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    50 a week to feed family of 6, does anyone do it cheaper??
    • #1
    • 28th Jul 08, 3:52 PM
    50 a week to feed family of 6, does anyone do it cheaper?? 28th Jul 08 at 3:52 PM
    Its me my dh, children aged 3, 9, 12 and 13, 1 dog and a cat.. We are all vegetarian and we use soya milk instead of cows milk. I meal plan everyweek and cook from scratch. I have just used recipes off the board for my online shop. I have just put it all through and it has come to £51.23 including the £5.75 delivery charge.
    I wondered if anyone was managing to get it down any cheaper than I am??

    Love to hear from you

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  • scattymam1
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:08 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:08 PM
    no way - I think you have done very well - what are your meal plans for that if you don't mind me asking?
  • MUMOF4
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:36 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:36 PM
    ok, Well we call ourselves vegetarian, but we do eat tuna, and fishfingers!purely because it was easier for when the children were yonger getting invited to macdonalds parties!

    I have been using the meals i have found on the forum, for most of the meals i have planned this week!

    Breakfasts:lots of choices!
    value porridge, with value honey and mixed fruit
    Value fruit and fibre
    value frostie flake
    toast and value jam
    Toast and value spaghetti
    egg on toast

    Pitta breads with tuna mayonaise
    value tomato soup with ryvitas
    value pasta and value sauce
    Homemade pizza
    Savoury rice quiche, which is a few packets of cooked savoury rice mixed with beaten eggs and milk, baked in the oven
    Rolls with Fishfingers in
    HM potato salad, and couscous

    snacks puddings, hm cake, value cake mix made into fairy cakes, easy flapjack, which is porridge oats mixed with a tin of value peaches until binding together, then baked in the oven, variation is to add cornflakes to the mix, then make into cookies. Value yogurts, value custard, Value jelly and mixed fruit. HM bread, HM fruit cake, value crisps, HM doughnuts

    Main meals

    lentil dhal and potato wedges
    lasagne with bogof lasagne sauce, mixed with courgette, mushrooms, onion, dried soya mince
    Rice,tuna and sweetcorn bake
    Shepherdess pie
    Pasta with red lentils and tomato sauce
    saag aloo
    fish finger, beans and mash potato

    You can tell at the end, i was running out of ideas!!

    I have just made a lovely vegetable crumble, twice baked.

    1 sweetheart cabbage
    bag of new potatoes
    vegetable stock
    bunch of carrots

    cooked it all together in slow cooker, mixed in some onion gravy granules. Put it in the fridge for the night, then topped with crumble, made from plain flour and margarine, then baked in the oven for an hour. Really delicious!
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 28th Jul 08, 4:40 PM
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    • #4
    • 28th Jul 08, 4:40 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:40 PM
    Its me my dh, children aged 3, 9, 12 and 13, 1 dog and a cat.. We are all vegetarian and we use soya milk instead of cows milk. I meal plan everyweek and cook from scratch. I have just used recipes off the board for my online shop. I have just put it all through and it has come to 51.23 including the 5.75 delivery charge.
    I wondered if anyone was managing to get it down any cheaper than I am??

    Love to hear from you
    Originally posted by MUMOF4
    Maybe show us what you bought and how much each item cost, and we'll be able to asssist.

    Who delivers your shopping? I have Tesco and the delivery is 3.99. I always get a code from the Discout Codes board, so have never had to pay that, anyway

