Freezer Meal Planning – when on a tight budget you should always check what you have in your Freezer first and start you meal Planning from there. And I provide Free Freezer Meal Planning Printables to help you. You can even use Freezer Meals when you are short on Space and Time where you prepare meals at for a later date. My freezer is vital to my meal planing and money saving.
I have done just that this week been careful to keep to a budget. No point in buying lots of things in the Supermarket if the freezer is full.
Freezer Meal Planning Menu
How to Keep on Budget with your Menu
- This menu was based on shopping the Specials in each of my local Supermarkets.
- Knowing which Supermarket is the cheapest for each product
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one is Vital !!
- Don’t buy more than you need.
- “Shop” from your own freezer, fridge, and cupboard first
Get your Free Budget Meal Planning Printables below
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you and I have included a Freezer Inventory to help you shop from your freeze.
The Links to all the recipes are below
We are having Prawn Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice for dinner tonight. I have Prawns , strifry vegetables ( which I always keep a bag of ) and Rice. No need to shop tonight I even have Spring rolls to add to the meal.
TIP – I pick up “expensive” meat and fish when it is on special and use my freezer to store it until needed
Sometimes especially if your freezer is full shopping from your Freezer is the cheapest option and I have a packet of Chicken Kiev from when they were reduced in the supermarket. My family really enjoyed them so I went back when the shop had reduced them to clear the freezer for new food. This is a great way of saving money. They are on special in Lidl this Week if you want to fill for Freezer – 4 for €3
TIP: If you family like something wait until it is on special and freeze it
You can make your own Pizza bases and Freeze them you can read how to do that HERE
I have finally cracked the recipe for Gluten Free Pizza If you want stuffed crust Pizza you can find that recipe here. I have included gluten-free flour on my list but if you are lucky enough not to eat it you can remove it. The Recipe for low-fat wedges is here.
TIP Making your own pizza is cheaper than buying take out and you can adjust it to your families tastes so if you need gluten free or wholemeal or vegan cheese you can do that.
I spotted this Tasty Beef Catalan Recipe in the Lidl Newsletter and I bet it would make an amazing slow cooker recipe so I plan on making it. And I have made you a hand Oven to slow-cooker conversion chart if you want to adapt recipes like this
TIP: Using your slow cooker is great for cheaper cuts of meat and saves you money.
I have some frozen Sea-food Mix in the freezer from the last time it was on special and I plan on making Fantastic Fish Pie with it as my lot love it.
TIP:This tasty fish pie is a great way of getting kids to eat fish – serve it with beans and they will lap it up
I plan on using Burgers I have in the freezer. I brought them when they were on Special 4 for €1 and I got 4 packets for the freezer. So Bar-be-que it is.
TIP: Only pick up specials of Meat and Vegetables you know you are going to use no point picking up tripe if no one will touch it!
Chicken is the cheapest Roast and I will be making that for Sunday dinner. And I this tasty Easy Apple and Plum Pastry Slice. is so easy to make and as Plums are 49c this week in Lidl you can make this for under €1.50 !!
Tip- you can pick up puff pastry for under a euro so always have some in the freezer it is so handy.
I hope this Meal planning on budget post encourages you to take up Meal Planning. If you sign up for my Snapshot and Snippets Newsletter, which as exclusive recipes and tips. Sign up and you can a Free copy of my Beginner’s guide to Menu Planning which comes with plain versions of the Meal Planner and the Shopping and so much more. For more Menu’s head over to the Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Link up.
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