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I’m a single mum-of-three and feed my household for £9.90 every per week utilizing Aldi bargains – my suggestions will prevent a whole lot


A SINGLE mum-of-three has revealed how she feeds her household for simply £9.90 every per week.

Lynn James, 43, from Hertfordshire, is a money-saving blogger and mum to Dylan, 12, Josh, ten, and Jack, seven – who feeds her household for simply £1.42 every per day.

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Lynn James is a single mum to sons Dylan, 12, Josh, ten, and Jack, seven[/caption]

Lynn managed to greater than slash her £100 weekly store in half utilizing meal planning, intelligent use of leftovers and and selecting up bargains from Aldi.

Talking solely to Fabulous, Lynn mentioned: “I need to give my kids handmade balanced meals to provide them loads of power for his or her energetic lives.

“My eldest performs academy soccer for Cambridge United and diet could be very a lot drummed into the boys at coaching classes.

“I additionally need them to have some deal with meals, you may’t be good on a regular basis!”

Lynn shares her precise weekly meal plan – together with Taco Tuesday and a pizza night time – and her suggestions may prevent a whole lot…

Sunday – £5.90

  • Breakfast – Pancakes – £1.52 for 12 crepes
  • Lunch – Chocolate unfold sandwiches, fruit and cheese – 88p
  • Dinner – Roast Hen, potatoes, veg and gravy – £3.50
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She revealed her precise meal plan for the week, which prices simply £9.90 per head[/caption]

The boys love the Nigella Lawson recipe for crepes, and we’ve them a minimum of as soon as per week.

An excellent easy recipe is 2 eggs, 650ml milk and 300g flour.

Combine up a bowl with a whisk and make the pancakes in a big frying pan, makes round 12 pancakes. 

For the normal Sunday roast dinner, I purchase a big Norfolk bred Free vary rooster from Aldi, a 1.8kg hen was £6.93.

This rooster might be used for Sunday dinner, plus leftovers for Monday.

I additionally purchased Maris Piper potatoes for roasting in rape seed oil, frozen combined greens and Aldi personal model gravy.

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Lynn blogs as Mrs Mummy Penny[/caption]

Monday – £7.43

  • Breakfast – Toast with butter – 19p
  • Lunch – Hen & mayo sandwiches (utilizing leftovers from the roast) – £3.40
  • Dinner – Hen and veg Pie (utilizing leftovers) – £3.82

As I purchased a superb high quality, massive rooster, there are many leftovers, even some for Trev our cat.

Hen and mayo sandwiches on Better of Each Bread are a tasty lunch.

The remaining third of rooster is became pie with frozen greens and gravy, with a prepared rolled puff pasty topping. Simple.

The pie is served with mashed potato, make up double amount as you’ll use this later within the week.

Tuesday – £6.23

  • Breakfast – Cereal and milk – 49p
  • Lunch – Sausage rolls, carrots and cucumber – 85p
  • Dinner – Taco Tuesday with minced meat, salad, cheddar, salsa and guacamole – £4.88
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These Aldi tacos will feed a household of 4 for £4.88[/caption]

We love Mexican meals in our home. Tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, nachos…

The boys like to construct their very own meals and even wish to eat all of the wholesome bits like salsa and smashed avocado too!

The Taco package is hit or miss in Aldi (Specialbuys solely).

So if it’s not obtainable I purchase an eight pack of wraps and bake them within the oven, hanging over the shelf rack till crispy. 

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Lynn’s boys love placing the tacos collectively themselves[/caption]

For the meat combine I exploit the Aldi, beef and pork mince, guaranteeing I drain off any extra fats after cooking.

I add two teaspoons of Mexican spice combine or Cajun spice whereas cooking.

We then serve the meat combination with grated cheddar cheese, salsa, mashed up avocado and salad leaves. It’s wholesome deal with meals that everybody loves.

