Challenge: Feed your family for a fiver

Tips and recipes to help you stick to your budget


Family sitting down and eating a healthy meal together

Food glorious food. Whether we think of it as fuel or as a delicious delight we all eat it, and we all spend money on it. And that's when it can sometimes become a little unsavoury.

We spend £1 in every £10 on food and drink, meaning any savings we find can make a difference in what we've got left to save and spend elsewhere.

So we're setting you a challenge:

Can you feed your family for a fiver?

We're talking about dinner each day for family over a week. That's £5 per meal, giving you a total budget of £35.

It might sound like too much of a stretch – it wouldn't be a challenge if it was easy - but it is possible and it doesn't mean you have to resort to poor quality ingredients. It's possible to have tasty, nutritious and filling meals just by shopping differently.

If you're up to the task, let us know how it goes and share your recipes and tips in our comments section below or on our Facebook and Twitter channels.

Here are some recipes from our friends at Netmums to give you some inspiration.

How to spend less on your food

To help you with the challenge, we've a few tips. You won't need to do all of these, but the biggest savings will probably come from a combination.

Change the brand

Supermarket own brand products are often the cheapest available, and sometimes get made in the same factory as the big name brands. For this challenge try out a cheaper option and see if you notice the difference.

Switch your supermarket

It might not be worth going out of the way to save a few pennies, but if you've a choice of supermarkets you can compare prices and get the lowest priced product.

Plan your meal

Spend some time reading recipes and work out exactly what you'll need and the quantities too. Then take a shopping list with you so you don't get distracted or forget what you need.

Only buy what you need

We waste so much food as a nation that Love Food Hate Waste estimate thrown away food costs a family £60 a year. You can look for loose fruit and vegetables rather than packaged ones, and avoid multibuy deals where you don't need more than one.

Think you can do it better than your friends? Why not challenge them by sharing this article?

This article is provided by the Money Advice Service.

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