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    • Penguin8410
    • By Penguin8410 12th Apr 17, 2:09 PM
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    Family meal budgeting
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    • 12th Apr 17, 2:09 PM
    Family meal budgeting 12th Apr 17 at 2:09 PM
    hi everyone.

    longstanding (for years!) lurker here in need of some help!

    i know this has been done an awful lot but we have had pretty much most of our unamendable house bills increase this month (council tax, service charge etc) and it has now meant that we can scrape together £150, £170 at a push, per month for food. There are 4 of us, me, oh and two kids, 2 and 4, and twice, sometimes 3 times a week we feed 2 other children, 6 and 4, dinner as well.

    i have basics in the store cupboard, pasta, rice, noodles, flour and usually go to the butchers for their special offer day they do at the end of the month, but i don't know if we'll have enough money to do that this month (it is a £10 tray day, 30 sausages, 2 whole chickens, 2 gammons, chicken breats etc)

    i used to manage really well when it was just the 2 of us and would regularly spend £25 to £30 a week for the 2 of us but i've struggled to find the planning time as much since having the kids and also the price increases have caused us to struggle too. we aren't major branded people and i buy ys things as and when i see them.

    any tips on how to manage this and cheap meals would be much appreciated!

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    • elona
    • By elona 2nd May 17, 6:31 PM
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    It is yellow stickered items - reduced at the end of the day.
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    • Keedie
    • By Keedie 2nd May 17, 11:28 PM
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    Oh I see..., yes that makes more sense. I thought it meant yesterday, then realised that it made no sense

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    • Penguin8410
    • By Penguin8410 3rd May 17, 4:40 PM
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    I love these threads as I learn so much and I'll be reading the grocery one next. But I am a bit confused, what does 'ys' mean? I'm trying to figure it out to put the posts in context but I'm coming up short
    Originally posted by Keedie

    Hi Keedie! ys means yellow stickered so anything thats been reduced down with a yellow sticker x
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    • Sunflower1227
    • By Sunflower1227 3rd May 17, 11:03 PM
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    Do you use money off coupons, to help out. New Covent Garden Soup is on offer in Asda at the moment for £1, and you can get a £1 coupon from here, making them free. Now I know making your own is better for you, but a couple of these free (1 coupon per email, and most couples have an email each) will allow you to spend £2 on other essential foods, and a bowl of soup with say a piece of fruit or yogurt can be any easy filling tea
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