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One Month of Family Meal Ideas on a Budget

One Month of Family Meal Ideas on a Budget

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Here are one month of family meal ideas on a budget that mean you can feed your family for just £2.50 a day. All meals are easy to make too by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums #FamilyMeals #BudgetMeals #CheapMeals

Including how to feed a family of four on £2.50 a day

Feeding the family on a budget isn’t easy, but with these tasty budget meals below, you can make feeding your family not only more affordable but less stressful too.

You really can feed your family on just £2.50 a day. By using your store cupboard ingredients and meal planning before you shop.

Cheap meals for a week for a family

If you are struggling to fill up your meal plan every week then have a look at our 31 meal ideas below. This gives you a month on breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas that you can use.

These are all extremely cheap meals, many coming in at under £1 a head. Make sure you have a look at at our full list of £1 meals here:

The Ultimate Budget Meal Planning List: 31 Meals Under £1 Per Serving

Feeding a Family on a Budget: This Weekly Shop is Just £18

21 Budget Family Meals and a £16 Aldi Meal Plan


1. Eggless Pancakes: Vegan Pancakes For Just 56p
2. Porridge or overnight oats
3. Banana nut oatmeal
4. Frittata
5. Bagel & eggs
6. Jam filled muffins
7. French toast
8. Baked granola bars
9. Breakfast sandwich
10. Blueberry donuts

If you are looking for more breakfast ideas then have a look at our post here called 21 Vegan Breakfast Ideas For The Whole Family On A Budget.


1. Cheap & Easy Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup for 44p
2. Turkey Carcass Soup: Cheap and Easy Lunch for just 37p a Head
3. Cheap and Easy Pancakes For Just 86p 
4. Ham or cheese sandwiches
5. Homemade tomato soup
6. Scrambled egg toast with tomatoes
7. 3 egg omelette with your choice of filling (Bacon, Ham, Spinach, Tomatoes, Mushroom, Onion)
8. Roasted Stuffed Peppers

If you are looking for more budget lunch ideas then have a look at:

Our Slimming World lunch ideas here

Our lunch ideas for kids here

Under £1 a head lunch ideas for toddlers here


1. Low Cost & Healthy Slow Cooked Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese 97p a head
2. Turkey Stir Fry with Brown Rice: Feed Four for 67p a Head 
3. An Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken Recipe For Just 58p
4. Beginner Chilli Con Carne Recipe for Just 95p a Head
5. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie For Just 82p Per Portion
6. Spaghetti Meatball Recipe For 73p a Head
7. Easy Chicken Fajita Recipe: A Family Meal for 94p a Person
8. A baked potato with a choice of toppings
9. Italian Meatball marinara
10. Chinese Chicken Curry
11. Southern fried chicken
12. Beef burgers
13. Chicken Tikka Masala

If you are looking for more dinner meals on a budget then have a look at:

21 Cheap Meals for a Week for a Family

Family Meal Ideas on a Budget

If you’re family are big meat eaters, and you’re struggling to keep the food bill down, then there are a number of great butchers online that provide you with meat straight to your door fresh, but also for a lot less than you would normally find in your normal supermarket.

Muscle Foods offers fresh high-quality meat delivered directly to your door at a price that you can’t compare to anyone else.

Laura Light showing the Spicentice packets

Another great idea is Spicentice. They are great for families that are stuck in a rut with food and want some help keeping to a budget.

We tried them at the start of the year and loved them. They send out little spice packs with full ingredients and detailed instructions on how to make the meal. They are perfect if you’ve never cooked from scratch before or you want to learn.

What we loved the most about them was that there was so many simple meal choices like homemade burgers and kebabs.

Try them yourself here by using our code LASAVE20 and save 20% off every purchase*.

Meal planning tips to save you money

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

Write Everything Down

As soon as you use it write it down on a list. you should be doing this everyday so that when it comes to shopping most of your list is done.

Go Through Your Store Cupboard

Before you go shopping, make sure you check what you have already. Can you make a meal out of what you have? That’s a few less things to buy.

Remember that cupboard items are important too like dried chilli powder and pasta for days when you need a quick meal.

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It’s always best to check the cashback websites before you go shopping anyway. They offer loads of deals and you can really get money off by using them!

Our favorites are:

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Read more about Swagbucks here and what we think about them.

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. 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.

We buy much of our meat frozen like chicken thighs and breasts.

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!

Use our 101 Aldi Recipes That Will Give You Dinner Ideas For Tonight list for some inspiration.

Use Your Slow Cooker

Having a slow cooker to hand means that you can cook loads of meals while you are out. You can also make bulk out slow cooker meals easily with cans of kidney beans or baked beans.

Have a look at our 31 Aldi Slow Cooker Recipes For The Whole Family that has loads of ideas.

Meals on a budget

The key to keeping your costs down is meal planning.

Before you even start check your calendar. There’s no point adding and buying a meal when you aren’t home.

Check your freezer, fridge and cupboards. Try and use one meal a week from them, remembering to write down when and if you run out of a kitchen staple. This helps to keep your food bill in check.

Remember to plan for every meal. Do the kids need lunches this week? Are you going to be late home and need a slow cooker meal?

Keeping it simple will help you stick to your meal plan. These family meals really will save you money.

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£2.50 Family Meal Planner on a Budget

Spaghetti Bolognese

This budget meal plan will feed your family of 4 for a week excluding drinks.

Most of these meals can be frozen for leftovers or prepared the night before and the vegetables be left in a air tight container in the fridge for the next day.

This list is here to help you make a decision on what to cook your family for dinner this week.


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

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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)

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Feeding the Family on a Budget: The Shopping List

4 Pints of 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)

Remember that you can swap and change meals out of this every week from the above list. That way, you will still have a low shopping bill but lovely homemade meals.

There are endless ways to feed your family on a budget. The issue is an inspiration and that’s what I hope I have helped you with today.

I really hope this cheap meal plan and budget shopping list has given you some ideas and gets you and your family out from eating the same old meals every day.

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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Hearty cook

Thursday 19th of July 2018

I have read your meal planner with interest. Do your children have school meals over and above these menus because if they don't then I find it hard to believe that they are getting enough nutrients from your menu. The quantities of ingredients that you quote such as 4 pints of milk, 4 apples and potatoes between 4 people for a week are totally unrealistic. You seem to be either a) misleading people like your comments about eggs being store cupboard ingredients - our eggs are fresh and free range and included in the price of the weekly shop or b) deliberately underrepresenting what you are feeding your family or c) providing a diet that is significantly lacking in fresh fruit and vegetables ( and maybe carbohydrates as well) There are no prizes to be won for being frugal at the expense of a decent diet - which can also be achieved at a reasonable cost. Please stop promoting this to other people who might gullibly think that it's possible.

Mrs johns

Wednesday 11th of October 2017

How does your shopping list correlate with your menu for the week? There are no eggs or pasta on your list but there are in your meals


Monday 4th of December 2017

It's all about using the kitchen staples. I always have eggs and dried pasta in to bulk food up. Help that helps.

Mummy in a TuTu

Saturday 15th of April 2017

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