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The weekly food shopping list for £20 27 Mar 2018 08:35 #6670

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The weekly food shopping list for £20 that will last four people a WEEK - breakfast, lunch and dinner
Food shopping list on a budget


By Jayne Thomson
13:16, 22 JAN 2018


It's that time of the January month. Payday is still over a week away and money is tight (just me?).

I spent far too much cash over the Christmas break and now I'm paying the price.


If I don't set myself a budget, my average weekly food shop comes to £50 (without a bottle of wine) for two people (shameful I know) and I simply can't afford to pay that this month.

I am a huge believer in bulk buying, batch cooking and freezing. I didn't do enough of this last year, and so this year I'm trying to do it more and more.


I am also very busy (lazy) and hate supermarket shopping. I am a recent convert to doing my food shop online.

My husband challenged me to spend just £20 on our food shop (and have some people over for dinner to make it harder) - and I did just that - he was impressed!

Here it is. My version of the £20 food shop. I'm sorry I went 72p over budget - for meat-eaters, but if you do the vegetarian version, you will get a bit of change out of £20 - as the shop costs £19.93.

The below is tried and tested by myself and I have tried to only pick budget products that have a high review rate. I have included home-made pastry and bread recipes. This is a little bit more work - but it's fun (I think so?) The majority of the work can be done at the weekend.

I love food! So this isn't all doom and gloom, such as Spam on toast for lunch - I have tried to make it tasty too.

Now, I am fully aware that buying the below shop online adds minimum of £1 for the delivery charge (depending on the time you order ) - but in my humble opinion, it's worth it.
I suspect this shopping list will be £3 cheaper, if bought in Aldi too - but i'm using Asda online here.
The best thing about shopping online is you can set a budget and try and stick to it. If I go to the supermarket for a loaf of bread, I still come out with bags of stuff!
With online shopping, if you add something and you've gone over budget - simply take it out!
Don't be a food snob either...I personally can't see the difference between a branded product and the supermarket own brand (apart from when buying bacon)!

Full Details and Much More Here;
www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/weekly-food-shopping-list-20-14138074
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The weekly food shopping list for £20 28 Mar 2018 12:15 #6688

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I had a similar idea to this recently - recipes on a budget. Not sure I can do 4 people for £20 a week, but if it's okay, I can share some budget recipes that will feed 2 for about £1.50. Let me know :)
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The weekly food shopping list for £20 28 Mar 2018 15:28 #6691

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Indeed Gibbon; Please do share with us. :)
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The weekly food shopping list for £20 29 Mar 2018 11:51 #6710

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The only thing I find with some of these 'budget recipes' is the portion size. While you may get a meal out of it, it leaves me hungry most of the time. :unsure:
Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.
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The weekly food shopping list for £20 29 Mar 2018 21:29 #6723

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Okay, here we go. I've put together a shopping list which totals just about £10.50 (£1.50 a day for a meal for 2). This only covers evening meals, as lunches are pretty cheap to do (a packet of noodles or some toast). All prices are approximate, so you may end up paying a few pence more or less, and everything on the list comes from either Asda, Lidl/Aldi or Iceland, depending which is cheapest. I'm also assuming that people have basic stuff like salt, pepper etc and have a freezer and cooker.

I've kept the recipes simple as I know not everyone is Heston or Gordon, so none of these are mind blowing, but should keep you going when times are tough :)

SHOPPING LIST

Cooking bacon (500g) – 60p
Chicken breasts (Frozen, 1kg) – 3.50
Potatoes – 1.00
Carrots – 40p
Peas (Frozen) – 90p
Broccoli (Frozen) – 90p
Onions – 50p
Noodles (the cheap super noodles ones, 2 packets) – 44p
Rice – 40p
Spaghetti – 20p
Gravy granules – 60p
Greens – 20p
Pasta sauce – 40p
Mushrooms – 90p

Rather than clutter up this post with pages and pages of recipes, I've done each one as a separate word document, so you can download any you fancy.

Basic Meal

Bacon Stew

Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles

Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Chips with Bacon and Mushy Peas

Spaghetti with Bacon and Tomato Sauce or Spaghetti Carbonara
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