A Budget Weekly Menu: Here's How To Feed a Family for Just £18

A Budget Weekly Menu: Here’s How To Feed a Family for Just £18

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Here is a budget weekly menu which will help you to shop for your family for just £18. This includes a budget menu, grocery shopping list and frugal meals for the whole family. Meal planning a budget menu for a family on a budget is tough, but with these cheap meal ideas, you can save your family money week in and week out by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #BudgetMenu #BudgetMenuPlanning #BudgetMenuFamily #CheapMeals #BudgetMenuIdeas #SavingMoney #ShoppingLists #MealPlanning #EasyRecipes #FrugalLiving

Including how to meal plan on a budget and delicious cheap family meals

We all know that feeding a family of four is expensive, but it’s not impossible to get the weekly shop cheap, or down to just £18.

Don’t be fooled, just because this is a budget weekly menu, doesn’t mean that it lacks yummy food that the whole family will love.There’s no yellow stickers or any reduced items used, just a normal shop without the thrills, as a lot of the meals are made from scratch.

To be completely transparent, I don’t think anyone can shop for £18 every single week. You’re always going to need cleaning products, shampoo or toothpaste, so have a weekly budget of £35 but normally spend that.

Budget Meal Planning

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.

If creating your own budget weekly menu is giving you a headache, then Budget My Meals is for you. I 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.

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To help you start, here are my top 5 tips to meal planning for your family:

Kitchen Staples

Before you even start meal planning, check what you have already. Do you have any kitchen staples that you could use to bulk out any meals or use on days you’re late home?

Is there anything in your freezer you could eat to bring this weeks shopping list down?

Same goes for vegetables and side dishes. Spending a few minutes checking the freezer, fridge and cupboards can save you money later on

Start With Meals

Write down what you want to eat this week. That means 7 days of meals.

Don’t forget to plan a few simple or quick meals for the days you’re going to be in late or when the kids have a club.

Keeping it simple will help you stick to your plan.

As you fill in your dinners for the week, start writing your shopping list.

Using a weekly meal plan sheet like mine below) helps to break down your list into easy to read chunks.

You can even break it down further into sections like produce, meats, refrigerated, frozen, etc.

The Extra Supplies 

Do you need shampoo? Toothpaste? Are your staples full? Adding one of these items a week will help you level out your shopping bill.

Save Your Favourite Meals

If you find a few that work for you, keep them! Use them when you’re lacking inspiration.

Take Your Shopping List With You

It’s a given really but it can’t help you unless you take it. Try and stick to it and watch your shopping bill tumble.

Other things you can do are: 

  • Shop in discount supermarkets. Don’t be loyal, as it doesn’t pay off.
  • To get the bill down further, bulk out curries with beans, or spaghetti bolognese with grated vegetables.
  • Try different meats, especially if they are destined for the slow cooker.
  • Buy frozen fruit and vegetables. You can take as much as you need, with no waste, and it’s cheaper!

Budget Weekly Shop

This is an example of a budget weekly shop at Aldi.

Milk 0.99

Tomato soup 0.40

4x tins of beans 0.99

Bread 0.45

Ham 0.69

Cheese 1.49

Eggs 1.19

4x Sweet Potatoes 0.95

Crackers 0.40

Gammon 2.65

2x kid’s yogurts 1.49

Fish cakes 1.15

Coconut milk 0.79

4x Potatoes 0.95

Passata 0.35

2x Butter 0.75

Plums 0.49

Onions 0.85

Total: £17.55

 (This shop was done at Aldi and correct at time of publishing.) 

Budget Weekly Menu

All these meals can be prepped before hand or frozen. Some of the meals may contain a few kitchen staples like rice, pasta or herbs.


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.
Try and make use of whatever is on the Aldi Super Six or the Lidi equivalent. Swap and change fruit and vegetable according to what’s on offer.

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I really hope this has helped give you inspiration on how you can make a budget weekly menu for your family.

