I've decided this week to try out the Sainsburys Feed Your Family for £50 plan. You might have seen the adverts or read about it on their website - apparently the plan provides meal ideas for 3 meals a day, for four people, for 7 days and all for a cost of just £50. Hmmm. Considering I usually spend double this and then some this seemed like quite a challenge but we're all trying to save money these days so I thought it would be interesting to give it a try. Not surprisingly, cutting the budget this much will involve some compromises so many of the products on the shopping list are from the Sainsburys economy range and there's nothing of the free range or organic variety. I usually aim for the mid-range products rather than the economy lines so it will be interesting to see if I notice a difference.
As the menu is not aimed at small children and because there are a few items I'm not willing to cut out altogether I've actually decided to try and keep to a budget of £60 and to only make changes or additions to the plan using things I already have in the house.
You can find full details of the plan on the Sainsburys website here. I'll try and report back with the results over the next week or so.
So here's my menu for the next week and a bit. I get my shopping delivered on Tuesdays so my week using the plan will run from Wednesday to the following Tuesday.
Monday - Baked Aubergines with Potato Wedges
Tuesday - Pork Chops with Veg
Wednesday - Chorizo & Chickpea Stew
Thursday - Chicken Risotto (Sainsburys recipe)
Friday - Burgers & Potato Wedges (Sainsburys recipe)
Saturday - Out
Sunday - Cheesy Bolognese Bake (Sainsburys recipe)
Monday - Sausages with Potato Wedges and Creamy Greens (Sainsburys recipe)
Tuesday - Salmon Fishcakes with Salad or Veg (Sainsburys recipe)