Do you struggle to stick to a meal plan each week? Do you even have one? If not then I urge you to have a go!

Since I have started to properly meal plan our meals, and plan ahead for what we are going to eat all week, I have saved so much money and not wasted as much food. I only buy what food I need for each meal,  and I have learnt how much we get through each week. I also don’t have that mad panic about what is for dinner each day!

A few weeks back we took a trip to Aldi for the first time, I was taking part in a campaign to see if I could feed my family on £2 each per day. I knew that Aldi would be cheaper for us to shop at, so gave it a go. Since then we have done pretty much all of our weekly shops there. We have saved so much money, and I have been completely surprised by the quality and taste. I was a bit of a ‘brand snob’ and thought that the Aldi food wouldn’t task very nice. However I have been proved completely wrong.

Each week I am going to put together my weekly shop to show you how much it all cost, and what we are eating each week. Hopefully it will give you some ideas for meals, and help you save some extra pennies too. Some weeks I am sure we will be more adventurous than others, and some weeks/days it will be super quick ideas too! We are a family of 5, husband, wife, son (12) and twin girls (7).

Hubby is the cook in our house, and we are going to start featuring some more recipes on my blog, which I will link to in the meal plans for you.

Week 7

I hope you didn’t mind me having a couple of weeks off from our grocery haul! We have been busy with school holidays, and going away so the groceries weren’t the normal weekly shop.

So back to it, we did our shop on the way back from an appointment, and we had to drive past a Lidl. Normally we go to Aldi, so we thought we would try Lidl. Well I was really impressed, the shop was huge, great range of items, good prices and didn’t feel so squished in there. However I hadn’t planned our dinners, so we quickly did it in the car before we went into the shop!

Lidl £60.39

  • Friday – I’m out for a girly night out, so kids and hubby are having a treat, takeaway!
  • Saturday – Pork and Chorizo Burgers
  • Sunday – Roast Chicken
  • Monday –  Thai Green Curry with leftover chicken
  • Tuesday – Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
  • Wednesday – Gammon, eggs and new potatoes
  • Thursday – Jacket potatoes, with tuna

I love Pinterest for meal ideas, follow my Main Meal Ideas board to keep up with things I am pinning.



  1. I don’t meal plan though I know I really should! I do all my shopping online though which does help to keep the cost down.

  2. I absolutely love a meal plan. It inspires me to try new things and also gives me an incentive to try and reduce my shopping bills. You’ve done really well spending just over £60 for the week!

    • I never can believe it costs only that little!! I don’t need to pick up anything else during the week, so it must be real!!

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