Recently I shared 15 Kids Activities in Summer and one of the things I suggested to save money for that “Big Ticket Event in the summer” Summer Saving Meal Planning.
Meal Planning is a great way to save money as you shop only the special offers and stick strictly to a list. Also, I suggest going shopping when the kids are occupied elsewhere as kids at the supermarket are experts and manipulation and dumping things in the trolley when you’re not looking. Even when they are older!!
Summer Saving 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
- Leave the kids at home and the husband !!
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
Today is a Bank Holiday in Sunny Ireland and I am heading to a friends Barbecue these taste Three Tasty Bar-be-cue Skewer Recipes are great for the Barbecue but I am bringing my famous Caramel Pavlova with strawberries you can get the recipe in tomorrow’s newsletter.
TIP – Pavlova is a dessert everyone loves and easier to make than you think
Sometimes especially if your freezer is full shopping from your Freezer is the cheapest option and I have a packet of Turkey Steaks that need to be used up this tasty Garlic Stir-fry with Turkey and Broccoli is lovely – if your little ones won’t touch broccoli , or trees as mine called them, use mini corns and carrots. You can get a Printable Recipe Card here
TIP: Don’t be afraid to swap out ingredients to suit your family.
You can make your own Pizza bases and Freeze them you can read how to do that HERE I did that last week and I am using 59c Low-fat Mozzarella and fresh Basil from the garden and Tomato puree to make them.
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.
Everyone knows Mince is the cheapest cut of meat out there, sometimes what to do with it is an issue but my tasty Slow-cooker Chilli is a winner and you can do so much with it.
How to Serve Chilli
- Mexican Style Rice
- Plain Rice
- on Tacos
- in wraps with cheese and salsa
- over Nachos
- On a Baked Potato
TIP: Using your slow cooker is great for cheaper cuts of meat and saves you money and is cooler in summer.
One way to save money with your meals is to cut out the meat altogether and a tasty Quick Vegetarian Rogan Josh will do just that you can do just that and get the taste of the takeaway of a Friday night without the cost.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to try Veggie or Vegan food there are lots of tasty recipes that don’t need Meat.
I love my slow-cooker in summer and this Amazing Slow Cooker Catalan Beef Casserole is perfect. I use the beef stir-fry for €1.99 in Lidl to make it so it a cheap meal too.
TIP: Only pick up specials of Meat and Vegetables you know you are going to use.
Check the Specials for offers on Meats. For Sunday Dinner like whole Chicken €4.00 in Lidl this week. I plan on serving this lovely Pear and Ginger Slice for dessert with Vanilla Ice-cream as Pears are also on Special for 49c
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 Summer Saving Meal Planning 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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