    Penny. x
    Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding
  • MUMOF4
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:50 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:50 PM
    here it is, value shopping!!
    Qty Description Size Price Total 1 Tesco 6 Value White Pitta Bread Each 0.24 0.24 1 Tesco Value Malt Loaf Each 0.20 0.20 1 Tesco 10 Value Sultana Scone Each 0.34 0.34 1 Tesco Value Sliced White Bread 800g Each 0.37 0.37 1 Tesco Celery Each Each 0.68 0.68 1 Tesco Spinach 500g Bigger Pack Better Value Each 1.90 1.90 1 Tesco Courgettes Loose Class 1 Each - 0.34 1 Chestnut Mushrooms 250g Each 0.78 0.78 1 Tesco Garlic Each Each 0.34 0.34 1 Value Onions 2kg Each 0.78 0.78 1 Tesco Carrots 1 Kg Pack Class 1 Each 0.78 0.78 1 Value Salad Potatoes 1kg Each 0.79 0.79 3 Value Baking Potatoes 1kg Each 0.56 1.68 1 Tesco Value Soft Spread 1kg Each 0.52 0.52 1 Tesco Value White Full Flavour Cheese Each - 3.28 1 Tesco Value Fromage Frais 6 Pack 360g Each 0.46 0.46 1 Tesco Value Eggs Minimum Weight Box Of 15 Each 1.50 1.50 1 Tesco Value Chocolate Mousse4 Pack 250g Each 0.28 0.28 1 Tesco Value Strawberry Dessert 4x115g Each 0.46 0.46 2 Tesco Value Low Fat Yogurt 4x125g Each 0.29 0.58 1 Ryvita Original 250g Each 0.61 0.61 1 Tesco Value Ready Salted Crisps 12 Pack Each 0.51 0.51 1 Tesco Value Cheese & Onion Crisps 6 Pack Each 0.35 0.35 1 Tesco Value Frosted Flakes 500g Each 0.68 0.68 1 Tesco Value Oats 1kg Each 0.59 0.59 1 Tesco Value Muesli 1kg Each 0.52 0.52 1 Tesco Value Fruit & Fibre 500g Each 0.65 0.65 1 T.Value Apricot & Milk Chocolatecereal Bars 125g Each 0.79 0.79 1 Tesco Ground Cinnamon 40g Each 0.68 0.68 1 Tesco Mild Chilli Powder 50g Each 0.88 0.88 1 Crazy Jack Organic Green Lentils 500g Each 1.49 1.49 2 Tesco Value Dried Mixed Fruit 500g Each 0.41 0.82 1 Tesco Value Sponge Mix 227g Each 0.23 0.23 2 Tesco Value Tomato Soup 400g Each 0.18 0.36 3 Tesco Value Chopped Tomatoes 400g Each 0.21 0.63 2 Tesco Value Spaghetti In Tomato Sauce 410g Each 0.15 0.30 2 Tesco Value Tuna Chunks In Brine 185g Each 0.35 0.70 1 Tesco Red Split Lentils 500g Each 0.84 0.84 2 Tesco Value Instant Custard Powder 70g Each 0.08 0.16 8 Tesco Calcium Enriched Soya Drink 1ltr Each 0.63 5.04 1 Tesco Value Clear Honey 340g Each 0.61 0.61 1 Tesco Value Strawberry Jam 454g Each 0.39 0.39 1 Tesco Value Orange Marmalade454g Each 0.28 0.28 1 Tesco Value Strawberry Jelly128g Each 0.08 0.08 3 Tesco Value Golden Vegetable Savouryrice 120g Each 0.22 0.66 4 Tesco Value Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles 65g Each 0.08 0.32 4 Tesco Value Bacon Flavour Instant Noddles 65g Each 0.11 0.44 1 Tesco Mediterranean Cous Cous 110g Each 0.55 0.55 1 Tesco Coriander And Lemon Cous Cous 110g Each 0.58 0.58 1 Tesco Basmati Rice 500g Each 0.90 0.90 1 Tesco Value Spaghetti 500g Each 0.23 0.23 1 Tesco Wholefood Soya Mince 375g Each 0.99 0.99 1 Tesco Value Fishcakes 420g Each 0.78 0.78 1 Tesco Nas Apple/Bcrnt Squash 1.5ltr Each 1.49 1.49 1 Tesco No Added Sugar Apple Squash 1.5ltr Each 1.49 1.49 2 Tesco Value Sugar Free Cola 2 Ltr Bottle Each 0.20 0.40 2 Tesco Value Sugar Free Lemonade 2l Bottle Each 0.20 0.40 1 Tesco Value Biological Concentrated Liquid Wash 1 Ltr Each 0.66 0.66 1 Tesco Value Sponge Pan Cleaners 5pk Each 0.14 0.14 1 Tesco Value Toilet Tissue 12 Roll 2400 Sht Each 1.12 1.12
  • MUMOF4
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:50 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:50 PM
    i have flour left over to make cakes and bread!
    • Pennylane
    • By Pennylane 28th Jul 08, 4:57 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:57 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 4:57 PM
    My challenge this week was to feed 4 (adults) on 100 and I've got about 2.50 to last until Wednesday! I also have two small dogs so I buy a few cartons of dog food into that.

