While trying to manage your Family Budgeting you have to do a Budget Meal Plan to watch the pennies to save for days out and fun times or bills! I do this by shopping the Supermarket specials checking all the supermarkets online and going for the best offer and planning my meals around them.
Supermarket Specials or loss leaders are a great way to save money. Go through the special Leaflets or the online information of your local supermarkets. I planned my menu from Lidl’s Newsletter as that is my local Supermarket. From the specials write a list of meals your family will eat and add them to your Printable Budget Meal Plan, below, to cover the days you are home cooking.
Budget Meal Plan Menu
How to Keep on Budget with your Menu
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one Vital
- Write a List and Stick to it.
- Avoid the “Special goods in the Middle aisle” unless you really need a chainsaw, paddling pool and a new dress?
- “Shop” from your own freezer, fridge, and cupboard first
- Leave the kids/ teens /husband at home
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
Mince is on special a lot -make sure you pick up the good quality steak mince when it is lower in price as it is better for you. I will be making my Slow Cooker Chili
TIP: Add plenty of beans to your chili they are cheap, filling and good for you
If you signed up for my Snapshot and Snippets Newsletter I shared this tasty recipe with you this last week. It is perfect for using these Fresh Pork Loin Medallions on Special in Lidl this week. If you sign up below for you Beginners Guide to Meal Planning this week I will send you a recipe card of this Meal.
Wednesday is always Pizza night. We make ours Gluten Free as my daughter is gluten intolerant. I am building up a bank of Gluten-free recipe and you can find them here Gluten-Free Recipes
Tip_ Don’t be afraid to make your own Pizza – don’t feel confident buy bases from supermarkets and add your own toppings.
Chicken legs are on special this week in my local supermarket and I am going to make Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken.
Here are some of my Chicken Recipes
- Easy Lemon Chicken with Asparagus and Potatoes
- Easy Skillet Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
- Mediterranean Chicken Pasta
TIP: Chicken legs and thighs are cheaper than breasts to get if you are on a budget.
Mackerel is a tasty and nutritious fish and is on special this week but I know that getting fish into kids is hard. But Fish cakes are usually a winner though as they can’t see the fish lol. I will share this Tasty Mackerel Fish cake recipe tomorrow. Serve them with this Tasty Tarragon Sauce.
Tarragon sauce ( vegan)
- 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Tarragon
- 1/2 tin of Coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice (or lime juice)
- Pinch turmeric
- Salt & pepper to taste
The How to Bit
- In a mixing bowl, stir together all the ingredients.
- Alternately, combine all ingredients in blender or food processor, and whiz briefly to combine
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
TIP: Try and get fish into your family diets once in a while it is so good for growing bodies.
This tasty Vegan Butternut Squash and Spinach Korma with Quorn is tasty as great if you love an Indian meal and want to save your pennies – don’t eat Quorn use some chicken pieces both Butternut Squash and Chicken is on Special.
TIP: Eating Vegetarian is not only good for you but saves you Money
For Sunday Dinner I am going to make Garlic Roast Chicken as I got some on special a couple of weeks ago and it is in my freezer. And for dessert, I am making Pear and Ginger slice . Specials are not just meat there are usually fruit and vegetables too
I hope this Budget Meal plan 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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