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Feeding the family on a budget isn’t easy, but with these 15 cheap family meals and grocery list, I can help you get your family meals down to just £2.50 a day or £17 a week for 4 people. Come give it a try by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #BudgetFoodShopping #BudgetFoodRecipes #SavingMoney #BudgetFoodIdeas #FamilyBudgetFood #FeedTheFamily #GroceriesBudget #GroceriesonaBudget #GroceryList

Including Cheap Meal Plans, Family Meal Ideas on a Budget and a Shopping List

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.

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

When it comes to thinking about family meal ideas on a budget, many of us freeze up and can’t remember what we had last week, never mind what to put on the meal plan and shopping list for this week.

Thankfully, handy family meal planners on a budget exist, like Budget My Meals, a paid program that guarantees to save you and your family a ton of money and takes all the guessing out of planning yummy budget family meals.

If you like doing your own cheap meal plans, then these recipes are great as they are mega easy to cook and will be enjoyed by the whole 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.

Also, to add to your savings, make sure you use a cash back site like Top Cash Back. They also you cash back 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.

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

Here are 15 awesome budget meals to feed the family for under £17, that’s just £2.50 a day.

Cheap Family Meals

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.

Family Meal Planner on a Budget

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.


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)

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)

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There are endless ways to feed your family on a budget. The issue is 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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Feeding the family on a budget isn’t easy, but with these 15 cheap family meals and grocery list, I can help you get your family meals down to just £2.50 a day or £17 a week for 4 people. Come give it a try by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #BudgetFoodShopping #BudgetFoodRecipes #SavingMoney #BudgetFoodIdeas #FamilyBudgetFood #FeedTheFamily #GroceriesBudget #GroceriesonaBudget #GroceryList

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