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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 Here is a budget weekly menu which will help you to shop for your family for just £18. This includes a budget menu, grocery shopping list and frugal meals for the whole family. Meal planning a budget menu for a family on a budget is tough, but with these cheap meal ideas, you can save your family money week in and week out by Laura at Savings 4 Savvy Mums. #BudgetMenu #BudgetMenuPlanning #BudgetMenuFamily #CheapMeals #BudgetMenuIdeas #SavingMoney #ShoppingLists #MealPlanning #EasyRecipes #FrugalLiving


  1. This is a great post! I switched to doing my main shop at Aldi (just picking up obscure things they don’t have afterward elsewhere) after I tried it one week and a £60 shop (Asda) became a £20 shop for the same amount/more! :O It really doesn’t pay off to stick to certain supermarkets out of habit/loyalty etc! xx #fortheloveofblog

  2. Wow this is seriously impressive, I’m not sure that we could stick to £18 a week, we’ve just spent £20 on take-away! But for anyone on a budget this is a good starting point. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  3. Amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had a shopping bill that low before. I need to get more careful about what I buy. I do all our food shopping online, and it’s way too easy to keep adding food to the car with a tick of a button! #MarvMondays

  4. £18 – I’m impressed!! Some great tips shared. My mum keeps telling me shop at Aldi/Lidl as she has saved so much doing that – I shop at ASDA, which isn’t terribly expensive, but I do think I could be saving more at one of the cheaper supermarkets. #marvmondays

  5. You do amazingly well. I think focusing on a list and sticking to a meal plan must really help with this xx #mravmondays

  6. It’s amazing what can be done with a bit of planning isn’t it?! We very often see bills of between £20-25 (we eat a lot of fruit so that adds in a few £’s) and a little more when we need extras like cleaning bits. Now that I’ve seen it can be done I’ll never go back to the £60-£90 a week shops we used to do!! I also bulk out meals with lots of veg and beans, and our main meals always do both of us adults work lunches the next day, usually with another pirtion or two to stick in the freezer! Great post xx #MarvMondays

  7. Writing a list is the biggest winner I’ve found – I easily spend double the amount when I just walk around willy nilly! These are great tips – thank you! #MarvMondays

  8. Always keen to save on the dreaded shop!! We have a rolling 7 week meal plan to fit in with Hubs random shifts. It makes it so much easier taking away the feared what’s for dinner question but also I love planning and only buying what is needed. It’s very satisfying! #marvmondays

  9. Great tips. I really need to cut my weekly shopping down. I think its all in the preparation – which I never do. Then I end up walking around tesco throwing any old thing in the trolly.. not a good idea… #MarvMondays

  10. Genius. And it’s so nice to see other people eating less fussy food. I often think we are a bit strange because we don’t go through fancy recipes week after week. It’s reassuring to see we’re not. I also have a shopping budget of £40 a week and very rarely go over it. If you really really want to, it is possible to shop for less. #MarvMondays

  11. This is fantastic! The lowest I’ve had my Aldi shopping is around £40 and I thought that was good going haha. (Just so you know Aldi has 12 kids yogurts for 84p and my fussy eaters eat them without a fight. Not much of a saving from the ones your buying already but every little helps!)

    1. Author

      Amazing Angela thank you! I’ll have to take a look. They are so fussy at the moment and to be honest we’re stuck in a bit of a rut. I’m hoping when they get older they won’t be this bad!! They used to eat so much stuff as babies!!!

  12. Hi loved your post but got to ask how much cheese do you get for £1-49 as you use it 5 times for a family of 4. It must go a lot further than mine. As for butter for 79p it’s £1-40 at Lidl at the moment. So well done

    1. Author

      Hi Sue, we use all of it so its a 400g block. I weight it as I use it and grate it to try and get as much as possible. x

  13. Great ideas but no where near enough fruit & veg included.

  14. Interesting but I see on your menu there are no vegetables or fruit? Not a very healthy meal plan for the week, unsustainable really

    1. Author

      True in a way but like I said in the post, this isn’t for every week. On the weeks I’m struggling I use this. Hope it helped anyway.

  15. £18 for mostly processed food. If your family isn’t eating healthy mostly then this budget is for you. If you prefer organic meat, fruits , veggies , non-dairy milk, eco friendly supplies then it would be way too high.

  16. Just wondering how you have porridge and fruit without buying oats and fruit. And do you make porridge with water, otherwise how do you make porridge for four four times a week?

    1. Author

      Hi Suzi as I said in the post, porridge is a staple item and fruit is on the list. Thanks for reading x

  17. Tried to download the free printable meal planner but it says the page is missing? Did you remove it?

    1. Author

      Hi Abby it works for me. It’s part of the Resource Vault so you do need to sign in with the email that was first sent.

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