September meal planner 4 – money saving meals

family meal planner money saving meals

family meal planner money saving mealsHave you got a good common sense approach to kitchen management or is your kitchen out of control? If saving money is one of your priorities, controlling the kitchen is incredibly important, with food shopping the number one rule – only buy what you need.

Why waste money guessing what groceries you need when a few minutes planning could you save you at least £15 a week, more when you calculate your time shopping, and throwing out food waste.

About our family meal planner
This week’s family meal planner
Shopping list

Again this week’s meal plan will save you money, there are always alternatives to the more expensive ingredients and whilst I agree with the principles of organic food, we must not forget that there is no substantial proof that nutritionally organic food is better than non organic.

About our family meal planner

These family meal planners are made up of dinners that are kid friendly, forming part of a weekly balanced diet. It will give you plenty of nutrients from each of the food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.

The weekly meal plans are inclusive of animal and plant protein such as fish, white meat, red meat and eggs.  You’ll find nuts, chickpeas, cheese and seeds on the meatless day. Sian says the secret to affordable, healthy meals is to plan ahead to make sure you are stress-free, and have the right ingredients in the correct amounts in your kitchen ready to cook.

Every week, Sian provides you with five simple recipes to plan. You can decide when to make them, on whichever day suits you best. There is also a shopping list (below) that can be printed ready to take with you to the supermarket.

This week’s meal planner

Shopping list

Baked Products
Bread – 1 slice           
Flour – 3 tblsp           
Tortilla Wraps – 4

Beef   Chicken  Fish Products
Stewing Steak – 1 kg           
Salmon Fillets – 4           
Chicken legs or pieces – 8

Pork Product
Pork Fillet – 1  
Bacon – 2 slices

Breakfast Cereals
Oatmeal, Porridge Oats – 6 tblsp

Cereal Grains and Pasta
Cornflour – 1 tblsp           
Plain flour – 2 tblsp           
Semolina Dry – 130 g           

Dairy and Egg Products
Brie Cheese – 100 g           
Eggs – 2           
Cheese Parmesan Grated – 25 g           
Milk Low fat – 300 mls           
Cheese Cheddar – 50 g      
Milk – 100 mls

Fats and Oils
Olive oil – 3 tblsp           
Sunflower oil – 5 tblsp           
Caesar dressing (low calorie) – 4 tblsp   
Butter or Flora Buttery – 25 g

Fruits and Fruit Juices
Fresh Lime – 1           
Plums – 450 g

Nut and Seed Products
Chopped Nuts – 2 tblsp

Soups, Sauces, and Gravies
Chicken stock cube – 1     
Beef Stock – 2 litre

Spices and Herbs
Clove of Garlic – 1                
Cinnamon (ground) – 1 tsp           
Dijon mustard – 1 tsp           
Fresh Rosemary – 1 tsp           
Nutmeg (ground) – 1/2 tsp           
Paprika – 3 tblsp           
Chilli – 1/2 tsp

Store Cupboard
Chickpeas ( 1tin) – 400 g

Brown Sugar – 120g

Vegetables and Vegetable Products
Red Onion – 1   
Onion – 5        
Fresh Parsley – 2 tblsp           
Tomato puree – 2 tblsp           
Tomato juice (canned) – 200 mls           
Chopped Tomatoes – 400 g           
Carrots – 4
Rocket Leaves – 2 ozs 
Potatoes – 3.5 lbs                 
Spring Onions (finely sliced) – 8 
Vegetables of your choice  eg Broccoli, cabbage

Sian is a home economist with over 25 years experience as a secondary school teacher and now running her own private cookery school with a focus on meal planning. After years of seeing people struggling to provide healthy meals everyday for their families, she created her own meal planning system at