cheap family recipes 

feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a month

Show me the money!

We’re providing a healthy and very low budget meal planner for an average UK family. It costs less than 90p per person per day. We’ve assumed you’d shop at one UK supermarket, (ASDA) for ease. They were the cheapest shop for the ingredients we picked. Lidl and Aldi are great at what they do, but if I’m looking for something just used as an ingredient, uncooked lentils for instance, they’re often not in those shops

The prices were all calculated in September 2010, and recalculated for this relaunch in November 2019. I am delighted that Option 1 is still pricing up at £107, not at all bad after nearly a decade. Option 2 is on its way back, but there’s a lot of work to be done before that is available. The recipes are all broadly there, but I need to cost check the months groceries, and each recipe too. As a particular recipe is completed, it will be loaded, so you’ll gradually see more recipes on the Search pages.

The Celebration plan is not too far off, lots of recipes are already available from that plan 

86p a day may not sound like a huge reduction to your spending, so to motivate you, let’s look at it in a different way.

For the average family of 4 in the UK, these meal plans would save you over £4000 a year!

Just think what you could do with all that cash…

Each person in a whole year is only spending £314 on all their food and drink. And it’s darn tasty.

What are you waiting for?


Why Not Try....?

Tomato Relish

Tomato Relish

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a monthTomato RelishIf you are following the vegan monthly meal plan, this tangy homemade tomato relish is used as a condiment whenever you would like to use it. There is no particular use specified in the...

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a monthRich and fudgy TrufflesSticky, fudgy, chocolate truffles - who can resist. They make fabulous gifts at any time of year, shoosh them up by wrapping the in cellophane and tying up with a ribbon. I buy...

Porridge (meal plan 2)

Porridge (meal plan 2)

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 a monthPorridge - Meal Plan 2Raisins are used as they are a purple portion, the  hardest one to get. If you don't have them, use any other dried fruit - sultanas, home dried foraged apples or plums for...

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.

Want to know more about how to feed yourself fantastically frugal food?