    We are meat eaters and I also cook from scratch.

    You do well if you can spend just that amount on SIX people!
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 28th Jul 08, 7:20 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 7:20 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 7:20 PM
    My challenge is to feed 2 adults, a kitty and a 13 month old on £40 (ideally less) a week, so am impressed what you manage OP .
    We are omnivores and tend to cook most things from scratch
    Edited to say:
    We do buy some value stuff (tinned toms, some tinned veg, flour etc) but also some more expensive stuff too (free range eggs and some butcher meat), we have a LO my concern at the moment is healthy and cheap, not one or the other!
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 29-07-2008 at 8:12 AM.
    • Pennylane
    • By Pennylane 28th Jul 08, 9:34 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 9:34 PM
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    • 28th Jul 08, 9:34 PM
    Just had to come back on and see how you're managing to feed 6 on 50 Mum of 4.

    I see the contents of our trolleys are very different. There are a lot of things on your list that I wouldn't buy - white bread, shop scones, supermarket eggs and a lot more tinned stuff than I'd buy too. When I say I cook from scratch, I MEAN from scratch - so definitely no pkts of custard powder or Instant Noodles.

    I can't see any FRUIT mentioned in your list - we get through loads in a week and a whole lot more fresh veg than you list as well.

    I don't mean to be rude but although we eat meat (and I realise you are veggies) my lot would throw up their hands in horror at all the E additives, preservatives and so on in all those packets and tins. I think the only tins I buy are tinned tomatoes, because they are so versatile. Oh and tinned tuna and sometimes salmon.
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 28th Jul 08, 10:08 PM
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    I have never ever found these coupons for free delivery from Asda, I wish I could see what you're all talking about !!
    • Kazzajr
    • By Kazzajr 28th Jul 08, 10:16 PM
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    I have never ever found these coupons for free delivery from Asda, I wish I could see what you're all talking about !!
    Originally posted by mardatha
  • Icemaiden
    Another one not meaning to be rude but there are loads of things in your trolley which you could make yourself from scratch, at a quick glance, pitta bread, normal bread, malt loaf, scones, cereal bars, custard, jams, fishcakes.....etc
    If you were to also ditch the crisps, squash & lemonade you could make even more savings.

    Rebel No 22
  • jackk
    I feed 5 for about 200, i rely on finding whoopsies though lol.

    Jackie x
  • bandraoi
    The pasta sauces (value sauce and the lasagne sauce) are the two that jump out at me.

    Tin of tomatoes, and onion some garlic and some basil and you're sorted.
    Cheaper, healthier and tastier.
    • sproggi
    • By sproggi 28th Jul 08, 11:23 PM
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    The issue of FRESH fruit and veg often raises it's head on here and has even been bad enough to put people off of posting!!
    Please do not let this put you off.
    I read that you were on a very tight budget and commend you on your mealplan, it is by far healthier than a lot of people I know with 10x the food budget!!
    You have included fruit (whether by tin, fresh or dried, it all counts) and veg, it does not consist of a mountain of fried foods and it does contains the protiens that your family needs to replace that that omnivores would obtain from eating meat
    I also noticed that you had looked into making your own bread, but at the end of the day, if money is that tight, you opt to feed your family by whatever means necessery in the best way you can.

