Welcome to this weeks #MealplanMonday👩🍳
My spend this week is €60 in Lidl Ireland.
I find By working out our weekly food spend I know exactly where we stand each month. we waste less food have less food and any money left over I can have a wee treat. (In the past 2 weeks I’ve saved €40,)
This weeks meal plan is posted below and will feed my family of 3 and any family of 4 easily.
Its a mixture of 2 new recipes and some of my family favorites. (you can click on the link and be brought to the recipe)
Monday: chicken curry ( leftover chicken from yesterdays roast)
Tuesday; falafel and Moroccan salad
Wednesday: Sausage casserole
Thursday: lemon style baked hake
Friday: Pork burgers
Saturday: Pizza night
I have a few extra budget busting tips to help you save even more money below:
1 , Go to the ” reduced” section in the fridge first at the start of your food shop. These items are still perfect and in date on the day. I always find cod pieces, chicken breasts and mince in this section and pop them straight into the freezer when I get home.
2, Get out your budget in cash before your food shop, there is more chance you won’t go over it that way.
3, Bring bags!!! or take them out of the car, I don’t know how many times I’ve been really frugal with shop and then to blow it at the end with spending a fiver on bags at the checkout.
5, Only buy non-perishable “free” offers like buy one get one free, otherwise, the free one will most likely end up in the bin and is a total waste.
6, When doing up your meal plan try to add-in meals that do double meals, like spag boll leftovers become chili or leftover stews and curry can become pies by just adding a simple puff pastry lid another day.
any money left over, Treat yourself! Get that something you fancy you’ve been admiring.
This is money saved. It’s about living well for less, still enjoying delicious meals as a family but just being a little mindful of the spending.
ps. We have a home cooks Ireland facebook group that is full of meal plans and budget saving tips on living well for less. Come join us here.