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emmajaneb
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Posted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:27 am 
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Ideas for good meals on budget ? [/u][/i][/b]
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Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:21 pm 
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http://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/recipes/Cheap-family
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Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:20 pm 
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We buy cheap cuts of meat...braising steak and pork shoulder usually. You can make them tender by slow cooking them at a low temp in the oven (the pork is amazing in gravy, about 2.5 hours on low). You can probably get much better choice at a good butchers, but alas, we don't have one near us.
It's important to look at the "price per kilo" on everything rather than going for the special offers, which are often more money per kilo than things that are not "marked down".
We shop late at night so we catch all the sell by date knock-downs, then it all goes in the freezer.
Mackeral and trout are cheap, quick and easy to cook, as are kippers and fresh sardines.
Own-brand "value" bags of veg (carrots, onions, potatoes, mushrooms) come in large packs but they will all blend down into thick and filling soup with a bit of bought stock. This can be frozen provided you have the space.
My hubby and I manage to keep our weekly food bill between 35 and 75 per week using this system...we stick to the same sort of things every week but stock up on knock-downs when we get the chance. Hope this helps! Smile
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Posted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:28 pm 
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Also, if you eat sandwiches on a daily basis (pack up lunch etc) dont ever buy sliced meat (ham, turket roll etc) as it's mainly water, usually made abroad and the animal welfare is highly debatable. We just buy a large enough piece of beef (usually brisket is good value, but again check the per kilo price) for about 4, roast it and it lasts all week. It works out much cheape than the pre-packaged sliced meats.
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Posted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:23 pm 
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Have you tried the recipes on http://resourcefulcook.com? There's lots of recipes for different budgets and lots of ideas for a weekly grocery shops too.
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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:48 am 
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Find another mum who also needs to cut down on their shopping expenses and work together. With a Budget Buddy you can support each other and it'll make the tricky task of spending less on food much more fun: plan your menus and write your lists together. You could always go shopping together to check you are both sticking to your lists and not popping the odd pot of caviar into your trolley. And finally work out how much you've saved each week - if you've done well, treat yourself to a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates and celebrate together.
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