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Our Family Meal Plan for week of 03/09/2018 - £60

Monday, 3 September 2018
We got through out Mother Hubbard week last week, and I took advantage of the empty fridge and freezer to thoroughly clean both and defrost the freezer.  I also cleaned our oven, because of a spillage, and it's still gleaming.  I loathe cleaning the oven, it's one of my least favourite jobs so a the suggestion of many friends I've purchased an oven liner to put on the bottom of our oven which should make spillage clean up much easier.

We're staying with the frugal theme with the Meal Plan this week as I'm bracing myself for the inevitable school trip letters the first couple of weeks back, and other unforeseen expenses that crop up once school starts.

It's back to routine for us towards the middle of this week, although 3yo doesn't start back at Nursery until next Monday.  The holidays have seemed rather long and all of my children are welcoming the prospect of getting back to routine and starting the new school and college year.

Our apple tree still has enough fruit to keep us going this week, and we've been blackberry picking again too.  We've rhubarb, fresh herbs, chard and rocket from the back garden. The weather is still fairly warn so the garden is still giving us plenty of produce, the apple tree will probably not have fruit left by next week though.

Breakfasts will be overnight oats, granola with yoghurt and fruit, or porridge and weekend breakfasts will be pancakes and bacon butties.

Packed lunches will be Quinoa and Pearl Barley Salad, cooked pearl barley and quinoa mixed with diced celery, peppers, cucumber, grated carrots, and chopped fresh herbs with a garlic yoghurt drizzle.  There'll of course be a piece of fruit and baked treat for afters.  Weekend lunches will be Bean and Rice Burritos and Homemade Pizzas.

Snacks will be popcorn, homemade biscuits, homemade toasted teacakes and English Muffins


Chana Masala

Mejadra (Middle Eastern Lentils and Rice) with wilted greens, pita breads (homemade), and yoghurt sauce.

Macaroni Cheese

Chilli Con Carne

Salmon and Rice Bake

Spaghetti Bolognese

Bacon and Egg Pie

Shopping List

40 items: £59.91

Packets and Cereals
1x     ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)         45p
1x     Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)         65p
1x     ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)         69p
1x     ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)         69p
1x     ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)         45p
1x     ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g)         £1.00
1x     ASDA Easy Cook Long Grain Brown Rice (1Kg)         £1.09
1x     ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)         45p
1x     ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)         45p
1x     Allinson Easy Bake Yeast (100g)         98p
1x     ASDA Good and Balanced Green Lentils (500g)         £1.15
1x     ASDA Good and Balanced Pearl Barley (500g)         55p
1x     ASDA Quinoa (300g)         £1.19
1x     Tropical Sun Popcorn (500g)         79p
2x     ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)         £1.78
1x     ASDA Ready to Roll Puff Pastry (500g)         £1.00

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x     ASDA Wild Pacific Pink Salmon (418g)         £2.19
7x     ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)         £2.03
2x     ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)         66p
1x     ASDA Stock Cubes - Beef (12x10g)         43p
1x     ASDA Black Beans in Water (400g)         65p
2x     ASDA Chilli Beans in Chilli Sauce (390g)         £1.30

2x     ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)         £1.90
2x     ASDA Beef Mince (800g)         £5.00

Dairy and Eggs
3x     ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)         £4.44
4x     ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)         £1.80
1x     ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)         £3.69
1x     ASDA Condensed Milk (397g)         £1.05
1x     Wood Farm Free Range Eggs Medium (12)         £1.60
1x     ASDA Best for Baking Cakes Spread (1Kg)         £1.70

Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x     ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)         £1.14

Fruit and Vegetables
25     ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)         £3.00
2x     ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)         £1.30
4x     ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber         £2.00
2x     ASDA Grower's Selection Celery         £1.04
1x     ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose         20p
2x     ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)         £4.40
1x     ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)         65p
1x     ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)         £1.25
1x     ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)         £1.35

2x     ASDA Wholemeal Tortilla Wraps (8)         £1.78

We purchased our shopping online from Asda, via My Supermarket and the cost of our groceries was £59.91. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£65.04 from Tesco
£69.75 from Sainsburys
£89.67 from Ocado
£89.88 from Waitrose

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book out which you can order here

And Katykicker has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


  1. what a lovely meal plan and love the sound of Mejadra will be checking that one out x

  2. I really do find your meal planning so inspirational! You seem really clued up with budgeting too - I would be shocked just a few weeks into school to have letters home. I mean we'd manage financially but what a pain that must be - especially in the run up to Christmas!

    As always, thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up! x

  3. How are you working out the cost of the shopping at other places Please?

    1. I use the MySupermarket website which compares our basket of shopping with all the major supermarkets to ensure I shop at the cheapest place for our grocery list.


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