that you can use to save money.

All our budget meal plans can be mixed and matched. The whole idea here is to give you some ideas so you don’t feel overwhelmed with that plain piece of paper or just leave without a plan!!

You can also start saving your family that extra bit by looking at Muscle Foods, who offer fresh high-quality meat delivered directly to your door at a price that you can’t compare to anyone else.

Also, to add to your savings, make sure you use a cash back site like OhMyDosh. They also you cashback on anything and everything you buy online through them, and have some great new members offers that could help you save a good £50 off your shopping bill each month.

Read more about how OhMyDosh works here.

Now, let’s start saving your family money and take away the thinking process that happens when you try and meal plan.

If you are short of time then a slow cooker is a great idea. It means that you can put your dinner on in the morning and come home to something cooked.

If you like the sound of a slow cooker then have a look at:

31 Aldi Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family

31 Easy Family Slow Cooker Recipes

7 Gammon Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Budget Friendly

9 Slow Cooker Chicken Curry Recipes That Are Budget Friendly

The £18 a week meal plan

This weekly shop for just £18 is perfect if you like simple food and need to cut your grocery bill down. Some of these meals make great leftovers as well. These are delicious easy meals that you cook on a budget.

The £18 weekly grocery list can be found here.


Breakfast – porridge with fruit

Lunch – tomato soup & bread

Dinner – homemade ham & cheese pizza


Breakfast – overnight oats

Lunch – cheese omelette

Dinner – jacket potato, cheese, beans


Breakfast – porridge with fruit

Lunch – ham sandwich

Dinner – tomato pasta


Breakfast – overnight oats

Lunch – cheese on toast

Dinner –sweet potato curry


Breakfast – porridge with fruit

Lunch – boiled egg & toast

Dinner – fish cakes, mash & beans


Breakfast – overnight oats

Lunch – crackers & cheese

Dinner – gammon, eggs & homemade chips


Breakfast – porridge with fruit

Lunch – leftover curry

Dinner – cheese & gammon pasta bake

If the kids are still hungry, try these breakfast muffins and freeze any leftovers.

The £2.50 a day family meal plan

Looking for budget meals for the whole family? Then try these 15 awesome budget meals to feed the family for under £17, that’s just £2.50 a day. You can find £2.50 a day for a family of four grocery list here.


Breakfast: Porridge with plums

Lunch: Sweet Potato & carrot soup with Homemade Bread

Snack: Easy Peasy Biscuits – 2 each

Dinner: Hidden vegetable Pasta and sauce


Breakfast: Toast & Banana

Lunch: Ham & Onion Omelette

Snack: Homemade Fruit Flapjacks

Dinner: Chicken roast


Breakfast: Porridge & Cooked Apple

Lunch: Egg & Soldiers

Snack: Banana

Dinner: Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice


Breakfast: Fried Egg & Tomato

Lunch: Scotch Pancakes

Snack: Homemade Fruit flapjack

Dinner: Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry


Breakfast: Porridge with plums

Lunch: Cheese & Onion Omelette

Snack: Easy Biscuits 2 each

Dinner: Chicken Pasta Bake


Breakfast: Egg & Soldiers

Lunch: Sweet Potato & carrot soup with Homemade bread

Snack: Left over fruit smoothies

Dinner: Sweet Potato & Chicken Curry Left Overs


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)

The £16 a week budget meal plan

Have a look at some of these meal ideas and just pick one or two a week to try and bring your bill down. You can always add or take away anything the kids don’t like. We also buy bigger packs of meat and freeze them for multiple meals that week to make sure that the meat is used and reduce our shopping bill spend. You can find the full shopping list for the £16 meal plan a week here.


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

The vegan meal plan

It’s not easy to ensure your whole family are getting the right nutrients, especially if some one in your family has a dairy intolerance. This really easy vegan meal plan is for beginners who have a family of fussy eaters and who need to curb their spending. None of this is set in stone, and can be changed up depending on what your family like to eat. Grab the vegan meal plan grocery list here. 


Breakfast: Overnight oats

Lunch: Soup & bread (tomatoes, herbs)

Dinner: Roast (mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli, roast parsnips, onion & carrot)


Breakfast: Bruscetta toast (bread,tomatoes,onion & herbs)

Lunch: Salad & falafel (flour, chickpeas, spices, spinach, tomato, onion, pepper)

Dinner: Spag Bol (meat free mince, leftover veg)


Breakfast: Porridge (optional banana)

Lunch: Falafel wrap (carrots, celery)

Dinner: Chilli & rice (mixed beans, lentils, chopped tomatoes, onions & peppers)


Breakfast: Overnight oats

Lunch: falafel wrap (carrots, celery)

Dinner: Lentil shepherds pie (lentils, chopped tomatoes, onions, carrots & potatoes)


Breakfast:Toast & guacamole (bread, avocado, onions)

Lunch: Jacket potato and beans (Potatoes and beans)

