cheap family recipes 

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

The Relaunch


In 2010, Weezl put a call out for recipe testers on MSE.She was creating Cheap Family Recipes. Having lived on 50p a day for her  Mortgage Free In 3 challenge, £100 a month for 4 people, which works out at just over 80p a day each, seemed quite generous!

I really enjoyed helping out with the recipes, ideas, a little coding and, my own special contribution, creating the most humungously huge spreadsheet for the nutrition and stock checking as we built the monthly planners


Weezl had 2 babies and moved on from CFR, eventually letting the hosting payments go, and the site disappeared into Wayback machine. It was much missed, and a while later, someone brought it back, missing a few pictures and links, but very welcome.

A while later, it had gone again.

Back from the dead

For a few years after that, I thought about reinstating it several times, but didn’t get around to doing anything about it. Then in the summer of 2019, I was doing a lot of SEO work with Lemoneye , who look after the techy bits of ThriftyLesley for me, and impulsively decided to bring CFR back again.

The initial brief I gave Lemoneye was to try to recreate CFR as much like the original site as he could. As the build progressed and I was being given design ideas, that completely changed! Eventually becoming this rather beautiful site that you see today

I had to do masses of work price checking and rebuilding the recipes, so as I write, only Meal Plan One has been recreated, and the main part of the Celebration Week. 

I hope to get Meal Plan Two recreated in the early part of 2020. And then there is Meal Plan Three, which was never finished. I’m hoping to be able to complete that too by the summer. Masses of work, but so valuable. 



Why Not Try....?

Vegan Tomato and Basil Soup

Vegan Tomato and Basil Soup

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for (just over) £100 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...

Tomato Relish

Tomato Relish

cheap family recipes feed a family of 4 for less than £200 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...

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