cheap family recipes 

feed a family of 4 for less than £200 a month

Frequently asked questions:


I've noticed seasonings are not included in your costings, why is this?

The reason we have not included the cost of seasonings in our £100 per month planner is because the £100 is designed to cover a 31 day month. Since not all months have 31 days, this leaves a remainder of approximately £22.40 over the course of 1 year, which more than pays for the seasonings being used in the planner’s recipes. We are assuming that you will have access to salt, pepper, garam masala and garlic powder, and our testers found that they only used the amount of these seasonings which can be easily purchased for £22.40 in a year.

Does the planner contain enough calcium?

We have assumed an average daily need of 1,000 mg daily, which our research showed had general consensus amongst health care professionals as being sufficient for 97% of individuals.

Really? I can only see a block of cheese and a drop of milk, but it’s for a whole month?

We couldn’t afford to meet your whole family’s calcium need using these more expensive foods, but the calcium is there. The instant oat cereal used in several of our recipes contains 1330 mg of calcium per 100g, whereas cheese contains just 739mg per 100g.

The planners are very dependent on home-made bread, what can I do if I am struggling to make this?

Some testers have found the no knead bread (featured throughout this site) difficult whilst others find it an excellent money and time saver, this can be due to differences in the water, or the temperature of your house. One possibility is to use the ingredients and quantities as specified in our planner bread recipes, but to use the method outlined in Paul Merrett’s bread recipe at BBC Good Food site.

My home-made loaves seem smaller than a shop-bought loaf!

Yes, typically the loaf will seem approximately 3/4 of the size. However, please do persevere! This is because shop-bought loaves tend to be more aerated. You will find the home-made bread just as filling as there is the same energy (kcal) per slice. You will probably find the loaf denser in texture and with more moisture than shop-bought bread. You may also find initially that the taste is different. Typically shop-bought bread has a much higher salt content 8-10 times as much, so the home-made version can take a short time for your palate to adjust. You may also notice that shop-bought is a much brighter white of crumb and a darker crust, whereas home-made bread has a pale buttercream coloured crumb and a honey-brown crust.

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Walnut and Pumpkin Seed Butter

Walnut and Pumpkin Seed Butter

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for less than £200 a monthWalnut ButterWalnuts and pumpkin seeds made into a delicious nut butter - won't find this in the shops! Use different nuts or seeds to ring the changes. What do I need to make this walnut and pumpkin...

Vegan Tomato and Basil Soup

Vegan Tomato and Basil Soup

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for less than £200 a monthVegan Tomato & Basil SoupThis fresh and delicious tomato and basil soup is offered as an alternative option in the Celebration Week Planner, but can be enjoyed at any time, and as it uses tinned...

Creamy Parsnip Soup

Creamy Parsnip Soup

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a monthCreamy Parsnip SoupCreamy parsnip soup, such a classic Christmas flavour. Easy to make, warming and comforting How Do I Make Creamy Parsnip Soup? This recipe uses frozen parsnips. If you prefer to use...

Take care of your family and your budget

Before putting together our meal planners we surveyed over 600 people to ask when faced with a tighter budget, which things they would struggle to give up.

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