Dinner: Stuffed aubergine & salad (aubergine, rice, onions, tomato, spices and spinach)


Breakfast: Bruscetta toast (bread, big tomatoes, onion & herbs)

Lunch: Salad & falafel (flour, chickpeas, herbs, spinach, tomato, onion & pepper)

Dinner: Stir fry (carrots, onion, pepper, broccoli, rice, tofu plus anything else you have)


Breakfast: Eggless pancakes (made from kitchen staples)

Lunch: Soup & bread (tomatoes and herbs)

Dinner: Curry with rice (potato, coconut milk, chickpeas, lentils, spinach and spices)

The Vegetarian Slimming World meal plan

This whole meal plan id for the whole family and comes in at under £25 excluding drinks. You will have some leftovers, so using something like our leftover app all these can be used in other meals or frozen. You can find our Vegetarian Slimming World grocery list here. 


Frozen mixed summer fruits (raspberries, strawberries and blackberries) covered in fat free natural yogurt.

3 egg omelette with your choice of filling (Bacon, Ham, Spinach, Tomatoes, Mushroom, Onion)

Syn free tomato and garlic pasta


Poached eggs and bacon with a syn free Hash Brown

Sweet baked potato, sliced ham, beetroot and a salad

Syn free butternut squash lasagna


Sliced pear, honeydew melon, strawberries and fat free Greek style yogurt

A baked potato with choice of toppings

Syn free bacon cheesy tomato pasta


2 syn free hash browns, 1/2 tin of baked beans and scrambled eggs

Slimming World Creamy tomato sauce from Iceland mixed with cooked pasta

Syn free pizza


Sliced banana topped with a syn free Mullerlight yogurt.

Slimming World quarter pounder burger from Iceland with a salad.

Syn free sausage casserole


Fried breakfast using Frylight: 6 eggs, 6 Slimming World sausages, 6 bacon medallions, 8 cherry tomatoes, 6 mushrooms and 2 tins of baked beans.

Slimming World Smoky tomato, bean and chorizo sausage soup (from Iceland)

Syn free vegetarian chickpea curry


Omelette with your choice of Syn free toppings. (Ham, bacon, spinach, mushrooms etc.)

Slimming World mushroom sauce mixed with cooked pasta

Syn free cottage pie

Slimming World extra easy food meal plan

You should be able to do this shop for around £40, and still have leftover items in the freezer, like the frozen berries or the mixed vegetables, meaning that your bill will be less the following week. (Disclaimer: My kids are at pre-school or school all week, so don’t eat lunch with me. That makes no difference to how much I buy, as my husband and I still need lunch, and any leftover cupboard essentials get used the following week.)


B: Dried Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats with Frozen Mixed fruit

L: Ham and mixed Vegetable Quiche

D: Homemade burgers with sweet potato fries


B: Harvest Morn Wheaties

L: Syn Free French Onion Soup

D: Mediterranean chicken (breasts, tomatoes, herbs, vegetables roasted)


B: Harvest Morn bran flakes with Brooklea Fat Free Greek Style Lemon Yogurt

L: Sweet potato and chilli soup

D: Chilli


B: Benefit lighter granola with strawberries

L: Syn Free French Onion Soup (leftovers)

D: Stir fry chicken noodles with vegetables


B: Harvest Morn light benefit bars

L: Sweet potato and chilli soup (leftovers)

D: Spaghetti Bolognese


B: Dried Everyday Essentials Porridge Oats with Frozen Mixed fruit

L: Omelets with handful of frozen vegetables.

D: Grilled chicken kebabs (with mushrooms, onions and peppers on skewers in soy sauce and garlic) served with boiled rice.


B: Full English: bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, beans and brown toast

L: Ham and mixed Vegetable Quiche (leftovers)

D: chicken stroganoff – fry onion, garlic, celery, pepper, carrot in fry light. Add chicken, mushrooms and paprika and fry until cooked. Remove from heat then add fat free natural yoghurt – lovely with rice!

The “pick your own” meal plan

So once or twice a month I let the kids pick our menu out of my tub of budget recipes. The full list of cooking on a budget recipes are here but we have loads in our Resource Vault as well.


Porridge with fruit

Pizza toast

Vegetable Lasagne


Overnight oats

Choice of sandwich filling

Cheese & ham(or any leftover meat) pasta bake


Toast with banana

Spaghetti with dried herb to taste (we use chilli flakes and oregano)

Vegetable Fajitas


Scrambled eggs

Grilled cheese sandwiches

Fish cakes, mash & beans


Boiled eggs & soldiers

Crackers ploughman

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

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Fried Egg & tomat0

Butternut penne

Sweet potato curry


2 frozen hash browns, baked beans and scrambled eggs

Scotch pancakes

Gammon (or ham), eggs & homemade chips

Laura x

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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Struggling to fill up your meal plan? The use our 7 family meal plans here that will help you to save money and give you ideas by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums

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