Wednesday – £6.26

  • Breakfast – Toast with butter – 20p
  • Lunch – Chocolate unfold sandwiches, fruit and cheese – 88p
  • Dinner – Cottage Pie – £5.18 – (double up on the meat combination as it will likely be used for Thursday Bolognese and pasta)
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Lynn’s cottage pie elements – a few of which might double up for a Bolognese[/caption]

Cottage pie is a agency favorite with boys and me, because it simple to make and leaves leftover that may be frozen.

I make double the combination utilizing a 750g packet of mince meat, so I can use half for the cottage pie and half for pasta and Bolognese the next day.

Right here is my recipe for the meat.

Chop two onions and two cloves of garlic and fry off till gentle, add the pork and beef combine, and cook dinner till brown.

Add the mushrooms and stir for 2 minutes. Add some other greens that you just like, peppers, carrots in case you fancy it, the extra the higher.

Lynn's prime cash saving suggestions

  1. Write a meal plan on your whole week.
  2. Examine the freezer for elements, and retailer cabinet to make sure you don’t duplicate purchase.
  3. Use a smaller half trolley when purchasing, which means there’s much less room to fill with stuff you don’t want.
  4. Follow your checklist and attempt to keep away from the Specialbuy/provide aisles.
  5. Think about switching to Aldi or Lidl moderately than Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Morrisons. They’re a lot cheaper.
  6. Eat much less meat, introduce a few vegetarian meals per week.
  7. Be sure you try the decreased cupboards, most issues will be frozen, together with fruit, veg, milk and cheese.

Add the Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, herbs, salt, and pepper. Prepare dinner for 2 minutes. Then add the 2 tins of chopped tomatoes. 

Prepare dinner on hob at medium warmth for 20 minutes.

You could have mashed potato left from Monday. Put half the meat into an oven proof dish then prime with mashed potato.

Bake in oven for 20 minutes till the topping is crispy. 

Thursday – £3.37

  • Breakfast – Cereal and milk – 49p 
  • Lunch – Bacon sandwiches – £2.43
  • Dinner – Bolognese – 45p
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You need to use the identical meat combination to make a Bolognese later within the week[/caption]

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Serve with the pasta of your selection[/caption]

Make your cheat’s Bolognese utilizing the half of the meat combination from the earlier night.

Serve along with your fave pasta, I exploit fusilli or penne.

Friday – £4.62

  • Breakfast – Cereal and milk – 49p
  • Lunch – Vegetable soup with bread – £1.16
  • Dinner – Sausage, eggs, beans and potato wedges – £2.96

I like to make up a vegetable soup, and the boys eat it by dipping in bread and butter troopers.

Their favorite soup is roasted candy potato with onion, with some frozen combined greens added after the roasting.

Pop all the things right into a pan with some vegetable inventory and cook dinner for 5 minutes. Whizz it up utilizing a hand blender to the thickness you require. 

For a basic simple dinner, make sausages, fried eggs, beans and potato wedges.

Simply minimize the potatoes (don’t trouble peeling) into wedges and roast in over at 200 (fan oven) for 30 to 40 minutes in rapeseed oil.

Saturday – £4.36

  • Breakfast – Repeat of Sunday’s pancakes – £1.52 for 12 crepes
  • Lunch – Sausage rolls, carrots, cucumber – 83p
  • Dinner – Do-it-yourself pizza with cheese, tomato and ham – £2
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Pancakes are the proper weekend deal with for teenagers, and so they’re low-cost too[/caption]

Pizza is an ideal deal with for Saturday night time dinner and enjoyable to make too.

Pizza dough is really easy to make, particularly when you may get a packet of bread flour with yeast pre-mixed from Aldi for 99p.

Simply add heat water and knead it for a minimum of 15 minutes. 

Toppings will be no matter you need, however I’ve included costs for tomato puree, cheddar cheese and ham. 

Drinks – £1.46

Apple Juice and Blackcurrant squash for the week.

Whole – £39.64

It is a price of £5.66 per day and £1.42 per particular person per day.


Lynn Beattie is a private finance professional at Mrs Mummy Penny.

Her second e-book, The Cash Information to Rework Your Life, is out September 1 2020 and will be pre-ordered right here.

Comply with her on Instagram right here.