    Before my divorce, it was not unheard of for my exhusband and myself to eat nothing but potatoes so that our 2 children could have a piece of cheap meat, the fears of not feeding 5 a-day, let alone 5 fresh a-day, did not enter into our heads, our children could eat and that was all that mattered.

    When money allows, then maybe you can consider changing your diet the meantime.........WELL DONE
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  • moo2moo
    Once in a while kids need a reward, a treat, a chance to feel like their friends and in the current hot weather the additional salt they gain from a packet of crisps will be more beneficial than normal. Perhaps 18 packs in a weeks shop is a little over the top (rregardless of whther the OP is on a budget). Reducing this to 6 packs would have been a less harsh suggestion.

    Can't for the life of me think which one but one of the supermarket comparison sites has an "under 20p" section which usually has some great finds.

    As fot the rest of it : Tesco Mediterranean Cous Cous 110g Each £0.55. Its just as quick to make your own - 500g bag of dried cous cous 63p, add a flavoured stock cube and a bit of diced onion and whatever else you can find to throw in it, left over veg, meat or pretty much anything (the Moroccans even add chocolate!).
    Saving for a Spinning Wheel and other random splurges : 183.50
  • Hardup Hester
    We eat very little fruit, hubby eats none at all & I eat a few strawberries from the garden & sometimes I buy a bag of satsumas or a couple of bananas. I try to make up or this with extra veg, it is usually cheaper and I also grow some veg in the garden.

    Never let success go to your head, never let failure go to your heart.
  • MUMOF4
    Ok, lets defend myself against some of the critical comments. I listed what i had bought this week, the stuff i have bought this week, isnt just for this week. So for instance this week is my week to buy crisps, 18 packets of crisps to last 1 month. Once they have gone there is no more.2 bottles of cola, lemonade lasts us 2 weeks.
    Question about fruit. I have a cupboard full of peaches, pears and pineapple, which i give to the children once a day with either their lunch or tea.they like it mixed in jelly also.
    Vegetables. there are vegetables in every meal i am making this week, except for the cheats meal, fishcake and chips.
    I cook for about 2 hours everyday, making casseroles, cakes, and desserts.
    Yes I could make my own coucous cheaper, but sometimes, its nice to grab something out the cupboard, throw some water in it and voila its ready.
    The 8p packets of noodles, they are for my 12 yr old son, who loves a packet for his supper.
    I was really pleased with all my main meals this week.full of protein and vegetables.
    I cheat with pitta breads, 1 packet of scones, and a couple packets of instant cake mix, so i have something to grab, when i am so shattered i cant be bothered to whip up a cake.My personal circumstance are probably very different than others, i know people have already mentioned oh god its the school holidays what am i going to do with the kids.Gosh how i used to love school holidays. I now have 2 children that have physical and mental illness to care for full time, that cant go to school, so i have to care for them 24 hours and day. I would do anything to have my healthy children back, and enjoy the 6 weeks summer holiday.
    Im very proud of how we survive on our budget.
    • patentgirl
    • By patentgirl 29th Jul 08, 9:05 AM
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    All I can say is well done MUMOF4 I find whatever you do people on here will always crictise and find some fault but your diet and budget sounds great to me, children do need some treats apart from fruit and veg my 3 24/21/15 are not brilliant at eating fruit and veg but are all healthy not one overweight all got good teeth,cant remember when they last went to doctors I am talking years here never suffer colds etc
    You shouldnt feel you have to defend yourself well done!
    February grocery challenge 200
  • studentgirl
    Mum of four please dont feel that you should defend your self in any way. I think that every one was just making suggestions. as only a skint mum with 2 boys its hard to feed them well alll of the time. I know that my 13 year old will eat a bigger dinner than his dad and then 2 hours later say 'im starvin' so good old noodles it is with a slice of bread. It may not be all that good for him but it will fill him up. so just chill your doing the best that you can.

    im off out with the DS2 today to pick blackberrys free fruit with a cupple of bags and a bottle of squash we will be well happy. they go in the frezzer great and fab on the morning porrage.

    Student girl xx
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